Summer Camp 2020

Troop 99 Parents, Leaders, and Scouts:
Registration is open right now for Summer Camp which will take place June 7th – 13th!

Quapaw Area Council’s Boy Scout camping takes place at Camp Rockefeller, located in Damascus, Arkansas. Camp Rockefeller has something for everyone. New Boy Scouts receive special instruction through our First Year Camper Program called* R.O.C.K.S.* (Please see attached/Class Catalog for further details on the R.O.C.K.S. program). Boy Scouts have 30+ merit badges to choose from in a variety of fields including Ecology and Conservation, Aquatics, Handicraft, Outdoor Skills, First Aid, STEM, Media/Tech, and Shooting Sports. Nowhere else in the BSA Southern Region will you find such an amazing opportunity for learning, adventure, and fun. Camp Rockefeller is truly the perfect place to get away from it all or get in the mix. This summer is going to be one of the best summers ever. You don’t want to miss it.

I have attached a *Registration form* for parents/scouts to fill out in order to allow me to register them for camp and a* Summer Class Catalog* with descriptions of each class. Finally, I have also attached the most current *BSA Medical forms, Parts A, B, and C, (Revision 2019)*. *Please do not use any older versions*. Please schedule soon with your personal physician to have *Part C* completed; these forms need to be turned into *Mrs. Sandra Gillespie* as soon as possible for both, Boy Scouts and Adult Leaders, attending camp.

In order to prepare both our parents and our scouts for Summer Camp, we will have a Parent Meeting very soon, in conjunction with one of our troop meetings. Further, as part of our preparation for camp, the troop will conduct mandatory BSA Swim Tests at a local pool. These tests are used to determine ability level, so that participants can take part in aquatic activities appropriate to their abilities to help ensure their safety. Stay tuned for further details.

Cost per scout is regularly priced at* $305 each*, but for a limited time you may qualify for *Early-Bird pricing* of *$255 each*. *To qualify* for Early-Bird pricing, a *deposit of $100* must be received by *March 30, 2020* and then the remaining *$155* by *April 27, 2020*. In order to offset costs for camp, the troop encourages all scouts to participate in *Camp Card sales*. *Registration fees and BSA Medical forms* need to be turned into *Mrs. Sandra Gillespie* as soon as possible.

For those scouts that want to attend, but may not be able to afford the registration costs; the Quapaw Area Council offers a partial camp scholarship program. This is made possible through the generosity of people who donate funds to the Friends of Scouting Campaign. These partial scholarships are available only to registered Quapaw Area Council Scouts who have a legitimate financial need. All information is handled with confidentiality. Application forms will be available upon request; please see Scoutmaster, Mr. John Douglas, for further assistance.

In regards to completing the *Registration forms*, please circle and number the items you want to register for by associated times and provide me with at least (3) choices for each period, (Not applicable to younger scouts in the R.O.C.K.S. program.) For example, one possible selection for a scout might go something like this: Digital Tech from 9:00-9:50, Pioneering 10:00 – 10:50, Moviemaking 11:00 – 11:50 and Canoeing 2:00 – 4:30. Once you have a chance to look over the schedule, you can garner a better understanding of what we are looking for. *The sooner you turn in your registration forms–the better chance your scout will have to get their first choice of merit badge/activities.*

The *completed registration forms* should be turned into* Mr. John or Mrs. Amanda McAlister* at Troop Meetings or sent to Mr. McAlister by email, ( crewdawg1699@gmail.com ), with the scout’s selection of merit badges they wish to work on, (Older scouts) / ROCKS Class for first-timers at Summer Camp.

Regards, John

*John P. McAlister *| Advancement Coordinator
*BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA*
*Boy Scout Troop 99, Benton, AR **Cell*: (501) 259-9066 *Email*: crewdawg1699@gmail.com