Parents, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY.
The troop will be meeting Sunday, July 4th at 10:45am at the park and ride lot on Middletown Road by Exit 10 of the Palisades Parkway (349 North Middletown Road, Nanuet, NY). Please come prepared to drive your son to camp. Scouts should be in Class B uniform. We will do a health check and collect any late paperwork.
We expect to be en-route by 11:00am and we will meet again about 1 hour away at the Harley Davidson dealership right off Exit 12 off Route 80 to eat lunch. If you are not at the park and ride, we will meet you at this location. All Scouts and leaders should pack a lunch. Our first meal at camp is dinner. Be advised – The location where we stop for lunch only has a Dunkin’ ; It is suggested to bring a bag lunch with you!
The camp address is 11 Sand Pond Road, Blairstown NJ, 07828, if you do not have GPS, printing directions in advance is strongly encouraged. The gates do not open until 1pm. Scouts carry their own gear into the campsite from the parking lot, no cars allowed into the site.
We were informed that due to COVID restrictions, parents will not be allowed into the campsite and cannot leave the parking lot area. Only exception is dropping off medication at the health lodge.
If your son is bringing ANY medication to camp, you must print and complete the camp's authorization to dispense medications form (As per one of the updates, the form is on the Troop website). Bring this form along with the medications in the original, labeled, containers. The medication section on Part B of the BSA Medical form must also be filled out.
Troop 97 has decided to continue our Troop policy of not bringing phones and electronic equipment to camp. We feel this leads to home sickness, risk of lost or stolen property, distraction from the true meaning of camp among other things.. Any electronic equipment found by leaders will be confiscated by Troop 97 leadership and returned at the end of the week. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Every Scout is expected to be in full Class A when appropriate. Much of the day is spent in "Class B" but for evening flags and dinner and the class A shirt and official pants or shorts (at least olive drab) is a must. Class A also means Troop 97 ORANGE neckerchiefs.
Remember to bring hiking boots; sneakers are fine as the extra pair of camp shoes but not as primary footwear. You might go on a hike through some rough terrain and all programs go in any weather. Feet need to stay dry.
Pickup is Saturday, July 10th - parents should arrive no later than 9:30am.
A change from previous years is that families will not be allowed onto the parade field for the closing ceremony.
Please do not arrive at camp on Saturday for pick up later than 9:30am. At this time, you will have to wait in the parking lot. Saturday morning breakdown is a hectic time for us with much to do and parent cooperation is key to smooth and timely departure for all. Parents are responsible for picking up any medications. All Troop Scouts will leave camp together upon dismissal by the Senior Patrol Leader.
Only a day until Summer camp at NoBeBoSco, and we are ready to go! Merit badge choices will be reviewed Sunday night and blue cards will be handed out Monday morning. Do not forget to check for MB prerequisites. If you need them, the list is on the Troop website. Send any questions to email@example.com.
Don’t forget you can bring board games (like chess), Frisbees, soccer balls and footballs! Bring a packable chair for use in t