Winter Campout

posted Jan 5, 2012, 8:11 AM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Jan 17, 2012, 7:45 AM ]
ALL PARENTS MUST COMPLETE THE "BSA Youth Protection Training" (YPT) if you want to attend this campout!  NO EXCEPTIONS. 
More information regarding this training can be found in the "Pack Training Compliance" to the left.
When
:  January 13th — 15th
Location: Apache Pass (http://www.apachepass.com/)
Cost: $10/person. Let your Den Leader know if you are coming. ASAP

This is a Scout/Akela campout (one adult per boy, no siblings, unless you have no other alternatives)

More details to come in a few days. Hope to see you there!


SCOUTS PLEASE LEAVE ELECTRONICS AT HOME OR IN YOUR CAR.  All campouts are electronic free for all scouts.  Parents are encouraged to limit their use of electronics.

WHAT TO BRING

YOU MUST BRING A CUP/MUG for each member coming to the camp.  Please bring a mug for hot drinks and cups for cold drink.  You are encouraged to bring your own mess kit (napkins, bowls, plates, silverware, etc..) to help us reduce the amount of trash generated at the campout.

Each Den must get together and plan the lunch meal (see right) and to prepare skits, songs or jokes for the campfire.



Important Information
  1. Please pay your den leader BEFORE you arrive at camp. The cost is $10 per person. This includes campsite, food (3 meals), and kool-aid, but not sodas or coffee (don’t panic. Some of us are degenerate coffee addicts and will have our coffee pots out in the mornings.  If you want coffee quickly, though, you should think about bringing your own)
  2. If you are an adult, please give your den leader a copy of your Youth Protection Training certificate BEFORE you arrive at camp. The training is available for free on line at www.scouting.org and takes about 15 minutes to complete. You will need to create an account to take the training.  Click on the training tab, then the general tab.  One of the basic training courses is Youth Protection Training.
    Please bring along the Medical Release Form. (David Kerbow is tracking it down and will be sending it out.)
  3. While electronic devices are fun, the purpose of camping is to enjoy the outdoors. If your child must bring a handheld game system, or other electronic device, please leave it in the car for the duration of the campout. Unfortunately, the boys often like to be led by example…
  4. While there is an agenda and plan for the campout, it is possible that it will have to be amended to account for the situation on the ground.
    To reinforce “leave no trace”, please minimize the use of disposable anything.
  5. The burn ban in Milam county is lifted, and as such we will be allowed fires. I’m not sure if there are fire pits, or only a fire in the big fire ring, but feel free to bring wood.
  6. We are camping on a private property. Please show all the respect you would show your own back yard.
  7. The San Gabriel river runs through the property, is flowing, and there is a 235 foot long rope suspension bridge across the river that we can and will be using. While this is going to be exciting for all the boys, please talk with your son(s) before you leave about not going near the water alone and not going near the water without your knowledge. I don’t want any scouts floating down river.

The property owner is Kit Worley.  Cubmaster Jon Kruger's goal is to be the first one there, as he is going to show me around and let me know where to camp.

Menu
Friday Dinner Fend for yourself.  No Den or Pack dinner.
Saturday Breakfast  Breakfast Tacos and Fruit  (Webelos will be preparing breakfast and cleaning up — pack provided)
  Lunch NOT provided by the Pack, coordinated with Den.
  Dinner Hamburgers w/ all the fixings, and banana pudding. (Bears will preparing dinner — pack provided)
Sunday Breakfast Oatmeal, fruit, and quesadilla (if there is leftover cheese and tortillas. (Wolves and Tigers will be preparing — pack provided)

Agenda

The planned agenda is below, and is subject to change.

Times are “rough” (i.e. I just made them up.)


Friday Gathering Gather at sites, setup tents and sleeping arrangements.
Saturday Morning
9:15am
Flag Ceremony, raise the flags (colors).
  9:30am — 9:45am
Organize and go on a hike.

  11:00am
Service Project
  11:45am Lunch
  Afternoon
1pm
Den Time (get ready for campfire)
  2:15pm
Organized sports / Free time / Map & Compass Belt loop.
  4pm
Capture the flag?
  5pm Dinner Prep
  5:30pm
Dinner
  6:30pm
Dessert
Saturday
Night
7pm Retire the flag.
Campfire Ceremony
ALL DENS – NEED A SONG, SKIT, JOKE or all 3!

  8:30pm
Free Time (Dutch Over emptying)
  10pm
— LIGHTS OUT —
Sunday Morning
9am
Flag Ceremony
Chapel Service (optional, non-denominational)
Camp breakdown.
ALL SCOUT MEMBERS - Leave No Trace!

List of suggested items to bring


Clothing
  • Good walking shoes or boots
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • Underwear
  • Pajamas
  • Rain jacket (let’s be optimistic!)
  • Swim suit, if you plan to swim
  • Long pants (for hiking, running around and being a child, etc. Parents not excluded. ☺)
  • Gloves (service project)

Personal
  • Toothbrush
  • Towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Film or memory card
  • Extra batteries
  • Reusable mug
  • Bug spray
  • Sun screen
Miscellaneous
  • Folding camp chairs
  • Water bottle (yes, it’s on the list twice!)
  • Flashlight/headlamp (extra batteries)
  • Daypack/fanny pack
  • Whistle (to sound if lost or hurt)
  • Binoculars
  • Trash bags
  • Lantern
  • After dark entertainment
  • First Aid Kit
  • Bedding/sleeping
  • Sleeping pads or cots
  • Sleeping bag or blanket
  • Sheet
  • Pillow
  • Tent
  • Whittling Chip Card (Bears and older)
  • Fishing Pole (if you have proper permits to fish in the river)
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