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Galactic Trek | Cub Scouts’ journey to outer space!

Cub Scouts can participate in many types of activities including, archery, BB-guns, sling shots, field sports, nature, arts and crafts, scout skills, and a variety of other events. All areas (especially range activities) place a special emphasis on safety procedures. It’s a fun-filled week of challenging Cub Scout activities, exciting adventures and new friendships. Camp is open to all Cub Scouts who will be in first through fifth grades as of September 2014.

Each camp offers FIVE action packed days (or evenings) filled with fun, learning, adventure, and more!


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Trained camp staff

Each camp is under the direction of a volunteer camp director and program director trained at the Boy Scouts of America National Camping School. A pre-camp and an on-site visitation by a trained day camp accreditation team certifies each day camp has complied with the national Boy Scouts of America day camp standards. There is a trained and certified supervisor for all aquatics activities and all shooting sports ranges are under the supervision of staff with hours of training and experience in their field. Safety is the number one priority at day camp followed by fun and adventure. In addition, each camp has onsite a certified health safety officer and all camp staff participate in day camp staff training and youth protection training.


 

friendsSign up as a pack, den or individual

Scouts primarily sign up and attend day camp with their Cub Scout pack. Camp is a lot more fun when your den attends together. However if your pack is not attending day camp there is no reason why you should miss out on the adventure. A scout and their adult partner can attend day camp and be matched with a den of scouts the same age OR if your entire den wants to attend that would be even better! We don’t want anyone to miss out on this awesome summer experience. Please contact your pack’s Camp Coordinator for information on how to attend without your pack.

 


2014 Cub Scout day camp dates

If possible, please register through your Cub Scout Pack.

Looking forCub Scout/Webelos resident camp dates? >>Click here

Download a printable flyer to give/email to your Cub Scout parents. >>2014 Cub Camping Save the Date 

Three things your pack can do now to promote Cub Camping

Cub Scouts love to go to camp, especially with their friends and the rest of the Cub Scouts in your pack! This does take a bit of effort, and here are three things to do now to make sure your parents stay informed and Cub Scouts can plan on attending camp this next summer.

number-1Place mat order: Attractive place mats are available for every Cub Scout pack’s Blue and Gold Banquet. The best part is there is no charge!  Place mats need to be ordered by December 20, 2013 and will be available for pickup at January Roundtable meetings. All you need to do is place your order by completing the form at the following link.

>> 2014 Cub Camping Order Form

 

 

number-2 Camp presentation: Each Cub Scout Pack should plan to have a brief camp information presentation. Usually this is scheduled by the pack’s camping coordinator and one of the camp staff members can present information. DVDs of the camp promotion video will be available to every pack to show at your Blue and Gold Banquet or January pack meeting. For packs with hi-tech meeting places, you can access the YouTube video below! Use the 2014 Cub Camping Order Form to let us know when your camp presentation will be scheduled.

 

number-3Pack camping coordinator: Select one of the parents/friends or your Cub Scout pack that is excited about day camp and resident camp to be your pack’s CAMPING COORDINATOR. Please let us know who your pack’s camp coordinator is by using the 2014 Cub Camping Order Form.

 

 

 

 

2014 Cub Camping Video

 

 

 

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This year’s Galactic Trek theme centers around the idea that the BSA would like to take Scouting to outer space! Cub Scouts and Webelos will arrive on the first day and learn valuable skills that they will need on their mission.  Throughout the week, they will encounter activities related to space exploration and visiting another planet.  Activities will include Archery & BB Gun shooting, sports, crafts, water games, and nature/ecology stations and more!

What is Cub Scout day camp all about?

It’s a summertime program for Cub Scouts and Webelos to get outside and do activities with friends from their pack.

It’s a fun and exciting camp experience!  It’s the first step in the camping progression.  Scouts spend each day with the same group and visit a variety of program stations. At the end of the day they return home. It’s a place for Cub Scouts and Webelos to test themselves, participate in new activities, make new friends and learn something along the way.
 
Den assignments at camp

Campers will be assigned to either Cub Scout (Tigers, Wolves and Bears) or Webelos dens based on their rank and pack.  Effort will be taken to keep Tigers, Wolves and Bears from the same pack together and Webelos from the same pack together.  It is quite possible that multiple packs may be assigned to the same Cub Scout or Webelos den.  Cub Scout and Webelos dens will participate in separate programs although some activities may be the same, such as shooting sports.  The Webelos program is designed to be more challenging for the campers and expand on the skills they’ve already learned as Cub Scouts.

