Troop 174

Camp Read Summer Camp 2009
Step-by-Step Checklist for Troop 174

(Revised April 13, 2009)

Introduction

Troop 174 will go to summer camp at the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY about a 4 hour drive north of Yorktown Heights.

Summer camp is a golden opportunity for scouts to advance in rank, to work on many outdoor skills, and to earn merit badges, optimizing fun and opportunities.  Summer camp's benefit to rank advancement cannot be stated too strongly.  For many scouts summer camp is the high point of their year.

Week 1 is July 5-11, 2009.
Week 2 is July 12-18, 2009.
 
 

What to do

1. Learn about Summer Camp

Read the 2009 Boy Scout Summer Camp Parent's Guide for the Read Scout Reservation.

See Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation for all other details.  The checklist below is specialized to Troop 174.

Adults staying in camp should be familiar with Camp Read's 2009 Troop Leader's Guide.

2. See Fees

.Give Summer Camp payment to the Troop Treasurer as soon as possible.

See the fee schedule here. $320 for one week, or $630 for two weeks.  Additional $25 late fee per week after June 1.  Ask the Troop Treasurer about the Canoe Trek fee, if interested.  Partial scholarships are available for families unable to pay the full amount; see the Scoutmaster.
 

3. Fill out Medical forms

3.1.  Both camping with our troop and the high-adventure programs require medical forms to be turned in by Mid-June at the Meeting for Camp Read Attendees for both scouts and adults for all activities.  Give the completed form to Janet T. at the Meeting for Camp Read Summer Camp and Trek Attendees.

This may require a recent doctor's exam, which is why this item is early on this list.  Get started early!!

 

3.2 Summer Camp, Trek, Lifeguard, and Counselor In Training scouts and adults

 
3.2.1
The Personal Health and Medical Record Form, Class 3, which can also be found on the last two pages of the Camp Read 2009 Boy Scout Parents' Guide.


3.2.2 A Meningitis Vaccination Response Form filled out (last page), scouts and adults.  This is required to camp for 7 or more nights.
 

3.3 Summer Camp, Lifeguard, and Counselor In Training scouts only

 
The Personal Health and Medical Record Form, Class 3, which can also be found on the last two pages of the Camp Read 2009 Boy Scout Parents' Guide.

Scouts going to summer camp must have a physical and this form filled out within 36 months of attending camp.  However, Part V. (Medical History) on the form, including immunizations, must have been updated within the last 12 months, and then sign and date in section VII (Additional Notes) when you update the Medical History.
 

3.4 Trek scouts only

 
The Personal Health and Medical Record Form, Class 3, which can also be found on the last two pages of the Camp Read 2009 Boy Scout Parents' Guide.

Scouts going on the Trek must have a physical and this form filled out within 12 months of attending camp.

The Personal Health and Medical Record Form, Class 3 required by Read Scout Reservation differs from the National Class 3 medical form due to New York State requirements.  The New York State Health Code now requires information on three vaccinations that were not listed on previous forms.  These additional vaccinations are for haemophilus influenza type B, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox).  The medical form required by Read Scout Reservation includes these vaccinations.  Please note that these vaccinations are not required to attend camp.  A record of whether or not each Scout and adult has had these vaccinations and, if they had them, on what date, is required to attend camp.  Standing orders for dispensing over the counter medications must be completed.

4. Fill out a Summer Camp Permission form

4.1.Read Scout Permission Slip  Signed parental permission is required for optional activities, such as white water rafting, off-camp caving, water skiing, and the Forestry Merit Badge visit to a manged forest.  Give the form to Janet T. by June 15 at the Meeting for Camp Read Attendees.   There are fees for some of these activities.

4.2 On the same form signed parental permission is also required, if arrangements are made for someone other than a parent to pick up their son to leave camp for any purpose, including these activities.

5. Complete your schedule

Please note below that your merit badge schedule, reviewed by the Scoutmaster, is due at the latest by May 25.

5.1 First-year scouts - Anthony Long First Year Camper Program

First-year scouts should sign up for the Anthony Long First Year Camper Program (formerly known as the Dan Beard First Year Camper program) their first week.  It is designed to help the first-year camper "hit the ground running."  Outdoor requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class are covered.  The second week should be Regular Camp.

Plan to attend the entire First Year Camper Program, including all three Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class sessions from 9:00 a.m. to noon, or from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. even if you are nowhere near First Class yet.


Try to take all morning sessions or all afternoon sessions, because sometimes the morning and afternoon sessions are a little out of synchronization.  Then, at other times one may sign up for a troop activity or for Basketry, Leatherwork or Woodcarving merit badges.  The evening make up is for merit badges only, not for the First Year Camper Program..

The First Year Camper Program takes priority over merit badges and troop activities (COPE course, climbing wall, etc.).

Read this Focus on the First-Time Camper article with general information for parents of first-time campers.
 

5.2 Merit Badges
 

See the Buckskin schedule on page 16 (Not Waubeeka a page earlier!!) of the 2009 Boy Scout Summer Camp Parent's Guide (or see the 2009 Merit Badge Schedule ) for the time of day each merit badge program is offered.

