This contains guidance on actions that Scouts and their parents need to start on now, concerning PAYMENT, EQUIPMENT, MERIT BADGE SELECTION
for Summer Camp 2017 at Buffalo Trails Scout Ranch, 18-24 June.
Subsequent updates will provide instructions for travel to camp and the “Packing Day” which will be the day before departure.
The Leaders Guide is attached. You will need to open it to see merit badge class schedules and to print off the Merit Badge Pre-Registration form (except first year scouts who will be registered in the Trail To Eagle program). The guide also provides a wealth of information about the camp, the program, the daily routine and even the daily menu.
PAYMENT: Payment in full is due no later than the troop meeting on 1 May. Cost is $315 per scout, $215 per adult. The extra $15 covers the cost of the “Star Party” at McDonald Observatory and pizza dinner on Thursday night.
EQUIPMENT: List is published below but a few items I’ll expand on up front. First year scouts need to bring a pair of long pants for use in the swimming merit badge. Every Scout needs a cot and a plastic footlocker. The cot must NOT be more than 75 inches long. Any longer and it pokes against the tent wall and can tear the tent. The footlocker should fit under the cot. Academy and Bass Pro Shop both have plastic footlockers that fill the need. If bringing a padlock (recommended) provide spare key or copy of combination to us on "Packing Day."
Hat and water container (canteen, bottle, Camelbak) are MUST HAVES. DO NOT PACK in the footlocker or trailer. Scouts WILL HAVE THESE ITEMS WITH THEM in the car while traveling so they are ON-HAND when we arrive. It will be awhile before the boys are united with the contents of the trailer so--AGAIN--hats and water with them in the car on the way to camp. Heat injuries, not snakebite or broken bones, are easily the greatest threat at summer camp.
o Cap or Hat ( A must)
o Canteen or Water Bottle (A must)
o Toothpaste and toothbrush
o Soap & Shampoo
o Toilet articles
o Scout Uniform
o Socks (three pair at least)
o Shorts or pants
o Shoes or good hiking boots
o Swim suit
o Battery powered fan w/ spare batteries (recommended)
o Bedroll or sleeping bag (recommend two sheets and very light blanket)
o Cot not longer than 75 inches
o Flashlight with spare batteries
o Work gloves for project
o Spending money ($50 - $75 in small bills)
o Day pack for day hikes (optional)
o Footlocker w/lock
o Poncho or rain suit
o Boy Scout Handbook
o Folding camp chair
MERIT BADGE SELECTION: Page 58 of the BTSR Leader’s Guide has a registration form for merit badge classes. The merit badge schedule of classes is on pages 59 and 60. Print the registration form and fill it out with merit badge class selections (along with second choice). Give that form to Harry Stone no later than 27 April.
First year Scouts will be in the Trail to Eagle program all day. They will be checked off on 41 different rank requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class Scout and First Class Scout, as well as complete requirements for two Eagle Required merit badges: First Aid and Swimming (remember, bring a pair of longs pants for the swimming class).
PHYSICAL: EVERY boy must have a physical to go to camp. Follow this link to the physical forms you need. We will see if we can get physicals done by a physician at a meeting before camp, but that's not a guarantee. Here's the link:
More info will follow.