Final Notes and Reminders Before Summercamp

by troop26

Hey everyone. Sorry for getting this up so late. There is a lot of information. Read what you can. The following is from Scoutmaster Stewart:

This is it… Summer Camp @ Mataguay Scout Ranch is THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 24th! We will meet @ Big five @ 8 AM. Please be prompt, as there is a lot that needs to happen before we can hit the road, but if everyone is there on time, we can get it all done in a short period of time.

This is shaping up to be a fantastic week of camp. Currently our scouts are signed up for over 100 Merit Badges (!), with over half the troop doing Aviation and/or Horsemanship. While it may be unrealistic to expect everyone to earn everything, that’s still an impressive plan. The weather is currently predicted *not* to be brutal, so that’s another “win” for the troop.

As usual, our call was heard and we’ve had enough drivers step forward to get our scouts both to and from camp. I’m listing the drivers I am expecting along with the number of available seats for scouts.

To: Hector Acuna (3), Bruce Belfiore (6), Paul Johnson (5), Bonnie Rich (5), & Michael Ensign (3).

From: Hector Acuna (3), Mark Baird (5), Andy Barrad (5), Michael Ensign (1), Jim Hirsch (6). Please arrange your schedule to arrive at camp a little before 10 AM.

For those bringing scouts back and planning on taking advantage of Family Night on Friday, dinner is scheduled to be served at 6:15 PM, right after evening colors. You should plan on arriving prior to then to allow you to both find parking and the troop. Also, please don’t forget to bring your own tent, as there will likely not be any “spare” beds for you.

Family Dinner

“Families of the campers are invited up to camp Friday evening to have dinner with their Scouts and stay for the Closing Campfire later that night. This is a great chance for parents to check out the camp and campers to introduce their parents to their favorite staffer. Dinner is $5 for those ages five and older, and free for anyone under 5. Please let your Scoutmaster know that you will be coming up prior to camp. If you plan to stay the night, please bring a tent or make arrangements with your unit.”

Finally, is your scout is signed up for Aviation ($45) and/or Horsemanship ($25), those both have larger than normal fees associated with them. You may send additional cash with your scout to cover those, or you may send check(s) made out to “BSA” or “San Diego-Imperial Council.” If your scout is doing both, I would recommend sending separate checks so the camp has to do as little “thinking” as possible.

Asst. Scoutmaster Stewart (AKA Professor Red-Beard)

Here is some other important info for you (parents) and your scout(s):

1) Drop-off is @ 8 AM in the Big-5 parking lot Sunday, June 24th. Please be on time so we can get organized, loaded up, and hit the road by as close to 8:30 AM as possible. Set multiple alarms if necessary and be sure to have a good breakfast before arriving. The camp is located about 4 hours away, and the earlier we get there and get checked in, the better. We also want to let our drop-off drivers have plenty of time to get home (or have a nice evening in San Diego?).

2) Be sure to have a sack-lunch; the first meal served at camp will be Sunday dinner. This is your last chance for ‘home cooking’ for a week. Take advantage. In an effort to be kind to our drivers and their vehicles, please refrain from eating until we get to camp. There’s nothing worse that someone volunteering their time and car to the troop, to then have to spend another hour cleaning up after you.

3) Travel to and from camp (as well as flag ceremonies and meals in camp) will be in full Class-A uniform: Scout shorts, Scout shirt, scout socks, neckerchief, and red beret. If you do not have a beret, you will receive one the first night at camp.

4) Daily life uniform will be Class-B: scout shorts, Troop 26 (or other Scouting related) T-shirt, and Troop 26 hat. NO open-toed shoes or “logo” t-shirts.

5) Pack your gear in a duffle bag (No framed backpacks) clearly labeled with your name and Troop 26. Duct tape works well for this. Scouts are not going to need much gear other than clothes and a sleeping bag. We’re not going to need stoves, cook-kits, water pumps, etc… This is camping at its cooshiest. Space in cars for gear will also probably be tight, so let’s not pack a ton of unnecessary extras.

6) Bring a daypack. We will be taking *at least* one day-hike and you will need something to carry your 10-hiking essentials (always required on Troop 26 outings). Also, it will be very handy to carry your merit badge papers/supplies/projects around with you during the day, not to mention your lunch on the way there.

7) I highly recommend that every boy at least read over the requirements for the merit badges that he is planning on taking at camp, so he knows what to expect. I know there are several scouts signed up for Swimming, which requires an old set of long pants and long-sleeved shirt for making improvised floatation devices, as well as shoes that can get fully wet (bring a spare pair). You can find the requirements for every badge here (

8) If the merit badges you have signed up for have pre-requisites, it is your responsibility to make sure these are completed prior to camp. If they are not, then you will receive a “partial.” Then you will need to find a local councilor to complete the remaining requirements for the badge.

9) Spending money is at your discretion, but odds are good that if you send it, your scout will spend it. The only money a scout needs at camp is that to cover the cost of his merit badges. Most MB’s do not cost, but the shooting ones (Rifle/Shotgun/Archery), handicraft ones (Basketry/Leatherwork/Woodcarving/etc…), as well as Aviation and Horsemanship, have additional fees to cover various materials. The fess associated with the various badges are listed on the sign up sheet, so be sure to send enough to cover their choices. One of the leaders will serve as a banker for the boys to try to… aid in their management of funds, and prevent over-spending early on.

10)UPDATE: The weather at Mataguay is currently in the low-to-mid 80’s during the day, and the low-to-mid 50’s at night. The days are very sunny, so be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen. Irrespective of the weather, all scouts will be required to take at least one shower (with soap) during the week. Swimming in the lake/pool most certainly does not count.

11)Check-out starts @ 8 AM on Saturday, June 30th. I would expect that the troop will be pretty ready to hit the road around 10 AM.If you are a return-trip driver please plan to arrive at camp by then, if not the night before.

12) Pick-up will be at St. Mark’s, hopefully sometime around 3 or 4 PM. Scouts will call home when we get to Ventura to give parents fair warning.

Good luck and have fun everyone. Summer camp is a blast!