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2014 Summer Camp – Ockanickon

UPDATE: We made it back safely and had a great week.  Look for a recap from One T soon.  Here are some more photos!

 

The date for our 2014 Summer Camp adventure to Dorney Park and Ockanickon Scout Reservation finally arrived!  The scouts met at the church at 9 AM, just in time to interrupt a funeral.  They only had to pack the trailer with their personal gear, so it only took an hour.  Has to be some sort of record!

The trip to Dorney Park was fast and uneventful.  If I heard them talking, I had no clue what they were saying.  It’s like they speak a different language.  One T tried to navigate, but was often distracted by a text message or squirrel or a song.

Once we got into the park, they were off in their buddy pairs, with specific directions to return at a certain time, drink plenty of water, and to not leave the park.  I found a bench to relax.

By 9 PM they were exhausted and ready to get to camp.  So we left by 10 PM, once everyone was located, hydrated, and emptied at the restroom (one last chance for a flushable toilet)!

It only took an hour to get to camp, which was closed, so we got to drive right to our site.  They exited the vehicles, picked a tent, and were out like lights.  Well, most of them.  Some thought Saturday night was supposed to be an all night magic tournament.

Sunday was a peaceful day.  Camp doesn’t officially open until 2 PM, but a staff member stopped by to check us in, take their temperatures (sick kids go home), and give us the tour.  On the tour, we had to do our swim test.  Somehow, I had lost the form from the test we did last week.  Not one scout complained.  Imagine that.  One shower down.

After the tour, they were free until chapel and campfire.  More magic.

The staff puts on the opening campfire, and it was extremely energetic.  The troops will be responsible for the closing campfire.  They better practice!

We were warned at the leaders’ meeting about some storms.  It hit right at bed time.  Thankfully, most of the storm missed us.  They say we are supposed to get six inches of rain before Tuesday.  Ugh!

We woke to no rain.  Sweet!  Off to the Polar Bear Plunge, where all the scouts take a swim (and a shower) before breakfast.  Shower Number Two!

Following breakfast, they were off to their program.  I took the Tenkara for a walk to the bottom of the mountain, and caught a couple of fish.

Mr. Stoner has more photos…I’ll get them from him soon.  Until then, enjoy these…

Check out the Photos!

Swim Test

UPDATE: the swim test and troop meeting is Monday, July 7, at 7 PM!

The Troop Swim Test is Sunday, July 6, at 3PM, at the Carlisle Swim Club. There is no cost to Troop 5 Scouts for the test.  Our Troop Meeting will take place there too.  All paperwork for Summer Camp is due!  Following the Swim Test, the rest of the meeting will be a Pool Party!

All scouts attending summer camp must attend.  Even if you are not attending Summer Camp, you will want to attend so that you can participate in our other water activities, including the August Float Trip and Tour de Putt in September.

Car Wash

IMGP1933If you are in need of clean wheels, Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 5 has a deal for you! Stop by Carlisle United Methodist Church, 45 South West Street, in Carlisle, anytime from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 14, and let the Scouts do the dirty work for you as they hand wash and hand dry your vehicle. This promises to be a fun event and a great way to get your vehicle squeaky clean!

While you wait, you will want to enjoy some goodies from the Troop’s bake sale or a famous Troop 5 Walking Taco! All proceeds from the car wash and bake sale will be used to support the troop’s summer camp trip to Ockanickon Scout Reservation and Dorney Park.

Sign up to help online:

No more submissions accepted at this time.

Who Wants to Drive a Car?

As a service project, Troop 5 will be assisting with toy collection at the Import Car Show at Carlisle Fairgrounds on Friday, May 16 and Saturday May 17th.

The various car clubs attending the show will bring new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots and Children at Hershey Medical Center.  The car club with the most donated toys “wins” a friendly competition.

Friday, May 16th 4-6pm, scouts are needed at Gate 5 (Cavalry Road) to collect and count donated toys.  Dinner is not provided on Friday, so plan to eat before or after the event.  Wear your Field Uniform (Class A Uniform) and bring a water bottle. 

Saturday, May 17th 9am – 4pm, scouts are needed for toy collection inside the fairgrounds at two locations to collect and count donations.  Lunch will be provided on Saturday.  Wear Class A Uniform and bring a water bottle, hat and sunscreen.   

There is a special prize for the scout who collects the most NEW, unwrapped toys.  Read your email or see Desktop for details!

Sign-up for shifts on the website or at an upcoming troop meeting or the Fishing Derby.

No more submissions accepted at this time.

Fishing Derby

Hello Troop 5! This year, our GHOTING Derby will be held on May 10, from 1 – 6 PM. We’re going to go up to our secret spot, fish for a few hours, then award prizes for most fish, largest fish, smallest fish, no fish and ugliest fish. This is a great opportunity to work on Fishing and Fly Fishing merit badges and have a lot of fun.

