Tired of winter, snow, ice, and cold? Well believe it or not summer camp is only 4 months away!
When, Where, and How Much?
This year we’ll again trek to Camp Horseshoe from July 13 to 20 and share the Rothrock campsite with Troop 117.
If your scout plans on attending camp please complete the following no later than March 27:
1) RSVP via TroopTrack at https://www.trooptrack.com/plan/events/89209
2) submit a $50 deposit to the Troop via check, scout account, or PayPal
The full, early-bird cost of camp is $340 per scout including the deposit. So to secure this lower cost the remaining $290 is due to the Troop by May 8. After that the cost goes up to $380.
All scouts will need a current BSA yearly medical form which includes a physical from a doctor so keep that in mind if it’s difficult to schedule time with your doctor.
Summer camp offers over 50 merit badges, swimming, shooting, hiking, tubing, crafts, opportunities for completing rank requirements, scout games and skills, making new friends, and much more… In addition, new this year is the opportunity to earn an extra merit badge or 2 through the Independent Study program.
Last year all of our scouts participated in the Trailblazer program which completed many of the requirements for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks. This year they will have the opportunity to select from just about all of the other merit badges offered at camp plus have some free time to do other camp activities like open swims and shoots, or just relax. Each scout has the opportunity to choose what he is most interested in. Scouts attending for the first time should discuss with a Scoutmaster what program best suits their current situation.
More specific information about camp will be provided in the coming weeks and we’ll be spending a good bit of Troop Meeting time discussing and preparing as we get closer to July.
Provisional camping, what’s that?
Does your scout really love summer camp? Is he looking for other opportunities for the summer, want to earn more merit badges, and/or make more Scouting friends? Provisional camping is the answer. It’s the chance for your scout to attend a second or even third week of summer camp with another host Troop. Interested? Just let us know.
The Chester County Council believes that every scout should be given the opportunity to take part in summer camp and therefore has established a campership fund. This is meant to ensure that Scouts who, without financial assistance, would not be able to attend camp. So if you feel that your personal financial situation would not allow your Scout to go to summer camp this year, please speak to a Troop 12 leader about this fund. The application for a campership including full details can be found at http://www.cccbsa.org/images/Camping/forms/2014CampershipApp.pdf. Simply fill out Part A of the form and submit it to council by April 15 and a Troop leader will complete Part B and submit that for you as well. Funds are not guaranteed and 100% of the camp fees will not be paid but significant assistance may be provided.