Friday, February 10, 2012

Getting Ready For Camp: February To-Do List

All of us on camp staff are getting excited about the coming camp season. We've interviewed prospective staff members and are working out job assignments now. Next month we begin staff training and development. Meanwhile, here are some tasks unit leaders should be working on to get ready for summer camp:
  • If you haven’t already done it, hand out medical forms and encourage both Scouts and adults to schedule early appointments for their physical exams. Everyone planning to stay in camp overnight (including campers, visitors, family members and friends) must have the appropriate medical forms. Medical forms are good for one year and must be current to the end of camp.
  • The Annual Health and Medical Record, Parts A, B, and C (BSA Form 680-001 Rev. 2/2011) replaces all old medical forms. This form needs to be filled out completely, including inoculations with dates, a doctor’s signature with date, and consent to treat parent signature. This form is available on the Ventura County Council’s website.
  • Now is a good time to begin working with Webelos and New Scouts so that they will be prepared to go to camp with your troop. New Scouts can complete most of their Tenderfoot requirements at camp, but there are a few, like the physical fitness tests, that are best done at home. Also, hand out the What to Bring to Camp list so first-time campers have plenty of time to gather the things they need.
  • Older boys should start thinking about what merit badges they would like to work on at camp. Some badges, like Camping and Citizenship in the Nation, have extensive prerequisites that will take time to complete. We are updating the Merit Badge Planning Worksheet to reflect changes in our schedule and revised requirements for several merit badges, and will post it here by the end of February.
  • Pay your deposit of $350 per unit by February 28, 2012, to hold your reservation at Camp Three Falls.
  • A payment of 50% of your total camp fees (based on your estimated number of attendees) is due March 1.
  • Pay your camp fees in full by March 31 to receive the early-bird discount of $10 per Scout.

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