Leaving Saturday morning, Sep 10th, works for more people that leaving Friday night, soooo, that’s what we’ll do. We’re getting a good list going with both boys and parents. IF you are interested in a little backpacking up to an alpine lake and can go up with us, let me know by Sunday.
A little more info. (See orig email for more). More info and packing list to follow…..
NEW – MEET AT LINCOLN PARK AND RIDE AT 6:00 FOR A 6:15 SHARP DEPARTURE. Breakfast at MacD’s is optional. Healthy Breakfast is recommend.
It’s about a 2 1/2 hours drive up to the head trail of Upper Cataract Lake. Silverthorne exit, down Hwy 9. Next exit to the trail head is by Green Mountain Reservoir.
About a 6 mile hike, 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours depending on if we stop at Surprise Lake and have lunch. It’s not going to be a race
Like getting ready for the 14er hike, start during water and eating bananas now.
Be at the next Troop meeting 1/2 hour early. Boys in PLC, we’ll need to work something out..
Want to know more of what Upper Cataract Lake looks like? Check out these new pictures I found:
Join us on Troop 88’s backpacking trip to Upper Cataract Lake in the Eagle Nest Wilderness Area! The trailhead is about 22 miles from exit 205 off I-70, north of Silverthorne. We will do about a six mile back country hike with a stop halfway up for lunch at Surprise Lake. We’ll depart PEPC at 5:30PM Sharp on Friday, Sep 9th and car camp at the Lower Cataract Lake campground for the night. We’ll stop along the way for dinner. After a nice breakfast, we’ll backpack up the lake for a day of fishing and exploring. We’ll head back down Sunday, Sep 11th mid-morning. After ditching our backpacks, and if we have the energy, we’ll hike around Lower Cataract Lake and see the Cataract Falls.
More on the hike and the route we will take, check out this really cool Blog-photo journal some scouts- age boys made. (Hint: They caught about 55 fish; most were Brook Trout, COOL!) http://cooutdooradventures.blogspot.com/2010/07/upper-cataract-lake-for-many-years-i.html
If you’re interested, plz reply to ten.tsacmocnull@reicnomrj by this Sunday. (IF YOU SIGNED UP LAST MEETING, PLZ RE-SIGN UP as I want to know if you are still interested). Moms and/or dads are welcome and needed. The amount of boys we can take WILL depend on the number of seats we have and the number of VOLENTEER PARENTS we have. First come, first serve, with the boys signing up last meeting at the top of the list. I’m hoping to see some of the older boys and some Venturing Crew attend and share their outdoor skills. Right up their alley!
We will meet little before at our next Troop meeting at 6:00 on Sept 6th. It will be a quick meeting with a lot of info, so don’t be late! Also bring your Medical Form. We will go over packing and break our group into “buddy” patrols. I will send out a packing list in the next few days along with directions and a map for the boys to print out.
Cost: $5.00 Use Fee, (but I’ll not sure if that’s per car or per person, or per day, I’ll let you know), Dinner on the way up. Breakfast that we’ll cook together Sat morning. Scouts will pair up for Sat dinner and Sun breakfast. Each scout will pack a lunch for the hike up on Sat and back down on Sun. Snacks and gas money for the drivers.
My name is Jim Rooney and I will be you son’s Scoutmaster at camp. My apologies for the delay in sending this communication.
This message is intended for parents of Scouts attending Camp Dietler at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch June 26 – July 2nd. The contents of this email will significantly affect your son’s experience and enjoyment of summer camp, so please read this message in its entirety.
This email contains information on:
|Parent/Adult Supervision Needed||Drivers to and from camp needed||Camp departure and return information|
|Scouts with special needs||Medical Forms (BSA)||Medications at camp|
|Most Common Forgotten of Overlooked Scout Supplies||Packing for Camp||Swim Check (Last Chance Before Camp!)|
Attachments to this message include:
- Camp Dietler Leaders Guide (2011) – specific information about Camp Dietler, preparation and equipment needed, and you son’s experience there.
- Camp Dietler Map – we will be at the Caribou camp site
- BSA Medical Form – parts A, B and C must be completed and sent to (electronic) or given to me prior to departure for camp. Note that Part C requires a medical professional signature and physical.
As you can see, we lack sufficient adults for daytime programs (which really breaks down into breakfast supervision and departure from camp, hanging out in the leader lounge or watching merit badge programs, then accounting for scouts as they return for dinner) and just a few additional nighttime adults needed (supervising dinner, quiet time, sleeping on-site, and then breakfast).
The consequences of insufficient adults on-site at camp may include:
- Boys and their patrols will be disorganized, will miss or be late to merit badge programs.
- Meal preparation and cooking will suffer. Food quality will be poor.
- Leadership development (within the “Patrol Method”) will not meet the expectations of parents or the troop leadership.
- Camp Scoutmaster’s attention to scout and patrol issues (homesickness, behavior or discipline issues, general counseling) will not be sufficient (because he will be attending to supervision instead).
- We may have to keep more boys together on Outpost, resulting in a crowded “backcountry” experience.
- As a LAST RESORT – we may have to cancel a few boy’s summer camp registration in order to stay within BSA youth protection and health & safety rules.
2. Drivers Needed – We have 38 scouts attending camp and to my knowledge only seven (7) drivers. Please let me know if you can help drive scouts to/from camp – ten.tsacmocnull@stuocs Hitchhiking to camp = not a pretty sight.
