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Wednesday, November 15

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    ILST Training Campout, October 20-22, 2017
    Standing Indian Backpacking, November 10-12, 2017
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    Service and Backpackling,Backpacking, December 15-18,
    MLK Weekend Campout January 12-15, 2018
    Bonus President's Day Backpacking, February 16-19, 2018
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    4:17 pm
  2. page Camping Information edited ... ILST Training Campout, October 20-22, 2017 Standing Indian Backpacking, November 10-12, 2017 …
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    ILST Training Campout, October 20-22, 2017
    Standing Indian Backpacking, November 10-12, 2017
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    Service and Backpacking,Backpackling, December 15-18, 2017
    MLK Weekend Campout
    January 12-15,
    Bonus President's Day Backpacking, February 16-19, 2018
    District Camporee, February 23-25, 2018
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    2:20 pm

Friday, October 27

  1. page Adult Volunteer Camping Guidelines edited ... Please stay with the Troop at all times. If you have to depart, even temporarily, let one of t…
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    Please stay with the Troop at all times. If you have to depart, even temporarily, let one of the adult leaders know. We have to keep track of you too!
    If you see something -- misbehavior, anything unsafe, or something not conforming to the Scout Oath and Law -- say something. Boy led does not mean boy anarchy.
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    sodas, TVs, social media and games on Scout
    We assume you will be driving up/back with the Troop and will thus need cell number, auto insurance coverage limits, and DL#.
    Adults camp/cook separately from Scouts in our own Skunk Patrol. If you are attending with your Scout, we ask that you avoid tenting/cooking with your Scout and try to give your Scout as much space as possible.
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    Boy Scout camping is not just for Dads -- Moms are welcome too!
    Joining the Troop on a campout is a great way to get to meet the Scoutmasters and fellow parents!
    For more information, see the Guide to Safe Scouting.
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    1:17 pm

Tuesday, October 24

  1. page Campout Planning Guidelines edited ... Scout patrol leaders *should* call (if you email, that's great, but you should also follow up …
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    Scout patrol leaders *should* call (if you email, that's great, but you should also follow up with a phone call) their patrol members by Wednesday evening to reaffirm patrol planning, menus, and tenting assignments. If your scout is a patrol leader, "help" him remember to do this.
    Starting in November 2017, Scouts that cannot attend an entire campout or Troop activity (summer camp, high adventure, NYLT, etc.) should not sign-up nor attend. Thus, there will be no more late arrivals, early departures, etc. For campouts, this means Scouts must attend from Friday departure through the Sunday morning "Thorns-n-roses" ceremony. For summer camp, this means Scouts are *not* permitted to arrive late nor leave before the final Troop checkout. Finally, this policy applies to Scouts only, not adults.
    Guidelines for parents attending campouts can be found here.
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    7:30 am
  2. page Adult Volunteer Camping Guidelines edited Thank you for joining T197 on one of its monthly camping trips! This note is intended to give you …
    Thank you for joining T197 on one of its monthly camping trips! This note is intended to give you a brief overview of your role on the campout. (See the Troop 197 public website for a complete listing of Troop camping policies.)
    First, We need you take the online BSA Youth Protection Training. Its as much to protect you as it is to protect our Scouts. The training takes approximately 30 minutes. The health and safety of our Scouts is our top priority.
    You are attending the campout first and foremost as an adult chaperon and only second as a participant in whatever activity we are doing. That is, collectively, we adults are all responsible for the health and safety of our Scouts.
    Please stay with the Troop at all times. If you have to depart, even temporarily, let one of the adult leaders know. We have to keep track of you too!
    If you see something -- misbehavior, anything unsafe, or something not conforming to the Scout Oath and Law -- say something. Boy led does not mean boy anarchy.
    No alcohol, tobacco, firearms, sodas, TVs, on Scout outings.
    We assume you will be driving up/back with the Troop and will thus need cell number, auto insurance coverage limits, and DL#.
    Adults camp/cook separately from Scouts in our own Skunk Patrol. If you are attending with your Scout, we ask that you avoid tenting/cooking with your Scout and try to give your Scout as much space as possible.
    We assemble Friday 5:30pm at the Westminster Summer Camp pavilion, load up gear, get directions and car assignments, and depart at 6pm sharp. We are usually back by Sunday early afternoon.
    Keep all outside patrol/tenting/travel planning to a minimum as it increases the difficulty of the overall campout logistics coordination. We prefer that you email info@supertroop197.com, prior to camp prep, with such requests so that we can take them into account when planning
    Boy Scout camping is not just for Dads -- Moms are welcome too!
    Joining the Troop on a campout is a great way to get to meet the Scoutmasters and fellow parents!

