We’re getting closer to our departure for summer camp, and I look forward to seeing as many of the scouts and drivers as possible at this Tuesday’s meeting. I’ll be there at 6:30 and afterwards. We’re expecting to represent our Troop, Council and Santa Barbara itself during our stay in Pico Blanco. Being prepared makes for a fun, safe and enriching experience. Tuesday we will review:
- What to bring (or not to bring)
- What we’re going to do at camp
- What we expect for weather, tenting, etc.
I don’t know about the mosquitos, so my advice is to prepare for this as you would for sun exposure: Physical barriers (long sleeves at evening/night for bugs and during the day, if needed for the sun) and chemical protection (sunscreen, DEET or Permethrin). I personally like hats with a floppy back like the Australians wear, a long sleeved shirt pre-sprayed lightly with Permethrin. I am not fond of DEET, though neither are the mosquitos, so it does work. I’ve seen scouts with headnets, which are effective and lightweight. Who know’s, maybe there will be no mosquitos.
Scouts: Remember to bring a daypack for possible hiking or backpack for the optional overnighter for the Eagle Claw. Shooting forms go to Asst. Scoutmaster Brown. Dining takes place in the mess hall but we need our mess kits and always the 10 essentials. Spending $ in a marked envelope with your name on it for Mr. Brown. Tuesday you’ll get your tents from the quartermaster.
Senior Patrol Leader – James Taylor; will help younger scouts with dining duties (scouts set up and clean up before & after meals on a rotating basis), tenting and other questions; each patrol will have older scouts to assist with the younger scouts. They’re a great resource!
Looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday!
Roy Mintzer, DDS