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Get ready for Summer Camp!

posted Jul 20, 2014, 9:30 AM by Cub Scout Pack 151

It's almost time!

For those of you who've already signed up, it's time to get ready for Cub Scout Resident Camp.  This year, it's called Camp Akela and we'll all be keeping an eye out for Sasquatch!

I strongly encourage you to read through the 2014 Cub Scout Summer Camp Parents Guide PDF (link here). At camp, we'll receive our program schedule.

I've included new info and stuff that's specific to the camp we're attending. I've summarized a few things that will be helpful to know before you arrive at camp.

Camp Akela at Phillippo

Friday, Aug. 1, 6:00PM - Sunday, Aug. 3, 3:00PM
Webelos Outpost begins Sunday, 3PM ends Monday.

Phillippo Scout Reservation
30654 32nd Ave Way, Cannon Falls, MN 55009  (directions PDF)

Get packing!

Recommended personal equipment list:

  • Class B Uniform Shirt (Wear your "Running with the Pack" Class B t-shirt during most camp activities.)
  • Class A Uniform Shirt (Our sharp-looking pack wears Class A uniform shirts and neckerchiefs over our Class B's during flag raising/lowering ceremonies.)
  • Swimsuit
  • Towels
  • Poncho or raincoat
  • Pants/Shorts
  • T-Shirt (as a backup to your Class B)
  • Sweater or jacket
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Closed toe shoes. No open toe sandals or flip flops allowed (2 Pair)
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Pajamas
  • Sleeping bag
  • Small backpack
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat*
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Water bottle (filled)
  • Personal medications
  • Personal first aid kit* (Band-Aids, antibiotic ointment, wipes, etc.)
  • Whistle*
  • Compass*
  • Map of camp* (link here)
  • Cub Scout knife for Bears & Webelos (which must be accompanied by a Whittling Chip)*
  • Camera*
  • Watch*
  • Mosquito netting* (more on this below)
  • Binoculars*
  • Matches (adults only)*
  • Spending money for Trading Post (candy, ice cream, patches, souveniers, books, etc.)*
  • Camp/lawn chair*
  • Cub Scout Handbook
  • Sports equipment for free time* (frisbee, ball, etc.)

* indicates optional Items
BOLD indicates very important items

Arrive Friday at 6:00PM

Plan to arrive at Camp prompty at 6:00PM. If you've completed a BSA Swim Classification Test prior to camp, bring your own documented proof.  Showing up on time will allow you enough time to bring your equipment to your campsite, take your swim test (if needed), unpack your campsite, and be ready for the camp orientation & tour that evening with your campsite commissioners. At the orientation/tour, you will be given further information regarding your stay.

"Cracker Barrel" Friday evening

There are no meals served at camp on Friday. Instead, bring along a few things for you and your Scout to eat such as crackers, cheese, fruit, etc. Last year a few from our pack kicked it up a notch and shared pickled herring, beef jerkey and sausage too. Aww yeah.

Required forms

IMPORTANT CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR:
You will be responsible for bringing and turning-in your own forms at camp.

In the next few days, I'll contact you to give you copies of your already completed Annual Health & Medical (AHMR) and your Camping Particapant Waiver (CPW) forms.  Please be aware that the CPW is being phased out in lieu of the Shooting Sports Waiver (SSW).  For this camp, however they'll accept our CPW's.  MN Law requires that you present your own AHMR to the camp's Health Officer at check-in.  They'll speak with you briefly about what you've listed on your forms.

Note: I've learned from experience and the above is a change from last year's camp.  Having your own forms in-hand makes checking-in smoother for everyone, especially if you're running a little late.

Remeber also to bring your BSA Swim Classification Test documentation, if you have already completed it.

Electronic devices & mobile phone reception

Camp is a great place to get away from everyday life and experiece the outdoors. Please leave your electronic devices, iPads, game devices, etc. at home, (unless you're using them as a camera). They'll be a distraction for you and the others around you. Please also be aware that mobile phone reception at Scout camp is notoriously unreliable. If someone needs to reach you while you're away, the camp's telephone may be your only option: 651-254-9136 and 507-263-4324.

Campsite & tent details

All campsites are equipped with already-set-up 9 1⁄2’ x 7 1⁄2’ canvas wall tents on wooden platforms, each containing two beds with mattresses. These tents do not have built-in mosquito netting. You are welcome to bring your own mosquito netting, if you choose.

You may bring your own tent to camp with you if you prefer. Please let me know if you plan on it. I'll need to inform the camp director ahead of time.

Campsites include picnic tables, dining flies, a latrine, a water pump, and several fire rings. All areas of the campsite must be cleaned by your pack when you leave. Firewood may be collected from already downed wood. To avoid the spread of tree illnesses, no wood from outside of camp may be brought in.

Who's Going?

Tiger:
Gunnar

Wolves:
Ethan
Brady
Ethan

Bears:
Jack
Isaiah
Sam
Ugnius
Ean
Matthew
Logan
Liam
Jonah
Nicholas

Webelos:
Spencer* 


Boy Scout:
Tristan*

Adults:
​Tracy
Al
Mark
Chad
Mike
Jeff
Kirk
Peter
John
Jeff
Mitch
Charlie
Brandi
Michael*

*signed up for the additional Webelos Outpost

Questions?

The 2014 Cub Scout Summer Camp Parents Guide PDF (link here) should answer most of the questions you may have.  If not, please ask me. I'll get you the answers you need or will find someone who can.

Be prepared for the highlight of the Cub Scouting experience.  You and your son are going to have a great time.

Can't wait to see you there!

Outings Chair
outings.pack151@gmail.com

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