Schedule and locations

There are eleven sessions of day camp to choose from throughout the central Ohio.  Generally, most Cub Scouts will want to attend the session that their pack is attending and will register through their pack’s camp coordinator.  However, individual parents may register their Cub Scout individually. Note: If your son is attending a session that his pack is not, a parent or adult partner must attend with him.

T-shirts and patches

waving fists csCub Scouts receive a day camp shirt included in their registration fees. Pre-registered den walkers will also receive a t-shirt.  At the end of camp, each participant will also receive an official day camp patch.

Safe transportation to and from camp

When transporting scouts to camp, make sure the rules published in the Guide to Safe Scouting are followed.  (An online version can be found at www.scouting.orgExternal Link.)

Most packs carpool to transport Scouts to camp.  It is imperative that each vehicle is safe, carries insurance (state requirements) and is operated safely.  Be sure anyone taking your child in and out of camp is listed on the Camper Release Form.

Check-in procedures

Each morning scouts will be checked in.  If your child will not be at camp on a day that they are registered to be there, notify a unit leader or den walker so they can communicate this to camp staff.

Check-out procedures

When signing your scout out of camp, the scout will only be released to the people listed on the Camper Release Form.  Campers leaving camp before dismissal must be checked out at the registration area.  Any camper that is not properly checked out will be treated as a missing camper and missing camper procedures will go into effect until the Camp Director can verify where the camper is.  This process is necessary to ensure the safety of each child attending camp.

 

ScoutShopEach day camp will have a trading post, stocked full of many scout shop items, as well as a variety of affordable snacks and drinks. Boys love visiting the trading post! Prices are rounded to the nearest quarter and cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

 

 

 

Typical Daily Day Camp Schedule (may vary by camp location)

Weekday Schedule:

8:30 am         Arrive & Check In

9:00 am         Opening Ceremony

3:00 pm         Closing Ceremony & Dismissal

 

What to bring to camp

Please mark all items with scout’s name & pack number

  • Day pack to hold personal gear
  • Lunch with name on container (no refrigeration is available)
  • Closed toed shoes
  • Rain gear (dress appropriately for the weather)
  • Water bottle (freeze ahead for cold water all day)
  • Sunscreen and non-aerosol insect repellent
  • Swim suit, towel and bag for wet clothes
  • Money for trading post items
What not to bring to camp
  • Knives, firearms, tobacco products, drugs or alcohol
  • Valuable that may get lost or broken
Unit day camp leadership (den walkers)

Every pack is required to provide its own day camp leadership while at camp.  One leader is required for every 5 youth in camp with a minimum of 2 leaders.  (Example: 11 youth require 3 leaders). The pack’s leadership will be divided between the Cub Scout and Webelos dens.

New Tiger Cubs (boys that have just completed kindergarten) are required to have a parent or guardian in attendance.

Pack leaders must:

  • Serve as leadership within assigned dens during camp.
  • Ensure buddy system is used while in camp.
  • Assure dens stay together as they travel from one station to another.
  • Maintain discipline.  Address any health and safety concerns.
  • Assist camp staff as needed.

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RESOURCES FOR CUB SCOUT PACKS

Each Cub Scout pack should have someone who can serve as the pack’s camping coordinator to help make sure all scouts know about camping opportunities, camperships, and registration deadlines.

 

Pack Camping Coordinator (position description)

  • Attend your district’s January Roundtable to pick up your pack’s camp information packet, DVD and place mats.
  • Attend training for pack camping coordinators at your district’s  January Roundtable meeting or the University of Scouting ,Jan. 25 at Westerville Central H.S. (CCS152 – Cub Camp Promotion Training, 10 – 10:45 a.m.)
  • Schedule and conduct a camp promotion presentation at your pack’s Blue and Gold banquet or January pack meeting.
  • Coordinate camp registration in your pack. Collect online registration confirmation (and payment if needed) or paper registration forms (DO NOT submit these to the council office). Early bird deadline is March 1, 2014!
  • Contact 100% of families in your pack to secure their commitment to attend camp.
  • Communicate with your district day camp director and/or district executive regularly regarding camp attendance.
  • Work with your pack’s committee to achieve the pack’s Journey to Excellence (JTE) goals for day/resident camp. This is item number six on the JTE scorecard.  >> Cub Scout Pack Scorecard

 

RESOURCES FOR DISTRICT PROMOTIONS TEAM

>> District Cub Camping Promotion Presenter Position Description

>> 2014 JTE Scorecard ( See # 6)

