The forecast for this weekend is quite a bit cooler than the weather that we're currently experiencing. The low temperatures at night will be very close to freezing, and possibly below freezing. The temps during the day on Saturday will also be fairly cool, probably around 50 degrees. For those reasons, everyone attending the camp out will need to come prepared for the cold temps. Multiple thin layers work best since they can be removed as the temps go up. Warm sleeping bags, or a sleeping bag with a blanket, are going to be needed since we'll be in tents this weekend. We do not have a building to go to at night, so please come prepared for cold nights. As with any camp out, please make sure to bring an extra pair of shoes/boots as well as rain gear and other equipment to handle the unpredictable Iowa weather.
The sun will be going down Friday night at around 6:16, so it will be important to leave the church on time. Even leaving on time, it's going to be getting dark when we get to Mitigwa. Unlike our summer time camp outs, it's important for the boys to have a flashlight ready and available for when we get to Mitigwa. Please don't pack your flashlight in your bag because it will be difficult to get it out in time to set up camp.
Cost: $15 - Grub-master & fuel to pull the trailer. Please make checks payable to Troop 188. Payment should be made before we leave on Friday evening.
Depart: Friday, Oct, 26th - Cornerstone Baptist Church
Loading begins at 5:15 PM so we can leave by 5:30 PM. Wear your Class “A” uniform.
Return: Sunday, July 28th - East Elementary parking lot
We'll return around 10:00. The boys will call before we leave so we can give a more accurate return time, so please make sure they know what phone number to call.
All Summer Camp fees must be paid in the next week or two. If you have any questions about how much your family owes please let me know. Every person, adult and Scout, must have a current BSA medical form turned in before we leave for camp. This form must be signed by your family physician. Sections A, B, and C must be completed and returned to me before camp. The form is good for one year, so if you turned in a form for Summer Camp last year then you must turn in an updated medical form. The BSA Medical form is below in case anyone needs a copy.
We will be departing for camp on Sunday, June 24th from the Mercy North parking lot behind Quik Trip. We'll meet at 12:30 with the intention of leaving at 1:00. We are able to check into camp after 12:00 and we want to get there as early as possible so we can get our campsite setup and ready. We'll be loading the trailer with as much gear as possible since we'll have our trailer in our campsite, but given the size of our group this year we will need to have a large amount of gear hauled up in personal vehicles. Once at camp, we'll use one of the hay racks to haul our remaining gear back to camp.
We'll be leaving camp on Saturday, June 30th. Unlike most of our other camp outs, you will not need to return to Ankeny with the group if you do not wish. Everyone is responsible for either picking up your son and his gear, or making arrangements for someone to bring him home. We will be hauling the trailer and gear back to Ankeny if you need your gear brought back to Ankeny. We've done this in years past since it simplifies the return trip home and allows the boys to go straight home if they want. We'll probably leave camp around 8:00 am, but additional information will follow once the full departure schedule is determined.
If needed, your son can be signed out of camp early, but I'll need to have that information before camp. Anyone leaving camp early will need to notify me ahead of time and officially sign out in the camp office. I will have early departure forms with me at camp.
Family night is Thursday, June 28th. This is the evening that families are invited to come up to camp for dinner and a couple of camp wide ceremonies. This year there will be dinner served in the dining hall, but as in years past we are suggesting that you bring your son's favorite food up for dinner on that evening. Pizza, fried chicken, and sub sandwiches are always common favorites. If you choose to take advantage of the dining hall option, the cost is $6 per person and you'll want to make those arrangements before going to camp. The Council office will be able to assist you with making those arrangements. The schedule for Thursday evening is:
5:00 - 6:30 pm - Dinner
6:45 - Flag ceremony
7:00 - Open areas
8:30 - Campfire
The campfire is normally an entertainment type of event with songs and skits. After the campfire is the Order of the Arrow Call Out ceremony. This is one of the best ceremonies that you'll see in Scouting. This is where the older Scouts that have been nominated for entry into the Order of the Arrow are "Called Out", which basically means that they will begin their OA experience. It is a Native American Indian ceremony that is very exciting for the boys and very interesting for the families. I strongly encourage everyone to attend this activity. Please keep in mind that no vehicles are allowed in camp, so you will be walking everywhere you go. They boys are normally very excited to show you around, so please wear comfortable walking shoes and come prepared to walk around quite a bit.
If you are interested, a photo order form for formal Summer Camp pictures is below. These pictures are taken on the first day of Camp while the boys are still wearing their Class A uniforms (and are still clean). If you are interested in pictures, then please fill out the form and bring it and a check when we leave for camp. We will collect photo forms and checks right before we leave for camp.
I've received numerous questions about gear to being to camp. A word document with a suggested gear list for summer camp is below, so please take an opportunity to review this. As always, if there are any questions or concerns please feel free to let me know. There are a few things that I want to take an opportunity to cover in this message.
