Folks, as we approach Summer Camp, here is a reminder of the details.
Also, don’t forget that we are waiting on some medical forms. Chris FitzSimons is eagerly awaiting those forms. If we have no completed medical form then your scout will not be getting on the bus!
|Where||Camp Durant, 4637 Old Carthage Road Carthage, NC 28327|
|When||Sunday, July 6th – Saturday, July 12th|
|Depart||Arrive at 11:30 am to leave at 12:00 pm from Phillips Middle School.|
|Uniform||As with all troop outings, troop 39 travels to and from camp in full class “B” (scout pants/class B troop 39 shirt/Scout socks/Scout belt). Scouts must plan have a clean class “B” uniform for the ride home.|
|Return||1 pm on Saturday July 12th at Phillips Middle School.|
|Survival parcels||Scout’s Name, Troop 39, Camp Durant, 4637 Old Carthage Rd. Carthage, NC 28327|
What to Bring
|Class “A” Uniform on HangerSpending Money ($30.00 including lunch money on way to camp)
Sleeping Bag or Sheets
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Bug Spray or Lotion
Completed Medical Form*
* – your scout will not be allowed to travel to camp without this.
|Clothes for 6 Hot DaysUnderwear for 6 Hot Days
Socks for 6 Hot Days
3 Pairs of Scout Socks
Boots for Rain
Comfortable Shoes for Walking
Light Jacket for Cool Weather
Towels for Showers and Swimming
Pen/Pencil and Paper
Flashlight with Extra Batteries
OA Sash if Applicable
Merit Badge Pamphlets
Dirty Clothes Bag
|Note: It is recommended to pack for camp in duffel bags, footlockers or sports bags as opposed to back packs. Because we are there for a week, it is easier to get to your clothes and things if you don’t have to dig them out of the bottom of a back pack.|
What not to bring
|Personal Rifles or other Firearms, Ammunition or Bows.Alcohol, Drugs or Tobacco
Fireworks, Candles and Flammables
|Fireworks, Candles and FlammablesBicycles
Expensive Cameras and other Valuables
T-shirts, hats or other clothing with alcohol/tobacco logos/ads or with drugs or sexual connotations printed on them
Please contact Sammy if you have any questions.
Troop 39 leaders had a lot of fun building the Monkey Bridge at the Spring Camporee and the boys from across the two districts voted it the best activity at Camporee!
As the day goes on, the ropes stretch and several times Chris tightened the ropes however late in the day, just before the bridge was disassembled, several scouts tried to brave it, some succeeded, others didn’t!
Also, enjoy the photos of Mr Benton in two of the classic barcecuing positions! What a superb and memorable dinner!
Thanks to all of those who made Touch a Truck such a resounding success. Enjoy these memories.
Parents – your attention to this is important – It’s time to make commitments to Summer Camp!
Summer camp 2014 is at Camp Durant. We depart on July 6 and return on July 12th.
Sammy is handling the money side of Summer Camp. Mr Tomkins is handling the programme.
The base cost for this camp is $265. Please contact Sammy if you need assistance covering the costs of this camp. Fees may be paid by check payable to Troop 39 or from the scout’s account balance.
There may be additional costs based on your scout’s electives which are paid at camp. See the Leader’s Guide or the Session Schedule for details of those electives requiring additional costs. (Note the Leaders’ guide file name indicates 2013 but the content is 2014).
Here is what you need to do – no later than April 23rd
Please share this page with your scout and work with them on their electives. If you need advice, please email or call Mr Tomkins.
Please complete the online form below on or before April 23rd. If you can not use the online form, simply write down the requeted information legibly on paper and bring it to Mr Tomkins.
We would like a response from every scout even if they are not planning to attend summer camp. It’s important that we know whether your scout is planning to attend and what their electives are by April 23rd – a delay may mean that your scout does not get to take their preferred electives.
Please see the following documents:
1. The Leader’s Guide which outlines all of the programmes offered at Durant.
2. The daily (Monday-Thursday) Session Schedule.
Scouts who are rank Tenderfoot or below must elect to take either the morning or the afternoon trailblazer programme – not both. They can choose other scheduled activities such as Merit Badges for the other part of the day.
Scouts who are Second Class are recommended not to take the trailblazer programme but may do so after they have first discussed this with Sammy or Mr Tomkins.
Scouts First class and higher should elect to take merit badges.
Scouts may leave only one hour free in the day. Scouts with a sash full of merit badges (and who are experienced negotiators) may leave more than one hour free however this needs to be first agreed by Mr Tomkins.
Yours in Scouting
The NCSU Merit badge College is Occoneechee Council’s largest with 512 participants. This college, in its sixth year, focuses on science and engineering Merit badges however this is only the first time for Troop 39. It is taught by some really outstanding instructors – professors, graduate students and undergraduates - with a ratio of 1 to 4 instructors to participants, and there are some rarely offered Merit Badges.
My Meyer and Mr Tomkins took 11 scouts who earned a total of 14 Merit Badges (3 Animal science, 3 veterinary science, 2 engineering, 3 energy, 1 weather, 2 space exploration). What they saw was very exciting and engaging instruction from true experts in their fields. One scout was treated to a tour of the National Weather Service’s Raleigh operation based on the Centennial campus on NCSU.
We wrapped up the day with a trip to the James B Hunt Jr library on Centennial campus and the scouts were able to see the robots in the library retrieving books from the shelves, take part in building stories with Lego (part of an independent literary festival taking place at the library). We finished off a perfect day by enjoying an ice cream made from the milk from the NCSU herd!