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2012 Camp Savvy (March)

From Mr. Wheeler (Thursday, March 29, 2012)
 
Greetings Campers!  Is your gear all cobweby?  Dust bunnies in your sleeping bag?  Batteries conked out?  Mess kit messed up? 
 
Time to suck it up and get your camping game face on because we’re going camping!!!
 
This is just overnight so don’t go crazy.  Here is a brief gear listing for your packing pleasure.
•        Tent
•        Insulating ground Pad
•        Sleeping Bag
•        Class A Uniform to wear Sat evening
•        Mess Kit
•        Water bottle
•        Rain coat
•        Sturdy footwear
•        Head lamp or flashlight
•        Scout book
•        Fleece beanie
•        Day bag (very helpful when you go to the evening supper at Pace Farm)
•        Clothing appropriate for field duty:
         •        Quick drying pants (not jeans)
         •        Wool or synthetic blend socks (not cotton)
         •        Quick drying laying shirt(s) (not cotton)
         •        Fleece layering jacket (not a cotton sweatshirt)
         •        Windbreaker outer layer (rain coat works great)
         •        Sturdy footwear
         •        One extra set of underclothing to sleep in and for Sunday
Experienced campers who follow the non-cotton guidelines know that you can basically wear what you arrived in for almost all of our camps, underclothing being the exception.  This is just overnight so whittle it down and make it easy.  Identify everything with Troop number and name.  You’ll need your mess kit for Sunday breakfast so don’t send it home with your parent from the Pace Farm supper if you use it there. 
 
Here’s the most important thing you’ll need!!
•        A great attitude and Scouting Spirit
         •        A cheerful and helpful attitude is the most important thing you have.  It can’t be lost or taken.  It’s all yours and it can go with you anywhere. 
 
All Scouts are to arrive directly at the Springs Camp on Saturday morning by 8:30am.  We are not meeting at the AFC!  Scouts helping with stations and adult station managers may arrive as early as 7:30am to get set up.  Our goal is to have our camp briefing meeting done with by 9:00am and break for stations at that time.  We’ll wrangle tents at lunch break or prior to leaving for Pace Farm.  Lunch will be served by the Troop.  Supper is at the Pace Farm family meal.  I understand from SPL Daniel that Sunday Breakfast will be served by the Troop, not patrol cooking. 
 
Directions to Springs Camp:
Genito Route:
•        Genito west from Woodlake
•        Left on Moseley
•        Watch for T2860 sign on your left, access is gravel drive
•        Please do not use the resident house drive
•        Drive time is about 15 min
Hull Route:
•        Hull Street west from Woodlake
•        Right on Skinquarter
•        Right on Moseley
•        Watch for T2860 sign on your right, access is gravel drive
•        Please do not use the resident house drive
•        Drive time is about 15 min
 
Directions to Pace Farm:
FROM WOODLAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
•        Take Hull Street Road (Rt. 360) to Rt 288 East (towards Chesterfield Courthouse)
•        Take the Courthouse Road exit
•        Turn left onto Courthouse Road at the stoplight (heading towards Rt. 360)
•        Go through the two stoplights at the Rt. 288/Courthouse Road Junction
•        Continue on Courthouse Road for approximately 0.5 miles
•        Turn right onto Richland Road (there is right hand turn lane)
•        Go approximately 0.2 miles and Richland Road makes a 90 degree right hand turn
•        After the turn, Richland Road becomes Burnett Drive Chelsea Farm (Pace Farm) is on the left (split rail fence)
Almost immediately, you will see an asphalt driveway with 2 brick columns on your left. Go past this driveway and enter the farm from the 2nd driveway (gravel) with 2 brick columns
•        Turn left onto the gravel drive and follow the woodline past the old farm house
•        Park in the field on the left
•        Drive time from Springs to Pace Farm is about 25 min
 
If you have any questions, please contact me or SM Mr. Smith.
See you soon!
T2860SM
Mark Wheeler
 
 
From Mr. Wheeler (Tuesday, March 27, 2012)
 
Greetings Scouts! We’re headed towards a great camping weekend in just a few days. It’s good to be back in the saddle again with all the activities and tasks to engage in as we’re in camp countdown.

