You are probably asking "What is summer camp?" The troop will be attending summer camp the second week of July at Camp Friedlander in Milford. Many of you have been down to Cub World, and Camp Friedlander is just up the hill from the Fort and Castle. During the week the scouts will have the opportunity to earn up to 4 or 5 merit badges, some being the important "Eagle" required badges such as First Aid and Swimming. They will have time to do swimming, climbing, and other activities every afternoon after the day of "classes" are finished. Scouts will have their "day pack" with them during the day holding water, their Boy Scout handbook, merit badge worksheets and booklet, and pen or pencil to write with. Camp provides the tents, three meals a day, and all the dust (or mud) you can possibly want. There is a "family night" the last night of camp so the scouts can show their families what they have been doing AND to take dirty clothes home, but not the scout.
Summer Camp Info : https://danbeard.org/attend-camp-friedlander-summer-camp/
Camp Forms Library : https://danbeard.org/camping/camp-forms/
As usual we need to have our merit badge choices turned in Merit Badge Selections are due Feb. 26th, latest March 1st. As some of our scouts have discovered in the past some merit badges fill up within 30 minutes.
There is a Scout Activity Schedule, otherwise known as a "wish list" included with this email. Please fill that out using the attached "merit badge offerings"
Current Merit Badge Offerings
New scout parents, this section is for you:
The first year of camp is a great learning experience for your new boy scout and we want to make sure that scouts have a good foundation to start with, so we will place new scouts in the following merit badges:
First Aid - 9am (preferred)
Swimming – 10:30am (preferred)
Trailblazer (2nd Class/1st Class) - 2pm
What is Trailblazer? Trailblazer is exactly as the name implies. It is a way to begin to blaze your "trail" as you start your scouting experience. It is designed as a great learning tool for first year campers. You will meet with other new campers and learn basic scouting skills to get your 2nd class and 1st class requirements signed off. With those three classes selected you can then pick one more merit badge at 3:30 or 4:00 to fill your activities. The troop will be teaching the scouts many of these requirements before camp and then they will be completed while at camp. Scouts will bring their Boy Scout Handbook everywhere they go while at camp.
Second year and other experienced scouters, please pick one if not two Eagle Merit badges at camp. Any questions please ask Mr. Williams.
Dan Beard Council sets the price for camp at $425. The troop will add $5 to the cost so we can provide snacks to the scouts during the week. There are “camperships” that are available from Dan Beard Council to anyone who finds it challenging to make the payments for camp. Please Mrs. Guilllermin, Mr. Banish or Mr. Williams for more information on those camperships.
Campership Application: http://legacy.danbeard.org/pubs/2023_Campership_Application.pdf
Want to camp for two weeks?
Interested in attending two weeks of camp? If so there is a $100 discount that is available for those scouts who want an opportunity to earn even more merit badges. We have had many of our scouts take advantage of this and come home with eight if not more merit badges. Pretty awesome.
Camp Friedlander wants to make sure that every scout can swim. On "check-in" Sunday, Camp Friedlander conducts a "swim test" for all campers to make sure that scouts can safely enter the water. To make this process faster our troop will be conducting the same swim test at a local YMCA saving some valuable time on Sunday. If your scout can not swim or is concerned about swimming this will give you ample time to get some swimming lessons scheduled. Camp Friedlander also offers Instructional Swim classes at camp and those listed on the Merit Badge Time Schedule included on this email. More details will follow about that.
When you take your son to his well-care check-up, take a copy of forms A, B, C, as well as the snorkeling release form with you to be filled out. Forms are good for one year. This way you can avoid extra fees for a physical or you will be turned away at camp on “check-in” Sunday. The Annual Health and Medical Record form is now an editable PDF which you can fill out online and print, click the link below to open the current form.
Special Dietary needs:
If any scout has some specific dietary needs there is a form that needs to be filled out for that. This needs to be turned in a few weeks before camp.
ACE/COPE and Climbing Consent Form
For those scouts who have camped for a few years, Friedlander is once again offering both the ACE and COPE programs at camp. This is a great way to have a new camping experience at summer camp. We ask that all scouts fill out this form that way you can climb the tower during your open/free time.
Brotherhood ceremonies are taking place at camp on Wednesday night and if you have performed over 4 months of cheerful service since your Ordeal you can participate in your brotherhood ceremony on Wednesday night. Please contact me for more information on Brotherhood requirements.
Dan Beard has published their 2023 Summer Camp Guide and you can find that by following the link below: (Yes, the link says 2020, but it is the 2023 guide)