Camp Promotions Opportunities
One of the important roles of the OA at the lodge and chapter levels is to promote camping with the units in our districts. Many of our chapters do a camping promotions presentation when they conduct elections. As you put together your annual calendar and budget, consider other ways to reach out to the units and families:
- Crossover ceremonies – set up an information table at your crossover events. If you do a district-wide crossover, consider inviting the camp directors from Goshen and Camp Snyder. If it is off-season, there is a good chance that representatives from the camps will attend.
- Program launch – encourage your district to invite youth to attend the event and hold a chapter meeting with the troop OA representatives. Work with the camping and outdoor committee to promote camping and the council camps.
- Work with the Round Table Commissioner to do an annual or bi-annual presentation to the adult leaders. Use videos from the council camping websites and other videos on YouTube.
- Similarly, take an opportunity at your district camporees to promote long-term camping. Many of the attendees are younger Scouts that may not be aware of what the council camps have to offer.
- Another opportunity is to working with the district training committee to incorporate camp promotions into the Scoutmaster and Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills training courses. These sessions are generally attended by new leaders so we want to ensure that they know what the benefits are for long-term camping and what our council camps have to offer.
- Consider using the district roundtable to schedule unit visits.
- Coordinate with the district commissioner corps to schedule unit visits for units that do not attend roundtable.
- Chapter camping promotion chairmen are responsible for tracking and reporting unit visits to the district committee and the lodge camp promotions chairman.
Camp Promotion Talking Points
Goshen Video 2016 (Dan Glass)
Cool Camp: Goshen Scout Reservation (Scouting Magazine)
Camp Promotions Talking Points (Word Doc)
You may or may not be given time to speak. If you are given time to speak, here’s an outline of talking points, if you want to use it. If they only give you a few minutes to talk, you may have to truncate it. If you do, briefly go over the 6 camps and then highlight what’s new (Provisional Camp at Marriott, the new program coming to Gray’s Lodge, the new dining hall at Olmsted), where to get more information, and when information will be available on registration.
Step 1: Introduce Yourself
- What do you do in relation to camp (ie, what position)?
- Which camp do you/have you worked at?
- How many years have you been on staff?
Step 2: Survey the group (briefly)
- Who’s been to any Goshen Camp before?
- Who went last summer?
- Who goes somewhere else? Why?
- Common reasons are: distance (but we have real wilderness and have a really big lake (450 acres)), food (they went before Drac), had a bad experience, like another place better
- This will probably be really depressing for you. Try to think of it as a learning experience. This is really important information for us, though.
- Don’t let this go on for more than a minute. You’ve got stuff to talk about.
Step 3: Basic introduction of Goshen
- We’ve got 6 and a half camps in all (isn’t that neat? So many options!)
(While you’re talking about this, drop in some things to tie back to/address reasons why they would go somewhere else).
- 2 Webelos Camps (Ross & PMI)
- Both have stellar programs for both Webelos and Arrow of Lights/Webelos II
- List some fun activities they do (shooting BBs, archery, water trampoline, those crazy camp-wide games, etc.)
- 3 Boy Scout Camps
- All have similar programs, but different feels and different program highlights. Try out all 3 and see which one fits best with your unit!
- Olmsted – Program focused – They have a Dining Hall, so you don’t have to worry about cooking and can focus more on Merit Badges and activities. Popular program areas include Culture Craft and the Tech Center.
- Bowman – Troop focused – Well rounded experience that balances Merit Badge and activity program with troop time, including Patrol Cooking and other patrol-based skills. Unique program draws are motorboating and action archery.
- Also, home to the Venturing Advancement Camp – 2 weeks in the woods, work on Ranger Award and other advancement opportunities instead of Merit Badges
- Marriott – Specialty camp – Choose from Patrol Cooking, Heater Stack (pick up cooked food and eat it in your site), or something in between. Special weeks – Week 1 is LDS week (schedule catered specifically) and Week 6 is Specialty week with Trail to Eagle (all Eagle required MBs and leadership opportunities, ages 13+). Summer long program offerings – Eagle’s Eyrie with many Eagle required badges; Provisional Camp – for all ages, all weeks (except Week 6, ages 13+). Scouts attend as individuals rather than with their unit.
- All Boy Scout camps have access to the programs at Camp Post: COPE, Climbing, and ATV. Also, a new, standalone program will be running this year out of our newly renovated Gray’s Lodge. Stay tuned for details.
- High Adventure
- Backpacking with adventure activities
- Outposts include Caving, Mountain Sports, Paddle Sports, Rock Climbing, Foxfire, Mountain Man, and Robin Hood
- Or spend a week on the James River.
- Special Events
- Family Camp – Memorial Day Weekend, new in 2018
- Family Camp – Labor Day Weekend, every year
- 2 Webelos Camps (Ross & PMI)
- Be staff! Know someone who needs a summer job?
- 14+ to be a CIT
- 15+ to be paid staff
- 16+ to work at Lenhok’sin or Camp Post
Step 4: Call to Action
- Where do they go to get more information? www.gotogoshen.org
- If you got promotional materials to hand out, advertise them and the information in them
- Camp dates and registration information will be available in Early October
- Say something nice and thank them
- Take questions if you have time, but they can also find you afterward
As a society of Honor Campers, one of the Order of the Arrow’s first obligations is to serve as a resource to the units of our communities. In partnership with the National Capital Area Council, the Amangamek-Wipit Lodge of the Order of the Arrow has worked to develop this resource.
The purpose of this guide is to provide the youth and adult leadership of this Council the resources they need to make an informed decision about camping in our area. With campgrounds highlighted in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the Virgin Islands, there is a diverse range of handpicked sites meant for you to get the most out of your camping experience. The sites range from primitive to advanced and include a wide variety of environments for camping.
In addition to information on camping locations, we have also included various planning and informational materials to facilitate leadership growth. With tools ranging from camping safety outlines to campfire agendas, we hope to provide a comprehensive and complete tool for you to use in planning your next outing. These resources are meant to be flexible in enabling proper planning, and we invite you to use them as you see fit.
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The following document lists the BALOO sites that have bee approved for Pack overnighters in Maryland and Virginia.
BALOO Approved Camping Sites for Cub Scout Packs
Pack overnighters are Pack-organized overnight camping activities involving
more than one family from your Pack, with the program focused on age appropriate
Cub Scout activities and conducted at a Council Approved Pack
Camping Location (BALOO site).