I moved both trailers to the site on Sunday. I’ll try and get some wood cut tonight for the axe yard in addition to what we have already staged. I have the water jugs prepped and ready to fill. I’ll get the lantern posts on site tonight and check the hardware and ropes on the flag poles. Mr. Coakley will have mowed the tent sites by now or will soon. The portable toilet should be delivered by Thursday. I’ll stake out the parking area with markers to preserve additional tenting space and station space near the shooting wall before Sat. Mr. Martin and I will assure lunch supplies are tasty and plentiful! We’ll be ready!!

So what can you do? Lots!! If you are a lead on a station shown below, please roll in early Saturday ready to go with your supplies and teaching plan. We have many fantastic older scouts ready to help instruct but they will need a plan. Stations will last about 45/50 minutes. Group size at a station will be no more than 3 or 4 if scout groups are equally split up. This is a recipe for quality scouting IF you have your station prepared. Just as I’m prepping the site for us now and throughout this week, now is the time to get the stations planned and supplied. Tables will be scarce. If you’re counting on a table, please try and bring one (or two).

Camp managers Scoutmaster Mr. Smith and/or SPL Daniel will be sending a message about the patrol breakfast cooking plan soon. Senior Instructor Patrick will meet with all Leadership Core instructors and guides prior to station time beginning on Saturday morning. ASPLs Eric and Noah will be helping the new scouts and parents in addition to helping SPL Daniel with camp management. Chaplain’s Aids are to be prepared for Vespers on Sunday. ASM Mr. Mulloy is our adult mentor assisting with Vespers.
All attending adults are on safety and supervision watch. Adults, please actively monitor the event area and do not hesitate to intervene should you see a scout conducting himself outside of our camp rules or straying from the permitted attendance area. Let’s have a safe, fun, and productive camp!!
 
Lead Station manager are:
•        Firem'n Chit / Fire Starting – Mr. White
•        Totin' Chit / Axe Yard, Tools, Maintenance – Mr. McNeil with assistance from Mr. Gould
•        Tech Chit / Safe Internet – Mr. Mulloy
•        First Aid / Smoke/Ankle transport – Mr. Ashgard
•        Camp Cooking/Gear use – Mr. Trench
•        Whip Fuse Knots / Camp Gadget – Mr. Roberts
•        Basic Orienteering – Mr. Damon
•        Poisonous / Native Plants/ 10 animals – Mr. Reinhardt
•        Buddies and Bullies – Mr. Mulloy
•        New Parent Orientation – Mr. Tyson
 
If you have resources to offer a station manager, please contact them directly. Both Troop trailers will be on site. Please contact Mr. Gould if you have a question about what is currently in the trailers or for any Troop gear related questions. Station supply costs will be reimbursed by the Troop. With all the effort it takes to pull this together, now would not be the time to be without any needed training equipment or supplies so please endeavor to be prepared. Station details attached. Please contact me if I’ve erred in the assignments. 
 
Adult Station Managers and helpers needed:
We have a few openings in our stations or additional help needed including:
•        Camp Cooking/Gear use
•        Whip Fuse Knots / Camp Gadget
•        EDGE Leadership / Flag Skills
•        Totin' Chit / Axe Yard, Tools, Maintenance
•        First Aid / Smoke/Ankle transport
•        Camp Traffic Manager needed
 
Directions to Springs Camp:
Genito Route:
•        Genito west from Woodlake
•        Left on Moseley
•        Watch for T2860 sign on your left, access is gravel drive
•        Please do not use the resident house drive
Hull Route:
•        Hull Street west from Woodlake
•        Right on Skinquarter
•        Right on Moseley
•        Watch for T2860 sign on your right, access is gravel drive
•        Please do not use the resident house drive
 
