Summer Camp 2013 Leader's Guide

Surround yourself with the Outdoors! ™

NOTE: This Leader’s Guide for summer camp was produced by Humberto “Beto” Torres, Jr. The intent of posting it on this website was to provide easy access for Scout Leaders, however due to the original format of the Leader’s Guide and the Droopal format of this website it did not transfer as originally developed by Beto. To receive an email copy of the Leader’s Guide please contact Beto at <[email protected]>

Or you may go directly to the Council website http://cvcbsa.org/ and download a PDF version

CAMP FAWCETT

SUMMER CAMP

2013 LEADER’S GUIDE

TEXAS SOUTHWEST COUNCIL

Greetings Fellow Campers

             Summer camp has always been a fun, meaningful and rewarding time for us here at Camp Fawcett since 1927.  We here as a staff will strive to make your experience at camp just as memorable as we continue eighty-five years of surrounding Scouts with the outdoors! 

Our goal is to provide a meaningful experience for Scouts in the following key areas: 

  • Provide activities that build strong personal values and character
  • Engage Scouts in opportunities to build caring and nurturing relationships
  • Instill a positive sense of self-worth and usefulness
  • Create a desire to learn
  • Offer activities that promote a productive and creative use of time
  • Offer a safe atmosphere to mold the leaders of the future.

Our commitment to improve the facilities at Camp Fawcett is a continuous endeavor. Many improvements will be readily seen, such as new program pavilions and campsites. Others will be intangible but immeasurable in outcome.

The staff at Camp Fawcett is dedicated, energetic, and trained to provide your unit with a great experience; prompting you to return again and again.

Furthermore, our patrol method focus, both as a summer camp and through specific patrol method programming, helps develop each of your troop’s patrols into the ideal team focused and cooperative group that Baden Powell envisioned over 100 years ago. One of the ways that we hope to prepare your unit for summer camp is through this document, the Leader’s Guide. Here you will find everything you need to know about the many merit badges and programs offered at Camp Fawcett.

Please review this Leader’s Guide, as it will give you a clear layout of the programs your Scouts and adults will have the opportunity to participate in during your week at camp. It is our goal as Camp Director and Program Director to insure that your entire unit leaves camp happy with the program you were promised. If at any time before, during, or after camp, there is anything we can do for you, please let us know! We look forward to seeing you and your troop at Camp Fawcett this summer!

Yours in Scouting,

 

James F. Maixner

Humberto Torres Jr.

Ramon Castro Jr.

Camp Director

Program Director

Business Manager

(830) 968-2140

(830) 279-5628

(830) 968-2140

[email protected]

[email protected]

[email protected]

General Information

Summer Camp Dates

Staff Week

June 10-15

Week # 1

June 16-22

Location

            Camp Fawcett is located between Uvalde and Rocksprings, just north of Barksdale on Ranch Road 335.

Camp Fawcett Website

            For the latest information regarding Camp Fawcett, visit us at: www.campfawcett.org">http://www.campfawcett.org">www.campfawcett.org" or www.cvcbsa.org">http://www.cvcbsa.org">www.cvcbsa.org

Fees

All fees are to be paid to the Texas Southwest Council. After a Troop has successfully completed registration an electronic receipt will be provided for personal records. All Troops that register and pay in full by the Early Bird Deadline will receive a free camp T-shirt. 

Early Bird

Youth Fee

$210.00

Adult Fee

$99.00

After April 15, 2013

Youth Fee

$225.00

Adult Fee

$115.00

Camperships
 

Camperships are available for boys with a financial need who are registered with the Texas Southwest Council, BSA.  Because campership funds are limited, we ask that applicants justify their need for assistance. Campership Applications should be sent to the Council by March 31st for consideration.

Additional Costs

Merit Badge

Fee

Merit Badge

Fee

Basketry

$5.00-$10.00

Indian Lore

$5.00-$10.00

Leatherwork

$5.00-$10.00

Chemistry

$10.00

Metalwork

$10.00

Space Exploration

$10.00

Rifle Shooting

$5.00

Woodcarving

$10.00

Shotgun Shooting

$15 charge for ticket

(25 birds & 25 shells)

 

Updates and Latest Information

For updates, changes, and last-minute information please refer to the web site at www.campfawcett.org">http://www.campfawcett.org">www.campfawcett.org or www.cvcbsa.org">http://www.cvcbsa.org">www.cvcbsa.org for any post-publication changes to course offerings, schedules, etc. which should be reflected there. If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement of this guide, please send them to Jim Maxiner & Humberto Torres, Jr at the email addresses noted above. We would particularly like feedback on the organization and content – was there information you needed- but which we failed to provide? Were things easy to find?

Check-In

Troops should plan to arrive at camp no sooner than 1:00 pm and no later than 5:00 pm Sunday. Troops that wish to arrive Saturday and camp must make arrangements with the Camp Director prior to their arrival. Upon arrival at camp, one staff member will serve as a Troop Guide to assist with the check-in process. The check-in process will not begin until all Scouts in a unit have arrived at camp. After vehicles are parked, the staff Troop Guide will escort the Scouts and leaders on a camp tour and health check. The Annual Health and Medical Record forms and medications need to be with this group at the health check. Swim checks, if needed will occur after the tour and health checks. Any Scouts needing a swim check will need to bring swim trunks and a towel with them on the camp tour.

The unit leader will go to the administrative check-in at the program office instead of the camp tour. The unit leader will submit a roster of Scouts and leaders and BSA Tour Plan. The program office staff will review the merit badge and program schedule with the unit leader and address any scheduling needs. Any outstanding balances will be settled at this time.

