Cradle of Liberty Council,
Boy Scouts of America
SUMMER CAMP 2014
July 20th to July 26th
Once again Troop 16 will attend Summer Camp at the Resica Falls Scout Reservation in beautiful Monroe County, Pennsylvania. The Official Summer Camp Guide is on-line at the Cradle of Liberty Web Site. Scouts and parents are encouraged to read the entire guide prior to Summer Camp. Here's the link to the COL page:
Click on the link for 2014 Summer Camp Leaders Guide to see the full booklet. General Camp information is found on this page.
WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP
What you bring to camp is what will keep you comfortable. You need enough changes of clothing to keep you clean. We’ll have changes in weather; hot, cold, rainy! Be prepared! Here is a list of personal equipment you should bring. Check it carefully; change it if you see fit.
_______ Sleeping Bag or 3 Blanket
_______ Toilet Kit Containing:
_______ Poncho or Raincoat Soap, Deodorant, & Shampoo
_______ Sneakers Toothbrush & Paste
_______ Comfortable Hiking Boots Comb & Brush
_______ Complete Summer Uniforms (2) Towels & Washcloth
_______ Warm Jacket or Sweater Mirror
_______ Scout Knife (NO SHEATH KNIVES)
_______ Pillow or Air Pillow
_______ Insect Repellent
_______ Swim Trunks
_______ Personal First Aid Kit
_______ Extra Shirts
_______ Medical Form signed and dated by DOCTOR AND PARENT
_______ Tough Long Pants
_______ Money for Trading Post - Suggest $50
_______ Cook kit containing: plate/cup bowl/knife/fork/spoon
_______ Materials, costumes, accessories for the theme
_______ Pen, Pencil, Notebook
_______ Water Shoes (Old Sneakers)
_______ Ground Cloth
_______ Boy Scout Handbook
PLEASE LEAVE AT HOME
Any valuable electronic devices such as Cell Phones, Radios, iPods, MP3 players, as well as comic books, valuable cameras, jewelry, etc, and anything else which would tend to detract from the Scouting atmosphere that should prevail at camp.
Monday -Friday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
The morning instruction schedule consists of four 45 minute periodsfor Merit Badge work. Most aquatic badges and all shooting sports badges require double periods.
This year, Big Springs is expanding its media center. This area will offer scouts the opportunity to earn Communications, Journalism, Computers, Electricity and Photography merit badges. Through this program area, Big Springs will have a daily newspaper to highlight the programs offered that day, as well as the weather and other important information to make your week at camp more enjoyable. Make sure you stop by the media center to earn a badge, or just find out more information about the program!
Lunch and Clubs
Everyday the Camp will offer a lunch and program block over two 50 minute periods between 12:20 and 2:00 pm. Each Troop will be assigned one period for lunch and siesta and one period for program clubs. Lunch will be served cafeteria style and your Troop can come any time during their assigned 50 minute period to eat from a nice lunch buffet. During your program period, the Scouts will have their choice among 4-5 different activities that range in variety from Scouting skills, personal interest, and sporting events. This schedule will not be followed on Wednesday to accommodate the Camp Wide Event.
Monday- Friday 12:00 noon at the porch of Unami Lodge
This forum of the camp’s principle youth leaders, the senior patrol leaders, will gather each day to review the program and discuss concerns of the camp. Therefore, it is extremely important that your senior patrol leader be present at each meeting to insure your units representation. In addition, they will play a major role in putting together Friday night’s campfire.
Night Owl Swim
Tuesday and Thursday at 8:45 pm
These are open swims and water slide time for all Scouts and Scouters in camp!
Fourth of July BBQ
Take some time during the middle of your week to enjoy our Wednesday festivities. We will have some good food grillin’ and games for the Scouts to compete in.
Thursday at 7:30 pm
This is an open boating time on the lake til sunset.
Dutch Oven Dessert Challenge & Leaders’ Swim and Barbecue
Monday - 9:00 pm
Leaders are invited to the pool for some hot dogs and a swim. In addition you are invited to cook up your special dessert recipe in a Dutch Oven in the Holiday Theme and enter it into this special Blue Ribbon competition. Camp can provide a Dutch Oven and some basic ingredients such as flour, sugar, etc. Any exotic ingredients should be brought to camp. Make arrangements with your commissioner for any needs you require from the camp.
Friday Night Campfire
Friday night’s campfire is a time to show off your troop’s favorite songs, skits and cheers, as well as recognize thoseScouts and Troops that participated in special camp activities. Troops will submit their songs, skits and cheers at the SPL council, and then this council will decise on the campfire schedule. Please make sure to wear your most creative holiday costume to the week’s finale.
All Faith Serice-Wednesday-7:30 pm • Jewish Service-Friday-7:30 pm
If your troop would like to coordinate a service of a particular faith, we would be happy to help you plan and run it.
All campers and leaders are encouraged to attend the service. Uniforms are appropriate.
Adult leaders are encouraged to participate in all activities in camp. This includes merit badges and campwide activities.
In addition, there are special programs designed specifically for leaders. We also will have contests throughout the week designed specifically for adult leaders. These will be announced during the week and will also be posted on the bulletin board outside the dining hall. Resica falls camp staff will provide the following training for adult leaders throughout the week:
• Home away from home • Safe Swim defense
• Safety Afloat • Climb on Safely
• Trek Safely • Leave No trace
• Napping Merit Badge
Depending on the availability of the Training Committee, Cradle of Liberty council training staff may provide:
• New leaders essentials • Boy Scout position specific training (SM, Troop Committee)
• Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills • Health and safety