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Subject: Non traditional Summer Camp

From: Scott Patterson (spatterson3@JAM.RR.COM)

Date: 19:03, Jul 14 2003

We just did this! The scouts are now so spoiled that it is going to hard to get them back to a BSA camp!

We took 31 scouts and 9 adults. We had a high adventure (backpacking for 5 days/4 nights in the Smoky Mountains). Offered ten merit badges and had a great first year camper program. Out of the 9 adults we had 2 that were on the trail with six of the scouts, so that left 7 adults in camp and that included the cook staff of 3 (I was one of the cooks). All of the adults taught merit badges, even the cooks!

It is a great deal of work. We prepared over 930 meals during the week long summer camp. The food was the best that I have ever had. We had food ranging from Hamburgers, Catfish (Southern style), Sirloin Tip, Grilled Chicken, Spaghetti, Fried Corn, Snap Peas, Mashed Taters and lots of Banner Pudding! Cook staff was first up and last to bed (Fresh biscuits every day)! It also did not hurt that two of us are certified chefs!

Even though it was a great deal of work, I would do it again simply because the kids loved it.

We rented a White Water Rafting outfitters cabin that had bunks for 50 and a full kitchen with refrig and freezer. It had a wrap around 12' wide porch with tables. We had Hot showers and several flushers!! The cost for the cabin was $6 per person per day.

We rafted on a couple of days, did canoeing on one day. We followed BSA guidelines to the "T". Everyone did swim test prior to camp. And all adults had Safe Swim Defense certs from the council.

Our cost were lower than a BSA camp for this years camp, yet we had a quality program that we knew was taught properly to the scouts. We even had MB classes at night. The best thing was that we brought a laptop with a DVD player and an LCD projector and had movies every night on a bed sheet hung on a wall of the cabin.

I would suggest that you look into this type of camp for your troop, just be prepared for the work. Adults just can't sit around and read a book!







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