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    7:29 am
  3. page Campout Planning Guidelines edited ... Adults that attend are assumed to be drivers. Please make sure the troop has updated auto info…
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    Adults that attend are assumed to be drivers. Please make sure the troop has updated auto information, DL, insurance info, and cell-phone numbers. If we end up with enough adults, we will then kick start carpooling.
    The BSA trip permit requires us to have auto insurance information and DL numbers for all drivers. We will distribute printed maps and driver assignment sheets (with cell phone numbers) prior to departure from the Westminster summer camp pavilion.
    If you need to arrive late or leave the campout early, let us know as far in advance as you can (by emailing info@supertroop197.com) so we can plan. However, scouts must arrange their own transportation in this event.
    Scout patrol leaders *should* call (if you email, that's great, but you should also follow up with a phone call) their patrol members by Wednesday evening to reaffirm patrol planning, menus, and tenting assignments. If your scout is a patrol leader, "help" him remember to do this.
    Starting in November 2017, Scouts that cannot attend an entire campout or Troop activity (summer camp, high adventure, NYLT, etc.) should not sign-up nor attend. Thus, there will be no more late arrivals, early departures, etc. For campouts, this means Scouts must attend from Friday departure through the Sunday morning "Thorns-n-roses" ceremony. For summer camp, this means Scouts are *not* permitted to arrive late nor leave before the final Troop checkout. Finally, this policy applies to Scouts only, not adults.
    Scouts arriving late and leaving early disrupt the campout, increase the logistical complexity, and shortchange themselves. Life is complex, however, and sometimes schedule conflicts are inevitable. Thus, each scout can arrive late or leave early on one campout per school year. After that, scouts may be asked not to attend a campout if he cannot come up Friday and back Sunday with the troop.
    Scouts arriving late or leaving early cannot serve in a leadership capacity on campouts.
    Scouts leaving early or arriving late will be responsible for their own transportation.

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    7:25 am
  4. page Camping Information edited ... A more complete list of campout guidelines and planning information can be found here. The tr…
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    A more complete list of campout guidelines and planning information can be found here.
    The troop asks that parents of each scout volunteer to drive or attend at least two campouts per school year.
    Scouts arriving late and leaving early disrupt the campout, increase the logistical complexity, and shortchange themselves. Life is complex, however, and sometimes schedule conflicts are inevitable. Thus, each scout can arrive late or leave early on one campout per school year. After that, scouts may be asked not to attend a campout if he cannot come up Friday and back Sunday with the troop.
    As of November 2017, our camping policy has changed. Scouts that cannot attend an entire campout or Troop activity (summer camp, high adventure, NYLT, etc.) should not sign-up nor attend. Thus, there will be no more late arrivals, early departures, etc.
    Scouts arriving late or leaving early cannot serve in a leadership capacity on campouts.
    Scouts leaving early or arriving late will be responsible for their own transportation.

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    Guidelines for parents attending campouts can be found here.
    Gear Lists
    In general this troop avoids the use of cotton materials for clothing. Cotton absorbs moisture and is recognized as a cause of hypothermia. Please do not bring cotton clothes because it might rain. Because rain and cold are unpredictable, always carry a high quality rain jacket with a hood. Rain pants, a pack cover, and a rain fly for your tent are all desirable gear. Here is an interesting article on backpacking light and various gear.
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    7:24 am

Tuesday, October 3

  1. page Campout Planning Guidelines edited ... If you need to arrive late or leave the campout early, let us know as far in advance as you ca…
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    If you need to arrive late or leave the campout early, let us know as far in advance as you can (by emailing info@supertroop197.com) so we can plan. However, scouts must arrange their own transportation in this event.
    Scout patrol leaders *should* call (if you email, that's great, but you should also follow up with a phone call) their patrol members by Wednesday evening to reaffirm patrol planning, menus, and tenting assignments. If your scout is a patrol leader, "help" him remember to do this.
    Starting in November 2017, Scouts that cannot attend an entire campout or Troop activity (summer camp, high adventure, NYLT, etc.) should not sign-up nor attend. Thus, there will be no more late arrivals, early departures, etc. For campouts, this means Scouts must attend from Friday departure through the Sunday morning "Thorns-n-roses" ceremony. For summer camp, this means Scouts are *not* permitted to arrive late nor leave before the final Troop checkout. Finally, this policy applies to Scouts only, not adults.
    Scouts arriving late and leaving early disrupt the campout, increase the logistical complexity, and shortchange themselves. Life is complex, however, and sometimes schedule conflicts are inevitable. Thus, each scout can arrive late or leave early on one campout per school year. After that, scouts may be asked not to attend a campout if he cannot come up Friday and back Sunday with the troop.
    Scouts arriving late or leaving early cannot serve in a leadership capacity on campouts.
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    6:35 pm

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