 If an out-of-council unit wishes to have candidates called out for the OA. The unit leader must present from the home Lodge Chief and Lodge Adviser requesting the call-out list the members to be called out and attach a signed copy of the home lodge’s unit election report.

Items to bring to camp tour and health check:

  • Annual Health & Medical Records, A, B, & C
  • Medications
  • Swim Trunks & Towels

 Items to bring to Admin Check-In

  • Unit Roster
  • Tour Plan
  • Merit Badge Session Registration Confirmation
  • OA Call-Out Letters and Unit Election Report

Checkout

The Checkout procedure will begin on Saturday and should be completed before 11:00 AM. Any unit with special checkout considerations should make plans with the Camp Commissioner. Vehicles will be allowed into camp to load personal and unit equipment. The Commissioner and Unit Leader will conduct an inventory to make sure that no equipment has been damaged or misplaced and inspect the site to ensure that it is clean. Health forms, medications, and other records may then be retrieved from the Health Lodge. Patches will be issued in the program Office.

Health & Safety

All adult leaders are required to have a current BSA Youth Protection Training certificate.  This training must be taken every two years.

Two-deep leadership

There must be a minimum of two adult leaders with each unit and/or campsite.  The unit leader or anyone serving as a unit leader must be at least 21 years of age and a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America. The second adult may be a registered Scouter 18 years of age or older, or a parent of a participating youth member.

No one-on-one contact

One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is not permitted. In situations that require personal conferences, such as a Scoutmaster’s conference, the meeting is to be conducted in view of other adults and youths.

Respect of privacy

Adult leaders must respect the privacy of youth members in situations such as changing clothes and taking showers at camp, and intrude only to the extent that health and safety require. Adults must protect their own privacy in similar situations.  Many individual shower and restroom stalls are in use at Camp Fawcett.

Proper preparation for camp

Activities with elements of risk should never be undertaken without proper preparation, equipment, clothing, supervision, and safety measures.

No secret organizations

The Boy Scouts of America does not recognize any secret organizations as part of its program. All aspects of the Scouting program are open to observation by parents and leaders.

Appropriate attire

Proper clothing for camp activities is required at all times.

Constructive discipline

Discipline used in Scouting should be constructive and reflect Scouting’s values. Corporal punishment is never permitted.

Hazing prohibited

Physical hazing and initiations are prohibited and may not be included as part of any Scouting activity.

Youth leader training and supervision

Adult leaders must monitor and guide the leadership techniques used by youth leaders and ensure that BSA policies are followed.

Appropriate sleeping quarters

Male and female leaders must have separate sleeping facilities. Married couples may share the same quarters if appropriate facilities are available.  Male and female youth participants will not share the same sleeping facility. When staying in tents, no youth will stay in the tent of an adult other than his or her parent or guardian.

Behavior Guidelines

All members of the Boy Scouts of America are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the principles set forth in the Scout Oath and Law. Physical violence, hazing, bullying, theft, vandalism, verbal insults, and drugs and alcohol have no place in the Scouting program and may result in the revocation of a Scout’s membership in the unit.  Unit leaders are responsible for monitoring the behavior of youth members and interceding when necessary.  The leadership of Camp Fawcett will determine if misbehavior warrants expelling a camper from the property, and it is the unit and parent’s responsibility to transport the camper home.

 

Texas Youth Camps Safety and Health Act

 

         On April 16, 2006, the state of Texas passed into law new regulations that affect the Texas Youth Camps Safety and Health Act. In order for the Boy Scouts of America and the Texas Southwest Council to comply with the new state law on protecting our youth camp participants we must require each leader to provide the items listed below. Your understanding and assistance in this important matter is greatly appreciated.

         For every adult age 18 and older who will be attending camp even for one day, each unit must provide all of the following items for that person to be able to attend camp.  This act requires all adult volunteers, 18 years and older, to undergo a criminal background check. 

 

 

Adult applicant name:

_____________________________

Address:

_____________________________

City, State, Zip:

_____________________________

Date: _____________

Signature:

_____________________________                    

Unit Number:  __________

Date of Birth:  __________

Phone: __________________

Email:

_____________________________

 

Please Answer the Following Questions

Do you use illegal drugs?                                                                 YES  NO

Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offense?                YES  NO

Have you ever been charged with child neglect or abuse?       YES  NO

Has your driver’s license ever been suspended or revoked?   YES  NO

 

If there is any fact or circumstance involving you or your background that would call into question you being entrusted with the supervision, guidance, and care of youth? (If yes, explain on back of page)

 

Character references:                                             Contact phone:

 

1. _______________________________          ____________________

 

2. _______________________________          ____________________

 

3. _______________________________          ____________________

 

Submit this form by May 15 via mail, fax or email to: 

Texas Southwest Council,

104 Veterans Memorial Drive, PO Box 1584,

San Angelo, TX 76902-1584 or by fax:(325) 657-0139

Office use only

 

Date received:            __________                Approved by: Barbara Jones

  Date approved:         __________                          Title: Council Registrar        

Health and Medical Procedures

A current Annual Health and Medical Record No. 34605, with Parts A, B, and C completed within the past 12 calendar months is required for all staff, leaders, and campers in attendance. Health history and physical examination is required for this form.  Medical forms are shared only on a need-to-know basis and will be on file in the health lodge. Forms may be picked up from the health lodge upon departure from camp.  Uncollected forms will be destroyed. On arrival in camp, everyone is given a private medical screening by a physician, health officer, or other adult approved by the camp physician.  The Camp Director and unit leaders are informed of campers with limitations so that the appropriate staff members are alerted. Any camper, youth or adult, who does not submit a current and completed Annual Health and Medical Record, No. 34605, with Parts A, B, and C will be required to leave within 24 hours.  There is no fee refund. Visitors on camp less than 24 hours (such as those attending Friday evening campfire) are not required to submit medical forms.

