It’s back, by popular demand! Once again, your representative PLC members have decided to run summer camp Troop 8 style! That’s right, we’re going camping for a week in the beautiful Appalachian wilderness of summer camp ‘08 fame!
Welcome to Troop 8 Base Camp!
Our week-long summer camp adventure will be a wild, crazy, fun filled “base camp”-style adventure in beautiful Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania; the location of last year’s camp. On the western edge of the Appalachian Mountains, Ohiopyle is located alongside the Youghiogheny River (that’s pronounced “yokah-gae-nee”), which along with the mountains indig- enous to southern Pennsylvania makes the town an ideal place for camp- ing, hiking, and boating.
The week will be spent working on “core skills” challenges with your patrol. Lots of the activities will focus on refining your first aid, cooking, camping, and navigational skills. The rest of the time will be filled with other things to work on – like hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, and HAM ra- dio. Much of the focus will on working together with your patrol, so that you’ll be able to do more challenging and technical stuff the rest of the year!
Our departure will be the morning of Saturday, July 18th at Lily Park (on Platt Rd, south of Eisenhower). The driving time to Ohiopyle is approximately six or seven hours, including a lunch stop, so we’ll arrive at camp in the late afternoon.
The next morning after breakfast, we’ll start with activities in pa- trols. The activities will vary from patrol to patrol depending on your selections. The possible list of activities includes many poplular activities from last year: rafting, kayaking, biking, climbing, or the river hike, to name a few, as well as a few new activities: a back- packing trip away from base camp or an overnight bike trip along the scenic rail trail that follows the Youghiogheny River . Some of them may be more unpredictable and challenging, but all of them will be designed to help you learn and refine a variety of skills.
Wednesday, in fine Troop 8 tradition, will be different! On Wednesday night we will be sampling the local food at one of a variety of possible restaurants, followed by a trip to the movie theatre. This night will be a nice break from the challenges of camp. On Thursday and Friday, the challenges will increase, and the tasks carried out will grow so that a patrol’s members become more reliant on their personal skills and less reliant on their patrol leader.
Saturday will be the best day of all: a full out day devoted strictly to patrol competition. This is where we will see if the training of the week has paid off and the patrols can function on together well. Who knows, there might be some sort of prize for the winner at the end!
Equipment and Experience
There will be no prerequisite for summer camp this year. However, if you are new to Troop 8, we highly recommend that you come on a weekend outing before this trip so that you learn some tricks of the trade!
Be sure to check the gear list attached to the event description on the web site. This list was generated specifically for summer camp this year, so follow it closely! There will be a pre-summer camp meeting prior to departure for camp that you’ll need to attend as well.
Sign-ups and Paperwork
Sign-ups will be taken on or before May 19th. Sign-ups will be taken by calling or e-mailing your patrol leader. New scouts can call or e-mail Ben Pernik (email@example.com, 734-996-2896) or Ryan Hibbs (firstname.lastname@example.org, 734-214-5723). Please try to be helpful by responding with a definite "yes" or "no" before the May 19th deadline. Shortly after that, we will have to close the trip to signups.
The cost for Troop 8 Summer Camp this year will be $350. These fees cover all the general trip costs: camping fees, food, equipment rentals, transportation, and many other miscellaneous items. The per-week cost is compa- rable to a BSA-run scout camp, but with much more adventure included!
In addition to the camp charges, there will be the usual need for “pocket change” spending money in camp and for “road meals” on the trip down and back. Parents of new boys who aren’t yet used to handling their own money can give one envelope to an adult or senior scout/trip leader to distribute the money throughout the week.
Please remember that Troop 8 adult leaders and boys will never accept money at meetings or events. All pay- ments must be made to Troop 8, and sent to the troop treasurer Marie Deveney (email@example.com, 734-996-2896). Families of boys who sign up will be billed for deposits, but we’d prefer to save the postage if possible by having you send your payment directly.
A Reminder for Parents: As with all Troop 8 outings and trips, it’s very important that no interested participant shies away from Summer Camp for financial reasons. The skills that a scout learns and will later share with rest of the world are far more important to us than the cost of canoe rentals or park permits. Drop a note to the troop treasurer or approach a scout leader in confidence and we will see to it that the fundraising that you have contributed to is used to help defray your costs.
Scouts should address their questions to the trip leaders, Ben Pernik (firstname.lastname@example.org, 734-996-2896) or Ryan Hibbs (email@example.com, 734-214-5723). Parents with adult-level questions, or parents of new scouts should direct their inquiries to Colin Forgacs (firstname.lastname@example.org, 734-646-0831), or Steve Zekany (email@example.com, 734-239-3772). As always, we ask that parents please do not “cross the boundary” by keeping parental inquiries exclusively at the adult level.
Don’t Forget the Summer Camp Sequence!
1) Sign up by May 12th -Sign up by emailing or calling you patrol leader, OR -Sign up when you join the troop (new scouts only) at any time up to May 19th.
2) Pay $175 Deposit by May 19th. Mail a check for $175 payable to “St. Thomas Troop 8” to the troop treasurer Marie Deveney at 1607 Newport Creek, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, OR let the treasurer or scoutmaster know about financial need.
3) Pay $175 Balance Due by June 30th. Mail a check for $175 payable to “St. Thomas Troop 8” to the troop treasurer Marie Deveney at 1607 Newport Creek, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, OR let the treasurer or scoutmaster know about financial need.
4) Be ready for final pre-camp meeting and gear check on July 7.
5) Meet July 18 at Lilly Park for departure for camp! See the website for more details.
6) Come back to boring non-troop reality on the evening of July 26.