You cannot sign up on the Troop 174 website for merit badges.  Give the Scoutmaster (or his designee) a list with the scout's name and a prioritized list of merit badges, including the time of day of the merit badge since some merit badges are offered more than once a day.  If a scout is attending camp for two weeks each week's merit badge list should be made separately.  It is best if the first-year scout signs up for two merit badges if he takes the 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon First Year Camper program so that he can participate in the afternoon troop activities and complete two merit badges.

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First-year scouts are limited to

Sample Merit Badge Priority List
ScoutFirstName  ScoutLastName
Summer Camp Week 2
9:00 a.m.  Anthony Long First Year Camper program
10:00 a.m. Anthony Long First Year Camper program
11:00 a.m.  Anthony Long First Year Camper program
2:00 p.m.  Basketry (2nd choice Archery)
3:00 p.m.  Leatherwork (2nd choice Woodcarving at 4:00 p.m.)

First year scouts are limited to Basketry, Leatherwork, and Woodcarving because these are the easiest merit badges at summer camp.  If a first-year scout decides to not participate in the troop's afternoon activities then he could do the afternoon Basketry, Woodcarving, and Leatherwork.  But it will be more fun and better for a first-year scout to participate in the troop's afternoon activities and only do afternoon Basketry and Leatherwork.

Woodcarving is often done during the second week at summer camp.

As of  late June all the required merit badge kits for summer camp have already been delivered to Camp Read from the Council Store.  Scouts who need them should purchase kits at the Trading Post in camp.

  • BASKETRY: No advance preparation. There is however, a cost for the Scout to purchase materials for making three kits. The cost is approximately $20.
  • LEATHERWORK: No advance preparation. There is a cost of about $12 for materials.
  • WOODCARVING: No advance preparation, but a good carving knife is recommended. The Scout needs to purchase carving kits which cost from $6 to $10.

If the scout follows the sample schedule for first-year scouts he will have afternoon Basketry and Leatherwork.  He will use all the available 7:00 p.m. merit badge make-up time slots for making up missed classes, the only time available for make-up,  for Basketry and Leatherwork.  1st-Year Program make-ups will be available both during the day and in the evening.

There is no merit badge makeup on Friday evening because the camp staff is busy completing and signing the merit badge blue cards which are returned to the troop leaders about 9:00 p.m. Friday night.

First-Class and Above scouts

Suggestion:  Take required Eagle Scout merit badges and waterfront merit badges.  An experienced camper usually can complete four merit badges a week.

Check prerequisites on this page, which also identifies difficult merit badges for older scouts.  Complete prerequisites before you arrive at summer camp.

Some merit badges are limited by space available or scout age.  Examples are Swimming, Lifesaving, Rowing, Canoeing, Small Boat Sailing, Climbing, Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting, Archery, and Horsemanship.

5.3 Troop activities are available to all scouts.  The schedule is below.  There are fees for the troop picture, whitewater rafting, and horse trail ride.  There is no charge for the COPE course and for indoor and in-camp outdoor rock climbing.

    All scouts

Weeks 1-2 - scheduled troop activities


Scouts may sign up for any troop activities they want, but to give everyone a chance there may be limits.  First-year scouts see section 5.2 above and 5.4 below for how to avoid conflicts with your First Year Scout program.  7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. is reserved for making up merit badge classes missed during the day.

The zip line is only for scouts who pass the Camp Buckskin swimmer test.  The zip line is a trapeze slide down a steel cable that ends with a refreshing plunge into Lester Pond.


    First-Class and above scouts


Merit Badge Schedule Cards

First year scouts should have a merit badge schedule card for their first week something like these examples.  This scout has chosen a full schedule.  Other scouts may want more break time.

Troop Activites times in Bold Italics are tentative for 2009.
 

First Class and Above Scouts - Merit Badge classes not filled in yet.

Troop 174 Activities Schedule
Week 1 July 5-11, 2009

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00

 

 

Low COPE course 09:00-10:30

 

 

10:00 - 11:00

 

 

 

 

 

11:00 - 12:00

 

Horse trail ride 11:00-12:00

 

 

 

12:15 p.m.

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Following lunch until 2:00 p.m.

(Siesta)

(Siesta)

(Siesta)

(Siesta)

(Siesta)

2:00 - 3:00

 

 

 White water rafting 1:00-5:00

 

 

3:00 - 4:00

 

Zip line

3:30-5:00

White water rafting  1:00-5:00

 

 

4:00 - 5:00

 

Zip line

3:30-5:00

White water rafting  1:00-5:00

 

 

6:00 p.m.

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

7:00 - 8:30

Merit-badge

make-up

Merit-badge

make-up

Merit-badge

make-up

Indoor climbing wall 7:00-8:30

8:30 Campfire skits and songs by scouts

 

First Class and Above Scouts - Merit Badge classes not filled in yet.
 

Troop 174 Activities Schedule
Week 2 July 12-18, 2009

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00

 

 

Low COPE course 9:00-10:30

 

 

10:00 - 11:00

 

Zip line

10:30-12:00

 

 

 

11:00 - 12:00

 

Horse trail ride 11:00-12:00

 

 

 

12:15 p.m.