Medications

All prescription drugs (including those needing refrigeration) are to be kept in locked storage.  An exception may be made for a limited amount of medication to be carried by a camper, leader, parent, or staff member for life-threatening conditions, including bee-sting or heart medication, and inhalers, or for a limited amount of medication approved for use in a first-aid kit.  The camp will provide a locked metal box for storing small amounts of medications in a unit campsite under supervision of a qualified adult leader.

First Aid Station

The Camp Health Officer resides in the health lodge and is available around the clock.  The camp maintains an extensive first aid kit, exam room, and several beds. Camp Fawcett maintains working agreements with hospitals in Uvalde and Rocksprings as well as a 10-minute response time with the local emergency medical services in Camp Wood.  If a camper requires emergency medical services, or needs to see a physician, a Scout’s parent or guardian will be notified by telephone.  The parents or the unit must arrange non-emergency transportation.

Unit Leader First Aid

Unit leaders are encouraged to provide first aid for minor cuts, blisters, and scrapes using a unit first aid kit.  Please contact the health lodge for anything beyond adult leader skill and training.  Camp welcomes the assistance of qualified medical personnel with visiting units!

Prevention of Dehydration and Heat Exhaustion

Please prepare Scouts to counter common health issues, especially dehydration and heat exhaustion.  Symptoms of dehydration and heat exhaustion are more varied than just being thirsty or hot and may include nausea, loss of appetite, headache, dizziness, and muscle cramps.  Every camper should carry a water bottle with them and drink plenty of water while at camp.

Buddy System

The buddy system of having two or more campers together is used in all appropriate activities, such as aquatics and off-camp activities.

Wildlife & Plant Safety

Most animals and plants at Camp Fawcett are harmless, but there are some that demand precaution.

Ticks

Deer ticks are common in the woods and brushy areas.  They are easily brushed off or killed before they bite.  Ticks can vary in size from 1/8 inch to as small as the period at the end of this sentence.  Tick bites are painless and often undetected.  Check for ticks twice a day, especially in areas where clothing is tight against the skin.  Please visit the health lodge for proper removal of embedded ticks.

Fire Ants

Do not disturb ant nests!  Inspect your sitting or sleeping area for signs of ants.  Inform a camp commissioner of any signs of fire ants.

Bees, Hornets and Wasps

Do not disturb these insects.  Remember to remove a bee stinger by scraping it out with the side of a knife blade; do not pinch the venom sac.  Anyone with a sting or bite should immediately visit the health lodge or call for the health officer.

Raccoons, Skunks and Armadillos

These nocturnal mammals are attracted to food scent.  Avoid having food in your tent!  Do not attempt to capture one of these animals, as they will bite.

Emergency Procedures

Camp Fawcett has written plans for emergency response. Further details will be shared at check-in and the first leader meeting at camp.  Adult leaders should always carry a unit roster and vehicle keys while in camp.  In an emergency or evacuation, having a roster and car keys will greatly expedite the process.

Medical Emergency

In the event of a medical emergency, the Camp Health Officer should be contacted immediately.  If a medical emergency is beyond the skill and training of the Health Officer, the camp staff will contact emergency medical services. 

Unit leaders should not dial 911!

Severe Weather

In case of severe weather, campers should seek shelter in buildings or tents.  At least one adult leader in each unit should have completed BSA Weather Hazards Training and be familiar with precautions for lightning and tornadoes. Camp Fawcett has a number of shelters throughout the camp. 

Fire

Uncontrolled fires should be reported to camp staff immediately.  Do not attempt to put out the fire and do not call 911.  The camp fire alarm system will sound.  Leaders will be briefed on fire response upon arrival at camp.

Campers with Disabilities and Special Needs

         If a Scout or adult needs some extra help to enjoy the camp experience, please let us know!  Unit leaders should contact the Camp Director prior to camp regarding campers with special needs that require assistance from the camp staff.  Most arrangements should be made in writing so the preparation can be accurate and complete.  Camp Fawcett is not able to accommodate all possible special needs, but the staff will work diligently to make arrangements where possible.

Vehicles in camp

         All vehicles should park in the main parking lot just past the Camp House upon arrival.  One vehicle pass per unit will be issued at check-in.  This will allow one vehicle at a time to enter the camping area to unload or load up gear.  All vehicles must return to the designated parking lot.  No vehicles are permitted in campsites.

Guidelines, Policies, and Procedures

Meals-Strengthening troops with patrol cooking

            One of the most important features at Camp Fawcett is the opportunity for troops to develop strong programs using the Baden Powell’s Patrol Method-by cooking together all week as patrols in the campsite. At Fawcett, young and older patrols alike are strengthened as patrol members work together, use patrol duty roster, and succeed in cooking great meals in the outdoors! Wise Scoutmasters embrace patrol cooking, and take full advantage of the unique teaching/learning opportunities it provides.

