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Merit Badge Camp 2016 - Planning

posted Feb 21, 2016, 9:23 AM by David Martin   [ updated Mar 17, 2016, 7:43 PM by Corey Needleman ]
Key Facts
  • Departure date/time: 3/11/2016 6:30 PM
  • Return date/time: 3/13/2016 10:00 AM
  • Registration deadline: 3/7/2016 Troop Meeting
  • Adult in charge: Michael Hartford, Corey Needleman
  • Scout in charge/acting SPL:  Zach Jones
  • Health officer: 
  • Patrols/patrol leaders: 
  • Drivers/vehicles:
  • Adult roster: 
  • Youth roster: 
  • Notes from last time: 


[what / who / status]
  • Make reservation  /  Hartford  / 
  • File Tour Plan  /  Martin  /  Not Needed
  • Communicate to scouts  /  Hartford /  Done
  • Communicate specifics (when to meet, what to bring, etc.) to participants
  • Cross-check adult training across planned activities  /  Martin 
  • Cross-check roster against vehicle/seat count  /  Martin  
  • Coordinate with health records keeper  /  
  • Write up "notes for next time" after the event  / 

Notes for Next Time:

  • Patrols need to inspect their patrol boxes before leaving (ideally the meeting night before) and confirm that they have everything on the checklist; taking an old and under-stocked patrol box doesn't contribute to success!
  • Patrol QMs who report to the patrol leader, with the patrol leader responsible for ensuring that they have the right gear, is critical
  • Doing a patrol-style camp for MB Camp instead of a cabin camp posed a few challenges:
    • We got off to a slow start in the morning--breakfast cleanup took longer than planned
    • Sticking to schedule is a little harder in the more free-range environment; we covered less material than might have been covered the way we've done past MB camps
  • Incorporating some ILST into the camp was great--we should consider doing reflections throughout the day at other camps, to assess how we're doing, what's working, what we can change, rather than just having a Thorns & Roses at the end of camp
  • The Wilderness Survival activities were fun and the Scouts stayed engaged in the games and tasks
  • Shelter building was also successful; there was enough space for Scouts to scatter and set up their shelters on their own, and the weather was perfect
  • Some camp systems break down a bit on DST changes--our wash water was delivered late by the camp master on Sunday, and check out was a little delayed
  • It was a good opportunity for in the field first aid role playing - we will be incorporating these things into future camps and hikes. 
  • The boys enjoyed working on badges they needed and requested. 
  • Pine bend would be really great next year.
  • I liked the ILST, it was unfortunate the current PLC and Grey Wolfers weren't there.