Patriots’ Path Council WeBeLos Woods Handbook October 26-28, 2012
Signup Deadline – October 19th, 2012
Scott Kuperman – Patriots’ Path Council Event Chairperson (908) 343-1387 * [email protected]
Welcome to WeBeLos Woods! This is an exciting time of year wh when en Webelos I’s and II’s in our council c join together for a structured weekend of “Fun With A Purpose!” We recognize that this may be the first time you and your Webelos Scout have been camping as Boy Scouts, but let us assure you: this t is a lowimpact camping introduction to Boy Scouting combined with extremely high impact activities. You should anticipate generating high energy levels running through exciti exciting ng events led and instructed by the Boy Scouts themselves. Your Webelos Scout will get out of WeBeLos Woods exactly what they put into the weekend. If we all follow the safety rules and adhere to the guidelines, your adult and boy leaders will do everything in their power to make this a fun, safe and engaging learning experience to be enjoyed by all, and will help you transition into the Boy Scout troop roop of your choice. Thank you! William “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt "The Patrol Method is not ONE method in which Scouting can be carried on. It is the ONLY method…” method…”- August 6, 1900 to November 9, 1992 This weekend nearly coincides with the 20th anniversary of the passing of one of our most beloved historical leaders of the Boy Scout movement. “Green Bar Bill” devoted his life to leading boys successfully into manhood and we celebrate his visions wit with h camporees such as WeBeLos Woods. The Boy Scouts of America has found that Green Bar Bill’s leadership methodology, known as the Patrol Method makess for better functioning Scout ttroops, roops, and better Scouts who become better men. In short, the Patrol Method is where the patrols (the Boy Scout equivalent of “dens”) “d and their boy leaders run the program in and for the troop. t The adults stand aside and let the Scouts do it all. The Scoutmaster takes upon himself the mantle of leadership trainer, mentor, safety officer, and guide; with the boys themselves learning from failure as much as success. Initially the Boy Scouts of America did not utilize the Patrol Method. It wasn’t until William “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt introduced it in the late 1920s and wr wrote ote extensively about it in the 1936 edition of the Handbook for Scoutmasters that it becam became an integral part of American Scouting. couting. Bill’s simple formula for success in using his patrol leaders: "Train Train 'em, trust 'em, and let 'em lead! lead!” This weekend we will ill honor Green Bar Bill by having our Webelos experience the Patrol Method at its best. The Boy Scouts will be conducting and leading most events; the Webelos will act and be treated as if they are first year Boy Scouts.
READYMAN: FIRST AID & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
COPE: CHALLENGING OUTDOOR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
ROPES AND KNOT TYING
SATURDAY PATROL ACTIVITIES
10 METHODS OF STARTING AND BUILDING FIRES
OUTDOOR COOKING & PATROL MEALS
WeBeLos Woods Policy Information Reminders Siblings and other non-Scouter children are not permitted this weekend. •
There is “Zero Tolerance” with regard to the possession and use of illegal drugs and alcohol in camp at any time. Anyone found to be in violation of this National Boy Scouts of America policy will be expelled from camp. There is no place for such things in a Scout Camp. All attendees must respect the BSA No-Smoking policy listed herein, for your reference. ANY accident, injury, missing adult/youth and any other emergency must be reported to the WeBeLos Woods staff. WeBeLos Woods staff has radios and/or cell phones of other staff and emergency responders. It is also required that an incident report be completed for each occurrence. If you need to leave camp for ANY reason during the weekend, you must sign out with the WeBeLos Woods staff. This is done so that we do not start a search for a “lost person”, who is not indeed lost. Upon your return check in with WeBeLos Woods staff. Parents are highly encouraged to attend with their WeBeLos Scouts. If a WeBeLos Scout will be attending this weekend without a parent/guardian, another adult leader from the Scouts’ Pack with will be required to supervise; being governed by all BSA Youth Protection Training rules and regulations. This especially means that WeBeLos Scouts who camp without their parents cannot be or sleep in the same tent as any adult. In other words -Scouts without a parent will sleep in their own tents without an adult or in a WeBelos Scouts only tent. Period. A minimum of two (2) adults will be required for every five (5) WeBeLos Scouts. One (1) BALOO trained leader is required per attending pack or group. If you are attending as individual WeBeLos Scout/families, you may be placed into a properly trained/led group. The “buddy system” is to be used at all times while in camp. This means that under no circumstances are any children to be walking around by themselves. They must have “buddies” (parents and pals) with them at all times. This is for health and safety concerns. Youth Protection equals TWO DEEP LEADERSHIP. Even though there may be several fire rings in your site, we ask that you have only one campfire with your site’s group leaders. This makes it safer for everyone, knowing that there are not several scattered fires. Flames from your campfires are not permitted to be more than three feet high. (There are no exceptions for anyone regardless of outdoor skills or professional background.) This is a health and safety issue. Please consider this the first and only warning. Any fires found to be too large will be extinguished. Do not deface any property. The tent platforms can be used by campers for their own tents, but please do not drive nails into them. Do not carve, mark or deface the picnic tables or trees. Keep the bathrooms clean for everyone and clean up after yourself. It may be YOU who has responsibility to clean a particular area on Sunday! Do not kick, roll, toss or in any other way move rocks that line the trails leading to the waterfront or around camp. These rocks are particularly placed there to assist with conservation/trail erosion. If you see anyone moving these, please see that they are placed back where they originated.