Fawcett provides easy-to-use menus and quality food products to ensure Scouts can be successful. Menus are designed to provide balanced nutrition, ease of cooking, and allow patrols to work together. Some troops like to bring extra spices to embellish their meals to taste.

Cooking

Firewood can be found around each campsite, but it becomes scarce as the summer progresses. It is highly recommended that troops bring a liquid fuel stove for each patrol. Cooking is faster, easier, and cleaner on stoves. The past few summers have been very dry, and the State may enforce a no-open flame policy during fire danger times. If this occurs, your liquid stoves are the only alternative for cooking. Propane refills are available at camp at a market price per gallon.

Special Note

            Any special dietary needs must be addressed with the council at least two weeks prior to your unit’s arrival. We can make reasonable accommodations, but we must be notified in writing. The camp commissary can order some special food for vegetarians and campers with food allergies.  Please provide a specific list of food requests two weeks prior to arrival.  Campers with special needs may have to bring some dietary supplements and food with them.

Commissary

            Daily, commissary staff will deliver food boxes to a food stop near your campsite. It is important that Scouts who pick up food are on time. Please notify the commissary if you are receiving an improper amount of food. With your help we can feed everyone just right.

Food rations are picked up at the following times:

Breakfast                  Flag Raising

Lunch                        Noon

Dinner                        Flag Retiring

Camp Commissioners

         Camp Fawcett enlists the service of a dedicated group of volunteers who provide general support to units at camp. Camp Commissioners make sure that every unit has a great camp experience and receives any needed assistance.  Commissioners will visit campsites every morning for a friendly chat. Commissioners will let other staff members know if a unit needs special equipment, campsite maintenance, or program help.  The Commissioners also assist with the checkout process.

Campsite Inspection

         Campsite cleanliness is the responsibility of the unit and unit leadership.  Camp Commissioners will perform daily inspections of each campsite for cleanliness, originality, impressiveness and organization.  Campsite awards will be given out at the Friday night closing campfire.

Clean Campsite

         You will be expected to keep your campsite, bathrooms, and showers clean. A water hose and broom will be issued to you from the camp quartermaster to help do this job. If you have trouble (leaky pipes, etc.), please report it to the camp commissioner. Toilet tissue may be obtained (without cost) from the Camp Commissioners.

Bathhouse Cleaning

         Bathhouses are associated with campsites. The campsite your Troop is in determines which bathhouse it will use and is responsible for keeping clean. Troops are responsible for keeping their bathhouse clean in the afternoons and evenings. When it is your Troops turn to clean its bathhouse, be certain that all trash and paper is picked up and disposed of, floors are swept and mopped, toilets unplugged and clean, and sink unplugged and clean.

Tents

All tents must be clearly marked with “NO FLAMES IN TENTS” labels or signs. If you do not have suitable tents, we have a limited supply of Boy Scout Wall tents available for rent on request. 

Fires & Fuels

Ground fires are permitted during summer camp in a fire ring if a burn ban is not in place; this will be covered at the Sunday night Leader’s Meeting. Liquid or propane fuels are to be used only under adult supervision. Liquid fuel containers must be stored under lock and key in the Commissioners Area. Under NO circumstances are they to be stored in the campsite. Liquid fuels cannot be used on open fires or to start a fire.

Uniform and Attire in Camp

         The official Boy Scouts of America field uniform is always appropriate dress at Camp Fawcett.  Every camper is expected to wear the “Class A” field uniform at evening meals, while performing a flag ceremony, attending chapel and during campfires.  The “Class B” uniform, substituting a Scout T-shirt for the uniform shirt, is encouraged at other times. Campers should wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes with socks.  Lighter shoes may be worn in the campsite.  Sandals or shoes without toes are unsafe and not permitted. Inappropriate clothing includes sleeveless undershirts, clothing with foul or suggestive language or graphics, and clothes with holes. Demonstrate your unit’s Scouting Spirit by being the best-uniformed unit in camp!

Flag Ceremonies

         The camp will assemble twice daily for opening and closing flag ceremonies.  Scouts will raise and lower the flag every day after Sunday.  At check-in, you can pick a time for your troop to sign up as the honor guard.  Scouts and leaders are expected to attend the evening flag ceremony in complete “Class A” field uniform.  Scouts should wear “Class A” field uniform when performing any flag ceremony as the honor guard.

Visitors

         Family night at camp is Friday evening. At this time, parents will have the opportunity to eat with their children and to attend the closing campfire. Visitors should not plan to arrive before 5:00 p.m., as Scouts will be involved in camp program. The campfire will conclude around 9:30 p.m.  Visitors should plan to leave shortly there- after so Scouts and leaders can get a good night’s sleep. A head count of the number of visitors who will be at Friday’s dinner will be needed by noon on Wednesday. The cost of visitor supper on Friday is $6.00. Visitors may purchase meal tickets from the Program Office. Visitors at any time other than Friday should make prior arrangements with the camp staff. There are no facilities at Fawcett to allow visitors to stay overnight. All camp visitors should park in the main parking lot.  Visitors must follow the same guidelines as campers with parking, wearing appropriate clothing, and not bringing pets.  Visitors should wear sturdy shoes to walk around camp.

Correspondence

         All mail and registration prior to June 1st should be directed to the Texas Southwest Council in San Angelo, Texas. The camp office at Fawcett will be open on June 1, 2013.

