Monday, February 23, 2015

Preparation for Scout Camp



Believe it or not, our week’s stay at Island Park Scout Camp this summer isn’t all that far off.

We’ll be at camp from Monday, July 27, through Saturday, August 1. Last year, our troop earned fourteen rank advancements and nearly 90 merit badges at camp, making that week our most powerful for advancement – and the most powerful for fun, as boys enjoyed swimming, rappelling, rifle shooting, archery, and other activities as they worked on their advancement. We hope to have similar success and fun this year.

For that to happen, though, we’ve got to get our ducks in a row.

First, each boy in the troop needs an updated annual physical. There’s a link to the form in the sidebar. It’s best to complete all parts – A through C – so I have all the information I need. If your son has a recent physical from participation in any sports team, that counts as Part C of the BSA form.
Second, I need a firm headcount on the number of boys going. Right now, I’m estimating we’ll have at least fourteen boys there, excluding any 11-year-old scouts planning to attend.

Third, given the number of boys attending this year, I need at least two other adults at camp throughout the week. You don’t have to stay the entire week – even if you can only come for a day or two, that counts, as there are likely other fathers who can’t stay the whole week either. This is a wonderful opportunity for Dads – and Moms; we’ve had Moms at our last two years of scout camp – to spend time with their boys and see them in Scouting action.

Fourth, the Ammon 11th Ward is again holding a service auction to help defray costs for scout camp, Varsity high adventure, and girls camp. The auction will take place April 19 at the Tiebreaker Church. Scouts are encouraged to think of services they could offer at the auction. Donated items – they’ve ranged in the past from bicycles to tools to cabin stays – are also encouraged for the auction. Last year’s auction helped reduce the cost of scout camp per scout from $180 to $45, so it’s a significant event for us to participate in.

I’m looking forward to camp again this year – for me as Scoutmaster, it’s the highlight of the year. The scouts work hard, play hard, and show levels of maturity and thoughtfulness that surprise Moms, Dads, and Scoutmaster as well. Please come and be a part of it.

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