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Crossover Campout - CHANGE OF PLANS
UPDATE: RAIN PLAN - <see below>
For the Crossover Campout we are at the mercy of the weather, and, as per the usual for the troop, it has decided not to cooperate. There are supposed to be storms all afternoon, which would mean no flying and sitting around in the rain, which is no fun. So we are going to hold off for the afternoon in an attempt to avoid the miserable weather. The plan is to have everyone meet up at the Ann Arbor Airport (directions on website) at 6:30 for a hamburger cookout. We'll hold activities until 8:30, at which point we will proceed with the Crossover ceremony and have the scouts camp overnight as planned.
Sunday looks to be a beautiful day for flying, so we will have people fly in the morning. We understand that this is a sudden change of plans, so if a scout has to leave at 9:00 that's ok. But if they can stay, flying will be an option. After a scout has flown, they can immediately leave with their parents. The goal is to be as efficient as possible, and get scouts done and out as quickly as we can.
Of course, there is the possibility that this weather will move slower than expected and rain out the campfire. We will reevaluate the weather conditions at 5:00, but until then, operate on the plan enumerated above. Sorry for any inconvenience, and hope to see you all out at 6:30!
So, do you think you're ready to join Troop 8? WELL I'VE GOT NEWS FOR YOU, SON. You aren't. Don't despair, the only obstacle left in your path is this campout. This campout is meant to test your abilities, via cruel methods such as capture the flag and ultimate frisbee. Then, the new scouts will be forced to sleep outside IN A TENT. If the past six sentences haven't reduced you to a quivering wreck, then you are off to a good start.
The crossover campout is designed to help new scouts get to know the troop, and is also when we officially induct them into our child improvement programme cleverly disguised as a fun Boy Scout Troop. After this Campout, new Scouts are able to come on all meetings and trips, and are sorted into patrols. It also gives them a simple orientation of basic outdoor skills such as tent setup, outdoor sleeping, and learning to light a stove without causing Chernobyl II. Scouts should bring things they need to sleep (sleeping bag, sleeping pad), as well as layers sufficient to be comfortable sitting around at night, and raingear.
If you can't make it to this trip, then tha';s okay, you'll just be oblivious to all of the annoying and repetitive songs that your fellow webelos learned. You can still join the troop, it just won't be in front of an amazing campfire that's nice and toasty warm.