TEXAS SOUTHWEST COUNCIL

104 Veterans Memorial Drive

San Angelo, TX 76902-1584

Office: (325) 655-7107 Toll Free: (800) 321-7107

Fax: (325) 657-0139

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Mail for Campers

         All outgoing mail may be placed in the mailbox inside the Trading Post. Mail will be taken to the Post Office in town on a daily basis. Incoming mail will be available only to unit leaders after 1:30 p.m. Each campsite will have an assigned mailbox inside the Trading Post. All mail sent to campers at Fawcett should be addressed:

Camp Fawcett

Scout’s Name and Troop #

25594 South Highway 55

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            Parents are encouraged to write their Scouts while they are at camp. Please remember that the mail takes more time in a rural area than in a large city or suburb. Letters mailed after Wednesday probably will not arrive in time. Any mail received after the troop has checked out will be returned to the sender

Wireless and Internet Connectivity

         There is excellent wireless voice phone coverage at Fawcett for AT&T customers. Data service is poor for all providers. Internet service at Fawcett is satellite- based with limited monthly bandwidth.  There is no capability to upload or download photos or videos.  We will continue to allow a small number of leaders to use the Internet at the program office as bandwidth and time allows.  Please refrain from sending non-urgent e-mails addressed to campers using the camp e-mail address.

Leader Meetings

         A meeting for all the adult leaders and Senior Patrol Leaders will be held after vespers on Sunday night.  Each day, an adult leader meeting and SPL meeting will be held.  Unit leaders will be able to ask questions, get any updates on special events going on in camp, and the daily newsletter will be distributed. Bring a notebook!

                                     Fundamental Requirements

                                     and Outdoor Growth

FROG is a program designed specifically for the younger Scout who has not been to summer camp before. The purpose of the program is to help young Scouts make a smooth transition and build the confidence to jump into the Scouting program. The idea of FROG is to teach Scouts the skills to function in the camp environment and build a strong foundation.

Scouts will tackle fundamental requirements of Scouting and explore different program areas in camp where they will be introduced to the various program camp has to offer. This instruction may cover such topics as knife and axe use, fire building, knot tying, plant identification, hiking, citizenship, physical fitness, first aid and the patrol method. Most of the requirements covered in the program will range from Tenderfoot to First Class.

A daily record will be provided to keep leaders up to date on their Scouts’ progress. The FROG staff will not pass Scouts on any requirements; instead they will keep track of what instruction the Scout was presented. It is up to the unit leader to decide if the Scout has an acceptable knowledge of each skill for rank advancement.

 

Order of the Arrow

Wahinkto Lodge No. 199

The Order of the Arrow is the National Brotherhood of Scout Honor Campers. The purpose of the Order is fourfold:

1. To recognize youths who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.

2. To develop and maintain the traditions and spirit of Scout camping.

3. To promote Scout camping, “which reaches its greatest effectiveness as a part of the troop's camping program.”

4. To develop a Scot’s spirit of helpfulness into skills of leadership for a life purpose of cheerful service to others.

Arrowmen in Camp

All Arrowmen are urged to pack their OA sash right next to their Scout spirit of cheerfulness and service and bring it all to camp!  During Summer Camp at Fawcett, the Order of the Arrow has several duties and activities.  Primarily, they run and facilitate inductions and act as an information link into Wahinkto Lodge for visiting units. They also provide units with the knowledge they need to help their OA members grow into quality youth leaders through the Order.

Ice Cream Social 

Wednesday night is the Order of the Arrow ice cream social.  During this time the OA members on staff will give a quick synopsis of the OA’s programs and exciting upcoming events. They will inform members on how to get more involved and how the OA fits into Boy Scouting in general. OA members from any lodge are welcome to join us for the social!

Call-Out

Friday is the most exciting day at camp for Arrowmen.  This is the day of the weekly tap-out, held during the closing Campfire Ceremony. Units who had new member elections during the previous year submit the names of those elected who have not been recognized or inducted yet.  This is done in front of the entire camp as serves as a glimpse into our order for non-members and as an impressive way to recognize the Scouts and Scouters who have exemplified the Scout Law and Scout Oath in their everyday lives.  All units are requested to bring a copy of their completed unit election form to summer camp to ensure that all candidates receive proper public recognition.

Special Awards

Troop Spirit Awards

  1. Troop friendliness toward staff and other campers.
  2. Troop courteousness toward staff and other campers.
  3. Arrives for flag ceremonies on time with Troop and Patrol Flags.  
  4. Troop is obedient and well mannered at activities
  5. Troop sings, leads yells, and performs skits.
  6. Troop has visible "group togetherness".
  7. Troop participates in special activities offered.

Model Campsite Award

  1. Troop campsite pass inspection with high marks.
  2. Troop has varied camp gadgets displayed for use on at least 3 separate days.
  3. Troop tents are in good repair and fire buckets are displayed.
  4. Camp fireguard chart is kept in view of all troop members along with daily schedule and/or special announcements.
  5. Troop latrine duty meets with approval of Commissioner's inspection.
  6. Troop vehicles are properly parked in provided spaces, not in campsite.

Honor Troop Award

  1. Displays clean campsite according to the same criteria outlined in the Model Campsite Section.
  2. Displays troop spirit using the same criteria outlined in the Troop Spirit Section.
  3. Participates in a conservation project approved by the Camp Director. May be as a Troop, or patrol.
  4. Displays unit, patrol, and national flags at proper hours and functions.
  5. On-time for check-in and checkout at camp. 
  6. Troop participates in at least 5 special activity events as a troop.
  1. Attend or hold an inter-troop campfire.
  2. Attend Wednesday evening Chapel service.
  3. Participate in Troop swim
  4. Participate in Troop shoot
  5. Conservation project
  6. Camp Service project.
  7. Attend with 70% or better a Special Scheduled evening programs
  8. Volunteer as Troop of the Day for flag ceremonies

To validate all entries, a report of activities from the Senior Patrol Leader in each participating troop, must be filed with the Camp Commissioner before Friday at lunch. Please include Troop number, Senior Patrol Leader's name, campsite name, Scoutmaster's name, and city.

