Ski Camp 2017
Post date: Feb 28, 2017 2:25:36 PM
The Troop departed on Friday 2/25/2017 (6:00 PM) and returned on Sunday 2/27. They stayed at Fred C Anderson, the Peterson 1 and 2 cabins. Michael Hartford was the adult leader in charge, also with Ned Johnson, Glen Champion and Louis Hoffman (grubmaster). 12 scouts attended. Pack 1 was also camping at Fred C Anderson.
Michael Hartford make reservations 1 year in advance ($200 charge to Troop)
A Tour Plan was not needed
Michael Hartford invited scouts to register for the event in late November (3 months in advance)
Michael Hartford sent another communication to scouts on 1/16
Michael Hartford sent a "know before you go" communication to participants 3 days in advance
Dave Martin cross-check adult training across planned activities about a week in advance
Dave Martin cross-checked the roster against vehicle/seat count a few days in advance
Michael Hartford coordinated with health records keeper to obtain and review participant health information
Louis Hoffman planned the menu and purchased food
Michael Hartford purchased lift tickets in advance
Notes for Next Time
Michael has booked Peterson 1 and 2 for the troop for 2/2-3 for 2018's ski camp. (Pack 1 has booked Swanson for the same weekend.)
Cross-check roster against vehicle capacity earlier. (1 week was not really enough. The Troop would have been in a jam if Pack 1 hadn't been camping at Fred C Anderson the same weekend and had some extra vehicle capacity.) Also, essentially 4 legs need to have adequate seat count. The number of Scouts may be different for each leg: church to camp, camp to Trollhaugen, Trollhaugen back to camp, and camp back to church.
Close registration earlier, with a clear communication with AOL Scouts who are invited about the deadline - we got the group rate at Trollhaugen, but we would have had an easier time at check-in if we had secured the group rate a week before.
Overall, this camp ran very smoothly; it's a known quantity and a good system, though personnel changes in the next few years might make this a hard tradition to carry over. It is a favorite of many of our Scouts, particularly older Scouts.
Changes to consider: Trollhaugen offers a Scout day 3 times during the winter, usually on Sundays, with deeper discounts and the opportunity to work on the Ski/Snowboard MB; some older Scouts expressed a strong interest in night skiing (Trollhaugen is open late on Friday and Saturday)--this may be a good "High Adventure" trip for First Class and above.
Integration with the Pack was challenging because most of the Troop was skiing all day; we did have a joint campfire, and AOL patrol skied with us and ate supper with us, this may be the maximum integration possible.