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Following lunch until 2:00 p.m.

(Siesta)

(Siesta)

(Siesta)

(Siesta)

(Siesta)

2:00 - 3:00

 

 

 White water rafting 1:00-5:00

 

 

3:00 - 4:00

 

 

White water rafting  1:00-5:00

Indoor climbing wall 3:30-5:00

 

4:00 - 5:00

 

 

White water rafting  1:00-5:00

Indoor climbing wall 3:30-5:00

 

6:00 p.m.

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

7:00 - 8:30

Merit-badge make-up

Merit-badge

make-up

Merit-badge

make-up

Merit-badge

make-up.

8:30 Campfire skits and songs by scouts

 


  6. Register

6.1.  By April 6, 2009

6.1.1.Sign up here for summer camp.  First year scouts sign up for the Anthony Long First Year Camper Program (formerly known as the Dan Beard First Year Camper Program) for their first week.

We need parent volunteers.  On the sign up form parents may offer to help out at camp, and await a decision later as to who will go based on the ratio of scouts to available adults.

6.2  By the June 15 Meeting for Camp Read Attendees - But do well before this date if you can

You will be more likely to get the merit badge courses you want if you turn in your choices and have paid the full camp fees well before this date.

6.2.1 Merit Badge Schedule Card

Print out and fill in your merit badge schedule card (two cards for two weeks, labeled Week 1 and Week 2).  Fill in your merit badges and troop activities.  The Scoutmaster can look over your card and advise changes.

Make a copy of your merit badge schedule card to bring to summer camp in your backpack.

Make a prioritized list of desired merit badges.

Give Merit Badge Card to the Troop Treasurer as soon as it is complete.

Merit Badge Schedule Card (the copy for the Troop)

Prioritized list of desired merit badges for the online signup.

You must be paid in full before the Scoutmaster can sign you up for merit badges.

6.2.2 Hand in to Janet T. as described above in sections 3 and 4 your

  • Medical Form,
  • Meningitis Form,
  • Permission Form.

6.2.3 Pay the full amount of camp fees.  Make the check payable to "BSA Troop 174", write in the memo section: "Week 1", "Week 2", "Both Weeks", or "Trek", and give the check to the Troop Treasurer. After this date you have to take the money to Council, and note that fees increase on June 1.  You must be paid in full before the Scoutmaster can sign you up for merit badges.

6.2.4 Write a separate check for optional activities.  Make the check payable to "BSA Troop 174", write in the memo section what it is for, and give the check to the Troop Treasurer.  (Fees in Troop Leader's Guide)

  • High Adventure Rock Climbing and Rappelling, 13 years old or older, $45.
  • Whitewater rafting, $18 + transportation.  Usually we use the Hudson River Rafting company for the Sacandaga River.
  • High Adventure Caving, 14 years old or older, $45.
  • One hour horse trail ride, $12.
  • Troop picture color 8x10, $6.  (Troop Picture information).

6.2.5. Do not pick up your merit badge blue cards yet. That is done at camp.

6.2.6. Sign out merit badge booklets from our troop Librarian.

6.3.  Approximately June 15 check the Troop 174 password-protected pages to see if you got into the Merit Badge courses you wanted.  Look for the Summer Camp Merit Badge Registration list.

Print out a copy of the Summer Camp Merit Badge Registration list, tear out just your registration with the times, and take it with you to summer camp.
 

7. The Weeks Before Camp

7.1.  Do the merit badge prerequisites before going to camp, using the Merit Badge booklets you checked out.  Proper documentation is required for credit for work completed before a Scout's arrival in Camp. Example: First Aid requires bringing your kit to camp.

7.2.  Bring a skit, maybe one of these skits for the Friday campfire program.

8. Pack for camp

Camp Read supplies a two-person tent on a wood platform, a cot, and a mattress, as well as meals.  Outside view of the platform tent -

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8.1 Get supplies listed in the


8.2Then, add to that suggested equipment list:


9. Donate if you have extra

Camp Read requests that people who have certain items to donate please bring them to camp.  They want:

10. Travel to Camp Read

Troop 174 does not provide transportation to Camp Read.

Camp Read is in Brant Lake, NY, about a 4-hour drive 200 miles north of Westchester, about a half hour north of Lake George.

Google map: In the white bubble use the "Directions To Here" link to get driving directions.

See the Getting to Camp page for Council -

Wear activity uniform.

Leave for Camp Read 8:30 a.m. or earlier Sunday morning.

Bring a bag lunch or eat an early lunch before you arrive on 12:00 noon Sunday Please note that Daby's Brant Lake General Store in downtown Brant Lake was destroyed by a fire (arson) on August 1, 2006 and will not be rebuilt.  Click here for a list of restaurants in the Camp Read area.

Then, see the map for the parking area and the Ranger site (middle of the map) at Camp Buckskin.  We share the Ranger site with Troop 164 from Yorktown Heights, NY.

11. Arrival at Camp Read

12. Between the first and second week

13. Pick up scouts at Camp Read at the end of the week

 



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