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

Scout Uniform

Backpack

Comb/Brush

Camp or Troop T-Shirts

Spending Money

Toothbrush/Toothpaste

Jeans or Shorts

Sunglasses

Shampoo/Soap

Socks

Work gloves

Deodorant

Underwear

Personal First Aid Kit

Shaving Material

Boots or Tennis Shoes

Sewing Kit

Towel

Handkerchief or Bandana

Canteen

 

Raincoat or Poncho

Binoculars

 

Wristwatch

Camera

 

Hat/Cap

Sunscreen

 

Sleeping Bag

Envelopes/Paper/Stamps

 

Cot/Sleeping Pad

Pen/Pencil and Paper

 

Scout Handbook

 

TROOP EQUIPMENT

Cooking Equipment

Troop Equipment

Campsite Entrance

  • Stoves & Propane
  • Lanterns
  • Troop Sign
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Storage Box
  • Troop/Patrol Flags
  • Pots & Pans
  • Tents
  • U.S. Flag
  • Dutch Oven
  • Troop MB Library
  • Gateway
  • Cleanup Gear
  • Leader’s Guide

Bulletin Billboard

  • Dishes & Eating Utensils
  • Medical Forms
  • Bulletin Billboard
  • Matches/Lighters
  • OA Election Forms
  • Camp Roster
  • Dinning Fly
  • Tour Plan
  • Troop Duty Roster
  • Water Jugs
  • Troop First Aid Kit
  • Scout Schedules
  • Ice Chests
  • Rake, Shovel, etc.
  • Push pins, etc.
  • Trash Bags

 

 

What Not to Bring to Camp

         Do not bring alcohol, firearms, tobacco, fireworks, illegal drugs, video games, fixed- blade knives, excessive grooming products, highly odorous products, or excessive amounts of candy.  Clothing with inappropriate language or graphics will not be permitted.  No pets of any kind, with the exception of special needs animals, are permitted in camp.  Campers are not permitted to use ATVs or utility carts. Electronic devices such as radios, tape/cd/mp3 players, electronic games, and cell phones are not permitted in camp program areas.  Unit leaders are responsible for setting campsite and travel policies regarding electronic devices. Any items, which are in violation of BSA policy, may be confiscated by the camp staff and returned upon departure.  The camp staff will work with the unit leader in all such cases.

CLEARLY MARK ALL ITEMS  WITH YOUR NAME & TROOP NUMBER

Program Areas

         Merit Badge and related activities at Camp Fawcett are designed to fit into a

five-day schedule; Monday through Friday. Scouts are encouraged to visit http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page">http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page">http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page and review the requirements for each merit badge before arriving at camp.

         During Check Out each Troop will receive blue cards on all the Scouts that participated. Certificates of Completion will also be given for those in and any other program that is not a particular merit badge i.e. (BSA Lifeguard)

 Shooting Sports

         The Shooting Sports Area offers Scouts an opportunity to participate in exciting activities, with an emphasis on safety. Come learn a new skill or master one you already have, and of course, have a good time.  The scheduled course time is used for instruction. Scouts may also attend the Open Archery, Open Rifle, and Open Shotgun times scheduled each day (6th period) to practice and work on qualifying or accommodate any possible overflow. Course sizes will be limited so that everyone will have plenty of time to shoot. Preference will be given to Scouts whose troop has pre-registered and provided merit badge selections in advance. Please be understanding if you are asked to change your schedule because the class is already full – this is necessary to provide a quality experience for all. 

Merit Badge

Details

Archery

Archery is great fun – some experience with previous range time and skill is desirable. It is suggested that the Scout also be available for the Open Archery period. Earning the merit badge includes achieving a certain score on a series of targets, which usually takes considerable time.

Rifle Shooting

This is a challenging merit badge and most Scouts will find it difficult to qualify - to earn the merit badge they must not only learn safety, gun cleaning, etc. but must also achieve a reasonably high score on 5 targets with 5 shots each. For Experienced Scouts. Must be at least 12 years old.

Shotgun Shooting

Please be aware that the shotguns are heavy. Physically small Scouts may not be able to hold the shotgun and if so, will not be able to complete the course! Scouts must hit 24 out of 50 targets, and this can take considerable time. There is an additional fee to cover the cost of materials.

Aquatics & Waterfront

         This area operates at the bottom of the Nueces River. The variety of merit badges and programs offered at Aquatics are designed to improve a Scout’s skills on and in the water. Scouts taking any aquatics merit badge or program other than Instructional Swim must be classified as a “swimmer”.

Merit Badge

Details

BSA Lifeguard

The BSA Lifeguard class is available to both adults and Scouts 15 years of age or older. BSA Lifeguard can be completed in one week but it requires a great deal of time. Candidates must attend all day sessions as well as doing practice lifeguarding during open swim periods and/or troop swim. This is not a merit badge. A valid professional rescuer or equivalent CPR card is required to complete BSA Lifeguard – bring with you or obtain afterward.

Swimming

Scouts must be qualified as a Swimmer on their swim test to take this Badge.

