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Woodruff Scout Reservation: July 6th - 12th, 2014

Summer Camp means more in a Scout's life than all the meetings in the year put together. The days in camp mean physical fitness, fellowship, and fun. Scouts will have the opportunity to complete requirements for rank advancement, earn merit badges, and participate in several fun troop activities. Click on the links below to get the forms you'll need.

Please fill out the form on page 2 of the Summer Camp Registration Form below and return it with your deposit and/or remaining fee balance. A total of $315 is due June 4th.


Summer Camp Registration Form (click here).

Annual Health and Medical Form - REQUIRED with photocopy of Medical Insurance Card (click here).

Routine Drug Administration Record form (click here).



WHEN

We are signed up for the week of July 6th - 12th, 2014. We will meet Sunday morning, July 6th, 2014 at 8:00am in the parking lot of Oak Grove Elementary School (NOT SCOUT HALL). We will check in at camp at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 6th, and check out at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 12th. All drivers coming up Saturday morning July 12th are to be there in the lower parking lot by 8:00am sharp - please do not be late! Please do not ask to leave with your Scout early that day - they will have check-out duties, and we will depart together as a Troop. We anticipate the boys will return to Scout Hall Saturday, around 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.

WHERE

Woodruff Scout Reservation is operated by the Atlanta Area Council, and is located near Blue Ridge, Georgia, about two and one-half hours drive north of Decatur. Click here for a map to get directions.

HOW

The Troop 77 Summer Camp Committee will be coordinating transportation for all Scouts who sign up for camp. In order to transport the 70 Scouts that normally attend summer camp we need drivers. If you can drive one way or both, and/or pull the trailer one or both ways, please check the appropriate space on the registration form page 2..

FEE

The summer camp fee for Scouts is $315.00. This fee covers most expenses, such as food, lodging and a Troop 77 t-shirt, but does not include refreshments, such as snacks, soft drinks, or certain articles and money needed for merit badges, or meals in transit to and from camp. The first payment of $150 is due on or before March 5th, 2014. The balance of $165 is due by June 4th, 2014. You may also opt to pay the full amount when you register. The camp also requires a BSA medical form signed by a physician (Parts A-C) along with a photocopy of your insurance card. Click here for the required Annual Health and Medical Form.

LEADERS & ADULTS

In addition to the well-qualified camp staff, additional adult leadership is needed at camp. Therefore, we need adult volunteers to make the week successful. You can attend for one day or the entire week (Troop 77 will pay camp fees for all-week volunteers. Partial week volunteers pay $20/day). If you can participate in this way, please check the appropriate space on the registration form page 2 and let the Scoutmaster know. There will be camp wall tents in our site, but you are welcome to bring your own.

PACKING

Here is a link to a detailed list of personal equipment your son will need to make his stay in camp comfortable. Click here for the Summer Camp Personal Equipment List. !!!Be sure to read the Additional Info & Helpful Tips section below!!!




ADDITIONAL INFO & HELPFUL TIPS

  • No neckerchiefs required for summer camp (the boys just lose them and it's too hot to wear them.)
  • Remember - the Troop always travels in Class A uniforms!
  • Class B uniforms (any kind of Scout t-shirt) will be required most of the time. Class A's are worn during certain ceremonies and evening meals.
  • Send a clothes hanger with your son for hanging his Class A uniform up in his tent. (Some boys may need a lesson in how to actually USE a hanger!)
  • Put your son's name on EVERYTHING. Get a sharpie and mark it ALL. "Metallic" Sharpies mark well on almost any surface.
  • Your son should bring money for lunch on the way TO and FROM camp.
  • Fred Turner is coordinating all the merit badge classes for our troop. All "new" boys will take "New Scout" for three hours every morning. This will help him in rank advancement. Merit badge classes will be available for him to take in the afternoons. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR SON IS REGISTERED for classes. If you're unsure, call Fred at 404-841-4646.
  • Staying Dry - It's guaranteed that drought or no drought, it WILL rain at Summer Camp. Your Scout will be much more comfortable if he has the proper rain gear for summer camp (pochos, unless well made, are not a good option). Bring plastic bags. Pack clothes/outfits in large (2+ gallon) ziplock bags so they'll stay dry regardless. (This really works!)
  • Many boys like to have their stuff in an "Action Packer" box (20-24 gallon size), or footlocker, etc. It should fit under the cot if possible.
  • Water bottle (a carabiner clip works well to carry the water bottle.): There are water coolers at each activity station and the boys are encouraged to refill their bottles and drink -- A LOT.
  • Homesickness is often an issue - especially if the weather is bad. Encourage your son before the trip saying that he will have fun. Emphasize the fact that if he's not having fun, he needs to speak with one of the adult leaders. The troop really likes to help the boy realize that he CAN do this.
  • Consider sending a letter or postcard (or two) to your sons before they leave for camp (especially for New Scouts). The camp has daily mail service. No mail should be sent to the Scout after Wednesday because it will not arrive in time. The address is:
  • Woodruff Scout Reservation
    10387 Boy Scout Rd
    Blairsville, GA 30512
  • We need drivers and a trailer puller on both legs of the trip.


For more information, check out:
Robert W. Woodruff Scout Reservation web page.

If you have any other questions, please give Scoutmaster Brad Gilmer a call. We are looking forward to another exciting and successful Summer Camp with you and your sons.

Brad Gilmer, Scoutmaster
(770)-496-0136 (h)