COME FOLLOW ME – TO CAMP!!!
We are REALLY excited to have you and your boys at camp this year!! As you are aware, there are some major changes happening to the program at Thunder Ridge this summer. We are looking forward to experiencing these changes with you. As we work together to ensure a positive experience for everyone, we would ask for your patience enjoying this exciting new program.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the staff we have is not sufficient to carry out and run the program as it was outlined in the Leader’s Guide this year. However, we are confident that we can provide an outstanding program for you and the youth at Thunder Ridge this summer!! Please find below the MAJOR changes in the program we will provide at Thunder Ridge this season:
1. YOU (LEADERS) HAVE OFFICIALLY BEEN DRAFTED!
We can offer an outstanding, fun, challenging program for your boys, but we cannot do it without you! As you are already planning to participate, we must enlist your help to provide the best program possible. When you arrive to camp we will be asking for volunteer help in our program areas. We will be enlisting help in all aspects of the camping experience. Be prepared to share you expertise and help us change the lives of all the boys on the mountain while you are here!
2. WE ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE THE HIGH ADVENTURE TRACK THIS SEASON
Staffing difficulties have made it impractical to offer an outpost program this year. Your High Adventure boys have options. They can choose a different set of tracks to participate in for the week OR they can also become volunteer staff for the week Boys willing to share their skills and volunteer as staff will be rewarded. More info will be provided when you arrive at camp.
3. YOU WILL NEED TO ADJUST YOUR FOOD PLAN
Changes in the program have made it necessary to modify the way that meals are provided for your unit. Please plan for the whole unit to participate in the commissary program OR to provide your own meals as a unit. We understand that if you choose to bring your own food and have previously paid for the commissary we will issue a refund for those individuals.
All your boys will be back in camp with you every night. They will not be going on overnight campouts with staff. NO TENTS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR ANY CAMPSITES!!
5. WE HAVE HAD TO SCALE BACK OUR PROGRAM OFFERINGS
Adventure Tracks will be as follows:
Directions & Navigation
Rifle OR Shotgun
Environmental Science (the WHOLE badge)
Soil & Water Conservation
Heights & Depths
Wilderness Survival @ the Ewok Village
COPE (course participation)
Boys could return from this track having advanced at least one rank with the possibility of having passed off requirements for more than one rank.
Leaders will do Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills on this track.
Scout → Tenderfoot
Tenderfoot → 2nd Class
2nd Class → 1st Class
With your help, camp will be a demonstration of the EDGE method of training to an extreme degree. As the strong and effective leaders in these boys’ lives, utilizing your skill set will add to the unforgettable experience they will enjoy at camp. Scouting is about changing the lives of youth and YOU will be an integral part of that change this summer. Through your example we can all proved the best summer camp experience that your boys have ever had. Come Follow Me – to Camp!!