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First Year Campout - March 24, 2018

What: First Year Campout
When: March 24-25, 2017
Who: First Year Scouts and Troop Guides
Campsite: Cubland
Cost: $35
SIC: Troop Guides
Activity Coordinator: Leslie Becker

Dress code: Class A uniform for the drive up and return (Boy Scout protocol for most outings).  Wear Class B uniform (T33 t-shirt) under their Class A or pack it.

First year camp out Saturday March 24 to Sunday March 25 at 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.  They typically start forming important friendships at this outing, and learn what Boy Scout Life is all about.

Question:    "I am an adult, can I come along?"
Answer:        We are always looking for drivers to and from.  Scoutmasters will typically comprise most of the attending adults on campouts, but we periodically need addl. adults to satisfy Youth Protection Guidelines.
                     Sign up if you are interested in attending, but the Scoutmasters have the final say over who and how many adults will attend.

Question:     "I am a Star scout and want to work on my EDGE requirements, can I come?"
Answer:        We may have a few spots for you to help out. Please sign up with Mr.Poppitz and/or Mr.Kim and we will see if we can accommodate you.

Question:    "What do I pack for this trip?"
Answer:        We will review this at a FY meeting, but for reference go to the Troop 33 Scout section - "Camping Checklist".

Payment & Consent Form

Look for Leslie Becker at troop meetings holding "First Year Camp Out" sign and hand her your check and form.
  1. Activity Consent form (attached below)
  2. Check for $35 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 Tuesday, Mar 20.

Food Shopping

Scouts will decide what the meals will be and shop for items for their patrol.  Parents/scouts will then be asked to shop for the food and bring it on our launch day.  The Troop has coolers to consolidate perishables into that morning.  Keep receipts and submit them to Troop 33 for reimbursement - these expenses get spread evenly across all scouts (via your trip cost).

Packing List:

Use these links for all trips - Camping Checklist and The Ten Essentials  (they can also be found under the "Scout" section of our web site).  Also bring your scout book and a pocket knife for the Toten' Chip section if you already have one.


8:00am       Meet @ LAUMC7:00am      Wake Up
8:30am       Depart - drive to BCSR7:00-8:30   Breakfast
9:30-10:30  Set up camp8:30-10:30 Tear Down
10:30-12:00 Skills training (3 stations)10:30-11     Thorns&Roses
12:00-1:00   Lunch11am-noon Drive Home
1:00-6:00    Skills training (3 stations)
6:00-7:30    Dinner
8:00-10:00  Campfire
10:00pm     Lights Out

Look for email from Activity coordinator shortly before returning to LAUMC for a better arrival time estimate.  Please be patient, as getting camp cleaned up and going with this many rookie scouts can be challenging  :-) 


Scouts will rotate through these 3 stations during the day:

"Totin'" station  - Earn your Totin' Chip and learn axe and knife safety and skills

"Firem'n" station - Earn you Firem'n Chit and learn fire safety rules and how to use a stove 

"Flag'n" station  -  Learn flag ceremony skills,  practice your skit for your campfire, your patrol yell and work on basic knots as time allows

What will we be working on

two half hitches p366
Taut line hitch p367
square knot p365
Whip rope p361
fuse rope p361
5Demonstrate your knowledge of pocketknife safety. p380
T1a.Properly dressed and equipped for campout
T1b.Spend 1 night on campout in tent you helped pitch.
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, & use of knife, saw, and ax. Describe when each should be used. p380-386
T7a.Demonstrate how to display, raise, lower, and fold the U.S. flag. p56-60
S2a.Safe Fire use - 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.*Prep Fire - Use the tools listed in Tenderfoot requirement 3d to prepare tinder, kindling, and fuel wood for a cooking fire. p388-92
S2c.*Build fire - 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. p388-92
S2d.*Stove Use - 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. p392-3
S2e.Plan & cook breakfast or lunch - 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. p290-308
S8a.Flag ceremony - Participate in a flag ceremony for your school, religious institution,
chartered organization, community, or scouting activity.

Leslie Becker,
Feb 7, 2018, 10:46 PM
Judy Bergwerk,
Sep 25, 2018, 5:17 PM