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Call for Volunteer Participation

Posted By Bill Majurski, Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Call for volunteer participation

 

We need you to help staff Seneca District’s Fall Camporee

LOST: Where is Timmy Tenderfoot?                   

     based on the Search and Rescue merit badge

 

The event is being held at Button Farm Living History Center located at 16820 Black Rock Road, Germantown, MD on the weekend of October 17, 18, 19. We expect to have over 300 Scouts attending.

 

WE NEED HELP!

 

During the day Saturday we will operate 8-10 stations for patrols to visit. Because of the expected turnout we will need to set up 2 and sometimes 3 replicas of each station. Some stations will be on the 17 acre field and some will be in the adjacent lands of Seneca Creek State Park. In addition we will be operating mock Search and Rescue drills on the park lands throughout the day. We need help operating these stations, teaching the underlying principles, and victims for our SAR drills.

 

Who is already participating?  We have commitments from multiple local and state agencies, emergency preparedness experts, Search and Rescue organizations, fire/rescue squads, and Jamboree on the Air. 

 

Now we need your help to fill out our ranks.  We are looking for older scouts, venturing and explorer members, OA members, and adults to give us a hand.  Lunch is on us!

 

For more information or to volunteer please contact Camporee Director Bill Majurski at oldman99@comcast.net.

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About bringing Webelos to Camporee

Posted By Bill Majurski, Thursday, September 04, 2014

The 2013 edition of the Guide to Safe

Scouting on page 15 says:

 

A Webelos Scout may participate in overnight den

camping when supervised by an adult. In most cases,

the Webelos Scout will be under the supervision of his

parent or guardian. It is essential that each Webelos

Scout be under the supervision of a parent-approved

adult. Joint Webelos den/troop campouts including

the parents of the Webelos Scouts are encouraged to

strengthen ties between the pack and troop. Den

leaders, pack leaders, and parents are expected to

accompany the boys on approved trips.

 

That being said and the information from the OWLS course; a parent or

guardian that can't attend or does not wish to attend can grant or assign

supervision of their Webelos to another adult (Webelos Den Leader or other

adult going on the trip).  It is suggested that each Webelos has a

completed activity consent form filled out (see attached).  The Webelos Den MUST follow 2 deep leadership.  

 

Download File (PDF)

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Can Webelos I's attend or is this only for Webelos 2s?

Posted By Bill Majurski, Thursday, August 28, 2014

Webelos 1 dens may attend if their Den leader believes they can handle the event activities.  It is a very full day of activities. Many of the stations to be visited will be placed in the surrounding state park lands and trail hiking is required to get to these stations. We will be grouping youth into travel patrols for the day. Each travel patrol will have roughly 10 members of the same or nearly the same age. Webelos patrols will require adult supervision for the day made up of their den leaders etc. Each travel patrol will visit between 7 and 8 stations during the day Saturday.

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Registering before you know how many boys will attend

Posted By Bill Majurski, Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A unit can do several things.  First, on the registration page you can create a reservation.  A reservation indicates how many youth and adult you wish to bring but there is no payment.  This helps us understand our group size for planning activities.  Later when you have commitment from your members you can do an actual registration.  The difference between a reservation and a registration is that a registration includes payment.

 

So there is no limit on how many people attend?  Actually there is a limit.  A practical limit.  Last year we limited registration to 160 youth.  It was the first Camporee we had planned and we had a learning curve and some resource limitations.  Many people were unfortunately unable to attend because of this.  This year we are planning for up to 300 youth.  To the best of our knowledge this is adequate to accept all requests.  There are two reasons for putting any cap on registration.  First because we have to provide physical resources like porta-johns.  We have to reserve these well in advance.  Second, we can only run so many activity stations throughout the day Saturday and having overly-large attendance at a station reduces everyone’s enjoyment and some station themes just will not expand beyond a point.

 

So what happens if we start seeing registrations heading up to or over 300?  Unfortunately we will have to make some tough decisions to make.  If we are forced to cap registrations then units will get in based on the date of their reservation if they made one. We are hoping not to do this.

 

Remember, the cutoff for registration is one week prior to the event.  There will be no exceptions.

 

Can I add to my reservation later? Yes. Additional reservations can be made for the same unit.

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