Directions to Pace Farm:
FROM WOODLAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
•        Take Hull Street Road (Rt. 360) to Rt 288 East (towards Chesterfield Courthouse)
•        Take the Courthouse Road exit
•        Turn left onto Courthouse Road at the stoplight (heading towards Rt. 360)
•        Go through the two stoplights at the Rt. 288/Courthouse Road Junction
•        Continue on Courthouse Road for approximately 0.5 miles
•        Turn right onto Richland Road (there is right hand turn lane)
•        Go approximately 0.2 miles and Richland Road makes a 90 degree right hand turn
•        After the turn, Richland Road becomes Burnett Drive Chelsea Farm (Pace Farm) is on the left (split rail fence)
Almost immediately, you will see an asphalt driveway with 2 brick columns on your left. Go past this driveway and enter the farm from the 2nd driveway (gravel) with 2 brick columns
•        Turn left onto the gravel drive and follow the woodline past the old farm house
•        Park in the field on the left
 
 
From Mr. Wheeler (Monday, March 19, 2012)
 
Greetings Scouts!  What a super fantastic weekend!  Now that is what I call AWESOME spring weather!!  What else was awesome was the extraordinary turnout for our T2860 Leadership Orientation and Camp SAVVY planning meeting last night!  Thank you very much Scout Leaders and the many dedicated adults for attending.
 
The last two weeks of March are action packed for our Troop but I need to focus on Camp SAVVY planning here for this message.  So here we go!  There's a lot here so please read carefully.
 
Stations – I winnowed this down to offering six station in the AM and six stations in the PM.  Select stations will operate all day.  Some stations are combined.  A station may not cover all of the associated rank requirements.  Let’s strive for quality rather than quantity. 
 
AM Only:
Tech Chit / Safe Internet *
First Aid / Smoke / Ankle Transport
Edge Leadership / Flag Skills
Poisonous and Native Plants / Animal Sign Identification
 
PM Only:
Firem’n Chit / Fire Starting
Whip Fuse / Knots / Camp Gadget
Basic Orienteering
Buddies and Bullies *
 
AM and PM:
Totin' Chit / Axe Yard, Tools, Maintenance
Camp Cooking/Gear use
 
Stations identified with (*) are mandatory for all Scouts to include in their rotation .  Other stations are appropriate for higher ranks such as basic orienteering being a bit more challenging.  Scouts may otherwise select station attendance according to their interest or rank skills proficiency practice needed.  This station mushing kind of messed up our scout instructor sign ups last night so please be flexible.  Please contact me for corrections or to get on the station helper listing. 
 
Generous time allowance and limited stations are designed to offer high quality Scouting!  Station rotation will permit almost an hour for each station.  Having several Scout Instructors at the stations will offer nearly a one to one ratio of instructor to Scout student for a hands on focused learning experience.  Paring up our Scout Instructors with Scout students offers the chance to build leadership skills and develop strong relationships that are hallmarks of a quality Troop and Scouting program.  Adult mentors at stations should strive to incorporate their Scout Instructors to the fullest extent practical being mindful to assure a safe and productive learning experience are provided for all (both student and instructor).  
 
The time line remains the same.  Arrival may begin by 8:00am for station managers on March 31 to get set up.  Everyone should have arrived by 8:30am.  Breakfast will NOT be served Sat Moring.  Please take care of breakfast prior to arrival.  Station rotation will begin promptly at 9:00am so Scouts have a chance to engage in three rotations in the a.m., 9:00am to 12:00noon, and three in the afternoon, 1:00pm to 4:00pm.  We’ll get our tents set up either in the morning if you get there early enough to do so, or from 4:00pm to 5:00pm in the afternoon after stations close and prior to leaving for the Pace Farm family meal and OA Tap Out ceremony. 
 
