Troop 301 welcomes Scouts back for the new Scouting year. Our first meeting will take place this Thursday at 7:30pm at St. James Lutheran Church.
Patrols will start preparing for our campout at Indian Island Sept. 17-18.
We are now using TroopTrack to communicate and track Troop events. Troop 301 parents and Scouts should use the TroopTrack system regularly to stay up to date. If you don’t have access, ask a Troop leader.
Troop 301 will be attending summer camp at Baiting Hollow starting Sunday, July 24. Here is the Leaders Guide with a list of What to Bring on page 10. We would add sandals to wear in the shower (yes, the boys must take a shower during the week), a folding chair for the campsite, and don’t forget the Scout Handbook.
The Leaders Guide is only for information. Troop leaders will help the boys sign up for badges and help them throughout the week.
After dinner on the first day, we will help the boys select merit badges classes for the two afternoon sessions. The scouts will attend Brownsea during the morning sessions. Brownsea is for first-year scouts and covers a majority of the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class requirements. Among the suggested merit badges for first-year scouts are: Swimming, Art, Basketry, Leatherwork, Pottery, Sculpture, Reptile and Amphibian Studies, Mammal Study, and First Aid. The scouts can earn two badges in the afternoon sessions and another during open time in the Craft Lodge. Camp is fun and has lots of activities for the boys to experience. Doing a ton of merit badges may diminish the fun.
Open/Free time will be available for the boys to enjoy swimming, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, rifle range, archery, COPE course and craft lodge.
See you Sunday at camp at 11:30am in the parking lot.
Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation, in some literature referred to as Camp Meade, is run by the Hawk Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation
402 Blue Mountain Rd.
Schuylkill, PA 17972
That address may be approximate. Be sure to follow the directions on the Hawk Mountain website. Those are:
Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation is located in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, just off Route 183. From the south take Interstate 78 to Route 183 north. Cross over the Blue Mountain. At the base of the mountain, turn left just past the Blue Ridge Inn onto Blue Mountain Road, follow the signs into camp. From the north take Route 183 south. Make a right turn just before the Blue Ridge Inn onto Blue Mountain Road and follow the signs.
Everyone needs to arrive at Hawk Mountain at 1:00 PM for check in. It’s about a 3.5-hour drive from Saint James. The troop’s check in cannot be delayed by late arrivals. There is a map of the camp here.
The Leaders Guide, as well as a parents information sheet and many other forms are here. This camp is very organized and posts their information promptly.
Troop 301 leaders at camp are happy to have you call them for info. Ask for the cellphone numbers for the adults attending (if you don’t already have them). Feel free to call the people you are most familiar with. If you can’t get through, try someone else. If you have an emergency and require immediate contact with your son, you could also call the camp office (570) 754-7552. Someone is in the Administration Building from 8:30 AM – 9:30 PM. After hours phone number (9:30 PM – 7:00 AM) is the Health Lodge (570) 754-7892.
What to wear:
• A Class ‘A’ uniform is mandatory for dinner. A Class ‘A’ uniform consists of the official Boy Scout Field Uniform shirt worn with either the Boy Scout pants or shorts and a 301 neckerchief.
• A Class ‘B’ uniform is encouraged for all other times. A Class ‘B’ uniform consists of any scout-related t-shirt, preferably a troop shirt, worn with either the Boy Scout pants or shorts. (We are hoping every scout will have several scout t-shirts and shorts to wear.)
• Closed-toe shoes and a shirt must be worn at all times, except at the lake and the beach.
• This includes travelling to the pool, the lake, and the shower.