>> 2014 Cub Camping Promotion Video on YouTube

>> 2014 Cub Camping Promotion Presentation Script

>> 2014 Cub Camping Save the Date Flyer

>> Cub Camping Pack Registration Worksheet

>> Cub Camping Individual Registration Worksheet

 

RESOURCES FOR DAY CAMP DIRECTORS/PROGRAM DIRECTORS

>> 2014 Cub Camping Promo Plan

>> 2014 Cub Scout Day Camp Important Dates for Key Leaders

>> 2014 NCAP SKC Standards for Cub Scout Day Camps

>> Cub Scout Clip Art

>> 2014 Cub Scout Day Camp volunteer agreement

>> 2014 Cub Scout Day Camping Required Program Areas

>> District Day Camp Staff Advisor

>> Campership, online application

 

Register for day camp

If possible, please register for Day Camp through your Cub Scout Pack.

 

Cub Camping Forms

>> 2014 Cub Camping Galactic Trek flyer Dates for all Cub Scout day and resident camps.

>>Medical Form (Short-Term – Day Camp & Cub Resident Camp).

Need Assistance? Camperships are available for scouts needing assistance to attend day camp. Request forms are due to the Simon Kenton Council Office by March 1, 2014. Please download, print and complete the request form OR complete the online application.

>> 2014 Campership Request Form

>> 2014 Campership, online application

 

Simon Kenton Council day camp refund policy

30 Days prior is full refund. Anything between 2 weeks and 30 days is 50% refund. Within 2 weeks of the event refund is at the discretion of the event coordinator or staff adviser. Usually only granted in cases of emergency. Unless otherwise stated.

 

Cub Camping | Frequently Asked Questions/Common Concerns

Why do I need to register early for camp?

Camp directors recruit staff and order supplies several months in advance in order to provide the best program with the right amount of staff.  Having registration in during the staff recruiting and program preparation process helps to ensure the camps will have the right number of qualified and prepared staff, and the materials necessary for the best program possible.

Are there discounts for attending both resident and day camp?

Yes, if you participate in both camps, you will receive $10 off your resident camp fees.

What is the difference between Cub Scout resident camp and day camp?

Each camp offers unique experiences.  Each camp will offer separate crafts, sports, advancement, and science activities.  Of course resident camp has the added overnight experience and includes meals and tent camping.

Camp Lazarus is too far away, we can’t go there for camp.

In addition to Camp Lazarus, Cub resident camp is offered at Camp Oyo in Portsmouth, OH, giving families a second option.  Resident camp also requires only one trip since it entails staying overnight.

What activities are offered at Cub camps?

Cub Scouts will work on achievements, earn belt loops, complete a wood working project, fish, participate in shooting sports, go swimming, and much more.

I don’t allow my son to participate in shooting sports.

Our archery and BB shooting ranges are staffed by trained adults and follow very specific safety standards.  Scouts are required to participate in a safety course before entering the range.  However, it is ultimately the decision of the parent, and the scouts are not required to participate.

I can’t get my son to day camp, is there other means of transportation?

Many packs offer carpool opportunities. There are probably other families from your pack attending camp and one of those parents may be able to help.  Some camps even offer busing.

Camp seems too expensive, how can I make it more affordable?

Scouting camps are some of the most affordable camps of their kind.  In addition, many packs conduct fundraisers, and for those that have financial need we offer camp scholarships, called camperships.

My son has been to day camp several years in a row, why should he go to camp again?

Each day camp will offer different programs for each scouting rank.  Everyone will get to go swimming, and participate in shooting sports, but most of the rest of the activities will be based on rank requirements.  Of course, this is also a great opportunity to attend resident camp, adding the overnight camping experience as well.

I can’t be there all week with my son, can he still go?

Absolutely.  Scouts are grouped with other scouts and leaders from their pack. Even if they are the only scout from their pack, there are arrangements for provisional campers as well.

We have a family conflict with the dates for our pack, can we go another week?

Yes, all Simon Kenton Council Cub Scout camps are open to any Cub Scout, no matter what unit he is a member.

If I want to go to camp, is there a fee for me?

The registration fee for adults covers program materials, t-shirt, a patch and for resident camp, food is included.

How do we register?

There are two ways to register.  Work directly with your pack’s camp coordinator or unit leader, or select the camp you wish to attend listed below.  Payment may be made by credit card at the time of registration or payment may be made by mail at a later time.