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  1. Hey all, I haven’t posted in a while since my troop is unfortunately dwindling down to a very low amount of members. Anyway, I’m looking for tips/suggestions/tricks for a resident camp health officer. If anyone has experience or know anyone that has and has any suggestions, let me know! The camp is relatively small, only around 300 scouts a week.
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    Advice for a Camp Health Officer?

    Thanks for the helpful information! 😁
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    Advice for a Camp Health Officer?

    Thanks for those tips! While most are already known to my camp, I still like input from leaders from their perspective! Ive been a first year program instructor for the past 2 summers, so most of the time that “illness” is just them being homesick. 😁
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    Advice for a Camp Health Officer?

    I’m aware, just wondering if anyone has tips/tricks 😁.
  5. I have carried a tick key in my first aid kit for a few years yet never used it. Over the summer at the camp I worked at, I got 3 ticks within a 24 hour period on the same leg. I’m still not sure how that happened, but that’s besides the point. I found them later at night, so they were on there for a few hours each time. I decided to try the tick key because I wouldn’t of been able to use tweezers in two spots due to it being an awkward angle. I must say, I’m a fool for never using this before. My ticks weren’t big but weren’t small. The key was so simple and effective. It took no more than 2 tries each to get rid of the whole entire tick. It took me less then a minute each time.
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    Campout planning...who does it?

    My troop is a small (10) yet boy led troop. Usually how it goes is that my mom, we call her the Outdoor Coordinator, looks for different places around us and out of state. Our boys in the troop don’t really care about branching out outside of our repeated ~4 camps. Once my mom compiles a list, she has the SPL present it at the meeting, but the scouts are still more than welcome to give their ideas. We have my mom make a list as sort of a motivation kind of thing. After the list is presented, we pick and choose as a troop where we would want to go. We are very accommodating to everyone, we don’t choose something that only a few people would like to go to. Once we have the campouts for the year, the SPL and myself (JASM) work together to create a schedule of all the community service, fundraisers, volunteer, campouts that the troop will be doing. We start our new calendar year in September. Once the full schedule is made, we present it to the committee and PLC to get final approval. Sure, the committee will make some changes due to scheduling conflict or something, but we get full say in what we want to do. Shockingly, when I tell scouts in other troops around me, they say they don’t get that much of a choice.
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    merit badge sash q2

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    Name on Eagle Project?

    I think it’ll be cool if it’s in a public place, but mine wasn’t so I didn’t bother. It’s up to you, I see a lot of projects that have a plaque:
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    Summer Camp during a heat wave

    I’m not too sure. I work in the FYS program and this was my 2nd year. I’m not sure if I will go back next year since I will be out of high school, but I will eventually if I don’t.
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    Summer Camp during a heat wave

    Update: Today was the last day of the season. Tear down was done in the perfect weather, it felt like it was fall. It was hot during the season, but it finally cooled off at the end.
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    To have an ECOH or not

    I didn’t want one for the longest time until my troop sort of kept pushing it and then we decided to have a full ceremony with dinner. I do not regret it, it was a great experience. I hate being the center of attention, but it felt deserved this time.
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    Summer Camp during a heat wave

    Last week was extremely brutal for staff. It was very hot and it was easily to get dehydrated. I believe the heat index was over 110 at one point. Staff still sleeps in the green canvas tents, but at least we have a electricity. I was glad I decided to bring a fan this year. We had some nasty storms throughout the week which also made a impact on us. Outpost was harder than usual due to storms, but we still made do. This week is beautiful and perfect temperature, so I guess it’s a plus for this week. Only places in camp with AC is trading post, camp office, and health lodge. It doesn’t even really get cold, just a lower temp.
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    Tent set up question

    Staff tents look like this at my camp! These scouts know the drill.
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    Eagle Scout Shown Leniency

  15. If it’s a first year scout, I highly suggest the first year scout program at your summer camp.
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    Scoutmaster annoyed son on camp staff

    I’m on camp staff and my troop WANTS me to stay on staff. I don’t know why your scoutmaster wants him to take a week off. He can literally spend just about the same time with them as if he was a camper.
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    ECOH Complete!

    I had my ECOH earlier today (right as I got home from staffing a camp, I was and still am tired), and it was a great experience! I thought I didn’t want one at first, but now I realized it would’ve been a mistake if I didn’t. We had a dinner buffet and a cake. I was at camp, so I wasn’t involved in much of the rehearsals or anything but it went pretty good. I was shocked with the town officials coming and everything.
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    Camp info packet

    I’m currently staffing a summer camp so I’ve seen different things this week. I see some campers with a map and everything, but the best approach is using the bulletin board each campsite commonly has with all of the information they may need. If you have scouts that are in a first year scout program (I work in one), there isn’t a big need for them to have every bit of information since usually they will be with their instructors for the entire day.
  19. Heading to camp today, I’ll be posting again towards end of summer!

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    Bear encounters UT, AZ

    I had a black bear encounter about a month ago. It kept coming to everyone’s camp site despite making noise. I made close eye contact one too many times that night. The camp workers are fine with it roaming since it hasn’t hurt anyone.
  21. I leave to staff a camp on Sunday and totally forgot I wanted to ask for recommendations for a new rain jacket. I currently have a lightweight Columbia one that I got a few years ago, and it doesn’t really protect me from the rain anymore. I’m trying to find a not too expensive lightweight one since I’m always carrying a backpack and on the move in the first year scout program.
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    Lightweight Rain Jackets

    Thanks for all replies. I would need 30 of those $1 rain ponchos, haha. They get all sweaty and sticky which is something I’m not trying to deal with. I’ll spend up to $45, since I use it outside of scouting as well. I don’t want an over the pack since I have a waterproof camelbak backpack. Ive heard great things about Frogg Togg, and I’ll be looking into them. I’ll look into Marmot, I know it’s a good brand.
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    Summer Camp Staff

    Good luck! Don’t over stress it. You might do bad week one, but don’t forget it’s your first week ever doing it. You still have plenty more weeks to do great. Hah, I was bad week one trying to figure out everything. You’ll make mistakes, but don’t let it hold you down. I don’t mean to sound mean, but this is more of encouragement from my personal experience.
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    Extreme Anxiety at Summer Camp

    Two years ago I staffed a CS day camp, last year and again this year I will be staffing a resident scout camp.
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    Extreme Anxiety at Summer Camp

    I wouldn’t say trained. It’s just something you learn as you instruct, I staff the first year program and every scout reacts differently. Some want to be alone and some want attention. I’ve had leaders come up to me and let me know before I even met the scout.