Monday, April 4, 2016

Boy Scout Camp Program for 2016 - Not Just Merit Badges

We have an exciting program planned for you this summer. In addition to nearly three dozen merit badges, we have an outstanding Trail to First Class program, and this year we’ve also introduced a few new non-merit-badge classes that we believe are worthy of your consideration.

First and foremost is our Adventure Trek, an all-week, immersive program for boys 13 and older. It includes several in-camp adventures, like climbing, low COPE, and black powder rifle shooting; mountain biking; and a three-day, two-might backpacking trip in the Chumash Wilderness. Along the way your scouts will participate in leadership development exercises drawn from the BSA’s Kodiak syllabus, and have the opportunity to work on Camping and Geocaching Merit Badges if they so desire.

We're in the process of overhauling our Pathfinder program to include new 2016 requirements like boating safety and GPS navigation. What won't change is the fun and high quality of instruction we offer to participants.

This year we’ve redesigned our Pathfinder (Trail to First Class) cooking instruction into two segments that will be offered during fourth period. Monday and Tuesday, scouts will work on Tenderfoot and Second Class cooking, and Wednesday and Thursday will cover First Class cooking. Note that this classes will not give each scout the opportunity to cook all of the required meals, particularly for First Class, but they will learn about nutrition, menu planning, food safety, and learn some new recipes they can take back to the troop. SCOUTS MUST SIGN UP FOR THESE CLASSES IN ADVANCE so that we can be sure to have enough supplies.

We offer some two-day merit badges in our Handicraft area, that this year we’ve added a couple of two-day, non-merit badge activities. Our High Adventure area will offer a two-day Teambuilding/ Low COPE class. At the Fort there will be a two-day Frontier Skills class, which will include flint and steel firebuilding, tomahawk throwing, branding, trap setting, bullwhips, and black powder rifle shooting – good preparation for the Seneca Run on Friday.

All of these programs are described in detail in the Leaders Guide, which is available for download from the Ventura County Council website.