Camping

Troop 29 maintains a strong tradition of offering numerous and varied camping experiences including weekend trips, summer camps, and High Adventure Camps. Each of these types of camps are discussed in more detail below.

Weekend campouts

These are generally two night at a campouts within driving distance of Barrington. These campouts are open to all Boy Scouts and are great ways to have some fun.

Summer Camp / Camp Owasippe

Troop 29 boys participate in summer camps organized by the Pathway to Adventure Council. These week-long camps are open to all Boy Scouts and are fantastic ways to complete some of the more challenging merit badges. Troop 29 typically attends Camp Owasippe in Twin Lakes, MI annually.

Participants must fill out a permission slip and must also prepare a Boy Scout Health Form that includes parts A, B and C. The health form must be filled out for each scout and adult who will be attending camp and staying more than 72 hours. Note that part C must be completed by a physician (MD, DO), nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.

Permission Slip - Napowan 2016.pdf

Boy Scout Health Forms Parts A, B, and C

High Adventure Camps

These experiences are not for the timid, but they will be guaranteed to offer a once-in-a-lifetime thrill. Troop 29 generally participates in one high adventure campout per year. Please note that many of these camps have minimum age requirements that may preclude younger scouts from going on them.

Campout Planning

Are you an adult helping to plan a campout? Below are some forms that may help you.

Camping Permission Slip Template - This document can be altered to suite the needs of your campout.

Troop 29 Trip Balance Sheet - This spreadsheet is used to track fees collected and expenses to be reimbursed. You need to collect and track receipts from parents who spent money on the campout. When completed, the form and receipts are turned into the treasurer who will then issue reimbursement checks.

Camping Policies

  1. A permission slip is available several weeks before every camping trip at troop meetings and on the troop web site. The permission slip is returned to the Adult Leader in charge of that campout along with the camping fee at least one week prior to the event. The permission slip includes a request for medical information and parent contact information.

  2. Boy Scouts of America requires that at least two adults be present at all troop meetings and campouts and that no single adult be alone with a single scout. This is what ‘two deep leadership’ means. Parents are welcome to join us on all campouts. It is a great experience! We choose camps we believe to be safe. We require parents camping overnight prepare by obtaining Youth Protection Training available through our troop, council, or national website at http://my.scouting.org This training needs to be renewed every 2 years.

  3. We abide by BSA regulations related to safety with fires, use of knives, saws, and axes. Alcohol, fireworks and illicit drugs are prohibited any scouting activity. Tobacco use is prohibited. These restrictions apply to both youths and adults.

  4. The troop trailer is used for most campouts for hauling troop equipment and personal gear. We need and welcome parent volunteers to pull the trailer and to car-pool our campers to the campsite.

  5. Class A Scout Uniforms are required to be worn while travelling to and from campouts. Scouts may also be required to wear their uniforms during the campout, depending on the situation.

  6. Full or partial refunds are available for a campout that a scout cannot attend due to unforeseen circumstances if there is enough time to cancel their camp reservations and their food has not been bought by the patrol’s cook.

  7. The patrol’s cook is responsible for advance meal planning and grocery buying with the assistance of either the cook’s parent or an adult leader. The food budget is $3 per scout per meal, with most campouts comprising 4 meals: Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday Breakfast. Junk food, pop and foods that require refrigeration are discouraged. The cook submits the grocery receipt to the committee treasurer for reimbursement at the next week’s troop meeting. The receipt should be labeled “Please reimburse name of cook” and list the names of the patrol members he cooked for.

  8. The other patrol members will have other duties assigned on a given campout, that they must fulfill in order for the camp to be successful. Such duties include: water crew, clean up crew, campfire building and tending, campfire program, and Sunday worship service.

  9. Electronic devices are not permitted at campouts, although may be permitted during travel to and from campsites.

  10. The scout may bring a scout knife (defined as a pocket knife with a blade 2 and ½ inches or smaller) and fire making equipment to any campout but are not allowed to use them without adult supervision until they take specific skills training and have passed the corresponding tests proving they know the safety skills required. Once they pass these tests the scout will receive a license called a Totin’ Chip and Fireman’s Chit which permits them to use these things. These licenses should be carried with them during these types of activities. Scouts who do not abide by the safety rules will lose this privilege for a time until they retake and pass the skills training.

  11. Items that are not troop equipment are someone’s personal equipment. Personal equipment may not be borrowed at will – you must ask and obtain permission from the owner to use it.

  12. Costs for campouts are determined by the cost of site reservation, food costs, and trailer supplies with most costing around $35 per 2 night campout.

  13. Parents (excluding trained leaders) who join the troop on a campout are required to pay the same scout camping fee, must show proof of taking Youth Protection Training, and may use troop camping gear including tents if available.

  14. Any scout on a trip who does not live up to the behavior standards required of all the participants, may be sent home at parents expense after contact is made with a parent/guardian. Final authority needed for a scout to be sent home from an event will be the adult in charge of that event.

  15. A scout who becomes ill, incapacitated and unable to complete a trip may be sent home. Parents will be responsible for all costs over and above those covered by insurance.