What to bring (this is Hawk’s list):
• Scout Uniform(s) with socks
• Daily change of underwear
• Tee shirts
• Extra socks
• Jeans or long pants
• Casual shoes
• Hiking boots
• Shoes to get wet
• Sleeping bag or blankets
• Pillow (if desired)
• Mess kit
• Knife, fork, spoon
• Scout Handbook
• Pen, pencil, pad
• Small knapsack
• Scout Knife
• Equipment needed for merit badges
• Toilet kit
• Insect Repellent
• Comb or brush
• Fishing tackle
• Musical instruments
MOST FIND IT CONVENIENT TO CARRY ALL THESE ITEMS IN A TRUNK WITH A COMBINATION LOCK
PLEASE DO NOT BRING VALUABLES TO CAMP!
We suggest that each personal item be labeled with the scout’s name and Troop number. This will be helpful in returning lost items.
We and the camp strongly recommend leaving all cell phones and electronic devices at home to ensure that they are not lost or broken. It will also promote a more fulfilling experience and create a better camping atmosphere.
Q: What will my son eat?
A: Meals are served three times a day in the dining hall. The menu is available on Hawk Mountain’s web site.
All prescription drugs must be in the ORIGINAL CONTAINER with the ORIGINAL LABEL as provided by the Pharmacist. All legal drugs, prescription or non-prescription are required to be kept in the Health Office. The only two exceptions are for those individuals carrying Epi-pens or inhalers, which must be presented to and inspected by the Health Officer at Medical Rechecks on Check-In Day. Expired medication will not be accepted. Individuals, who refuse to comply, will be asked to leave without a refund.
No pets are permitted (except guide dogs).
Medical personnel staff the Health Lodge at camp 24 hours a day. Even if first aid is administered in the campsite, the incident must be reported to the camp’s Health Officer. All medications, with the exception of inhalers and Epi-pens, must be kept under lock-and-key in the Health Lodge. The Health Lodge staff can handle most minor injuries.
The Camp Trading Post has a variety of items available for your convenience. Here is just a
sampling of some of the things that you will find:
• Merit Badge Pamphlets
• Basketry Kits
• Woodcarving and Leatherwork supplies
• Walking Sticks
• Water bottles
• Camp Shirts, Sweatshirts and Polo’s
• Lighthouse Patches
• Small gift items
• Mosquito Nets
• Post cards
• And of course all the Snacks, Ice Cream, Soda, and Candy that you will need
Scouts will be expected to follow the Buddy System at all times.
Have your swim trunks and towel with you for the orientation. We always travel in Class A uniform and the Class A uniform is required for orientation. We will go directly from orientation to swim tests, so you must carry your swim trunks and towel with you.
Be prepared to put your trunk into the troop trailer. We will use the trailer to transport as much gear to the site as possible. Remaining gear must be hand carried to the site. Camp staff will not permit individual vehicles access to the camp.
Visitors – Visitors are welcome at Camp Meade. Time, however, is short while your son is at camp so visits should be kept at a minimum. ALL VISITORS MUST CHECK-IN AT THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING BEFORE GOING TO A CAMPSITE.
Scouts are expected to use the tents provided by Hawk Mountain. The mosquito netting which is so necessary at Baiting Hollow is optional. We’re told it’s not really necessary.
No personal coolers for scouts. Hawk Mountain provides all food and assures safe food storage.
Bring all merit badge prerequisites to camp – otherwise the scout will only receive a partial completion at the conclusion of camp.
Just a reminder that the deadline to register for the Summer Merit Badge Program is July 8. The program is offered by Benjamin Tallmadge District and will be conveniently located at Sts. Philip and James Church here in St. James.
The summer sessions begin July 20, but registration must be postmarked by July 8. The flyer is available at the District website.
Join us to celebrate Troop 301’s 50th year!
Troop 301’s End of Year Picnic will be on Sat. June 18, 12-4pm at Hoyt Farm. The troop will provide the hamburgers and hotdogs and paper goods. We’ll also provide a sheet cake for dessert in honor of our 50th anniversary.
We’re asking the troop families to bring something from the list. Please select an item from the list by clicking Volunteer. The list is on TroopTrack. Login or click the link in the email you received.
Alumni – Please RSVP here and be our guests!