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First Year Campout - March 19, 2016

What: First Year Campout
When: March 19 - 20, 2016
Campsite: Mafeking 1 to 2
Who: All Troop 33 Scouts
Cost: $30
Activity Coordinator: Rick Valestra
How: Click here to sign up

Dress code: Class A Uniform for the drive up and most activities.  Please also bring Class B uniform - wear class b under class a.

Packing List:
Please use the troop packing list  and check listwhich can be found on this web site under the "Scouts/Gear" Section
and the documents section: Documents


There is a first year camp out on Saturday Mar 19 through Sunday Mar 20 at the Boulder Creek Scout Reservation (BCSR).  BCSR is one of the easiest to get to campsites and a great site to learn camping skills.  First Year Scouts will work on Trail to First Class skills including cooking, campfire building, and safe knife and axe handling.

Question:    "Hey I am an adult, can I come along?"
Answer:        We are still trying to determine how many adults we will need to attend, to help drive the boys to BCSR.
                     Sign up if you are interested in attending, but the Scoutmasters have the final say over who and how many adults will attend.

Question:     "Hey I am a Star scout and want to work on my EDGE requirements, can I come?"
Answer:        We have a few spots available to help out, please sign up and send a note to Mr. Stanley and Mr. Kim indicating your interest and we will see how many scouts we can accommodate, and the first to ask us will be the first given the chance to attend.

Question:    "What do I pack for this trip?"
Answer:        We will review at the meeting what you should bring, but for reference the Troop 33 "Camping Checklist" is a great source.

Payment & Consent Form

Look for Mr. Valestra at troop meetings holding "First Year Camp Out" sign and hand him your check and form.
  1. Activity Consent form (attached below)
  2. Check for $30 made out to "BSA Troop 33" with "First Year Camp Out" and scout name on the memo line

NOTE:    Forms and checks must be turned in by Mar 15.



8:00am                  Meet @ LAUMC
8:30am                  Depart for BCSR
8:30-10am             Drive to BCSR
10:00-11:00am      Setup camp
11:00-12:00pm      Skills training and testing
12:00-1:00pm        Lunch
1:00-6:00pm          Skills training and testing
6:00-7:30pm          Dinner
8:00-10:00pm        Campfire w/ Flag retirement
10:00pm                Lights Out


7:00am                  Wake Up (stay quiet until 7am in tent)
7:00-8:30am          Breakfast
8:30-10:30             Tear Down
10:30-11am           Thorns and Roses
11am-noon            Drive Home
Noon                      Arrive @ LAUMC*

Look for Email Blast from Activity coordinator as to true arrival time

Please be patient, as getting 30 boys out of camp can be challenging  :-)


We will have three rotation stations

a) Earn your Totin' Chip and learn axe and knife skills

b) Earn you Firem'n Chit and learn how to use a stove

c) Flag station, raise and lower a flag and participate in a flag ceremony.  In this station you will also practice your skit for your campfire.  Also work on patrol yell, name, flat.  Also work on basic knots as time allows 

Food Shopping

The Patrols get to decide what is for Breakfast and shop for items for the patrol.

We will be asking parents of scouts attending to help with shopping of food for all other meals.


What do I bring?
Look at this list for what to bring on all trips - Camping Checklist and The Ten Essentials
For this trip please also bring your scout book, so we can sign it off and you can read up on the various activities we are doing.

And bring a pocket knife for the Tote and Chip section.

What will we be doing?

Scout Rank:

two half hitches
Taut line hitch
square knot
Whip rope
fuse rope
5Demonstrate your knowledge of pocketknife safety.
T1a.Present yourself to your leader, prepared for an overnight camping trip.
Show the personal and camping gear you will use. Show the right way to
pack and carry it.
T1b.Spend 1 night on campout in tent
T1c.Tell how you practiced the Outdoor Code on a campout or outing.
T2a.Assist with cooking
T2b.While on a campout, demonstrate the appropriate method of safely
cleaning items used to prepare, serve, and eat a meal.
T2c.Explain the importance of eating together as a patrol
T3a.Demonstrate a practical use of the square knot.
T3b.Demonstrate a practical use of two half-hitches.
T3c.Demonstrate a practical use of the taut-line hitch.
T3d.Demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of the knife, saw, and ax.Describe when each should be used.
Demonstrate how to display, raise, lower, and fold the U.S. flag.

s2a. Explain when it is appropriate to use a fire for cooking or other purposes
and when it would not be appropriate to do so.

s2b. Use the tools listed in Tenderfoot requirement 3d to prepare tinder,
kindling, and fuel wood for a cooking fire.

s2c. At an approved outdoor location and time, use the tinder, kindling, and
fuel wood from Second Class requirement 2b to demonstrate how to
build a fire. Unless prohibited by local fire restrictions, light the fire. After
allowing the flames to burn safely for at least two minutes, safely extinguish
the flames with minimal impact to the fire site.

s2d. Explain when it is appropriate to use a lightweight stove and when it is
appropriate to use a propane stove. Set up a lightweight stove or propane
stove. Light the stove, unless prohibited by local fire restrictions. Describe
the safety procedures for using these types of stoves.

s2e. On one campout, plan and cook one hot breakfast or lunch, selecting
foods from MyPlate or the current USDA nutritional model. Explain the
importance of good nutrition. Demonstrate how to transport, store, and
prepare the foods you selected.

S8a. Participate in a flag ceremony for your school, religious institution,
chartered organization, community, or Scouting activity.


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