Sign Ups:
We’ll continue to take sign ups March 21, 28, and right up to camp, just bring your forms with you.  We do need a head count for meal planning.  If you can sign up by the 28th or earlier that would really help us plan.
 
Transportation:
Scouts are to arrive directly at the Springs camp Saturday morning, March 31, by 8:30am.  We are not meeting at the church or SRC parking lot.  Scouts should arrange for rides with fellow Scouts if needed.  Adult drivers are needed to assist with carpooling out to the Pace Farm on Sat afternoon.  Drivers assisting, please arrive by 4:00pm Saturday afternoon at the Springs to help us transition to the Pace Farm.  If you haul them out, please bring them back!!!  The exit from the Pace Farm after the OA ceremony if notorious for being chaotic.  Please keep track of your car load of scouts!!!  We are returning to our Springs camp for the night.
 
Supervision:
As you know, we are guests on private property at this camp.  As such I ask that all attending adults be particularly watchful to assure our Scouts conduct themselves honorably and remain within the permitted area of activities.  Adults not assisting with a station are especially important in this regard.  All Scouts are expected to be engaged in Scouting related activities.  Scouts who have a skill already signed off are certainly encouraged to participate in a station that will refresh their skills.  Scouts choosing to not engaged in permitted activities will be sent home. 
 
Patrol Cooking:
SPL Daniel and SM Mr. Smith have scheduled Sunday morning as patrol cooking.  Once we get a camp roster together, SPL Daniel and SM Mr. Smith will forward the camp roster to the Troop with camp patrols organized.  Camp patrols may then coordinate Sunday morning meal plans.  Most of our sons have a phone permanently attached to their arm so I don’t expect communication to be a problem for them.  Our Troop roster is on the web site if anyone needs contact information.
 
Uniform / Camping Gear:
Class B for the daytime activities.  Class A for the Pace Farm family meal and OA Tap Out.  Sturdy footwear please.  Rain gear should always be at the ready.  Veteran T2860 campers should know the drill by now.  All of our Crossover Scouts are coming to us as Arrow of Light recipients so they should also know how to pack for a camp.  Please contact me or SM Mr. Smith if you have any questions.  Please make sure you have your Class A with you!  This is just overnight and the vehicles are close by.  No need to overdo it.
 
Camp Traffic Manager:
We’ll need at least one adult to record arrivals and departures so we have a continual record of who is in camp.  Please contact me if you can assist with this very important (and BSA required) function.
 
Adult Station Managers and helpers needed:
We have a few openings in our stations or additional help needed including:
•        Camp Cooking/Gear use
•        Whip Fuse Knots / Camp Gadget
•        EDGE Leadership / Flag Skills
•        New Parent Orientation (for our newly joined adults, not a scout station)
•        Totin' Chit / Axe Yard, Tools, Maintenance
•        First Aid / Smoke/Ankle transport
 
Each station must have at least one lead adult who prepares the gear needed or purchases what is required.
 
Lead Station manager are:
•        Firem'n Chit / Fire Starting – Mr. White
•        Totin' Chit / Axe Yard, Tools, Maintenance – Mr. McNeil with assistance from Mr. Gould
•        Tech Chit / Safe Internet – Mr. Mulloy
•        First Aid / Smoke/Ankle transport – Mr. Ashgard
•        Camp Cooking/Gear use – Mr. Trench
•        Whip Fuse Knots / Camp Gadget – Mr. Roberts
•        Basic Orienteering – Mr. Damon
•        Poisonous / Native  Plants/ 10 animals – Mr. Reinhardt
•        Buddies and Bullies – Mr. Mulloy
•        New Parent Orientation – Open
 
If you have resources to offer a station manager, please contact them directly.  Both Troop trailers will be on site.  Please contact Mr. Gould if you have a question about what is currently in the trailers or for any Troop gear related questions.  Station supply costs will be reimbursed by the Troop.  With all the effort it takes to pull this together, now would not be the time to be without any needed training equipment or supplies so please endeavor to be prepared.  Station details attached.  Please contact me if I’ve erred in the assignments. 
 
