Our weeks of summer camping at Strang Scout Reservation begin this Sunday and I want to provide you with some last minute updates and information to ensure that we will all have a great time. Please read carefully as there are changes to previous years.
Please do not arrive until 3PM, you will not be checked in before that time. When you do arrive please arrive in your bathing suit so you can drop off your gear, which will be transported up to Mohawk for you, and you can proceed on to the Waterfront to take your swim classification test.
If you did not hand in your updated medical form or permission slip you will have to hand those in along with any medications.
The troop is purchasing our troop photo, so there is no need for you to purchase one.
There will be a family picnic ($6.50 per person) beginning at 5PM, for those families who would like to stay. You can pay for this during check-in.
Upon arrival to Mohawk campsite your SPL (Alec Hughes for week 1 and Tyler Stankye for week 2) will show you to your assigned tent and inform you who your patrol leader is for the week. Patrols will work together on daily tasks including campfire building, latrine duty, trail and campsite cleanup. Prizes will be awarded to the cleanest tent each day and the swamp tent will have garbage duty.
We have been asked to stress that you do not bring any food to the campsite or into your tent. Food will attract animals, including the local black bear.
Please be sure to bring bug netting and support poles, ties will be provided to secure the poles to the bunks.
Check the bulletin board in the camp site to ensure that your merit badge schedule is posted correctly. Notify your SPL if it is not correct.
The theme for camp is Greco-Roman Week so be sure to bring your toga and laurels for the toga party. Waterproof rain jackets and complete Class A uniforms are mandatory for your stay at camp. If you arrive without either of these you will need to make arrangements to obtain them.
Do bring a lock for your camp trunk. Also, be sure to bring paper and pens/pencils for your merit badge work. Merit badge books are available at the scout office, the trading post and the troop owns a limited number that will be available for borrowing. You will need merit badge books to earn the badges.
Think about what you need to complete your merit badges and be sure to pack appropriately. All merit badge requirements can be found online just by googling the merit badge name. Regarding specific badges and advancement:
BSA Lifeguard requirements have drastically changed and this is not possible to earn in only 1 week. You must be 15 years old to take and once you pass you are certified to serve as a life guard.
Lifesaving and Swimming merit badges require long sleeve button shirts with collars and non-jeans, non-sweatpants long pants for inflation.
Orienteering MB requires a compass.
Brownsea Island (1st year camper program) requires a personal first aid kit with triangular bandage, roller bandage, adhesive tape, tweezers, plastic gloves, disinfectant gel, moleskin, adhesive bandages, small scissors, safety pins, safety gogles, and alcohol pads. You also need a compass.
Being Prepared is not only the Scout Motto, but it is the best way to get the most out of your week at camp.
The Water Carninval begins on Saturday at 9:30AM and is followed by the Court of Honor at 11AM.
Scouts will have the opportunity to sign up for additional weeks of camp. Please see me if you would like to discuss as some campership money is still available.
New rifles and archery equipment will be available at field sports and Troop 3 has donated snorkeling equipment so Snorkeling BSA will be offered in addition to Kayaking BSA.