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Summer Camp Merit Badge Registration Available Now

Posted on Jun 27 2013 - 5:48am

This is the last week for advance sign up of merit badges at Keowa. Sign up online and avoid the rush on the first day of camp. If you have questions, ask your fellow scouts for their opinion and contact one of the adult leaders.

Annual Planning Meeting and Summer Camp PLC - NEXT WEEK

Posted on Jun 26 2013 - 9:04pm

The 2013 - 2014 Scouting Year will be here soon. PLC members should attend to help identify next year's monthly plan.

In addition, a brief PLC for summer camp will be held to finalize duty rosters, develop schedules, and load the trailer with troop gear needed for camp.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served.

Please Register online so that we can get a headcount for food and confirm that individuals are available.

Not a member of PLC? Tell your Patrol Leader what you would like to do next year!

Sunday! Sunday! SUNDAY! GET YOUR SUMMER CAMP FORMS TURNED IN!

Posted on Jun 17 2013 - 3:59pm

Forms are due to the Summer Camp Registrar (Mrs Quincy) no later than Sunday, June 23rd at 5:00 pm. You should turn in your forms as soon as possible to allow for review and correction, if necessary, prior to the due date.

Mrs Quincy requests that forms NOT BE DROPPED OFF on Saturday, June 22 because of family activities at the Quincy home.

Forms are attached to this announcement for your convenience:

  1. 2013 Summer Camp Consent Form; filled out, signed, and dated
  2. Rolling Stone Ranch Release Form; filled out, signed, and dated
  3. TWO COPIES - BSA Medical Form Part A, signed and dated after July 13, 2012.
  4. TWO COPIES - BSA Medical Form Part B, signed and dated after July 13, 2012.
  5. TWO COPIES - BSA Medical Form Part C, signed and dated after July 13, 2012.
  6. TWO COPIES - NYS Standard Over The Counter/PRN Medicatins Form, signed and dated after than July 13, 2012.
  7. TWO COPIES - Copy of Medical Insurance Card (Both Sides)

"A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room."
― Robert Baden Powell

Mohawk State Forest and Troop 163 and Bears, Oh My!

Posted on Jun 10 2013 - 8:54pm

Ever wonder what to do when you see a bear and "Animal Control" isn't there to take the bear away? Backpacker Magazine recently had an article providing lots of great information about bears.

http://www.backpacker.com/february-march-2013-the-truth-about-bears/surv...

Block Island Trip Updates

Posted on Jun 5 2013 - 4:30pm

Block Island Attendees, Please review and plan for the following:

  1. There is a very high likelihood of rain on Saturday. Attendees are encouraged to bring a day pack with them on Saturday morning that includes rain gear (pants/jacket) that they can put on and wear while riding a bicycle to the campsite and while touring the island. Please dress appropriately. Expect wind and cool temperatures. Overnight packs will not be accessible until after we reach the campsite.
  2. For this trip only, sneakers will be allowed for bike riding.
    • Sneakers must be in good condition - subject to adult leader inspection. NO HOLES.
    • Attendees must also bring hiking boots and must demonstrate that this gear is either on the attendee's feet or packed prior to leaving St. Jude. If putting them in the overnight pack, be ready to show them on Friday evening before loading the trailer.
    • Sneakers may be worn on Saturday morning starting from St Jude.
    • Adult Leaders will identify when boots must be worn.
    • No person will be allowed to go on the trip without hiking boots.
  3. Class B (red) shirts are required on Saturday. Please arrive at St Jude wearing your Class B shirt.
  4. ALL Block Island Trip Attendees MUST bring their gear to St. Jude on Friday evening to load the trailer and tow vehicle. NO EXCEPTIONS - we do not have time to load gear on Saturday morning.
  5. All Block Island Attendees must arrive at St Jude at 5:30 am on Saturday morning. We will be leaving St Jude promptly at 5:45 am. We will not wait for anyone (just like the ferry that we are getting on).

Have Troop Gear? BRING IT BACK!

Posted on Jun 5 2013 - 4:28pm

Several individuals did not return troop gear that was sent home with them to be cleaned, dried, and inspected after the Zip Line campout. Some of this gear is needed for the Block Island camp out.

IF YOU HAVE TROOP GEAR, YOU MUST BRING IT TO ST JUDE THIS FRIDAY EVENING AT 7:00 PM - EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT GOING ON THE BLOCK ISLAND CAMP OUT.

NO EXCEPTIONS!

BSA Troop # 163

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