Lifesaving

You’ll need to swim continuously for 400 yards using each of the following strokes in a strong manner for at least 50 continuous yards: front crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke before you can start the merit badge, so make sure you are in good shape. Must be classified as a “Swimmer.” Prerequisite: Swimming Merit Badge.

Beginner &

Non-Swimmer

Instruction

Scouts who were classified as “Beginners” in the swim check. This basic swimming instruction is intended to build confidence and skill, with the goal of getting the Scout to the point of being able to pass the swim check.

This is not a merit badge.

Mile Swim

Recommended only for strong swimmers – requires additional practice time daily. Must be classified as a “Swimmer”. To complete the Mile Swim, Scouts must report to the waterfront each day before breakfast; they will start with shorter distances to gain strength and to practice, with the aim of achieving a mile on Thursday. This is not a merit badge.

Snorkeling BSA

Recommended for strong swimmers. This program will instruct Scouts in the skills needed to safely snorkel in open water. This is not a merit badge.

Canoeing

Canoeing in the Nueces River is great fun; it can be difficult for younger, smaller Scouts, as physical strength is needed.

Rowing

Rowing in the Nueces River is great fun; it can be difficult for younger, smaller Scouts, as physical strength is needed.

Nature - Environment - Science - Technology (NEST)

       NEST is the place where Scouts learn about the natural world around them. The wide array of merit badges offered in this area, are designed to educate Scouts in the ways that millions of individual actors in the natural world interact with each other to create order and balance. Scouts will also learn the ways in which the environment can be protected and conserved. Scouts are encouraged to take as merit badges as they wish to in the NEST.

Merit Badge

Details

Astronomy

This merit badge requires additional night activities; observation requirements may be impossible to complete if the weather is cloudy. Requirement #6 cannot be completed at camp.

Chemistry

 Class size is limited because of the number of experiments that need to be completed.  Requirement #7 cannot be completed at camp.

Environmental Science

This Eagle-required merit badge includes a great deal of paper work; some can be done at home. This is a very challenging merit badge, and involves a significant amount of writing. Requirement #4 cannot be completed at camp.

Nature & Mammal Study

Learn more about mammals, especially the small mammals that inhabit the Hill Country.

Reptile & Amphibian Study

Learn more about the wide variety of reptiles and amphibians found in West Texas. Requirement #8 (Maintain one or more reptiles or amphibians for at least a month. Record the food accepted, eating methods, changes in coloration, shedding of skins, and general habits; or keep the eggs of a reptile from the time of laying until hatching; or keep the eggs of an amphibian from the time of laying until their transformation into tadpoles or larvae) cannot be completed at camp and #9 is difficult to complete at camp.   

Space Exploration

Build and fly your own model rocket! Participants launch rockets at the assembly field Friday morning

Bird Study

Edwards’ County is home to greatest selection of birds in Texas. Extra time is required for observation and project.

Weather

Come learn and find out why it only takes five minutes for the weather to change in Texas.  

Insect Study

Scouts will glance into the strange and fascinating world of the insect. There, they will meet tiny creatures with tremendous strength and speed, see insects that undergo startling changes in habits and form as they grow, and learn how insects see, hear, taste, smell, and feel the world around them.        

Camping-Outdoor-Skills-Area (COSA)

         The Outdoor Skills area, often referred to as COSA, teaches the basic skills that every Scout should know. The merit badges in this area are designed to give Scouts confidence working outdoors. Every Scout in camp is encouraged to take at least one merit badge that is offered in this area.

Merit Badge

Details

Camping

This merit badge cannot be completed at camp. It is helpful to do as much of the paperwork possible at home and bring to camp. Requirement 9 must be completed outside of the summer camp environment although the week of camping nights at Camp Fawcett may be counted toward the 20 days/nights required for 9a. 

Emergency Preparedness

 First Aid Merit Badge is a prerequisite. The Scout must prepare their Family Emergency Kit needed for requirement #8c in advance. It should show thought and effort on the part of the Scout, not simply a kit that was purchased. Bring the kit or a good quality photo of it. Req. 2c requires a visit with the family after completing the work started at camp. The final follow up review of the family meeting should be done with the Scoutmaster. Parts of Req. 8 must be done with the unit, if the troop has previously done a mobilization, the scout should bring a note from his Scoutmaster.

First Aid

 Completing all of the first-aid requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class is a prerequisite. The material for this merit badge is not hard but there is a lot to do!

Pioneering

 Pioneering—the knowledge of ropes, knots, and splices along with the ability to build rustic structures by lashing together poles and spars—is among the oldest of Scouting's skills.

Wilderness Survival

 Bring materials for making a basic survival kit (Requirement #5: Put together a personal survival kit and explain how each item in it could be useful). You will spend Wednesday night away from your troop camp in a shelter you build yourself!

Geocaching

Geocaching describes a hiding place on planet Earth - a hiding place you can find using a GPS unit. A GPS (Global Positioning System) unit is an electronic tool that shows you where to go based on information it gets from satellites in space.

Fire Safety

Requirement #11 at home

Orienteering

The perfect opportunity to hone your skills with a map and compass. A difficult but worthwhile endeavor.

Crafts  

         The Crafts area offers a variety of hands on opportunities that enhance a Scout’s ability to be creative, insightful, and resourceful.

Merit Badge

Details

Indian Lore

Learn about Native American history, including crafts and games.

