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  • LATEST POSTS

    • Been in a lot longer than 2005, and never knew there was a second verse.
    • We would be considered a "Hiking and Camping" troop, but add in Biking  We weekend camp every month except December ( Service project for CO and Day Trip), February ( 2 Weekends of Scouting for Food and  Scout Sunday), and the month of summer camp. I know of troops that will do two week+ long camping trips, but one is usually geared towards older Scouts and high adventure. Problem is getting enough Scouters to take the 2nd trip. Usually if they have to decide on one trip or the other.
    • Very easy for small numbers... check the websites, crews often have several slots open and want you to join them to help lower overall cost for everyone. Here's the Seabase Connections site: https://www.bsaseabase.org/scouts/scout-connections/
    • Just returned from Summer Camp.  33 of 38 Scouts attended. (86.8%!!!)  Would have been 34, but one pulled out last minute due to a broken foot. ($465 per head with $50 early bird discount...some came in later at $515.  Plus a $40 bus ride to/from camp...so minimum $505 per camper.) Last month, we offered a 35-mile hike over 5 days/4 nights on the Appalachian Trail.  We used this to conduct a Leave No Trace Trainer Course.  Only five Scouts took the opportunity.  ($110 per head.) We also do a Troop high adventure each summer.  In two weeks, we leave for a 50-mile canoe trek (no portaging  ) with 10 Scouts and 2 adults.  We limited this crew size to 12 due to Leave No Trace considerations, campsite availability, logistics, and price.  We do this trek at about $130 per person, including gas and tolls for the drivers.  Put in point is 110 miles north of us. Last summer, our camp cancelled, so we did our own Troop encampment.  Scouts loved it... no hustle and bustle pacing of a council-run camp...swimming, fishing, cooking, boating, exploring, and three merit badges offered: Mammal Study, Environmental Science, and Wilderness Survival (all with Troop leaders registered as counselors.)  ($230 per head, primarily for campsite rental.)  Our trek was a 60-mile cycling trek on a historic canal path, with ample time for camping, cooking, swimming, playing, etc. ($80 per head.) After camp this year, Scouts are already talking about doing our own thing again next year...  
    • High adventure does not require a specific camp like Philmont. Especially for older scouts who have planned many 3+ day camping trips, the next step is them planning and executing more adventurous excursions worthy of their skill level. If they are into canoeing, great. Find a location and plan it. With the internet it is easy to find locations nearby; routes and reviews abound online. Not just canoeing either. Backpacking, fishing, etc... Scouts planning their own adventures should be the norm, including summer camps.
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