Pack 495 Spring Camping
Family Camping Details
Jordan Lake, Parkers Creek Campsites 254 & 255
Friday, May 17th, 4pm to Sunday, May 19th, 9am
Parkers Creek Recreation Road
How to Pay
Cost and Payment: Due by Wednesday, May 15
- $5 per person, maximum of $20 per family
- Payment Options:
- Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Credit card at Thursday Den Meetings
- Check made payable to Pack 495 at Thursday Den Meetings
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What to expect:
Since this is a state park campground, it is relatively easy camping. We are within walking distance of a bathhouse that has flush toilets and showers. There are potable water and charcoal grills in the campsite along with a fire ring, benches and picnic tables. We are in the outdoors so expect to see bugs, possibly snakes and an occasional raccoon. The agenda attempts to keep the boys busy and occupied with Scout stuff for most of the time although we do build in some free time.
Parking is not the best at Shinleaf, so we ask that you unpack your gear, then move your car to a more remote spot to save parking for others to unpack and for grandparents/others who may want to attend the Pack meeting but not camp.
What to bring:
You will see a wide assortment of equipment amongst our Pack families. Some families have lots of camping experience and have accumulated lots of gear and others are just getting started and have only the basics. At a minimum, you should bring the following: a tent (big enough for everyone in your family or more than one tent, if needed), a tarp to put under your tent as a moisture barrier, sleeping bags, pillows, flash lights, a lantern, folding chairs, Scout handbook, a knife (only Scouts that have earned their Whittling Chip can carry a knife), clothes, towels, bug spray, sunscreen, a first aid kit and food (more on that later). Nice-to-haves include a camp table, air mattress or cot, hammock, gas stove, pots, pans, coffee pot, pop-up canopy, and a cart to haul all this stuff from the car to the campsite. REI rents gear if you don’t want to invest in these things right away. You can also send an email to the Pack asking who might have stuff to borrow. Most families have more than one tent, lantern, etc.
What to wear:
Bring both Class A uniforms and Class B (Pack T-shirts). For most of the time, the Scouts will be in Class B attire. Scouts are required to wear their Class A uniforms to the campfire on Saturday night since this serves as our October Pack meeting. It is also a good idea to bring a raincoat or parka. Sneaker or hiking boots are good, but flip-flops or open-toe sandals are not.
What to eat:
The Pack provides hot dogs and hamburgers and beverages for dinner on Saturday night. Families bring side dishes or a dessert. Other meals are up to you. Some dens coordinate a meal and prepare it as part of one of their rank adventures. Other families get together and share cooking equipment to make a larger breakfast on Saturday or Sunday. You decide. It can be as simple as Pop-Tarts for breakfast and PB&J for lunch or a full-course meal cooked in a Dutch oven or campfire stove. We see it all.
What to remember:
Each Scout is required to be accompanied by an adult (parent or guardian). The boys are expected to follow the “buddy system” if they leave the campsite or go to the bathhouse. This means they go with one or more fellow Scouts and tell an adult where they are going. Where they go and what they do is obviously up to the parent’s and leader’s discretion. The Pack will exercise “2-deep” leadership at all times. This means at least 2 trained leaders will accompany the boys in the campsite or on adventures outside the campsite. Camp rules will be posted in the campsite and we expect everyone to adhere to them.