WHEN: June 22-28, 2014
WHERE: Ockanickon Scout Reservation
Those who sign up before Feb 28 receive a discounted rate, so please review the following information and return the permission slip as soon as possible for this reduced rate. More information will be distributed in the coming weeks.
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In the coming months I will be sending outs a lot of information describing the summer camp program at Ockanickon Scout Reservation (OSR). OSR is a new location for Troop 899, and there will be several changes from last year’s program. Please make an effort to carefully read through the information provided to ensure a good experience for the scouts.
Why start now?
It might seem a little early to start discussions on summer camp, but we are actually right on schedule. Our incentive to start early boils down to cost savings. OSR gives discounts to those scouts who resister early. The schedule for registration and cost is listed below.
Special Discounted Rate
Feb 28, 2014—$384
Special Webelos Crossover Rate
May 30, 2014—$384
Regular Camp Rate per Scout
April 25, 2014—$406
Late Camp Rate per Scout
May 30, 2014—$421
Please fill out the permission slip as soon as possible if you plan on attending summer camp in 2014. There will be several announcements to remind you, but after the cut-off date the higher fees will be used. Ensure adequate funds in your scout account through Mike Rusk.
What do we know about OSR?
OSR is located near Pipersville, PA about 2.5 hrs by car. While Hurricane Sandy inflicted significant damage on the facilities, OSR has been fully repaired and in many cases facilities and buildings were upgraded during the process. Most of the food is catered/delivered and rumored to be outstanding by youth and adults alike. The staff seems to be highly qualified and pay particular attention on how to improve the program each year, and as such, they provide great opportunities to the scouts. The first year scouts will go to the Dan Beard Program while returning scouts will be scheduling their own merit badges and activities.
Why attend summer camp?
At OSR, it is not just about earning a lot of merit badges. The focus is on giving the scouts a broad range of experiences and matching merit badge instruction to the scouts of the right ages/rank. Last year at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation, it was possible to work on about 6 merit badges, but the OSR staff has found that a lot of scouts leave with partial MBs and miss out on trying new activities when taking on a large number of MBs. OSR staff also found that MB sessions are much more useful when the scouts sign up for MBs that are appropriate for their age/rank. With that being said, I think the scouts going to OSR this year will have greater opportunities to try new things and still earn MBs and have a lot of fun throughout the week.
Merit Badges and Activities
Download the Troop 899 2014 Summer Camp Information Sheet to see the list of merit badges and activities offered by OSR in 2013, but it is likely that many of these will also be available in 2014. As soon as the 2014 merit badge list is available I will forward it to the troop. For now, it might be helpful to get some initial ideas of what merit badges are of interest. OSR uses an approach called “Ages and Stages” to help scouts select MBs that are appropriate in difficulty and subject. This helps the MB instructors by creating classes with narrow age distributions and at the same time increases the chances that the scout will enjoy the MB and actually complete it. There is some flexibility in the selection, but this is handled on a case-by-case basis.
More Info Contact
Matthew Bratcher at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Celmer at ACelmer@comcast.net