Hi, everyone – This email is for the scouts who will be going to camp in July as well as all PLC members. Camp is only 21 days away and we need to start preparing for the big adventure. Next Sunday’s meeting we’ll start organizing the troop gear. I expect the PLC and all campers to attend the meeting. We have a lot to do.
Campers, please print this email and review it with your parents. I will provide additional information at the meeting.
Dates / Where: We will meet at Joy Lutheran Church Sunday morning, July 10th for check in and verification of all paperwork. We have to work with the church on the timing, so we will finalize this next week. Once everyone is checked in, we will board the bus and head to Denali Camp. Scouts should have eaten breakfast before arriving at the church and should bring a bag lunch for later. The first meal at camp will be dinner.
We will depart camp Saturday, July 16th and I expect the troop will be back at Joy Lutheran Church between 2-3pm. Parents, please be available on Saturday to pick up your son.
Health and Medical Records: All scouts attending camp should have a completed Annual Health and Medical Record form, Parts A, B and C forms turned in to Mrs. Estes. This is a must do! You will not be able to attend camp if the troop does not have your updated medical forms. Please contact Brandi Estes if you have any questions.
What To Wear: Scouts should be dressed in Class A uniform when he shows up on Sunday. This includes a scout shirt, scout pants, troop neckerchief and slide. Scouts will not wear their uniforms all of the time while at camp, but there will be multiple occasions when they will need it for evening events. I would also recommend bringing a hanger…this helps to keep the uniform clean and “findable.” For most of camp the scouts will be in their Class B’s. Camp T-shirts will be handed out at Denali.
Please make sure your scout has proper footwear for camp. He will need sturdy shoes for hiking and spare shoes in case his shoes get wet. It is important that your scout has quality rain gear (top and bottom) as well as a warm jacket. Also, please do not pack cotton clothing.
I will hand out a detailed packing list in Sunday’s meeting.
Merit Badges: Scouts should have already signed up for merit badges. Mr. Puterbaugh has submitted the merit badge requests to the council and will have a list at Sunday’s meeting. If you have not signed up for merit badges or are not sure please contact Mr. Puterbaugh ASAP. Scouts without any merit badge classes will have the opportunity to work on the Mr. Lundgren Merit Badge, which requires additional camp clean up, toilet and shower duty and dishwashing duty.
Money: I expect Denali Camp will have some type of trading post available to purchase snacks and scouting supplies. Experience shows between $20 and $30 cash should suffice. Note that the adults in charge will not hold or be responsible for money.
Bicycles: Denali camp covers a large area and the Council will allow the scouts to use bicycles in camp. You are required to have a properly fitted helmet and attend a safety briefing. Because of the logistics in transporting bicycles you will need to sign up at Sunday’s meeting to bring your bicycle. The troop will need to secure a second trailer to bring the bikes to camp and we need to know how many there will be.
Meals: All meals at camp are prepared patrol style. This means the patrols will be provided with the ingredients to prepare breakfasts, lunches and dinners. This is a great opportunity for scouts to learn how to prepare, cook and clean up after meals. If your son has special dietary needs, please let me know ASAP.
Also in preparation for cooking, I would request that your son start learning how to clean and dry dishes at home. (I’m not joking.) As most homes are equipped with a dishwasher, I’ve found this to be a lost art!
I will send out a second email with a detailed packing list, permission slip, and troop code of conduct forms.
If you have any questions, please contact me via email or home phone (696-3786).
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