Basic Schedule:
March 31:
o        8:00am Station Managers arrive at Springs Camp, begin set up
o        8:30 Scouts Arrive at Springs Camp
o        9:00 start station rotations
o        9:00 – 12:00 Station rotation
o        12:00 – 1:00 lunch **Troop Provided**
o        1:00pm – 4:00 Station Rotation
o        4:00 – 5:00pm Tents set up, prep for transport to Pace Farm
o        5:00 leave for Pace Farm (CLASS A Uniform, OA members, Sashes for OA event)
o        6:30 Pace Farm Family Meal
o        8:30 Begin Tap Out Ceremony
o        10:00 return to Springs
April 1:
o        8:00am rise and shine!
o        8:30 patrols breakfast underway, adult breakfast provided
o        9:30 Patrol breakfast completed
o        10:00 Vespers
o        10:30 break camp, clean up.
I can’t wait to go camping!!  
Please contact me if you have any questions.
T2860 ASM
Mark Wheeler
 
 
 
From Mr. Wheeler (Wednesday, March 14, 2012)
 
Greetings Troop!  What great weather!!!  I’ve got Spring fever something bad!!  My camping juices are flowing and we have just the fix coming up!  Camp SAVVY and the OA Tap Out is just around the corner, March 31 / April 1 so get ready to go camping!!
 
There will be limited messages about this camp.  Please read through the following information thoroughly.
 
In March/April, after crossovers are completed, is the perfect time to work on woodsman skills.  During the day, Sat, March 31, we’ll run our Camp SAVVY skill stations at our T2860 Springs Camp.  These stations will be targeted at teaching several Tenderfoot through First Class skills. 
 
Saturday evening, traditionally we’ve combined forces with our companion Troop, T2806, also sponsored by WUMC, to bring our Troop family together.  We’ll be doing that again this year with a large family evening meal shared together at former T2806 Scoutmaster Mr. Pace’s family farm near 288 and Courthouse Road on Sat evening March 31.  All family members of the Scouts are encouraged to attend this wonderful evening meal and time of fellowship. 
 
Later on this evening after the family meal is completed, on the same site at the Pace Farm, will be the Order of the Arrow Tap Out ceremony.  At the Tap Out ceremony, Scouts voted into the Order of the Arrow will be acknowledged by a special ritual.  This is very significant event that you do not want to miss.  More details will be shared about the specific time and directions to the Pace Farm location as I get this together.  For now, please reserve the afternoon and evening of March 31 for a wonderful family scouting event.  Please also think about a food dish that your family might share as this is a pot luck dinner.  Last year about 200 people attended.  We are a LARGE Troop family when combined with our companion WUMC Troop! 
 
Now let’s discuss our daytime event for March 31, Camp Savvy at our Springs Camp.  For our newer members, T2860 has a wonderful relationship with a very generous family, the Coakley Family.  On their 17 acres of property on Mosley Road we have a little space carved in the woods for our Troop’s use. Most of our Troop members have been at our Springs camp at one time or another.  We named it the Springs for the many artesian springs that force ground water to the surface on the property.  Our camp fire pit literally sits on the exact dividing line of the Swift Creek and Appomattox watersheds.  This is a very special property and we are privileged to have use of it. 
 
