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!
Troop 39 received a thank you from the Town of Chapel Hill by way of it’s Stormwater Management Newsletter. This follows two service projects where Troop 39 members cleaned out trash from along Bolin Creek on Umstead Road and in Southern Village Community Park.
Thanks to all the youth and adult members who helped make a difference to our town!
Troop 39 scouts and leaders presented a check for $8000 to the UNC Children’s Promise in November.
The scouts representing Troop 39 were those who had exceeded 25 hours of Community Service in 2013. Troop 39 has performed over 30 Service Projects in 2013, ranging from April’s Touch a Truck event (where the troop raised the $8000), UNC Graduation twice a year, trail maintenance and construction in Eno River State Park.
Ten scouts of Troop 39 spent the afternoon picking up trash on a tract of land owner by our Chartering organization University United Methodist Church on Umstead Road. It was a lovely Autumnal day – far too good to spend indoors, so what better way to spend it than helping keep our town and waterways clean.
Members of Troop 39 have donated over 1600 hours of service to the community so far in 2013. Troop members giving more than 25 service hours to the community through the troop are eligible to earn the Presidents Volunteer Service Award.