3. Summer Camp Departure and Return Information -
- Departure Info: We will depart PEPC promptly at NOON on Sunday, June 26th. Please arrive 30 minutes early for equipment checkout, paperwork and attendance, and loading into vehicles. Early is the norm, on-time (Noon) is LATE, missing our departure time is unacceptable.
- Return Info: We will depart Peaceful Valley promptly at 10am on Saturday, July 2nd. We expect to return to PEPC by 11:30am. Please be at PEPC by that time. Scouts trying to hitchhike home after 6 days in the dust and dirt of Colorado = again, not a pretty sight.
5. BSA Medical Form REQUIRED – The BSA medical form (with parts A, B, and C completed) are required for ALL scouts attending summer camp at Peaceful Valley. No exceptions are permitted. Scouts arriving at PEPC on June 26th without a medical form on file with me (paper or electronic) will not be allowed to depart with the troop. I will notify those parents of scouts from whom I have not received a medical form within a few days. I am sorry for the harshness of this policy, but both BSA and the Colorado Department of Health are unbending on this policy. Click here for a copy of the current BSA medical form in an easy, form-fillable PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format.
(Note – adult volunteers staying less than 72 hours (3 days) at PV need only to complete themselves (no physical needed) parts A and B of the form.)
6. Medications at Summer Camp – ALL medications (prescription and over-the-counter), required to be taken by your scout must be listed on their medical form, be in their original pharmacy container, be current (not expired) and be presented to me prior to departure from PEPC. (This is a State of Colorado, Dept of Human Services, Child Care Division regulation.)
7. Most Common Forgotten of Overlooked Scout Supplies – sunscreen, water bottle (or hydration pack – highly recommended), backpack (for Outpost camping), bug repellent, money for the trading post (snack bar, clothing items, camp necessities, toiletries and souvenirs), spending money (in a wallet or ziploc bag with your name) for merit badge and activity fees (see below), towel for aquatics activities, broad brim hat, rain gear. PLEASE review the list of recommeded personal equipment needed (see page 31-32 of the Camp Dietler Leader Guide)
Cinematography – $25 Climbing – $10
Cycling – $5 Pottery – $5
Horsemanship – $30 Photography – $10
Rifle – $10 Shotgun – $15
Cooking – $10 Finger Printing – $3
Pioneering – $5 Archery – $5 + $8 kit
Activities Fees (pay at headquarters)
Peaceful Valley Adventure – $25 Horses Trail Ride – $15
Discovery SCUBA – $30 Horses Dinner Ride – $25
10 Rifle Shots – $2 3 Shotgun Shots – $2
Merit Badges Requiring Kits (buy from trading post)
Archery ($8) Basketry (Need 2 kits, $10-$20)
Space Exploration ($10-$20) Woodcarving (Need 2 kits, $10-$20)
Leatherwork (Need 2 kits, $10-$20) Indian Lore ($10-$15)
9. Last Call for Swim Checks – Getting your swim checks before camp eliminates having to wait in line an extended period for a camp swim check before being allowed to swim, canoe or sail. The last swim checks will be held:
- Friday, 6/17 at Parker Rec Center (pool) from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
- Sunday, 6/19 at Parker Rec Center (pool) from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
- Additional swim checks MAY be held at Canterbury pool. Stay tuned for additional emails from Mr Townsend for more info.
10. Any Additional Questions? Most remaining questions can be answered by reading the PV Parent Info Packet and/or the Camp Dietler Leader Guide. I would be happy to answer any questions that these two (rather comprehensive) guides contain.
Finally, I am very excited and pleased to be able to serve as your Camp Scoutmaster this summer. I look forward to meeting and getting to know your boys. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to improve your son’s camp experience this summer.
Yours in Scouting,
Assistant Scoutmaster – Troop 88
10138 Granite Hill Drive, Parker CO 80134
m: 703-980-0353 (will work at camp)
Vedauwoo Cliimbing and Family Camping Weekend is May 27th – 30th. Come to begin your climbing Merit Badge or learn how to climb and have a fun time with your family. Mr. Bender and Mr. Krey, our own certified trained climbing instructor will be there. All climbing supplies are supplied through the troop.
Pre Klonderee-get ready for Klonderee(Bender/Krey)
Will include lunch
|Sat Feb 19 9am – 3:30pm Mountain Time|
|Mr. Lutz’s house (in Parker-West side)|
Pioneer Trails Klonderee(Bender/Krey)
$8.00 for Adults & Scouts (See Mrs. Wilhelm to pay)
|Fri Feb 25 6pm – Sun Feb 27, 2011 11am Mountain Time|
|Camp Alexander-near C.Springs (map)|
All medical forms were due last week for PV; please make sure you are up to date. No medical form, no camp. PV will meet at PEPC at 11:30 (eat before, bring money for Sonic or pack a sack lunch). No lunch will be served at Dietler, just dinner If you don’t meet at PEPC, plan on meeting at the Dietler parking lot at 1:00 P.M. Wear class A’s. Remember to bring a daypack for Outpost (10 essentials)
Cub Scouts are recruiting workers for their day-camp this Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at Poulson Ranch.
A medical release form is required. 7:00 – 2:00 pm
Mrs. McClure needs all forms ASAP if you are going to Catalina.
As you know Camp Dietler at P.V. is right around the corner. Many of the merit badges that you signed up for have a requirement to do first aid and/or CPR at home. To help you out I am going to hold a break out session at the troop meeting on 6/15 and cover First Aid and CPR for those merit badge classes. Please bring your First Aid kits and any CPR barrier masks you may have.
See you on Tuesday