Time to Select a Summer Camp for 2020.
From our 2019 Summer Leaders Listening Sessions, leaders said many of them approached the patrol leaders’ council to select a summer camp for 2020. The Leaders often encouraged the Scouts to choose a summer camp destination that met two basic requirements:
1. The summer camp had to be with a limited number of miles from home.
2. The Scouts had to research and tell why they wanted to attend that particular camp.
While many Troops travel each year to have different camp experiences, other troops remain steadfast to a particular camp year after year. I would encourage leaders to take a look at what Hidden Valley Scout Reservation and Camp Tuckahoe have to offer this coming summer.
The most common comment that everyone agreed on that had the most impact on a positive summer camp experience was the quality of the summer camp staff. Each week at Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley, we encourage leaders to tell us about our staff members who when above and beyond the call of duty so we could recognize them. In a world that often offers common stereotypes about this vs. that generation, we are happy and proud of the reputations of our camp staff. Each week we would hear about how this person or that person spent extra time working with Scouts, were so enthusiastic, and how they felt our camp staff truly cared about their Scouts.
Items to Compare – Our Camps vs. Another Summer Camp:
Summer Camp Cost: Scouts BSA $385, Webelos $305, Cubs $160
Easy Merit Badge Signup: Online Service like Tentaroo tracks daily advancement progress that leaders can access at camp.
Camp Communication: Leader Texting Service, Videos & Leaders Guides
Advancement: STEM and EAGLE Merit Badge Departments
Program: Discover Scuba, ATV, Standup Paddle Boarding, Ziplines Rides, Project COPE and Open Climbing
Cool and Different Merit Badges: Robotics, Game Design, Chemistry, Kayaking, Climbing, Golf, Chess, Metal Working.
First-Year Camper Program: Quality of Staffing, Supplies, and Leadership involvements are the critical ingredients to the successful First-Year Camper program.
Foodservice: Air Conditioned Dining Halls, Make your Ice Cream Sunday, Family Styles Service, Meals with Camp Staff, and Fun Meal Times Programs.
Facilities: Swimming Pools vs. Lakes. Campsite Heater Stacks or Food Pavillions vs. Dining Halls, Availability of Wifi Service, Leaders Lounge, Hot Showers, Dry tents, with good Mattresses Pads.
Adult Training Opportunities: Leave no Trace, Climbing on Safely, Safe Swim Defense, Safety afloat, BSA Lifeguard and Introduction to Outdoor Leaders Skills (IOLS)