Friday, January 4, 2013

Summer Camp To-Do List For January

With the new year, it's time to start preparations for 2013 Summer Camp for both Boy Scouts and Webelos. Here's what unit leaders should be working on in January.
  • If you haven't already done it, select camp dates and place a reservation for space at camp. Webelos Session 2, and Boy Scout Sessions 1 and 2, are close to full; there's ample space available in all other sessions.
  • Inform your Scouts and their parents of camp dates, cost, payment schedule, and other details. It may be helpful to download the Boy Scout Summer Camp flyer or the Webelos Resident Camp flyer from the right-hand column on this page and distribute it to parents.
  • Begin taking camp signups and collecting camp fees from your unit members. Experience shows that collecting a deposit from each boy early increases the likelihood that he and his parents really buy-in to the idea of going to camp, and will plan their summer schedules accordingly.
  • It may be helpful to meet with New Scouts and their parents soon after they join, to emphasize the importance of attending summer camp their first year. Boys who attend camp with the troop their first year are far more likely to stay in Scouting and have a positive, long-term Scouting experience.
  • Download and review the 2012 Boy Scout or Webelos Camp Leader Guide from this site, especially if you have not been to Three Falls recently. The Guide was extensively rewritten for the 2012 season to reflect new programs and activities, and most of it remains correct for this year. The 2013 Guide will be available soon.
  • Your $350 deposit is due at the council office by February 28. After that date, you will need to pay half the camp fee to secure a reservation.
  • Pay your fees in full by March 31 to receive the early-bird discount.

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