We’re going to leave the church promptly at 12:30 and be back by 6:30. Be there, or be a GHOTI! Signup online!

You will have an opportunity to earn Fishing and Fly Fishing merit badges (Follow those links and print out the worksheet; complete as much as you can before the Fishing Derby).

There is no cost for this event! Bring your favorite fishing rod, water bottle, and secret bait/flies.

Parents: We’ll need some drivers to get the scouts to the Fishing Spot. We also need a couple of fish to clean and cook (the merit badge requirement does not require them to kill and clean a fish they catch, it only requires them to clean and cook A fish). We’ll bring a portable grill, and have some a fish fry. We’ll also need a couple of fillet knives. If any adult wishes to fish, you will need a current PA fishing license. Please let me know if you can help out.

Check out last year’s derby!

No more submissions accepted at this time.

Miniature Golf Night

UPDATE:  Check out the photos from the event!

Troop 5 will host Carlisle’s the second Miniature Golf Night on Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at Duffy’s Golf Course at the Red Roof Inn located at 1450 Harrisburg Pike, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  The rain date is May 10. The scouts will make obstacles for each hole and there will be prizes for various events! The first round is only $3; additional rounds are only $1. Your company can sponsor a hole for $50 or half a hole for $25. There will be prizes, give-a-aways and food (thanks to the Party Cannon!). Check out the flyer for more details. Even if you can’t play miniature golf, you can still help out Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 5 by coming out and enjoying the fellowship and seeing the creativity that goes into each obstacle! Do you have what it takes to be the Carlisle Miniature Golf Champion? Check out the photos from the first Miniature Golf event!

Geocaching Camp

On April 4 – 6, Troop 5 will be having it’s Geocaching camp at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation! The scouts will learn about geocaching and be visiting the 12 Cache-to-Eagle geocaches around the camp, which we will be maintaining.

The Philmont Crew will be hiking Friday night and most of Saturday. There is no cost except for Patrol food. It will be a lot of fun!

Bring your GPS and Geocaching Merit Badge Pamphlet!

Sign up online:

No more submissions accepted at this time.

Advancement Camp Recap

Troop 5 recently embarked on it’s first ever camping trip to Bashore Scout Reservation this past weekend, and the scouts had a blast! On Friday Night, we arrived before it got dark, meaning we were able to set up in full daylight. Most of the scouts chose to sleep in tents, but some opted for hammock camping. The Old Goat Patrol, who were kind enough to share their food with me, showed me their menu for the weekend: Meat and Vegetable free (for Lent)! After snacking on some delicious rice cakes, I slept soundly in the 20 degree weather.

The next morning, the scouts got up for Breakfast, and at 8:00 the Philmont Crew left to hike. The rest of the scouts worked on Advancement, which maybe one of them could write a recap for that part of camp.

The Crew hike tested the Endurance, Gear, Patience, and Stomachs of our crew, over 10 miles through the snow and rock covered Appalachian Trail (PA ROCKS)! Stopping at a shelter to eat, we were treated to boiling water by a very hospitable  cub scout pack, making cooking our delicious freeze-dried lasagna quick and easy. We returned to camp at 4, and then enjoyed the evening with the other scouts.

Dinner, courtesy of the Adults, was Oatmeal and rice. Medium-Rare. Campfire started at 8, and after some skits, traditional camp songs, guitar, and ashes, the scouts were treated to Peanut-butter Cobbler. On Sunday, we packed up, had chapel, and were home by 2. Overall, the campout went very well, and I am looking forward to the next one.

PS: Mr. Vohs didn’t catch a fish for 2 campouts in a row! I think he may need to see a doctor…

Check out the photos!

~Starfish

Merit Badge Camporee

Troop 5 is participating in the 8th Annual Merit Badge Camporee – Friday, May 30 – Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Shrewsbury. The cost is $35 ($20 for non-teaching adults).

You must sign up online.  A permission slip will be sent to you automatically.  You can either pay at the next troop meeting, or online (the link will be emailed to you).

Download the schedule and the prerequisites.

You are expected to read the Merit Badge pamphlet.  If you need a copy, email the scoutmaster.

Signups are closed.

Camp Cards

Camp Cards will be distributed Sunday, March 9, at the Troop Meeting.  The cards cost $5.  Each scout is encouraged to pay for 10 cards initially ($50).  Once you sell the first 10, you can get more from Mrs. Rentze.  The troop earns $2.50 for each card sold; the proceeds help offset the costs of camp and equipment.campcards2014

Download this flyer to help you sell the cards to family and friends.