Given that this is private property, not a BSA reservation, the rules for Scout supervision are increased.  Scouts are expected to be either helping teach a station, participating at a station, or otherwise occupying themselves with the permitted camp activities. 
•       Scouts are not to roam the property or otherwise not be engaged with the camp event. 
•       All Scouts are to be directly supervised by a specific adult. 
Patrol adult mentors and attending parents will be responsible for their patrol members.  New Scouts not assigned to a patrol yet will be attached to one or more attending adults for supervision for the day.  We’ll sort this out on Saturday morning.  I don’t expect any problems as we’ve had many successful camps at our Springs Camp.  In appreciation for use of the Coakley property and for everyone’s safety, I ask that we have excellent adult attendance and “by the book” supervision for this camp.  I invite you to utilize this wonderful event as a time where you can share a day with your son and enjoy fellowship with your Scouting family. 
•       New Scout parents are especially encouraged to attend at least for the day so we may become acquainted with your son and you can get to know your new Troop members and Boy Scouting.  I’m planning for New Parent Orientation to be offered as one of our stations and, of course, we’ll pretty much talk scouting non-stop anyway!! 
The Springs Camp SAVVY activity is not a family event so please no siblings, pets etc...  The evening meal at the Pace Farm IS a family event.  Please join us for this special evening.   
 
Camp SAVVY Permission form, Map to the Springs Camp, and a station planning sheet are attached.  We’ll begin camp registration tonight (hopefully!). 
 
At Camp Savvy at the Springs we’ll create a village of Scouting Skills stations.  Each station will cover specific aspects of Tenderfoot through First Class skills. 
Typical skills include (we won’t do all of these):
*         Fire Starting
*         First Aid
*         Camp cooking and cooking gear use
*         Axe yard safety training, tool use and maintenance
*         Whipping / fusing / Knots
*         EDGE Leadership Skill
*         Basic orienteering (how to tell directions at night for instance)
*         Safe Hiking rules
*         Flag skills
*         Poisonous Plant identification
*         Buddies and Bullies
*         Leave no Trace Training
*         10 wild animal evidence and identification
*         10 Native Plants evidence and identification
*         Smoke filled room and sprained ankle transport
*         Safe internet use and cyber bullying
*         Making a useful camp gadget (surprisingly hard to get done!)
 
Stations will be selected and planning readied at the March 18th Camp SAVVY Station Planning session at Hampton Park, 7:00pm
 
At the March 18th planning session I need to place leader names with Camp Savvy stations.  I’m hoping to run a few stations in the a.m. and different stations in the afternoon.  All Scouts above First Class Rank will be involved with teaching at stations.  We’ll arrive on Saturday morning, get things set up and begin our stations.  We’ll have to be efficient with our tenting and parking to leave space in the shooting field for our multiple stations set up.  A sample station planning excel sheet is attached. 
 
Non Station - We’ll need transportation helpers as we travel to the Pace Farm (288 and Courthouse location) in the late afternoon from our Springs camp and participate in the Troop community meal and the following Order of the Arrow Tap Out ceremony. 
 
Leaders managing stations are expected to gather needed materials for their stations.
 
Also needed is a food purchaser and manager for a Troop lunch on Saturday and adult breakfast on Sunday.  Senior Scout leaders of SPL and ASPLs generally eat with the adults
We have much to do and I have little time to pull this together.  One meeting to be exact!!!  Adult station managers will be teamed with Scout instructors on a schedule that I’ll post so all know who is to be where and when.  The (new) SPL, SM Mr. Smith, and I will cover this in detail at the Patrol Leaders Conference on the 29th. 
 
Basic Schedule:
March 31:
o        8:00am Station Managers arrive at Springs Camp, begin set up
o        8:30 Scouts Arrive at Springs Camp
o        9:00 start station rotations
o        9:00 – 12:00 Station rotation
o        12:00 – 1:00 lunch
o        1:00pm – 4:00 Station Rotation
o        4:00 – 5:00pm Tents set up
o        5:00 leave for Pace Farm (CLASS A Uniform, OA members, Sashes for OA event)
o        6:30 Pace Farm Family Meal
o        8:30 Begin Tap Out Ceremony
o        10:00 return to Springs
April 1:
o        8:00am rise and shine!
o        8:30 patrols breakfast underway
o        9:30 Patrol breakfast completed
o        10:00 Vespers
o        10:30 break camp, clean up.
 
Patrols will cook breakfast on Sunday morning.  This should simplify food purchasing by patrols. 
There will be a few more information details to follow.
T2860 ASM
Mark Wheeler
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