Thurs­day, Novem­ber 23, 2017

What’s Next

Mon, Nov 20: * * * NO MEET­ING (Thanksgiving) * * *

What Hap­pens On Cam­pouts

Phys­i­cals

Prior to a Scout par­tic­i­pat­ing in any Troop camp out, it should be noted that the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica rec­om­mends that all youth (and adult mem­bers) have annual med­ical eval­u­a­tions by a cer­ti­fied and licensed health-​care provider. Troop 140 offers these annual phys­i­cals each year prior to sum­mer camp. In an effort to pro­vide bet­ter care to those who may become ill or injured and to pro­vide youth mem­bers and adult lead­ers a bet­ter under­stand­ing of their own phys­i­cal capa­bil­i­ties, the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica has estab­lished min­i­mum stan­dards for pro­vid­ing med­ical infor­ma­tion prior to par­tic­i­pat­ing in var­i­ous activ­i­ties. Those stan­dards are offered on a sin­gle three-​part med­ical form. If the Scout is unable to com­plete his phys­i­cal dur­ing the Troop-​arranged date for phys­i­cals, he will be respon­si­ble for hav­ing his own health care pro­fes­sional con­duct the phys­i­cal prior to cam­pout with the Troop. Note that unit lead­ers must always pro­tect the pri­vacy of unit par­tic­i­pants by pro­tect­ing their med­ical information.

Travel

Any time the Troop trav­els together to or from a camp out, the Scouts and lead­ers must be in full Class A (Field) uni­form. It is not nec­es­sary that all Troop vehi­cles travel in car­a­van, although it is rec­om­mended that cel­lu­lar com­mu­ni­ca­tion be main­tained. It is also rec­om­mended to have two adult lead­ers per vehi­cle if avail­able. All adult lead­ers must obey all traf­fic laws while trans­port­ing Scouts. The pack­ing list for most camp outs (made avail­able dur­ing the prior meet­ing and on the web­site) will call for a day pack with cer­tain con­tents. This day­pack will be car­ried onto the vehi­cle by the scout for access dur­ing travel. NOTE: The con­tents of a Scout’s water bot­tle is to be WATER only. Scouts are not to bring sodas/​caffeinated bev­er­ages.

Typ­i­cal Agenda

The first thing to remem­ber upon arriv­ing at the camp­ing loca­tion, is that the Senior Patrol Leader is in charge of the Scouts. By the SPL’s direc­tion, the Scouts will unload all equip­ment needed for the evening. Tent loca­tions and sleep­ing arrange­ments are to be cho­sen and assigned, and the Patrols are to work together, under the direc­tion of the Patrol Lead­ers, in set­ting up their camp site. Adult lead­ers will agree on a camp­ing area sep­a­rate and apart from the youth. After all tents are set up and equip­ment is orga­nized it is cus­tom­ary for the adults to pro­vide “Cracker Bar­rel”. Cracker Bar­rel is a late-​night snack con­sist­ing of crack­ers, cheese, sausage, fruit, and cook­ies. This is a high­light of the camp­ing trip. Each day will have an agenda arranged by one or more of the adult lead­ers and will begin with the wake-​up call /​revile. Each patrol will get dressed appro­pri­ate for the day (Class A or Class B uni­form), pre­pare and eat break­fast as a patrol, clean up their camp site, and assem­ble at the Senior Patrol Leader’s com­mand. At the end of the day’s activ­i­ties and the Patrol camp­sites cleaned, lights-​out /​Taps will be called.

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