As with any type of long duration activity away from home, homesickness is always a risk. We always have some homesick boys while at camp, but there are a couple of things that you can do to help with this. Encourage your boys to enjoy their week at camp and to take full advantage of the opportunities that they will find there. Speak to them about the experience and remind him that you'll be seeing him on Thursday evening at family night. Cell phones are prohibited at camp for Scouts, and the office will not allow calls to be made by the boys, so please do not tell your son to call you during the week. The adults at camp will have their phones, but the boys will not be allowed to use them to call home except in the case of emergency. We've found that once a boy talks to his parents while homesick, it's unlikely that they'll finish their week at camp. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy please let me know. One of the best ways to help your son at camp is to send them a letter (yes, simple, old fashioned pen & paper letter). Letters will be collected at the office each day by myself or one of the other leaders and then distributed to the boys. It takes a couple of days for letters to make it there, so please feel free to send one before your son leaves for camp. It can be a huge deal for the boys to a simple letter or postcard at camp so please take advantage of this opportunity. The letters should be addressed as follows:
Name of Scout
1820 Magnolia Dr.
Woodward IA 50276
If there are any questions or concerns please feel free to let me know. Summer camp is a big deal for the boys, and a new experience for many of you. We want to make this the best possible experience we can, so please let us know if you need anything. There are no stupid questions, so please feel free to ask about anything that you're unclear on.
We currently have 38 boys signed up for Summer Camp, but I've spoken with a couple more families about camp but have not yet gotten merit badge choices or payment from those people. There is still time to sign up for Summer Camp, but we're getting close to the cutoff, so if you want to sign up, or believe that your son should be on this list, then please let me know ASAP. A document with the merit badges that each boy is registered for is below. If there are any concerns about merit badges then please let me know.
When: January 20-22
Where: Camp Mitigwa
The Hawk Eye District Klondike Derby is this weekend and it's looking like we're going to have great weather for it. There probably won't be much snow, but we'll make things work no matter what the conditions are.
As is normal for our camp outs, we'll be meeting in the parking lot at Cornerstone Church at about 5:15 with the plan to leave for Mitigwa at 5:30. Please try to be on time so we can leave on time. Everyone needs to wear their class A uniform (including neckerchief) on Friday night and on Sunday when we return to Ankeny.
We will be returning to the parking lot at East Elementary on Sunday morning at around 10:30. The boys will call home when we leave Mitigwa to give a better estimate on our return time.
It's important to remember that this is a winter camp out even though the weather hasn't been typical for Iowa winters. There is a good chance that the boys may be wet an/or dirty on Saturday, so it's going to be very important to bring extra clothes, hats, gloves, and boots.
This camp out is the first outing that we'll be trying our new grubmaster fee plan. Everyone attending needs to pay $15 to the Troop before we leave on Friday. This is $12 for food costs, and $3 for fuel for pulling the trailer. Grubmasters will need to bring receipts on Friday or to a Troop meeting in order to be reimbursed for the cost of the food.
Winter Survival Training
When: January 28 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Iowa State University Armory
The Mid-Iowa Council is conducting a Winter Survival Training. This is an excellent program that many of the members of the Troop have attended over the last few years, and I encourage anyone interested in attending to take advantage of this program. This is an indoor/outdoor program, everyone attending will need to come dressed for the weather. The attendance is limited to 300 participants. The fee for this event is $20.00 per Youth Member or Adult Leader. This fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, coffee for adults, and patch. An “Army Survival Handbook” will be available for $15.00 each.
additional information and registration
When: February 17-19
Where: Sundown Ski resort in Dubuque, IA.
The cost of equipment, lift tickets, and helmet for two days will be $69/day plus food and gas. Helmets are required by the BSA. More information is coming soon.
Simpson College Road to Eagle Merit Badge Sessions
When: January 14, February 4, and February 25
This event was scheduled on an individual basis, so you should already be aware if you're attending this event.
Strategic Air Command(SAC)
When: March 30-31
Where: SAC Museum in Omaha, IA
We will be doing the space exploration merit badge. This is a Friday night event, so we'll be going over after school on Friday and will return on Saturday. There will be more information coming soon.
This is a unique opportunity for scouts to complete 1 or 2 merit badges in some pretty unique areas like engineering, nuclear science, robotics, journalism, or graphic arts...just to name a few. There are also Eagle required merit badges such as First Aid, Citizenship in the World, and Communications. Details on our trip to the Merit Badge University in Ames are included below. Everyone should be getting more details in an email from the organizers sometime this week.
1. Departure and Return Time – I know it is early, but we need to depart from the church at 6:45 AM. Due to the large size of our group, the organizers would like to have us arrive by 7:15 AM. We should get back to the church around 4:45 PM, and we will have scouts give their parents a call when we leave Ames. Registration is at Howe Hall – directions below:
2. What Scouts Should Bring:
Weather appropriate clothing - we will be traveling between buildings for some merit badges
Merit Badge Blue Card – will be handed out at the church Saturday morning
Merit Badge worksheet – Print out from the following site: http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Merit_Badge_Worksheets
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