Monday, February 21, 2011

Summer Camp Update

Sorry for the long silence, but it's been a busy few weeks. Here's a quick overview of what we've been up to:
  • We conducted staff interviews early this month and most staff members got preliminary offers by phone or e-mail last week. Many of our staff from last year are returning, a few from earlier years are coming back, and we have a lot of enthusiastic new faces as well. I'm excited about the quality of our 2011 staff. We've set an extensive schedule of staff training and camp preparation for them starting next month and continuing until camp opens.
  • The Leader Guide has been almost completely re-written to be better-organized and more informative. It's close to finished and will be available shortly.
  • We've been working with council staff on improving billing systems. Registered units are receiving invoices that will make it easier for you to keep track of what you owe for camp and when it is due.
  • We are developing an online signup system for merit badges and other activities. This will help unit leaders when it comes time for them to work with their scouts to plan schedules and set goals for camp. We will keep you informed about the details.
  • Staff and unit leaders we've talked to are enthusiastic about our Frontier theme. We're adding a number of new activities that reflect the theme -- I'll be blogging about that in more detail in the future.
  • In keeping with our Frontier theme, we're going to call our Trail to First Class program the "Pathfinders". We're beefing up the Pathfinder staff and planning new activities that will make this program even more fun and productive for your younger Scouts -- the older boys are going to be jealous.
  • Of course, registrations for camp are coming in. We're well ahead of last year's numbers. Boy Scout Week 1 is getting close to capacity and Week 2 is filling up nicely, and we have a solid start for all the Webelos Sessions.
  • Maybe the most gratifying thing has been the many offers of help and support we've been getting from individuals and units across the council, and for that matter, from folks outside our council. 
It's going to be a great year for Camp Three Falls!

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