Summer Camp




   
Summer 2018 - Troop 499 is going to Camp Chawanakee
 
    
                                                                        

 
July 8th - July 14th 2018
 
 
Trail to First Class ... Canoeing ... Handicrafts ... Merit Badges ... Horsemanship
Photography ... Outdoor Games ... Orienteering ... 
Robotics ... Archery Range ...Rifle and Shotgun Shooting
and more ...
 

 


 As a troop, we are excited to announce our summer 2018 trip to Camp Chawanakee located next to Shaver Lake in California (http://www.seqbsa.org/camp%20chawanakee.htm)


The camp week will occur July 8, 2018 to July 14, 2018 and the program offers all the fun and adventures of camp by being a part of swimming, boating, hiking, biking, cooking, field sports and much more. 

The beauty and majesty of camp will act as a natural backdrop for an exceptional outdoor learning experience.

 

Please review the information below for due dates and trip costs.

 

Scout gear is loaded at Pico Canyon Park (25600 Pico Canyon Rd, Stevenson Ranch) on Saturday July 7th and we depart on Sunday July 8, 2017 at 7:00am. We arrive back on July 14, 2017 around 4pm .

 

We are excited to have this opportunity for adventure and growth for our troop 

!!UPDATED PLEASE READ!! 


Space Exploration

                We are upgrading Space Exploration Merit Badge for Camp Chawanakee. Each Scout will build a rocket and launch and retrieve it twice. The Scout may bring a rocket he made from home but no engines. We will control engines and launches. A Scout can purchase a rocket and a two engine “ticket” at the trading post and the rockets and engines will be at the Nature Lodge and under the guidance of that staff. The cost for a kit will be $22 and this covers the costs.

 

Astronomy Merit Badge

In the past we have had Scouts go up on the rocks and sleep out in order to track the movement of the Big Dipper over several hours and sketch this. Now we will have an Astronomy hike in early evening, locate and identify 10 constellations and plot the Big Dipper. Scout will then return to their campsites and wake up a few hours later to sketch the position of the Big Dipper to note the changes. Some weeks the Big Dipper falls below the horizon at that time of the year and they can so note that. They also reference the Northern Star which does not move much at all. This change will help our staff and keep your Scouts under your care.

 

Trail to First Class is now First Year Scout program

                The program will be organized with a separate program area and staff. The program is offered during the morning time slot. Signing up for individual time slots is not required.

                Scouts should participate depending on their previous experience and progress toward completing their individual, “Trail to First Class”. They will have an opportunity to work on skills linked to Tenderfoot, Second Class & First Class Advancement.

                Scouts will receive documentation of their attendance and requirements worked at end of camp. However, skill testing and sign off with remain as a Troop opportunity / responsibility.


PARENTS/LEADERS THERE IS A LEADERS GUIDE FOR YOU TO READ ATTACHED BELOW

 


MERIT BADGE INFORMATION

Its time to pick what you will be doing at Summer camp.......


Below you will find the file for the merit badges that are offered this summer. Please email me back your selections with your Scout Rank and birth date. 
Since it is a small group this year just give me First choices as I have faith that we are going to get the ones we want if you get them to me by Thursday morning.

Some notes:

You can take four Merit Badges. All classes are in the morning for 45 minutes a class. Its best to fill all four sessions with a class.

There are Pre-reqs, extra costs  and Age limits so look before you chose.. The pre-reqs  are on www.Meritbadge.org if you want to look them up.

Try at least one Eagle Required one : makes for a fun and productive camp.

Try at least one Physical one : its beautiful and you are outdoors!

New Boys or those below Tenderfoot Rank: It is recommended that you take Trail to First Class Periods 1 and 2 and then Merit Badges Periods 3 and 4. Try Eagle Required SWIMMING (Brisk and Refreshing) Period 3 and then either ARCHERY or RIFLE SHOOTING Period 4.

The Nature Merit Badges are Drop In Independent Study ( no Session under Periods Taught Column) . The camp has the reading materials you need to study and then you discuss what you read with a Counselor.

First Aid, Small Boat Sailing, COPE, Camping, Canoeing, Climbing, Lifesaving take up two session either 1 AND 2      OR         3 AND 4.

Tentative Plans include an all troop Canoe trip across Shaver Lake on Wednesday Night at 7 pm.  Snacks served on the other side and then a race to beat the sun setting paddle back to camp.

Tentatively, the optional All Troop Merit Badge will be ROBOTICS on THURSDAY afternoon.  Optional but should be a fun , productive afternoon.

And finally, we will be doing MANDATORY Camp BSA Swim tests PRIOR to camp. Tentative Date : July 7 Time TBA


Thank you - email your choices to me ASAP


Jill Gebhardt
 
Important Dates:
First Installment Payment Due ($100):  January 4, 2018 
Second Installment Payment Due ($100):  Feb 20, 2018 
Final Installment Payment Due ($200):  May 22, 2018  A great way to invest part of your tax refund :-) 
BSA Physicals:  June 1, 2018 

Total Cost and Types of Payments Accepted

The total cost for each scout is $400. Siblings receive a $25 discount. This fee does not include transportation, lunch on travel days, camp t-shirt or spending money in camp. Your scout may use funds is his scout account from popcorn fundraising if it is available. Contact me for the amount in scout accounts.

 

Payments will be accepted at https://squareup.com/store/troop499

 
More Info to come ....  
Have any questions, send an email to ASM Diane Solomon dianesolomon@oldglrotytroop499.com

Click on this below link for more information on Chawanakee
http://www.seqbsa.org/camp%20chawanakee.htm 
   


 
 
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