Metalwork

Scouts will begin their work on this merit badge by learning about the properties of metal, how to use simple metalworking tools, and the basic metalworking techniques. Then they will practice using these tools and techniques before concentrating on the more intricate skills of one of four metalworking options.

Woodcarving

Woodcarving is a four day merit badge offered on Monday,

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Scouts need to bring their knife and Totin’ Chip (Requirement 1b).  Kits are available in the Trading Post.

Basketry

Basketry can be completed in two days and is offered Wednesday and Thursday.  Scouts will need to purchase basketry kits at the trading post ($10 approximately for a round and square basket). 

Art

Fun and easy Merit Badge for all ages.

Leatherwork

Leatherwork is offered as a two-day merit badge offered Monday and Tuesday. Scouts will need to purchase a leather kit from the Trading Post upon arrival.

Journalism

Only camp with its own boy’s newsletter “Fawcett’s Fables”

Communication

Much time will be spent giving and critiquing speeches. Preparation must be done outside of class.

Photography

Recommended for all Scouts. Practice your skills of photography. Learn about film and digital cameras. Use the camp’s digital cameras to create your project and then share it with the merit badge counselor. Scouts are encouraged to provide their own equipment but equipment is available at camp.

Evening Activities

This is a series of events that will take place in the different program areas around camp.

Day

Time

Activity

SUNDAY

8:00 pm

Opening Campfire

MONDAY

7:30-9:00 pm

7:30-9:00 pm

7:30-9:00 pm

Volleyball Challenge

Troop Swim

Troop Shoot

TUESDAY

6:00-6:45 pm

6:45-7:30 pm

7:30-9:00 pm

 

9:00-11:50 pm

Scoutmaster Dinner

Leader Shootout

Troop Swim

Troop Shoot

Astronomy Stargazing

WEDNESDAY

7:30-9:30 pm

6:30-7:00 pm

7:00-7:30 pm

10:00 pm

Water Carnival

OA Ice Cream Social

Inter-Faith Worship

Wilderness Survival Overnighter

THURSDAY

7:00-10:00 pm

7:30-9:00 pm

7:30-9:00 pm

Devil’s Sinkhole

Troop Swim

Troop Shoot

FRIDAY

6:15 pm

8:00 pm

Family Dinner

Closing Campfire

85th Anniversary Celebration

Trading Post

 

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

Monday

8:00 am-12:30 pm

2:30 pm-5:00 pm

7:00-8:00 pm

Tuesday

8:00 am-12:30 pm

2:30 pm-5:00 pm

7:00-8:00 pm

Wednesday

8:00 am-12:30 pm

2:30 pm-5:00 pm

7:00-8:00 pm

Thursday

8:00 am-12:30 pm

2:30 pm-5:00 pm

7:00-8:00 pm

Friday

8:00 am-12:30 pm

2:30 pm-5:00 pm

7:00-8:00 pm

Saturday

8:00 am-12:00 pm

CLOSED

Merit Badge Schedule

TIME

Aquatics

Shooting Sports

COSA

NEST

Crafts

9:00-9:50 am

Lifesaving

Snorkeling BSA

Canoeing

Archery

Rifle Shooting

Orienteering

Emergency Prep.

Reptile & Amphibian Study

Bird Study

Weather

Woodcarving

Art

Photography

10:00-10:50 am

Lifesaving

Snorkeling BSA

Canoeing

Archery

Rifle Shooting

First Aid

Orienteering

Pioneering

Chemistry

Environmental Science

Nature/Mammal Study

Metalwork

Basketry/Leatherwork

Communications

11:00-11:50 am

Swimming

Rowing

Instructional Swim

Archery

Shotgun Shooting

Wilderness Survival

Camping

Insect Study

Bird Study

Nature/Mammal Study

Metalwork

Art

Indian Lore

2:00-2:50 pm

Open Swim

Archery

Rifle Shooting

First Aid

Fire Safety

Camping

Reptile & Amphibian Study

Environmental Science

Space Exploration

Woodcarving

Basketry/Leatherwork

Journalism

3:00-3:50 pm

Rowing

Rifle Shooting

Shotgun Shooting

Pioneering

Geocaching

Emergency Prep.

Astronomy

Chemistry

Environmental Science

Communications

Art

Photography

4:00-4:50 pm

 

Open Shoot

Fire Safety

Geocaching

Wilderness Survival

Astronomy

Insect Study

Space Exploration

Weather

Communications

Indian Lore

Journalism

Camp Wide Schedule

 

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

6:00 am

 

Polar Bear

Mile Swim Preparation

Mile Swim Test

 

6:50 am

Flags

Flags

Flags

Flags

Flags

7:00 am

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

8:00 am

Check Out

9:00 am

Merit Badge #1

10:00 am

Merit Badge #2

11:00 am

Merit Badge #3

Noon

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

 

1:00 pm

Check In

2:00 pm

Merit Badge #4

3:00 pm

Merit Badge #5

4:00 pm

Merit Badge #6

5:00 pm

Flags

Flags

Flags

Flags

Flags

5:30 pm

Campwide

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Campwide

Dinner

6:00 pm

7:00 pm

7:30 pm

Opening

Campfire

Evening Activities

Closing

Campfire

8:00 pm

9:00 pm

11:00 pm

Lights Out

Registration

          Welcome to the Camp Fawcett online registration program. Here you may enter Scouts who are coming to camp and sign them up for classes, enter troop leaders who are coming to camp, view a schedule of classes offered, and handle payments.

  1. To begin Camp Registration log on http://inteliscout.com/ ">http://inteliscout.com/