BSA – Winter Camp 2017 Guide v 2017 11 22 The Mecklenburg County Council (Charlotte Area) will be offering a merit badge college event at Belk Scout Camp (9408 Belt Rd, Midland, NC 28107) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday – December 14, 15 & 16th, 2017.
Winter Camp offers all Scouts the opportunity to work on merit badges. Star Scouts may participate in a 3-hour Saturday afternoon conservation service project as required for advancement to Life Scout rank.
Scouts will camp in canvas tents in Cub World, eat heartily in the Dining Hall with meals prepared by a volunteer Cook Team, and participate in merit badge workshops. The following merit badges (with counselors and maximum enrollment) are on our schedule:
- American Cultures (offered to all Scouts) – Scott Phillips, Stuart Tucker
- *Citizenship in the Community – 6 – Dean Loven – one course
- *Citizenship in the Nation – 6 – Dean Loven – one course
- Climbing – Rob Seate – 8 – one course
- *Communication – Brady Drummond-Ryan – 15 – one course
- *Emergency Preparedness – Tony Bateman – 12- two courses
- *Family Life – Brady Drummond-Ryan – 15 – one course
- Fire Safety – Van Swepston – 12 – two courses
- Inventing – Mike McCoy – 8 – two courses
- *Personal Management – Kary Beaman – 8 – four courses
- Photography – John Mahaffey – 8 – two courses
- Scouting Heritage – Stuart Tucker – 8 – four courses
- Signs, Signals, and Codes – David White – 8 – two courses
* required for Eagle
All Merit Badge Counselors will be registered with BSA as adult volunteers and will be current on BSA Youth Protection and Merit Badge Counselor registration with the Council.
Scouts will register and pay individually. Parents and unit leaders are welcome and encouraged to register and attend and camp. If a Scout does not have a parent or unit leader on site, one of the staff adults will serve as his supervising adult and Scoutmaster. Supervising adults will sleep in a tent in the campsite for safety and discipline. Scouts and leaders will follow BSA Youth protection guidelines.
Cost is $75 per Scout. Cost for all camping adults is $25. Cost includes food (Friday night Cracker Barrel with dessert and hot chocolate, Saturday breakfast, lunch, supper, Cracker Barrel with dessert and hot chocolate, Sunday breakfast, snacks, all meals with vegetarian options), merit badge supplies, printing costs of merit badge workbooks for all Scouts, evening movie(s), facility use fees for Dining Hall and Learning Development Center, clean up supplies, event patch.
Check-in will begin at 5:00 pm on Friday at the Berry Shelter near the swimming pool. All Scouts and leaders will need to turn in BSA Health and Medical Record form Parts A and B (not requiring a doctor examination). See http://www.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_AB.pdf. These health forms will be returned at check out. In the event of illness or injury, the emergency will be assessed by Scout leaders and medical personnel on site and 911 services activated if warranted.
Blue card requirement: Each Scout must present to the counselor a separate blue card signed by their Scoutmaster indicating permission to participate in that course. Scouts should fill out the requirement grid portion of the card and have the Merit Badge Counselor initial this section of the card for each completed
requirement. When the Scout has completed all requirements, the Merit Badge Counselor must sign and date the card on 2 places. Each Scout is responsible to obtain these signatures and to turn the card in to his Scoutmaster so that merit badge can be registered and awarded.
Note that Troop 108 is not participating in this event as a unit. We are simply presenting the information to our scouting families so they can decide if this is something that they would like to participate in or not.