Around the camp in the woods and around the lake are large boulders, wood piles and construction equipment. No one is permitted to stand, climb, play or walk on them, unless as part of an official bouldering or climbing program. Do not leave ANY food or scented items (air fresheners, leftovers, scraps, garbage) out in your tent or campsite. Make sure that everything is put or thrown away properly, especially at night. Never put food, especially snacks and candy, in tents. Animals can be attracted such as raccoons, skunks, mice, fox and bears. Be considerate of others. Noise carries. Keep out of other people’s area, tents and possessions. If you find something that does not belong to you please turn in it in to the designated “Lost and Found.” Everyone must be out of camp no later than 11:00 AM on Sunday. Allow your unit enough time to have breakfast, take its gear to the parking lot, properly clean up your site, do your service project and have your site inspected by a member of the commissioner staff. There is no running in camp, unless it is part of an organized game or competition. Appropriate footwear should be worn at all times. Having bare feet is not an option. Flip flops and other open toed shoes are inappropriate for camp.
This list of policies is by no means complete or final. Please use your best judgment and report any infractions. There will be three (3), on-line, web enabled preparation meetings: All meetings can be attended from any web enabled computer and internet browser by going to the following link: -
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 8pm o http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E154DA888047 o Conference Call : Toll Number: 213-416-1560 | Attendee Access Code: 407183407
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 8pm o http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E154DA88814F o Conference Call : Toll Number: 213-416-1560 | Attendee Access Code: 407183407
Monday, October 22, 2012 at 8pm o http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E154DA88814E o Conference Call : Toll Number: 213-416-1560 | Attendee Access Code: 407183407
AT LEAST ONE ONLINE MEETING MUST be attended in order to go camping. Failure to attend AT LEAST ONE meeting by at least one adult leader from any unit (or individual family) that plans on camping will disqualify that unit or family from attending. Refunds: Individuals or groups that cancel a program reservation 30 days prior to the date of the event will receive a refund of fees paid, less a 15% administrative charge. No refunds will be made after the 30 day cancellation deadline, unless there is a medical or other emergency.
**** YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARK AT CAMP WITHOUT A PARKING PASS ***** Only meeting attendees will receive parking passes for their groups (or selves.) HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities at its meetings. Please call Art Lobdell at 973-765-9322 Ext.228 with your request.
PHOTO RELEASE I understand that by attending this program, sponsored by the Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America, I consent to the use of photographs, film, videotapes, electronic representations and/or sound recordings made of me during that time by the Boy Scouts of America, at their discretion, and I hereby release the Boy Scouts of America from any and all liability from such use and publication.
RULES FOR ACCEPTANCE AND PARTICIPATION IN THE PROGRAMS Rules for acceptance and participation in the programs are the same for everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, or handicap.
BUDDY SYSTEM Everyone needs a buddy! The buddy system is to be
enforced at all times while in camp. Under no circumstances are any children to be walking around camp by themselves. They must have a “Buddy” (parent or pal) with them. Thank you for remembering the children’s safety!
Boy Scouts of America -Smoke-Free Policy Position It is the responsibility of the Boy Scouts of America to protect the health and safety of the young people in our program. It is the policy of the Boy Scouts of America that all leaders should not use tobacco products in any form in the presence of youth members. In addition, extreme care should be exercised to provide smoke-free environments for all Scouting participants. Therefore, along with the national organization, our local council has approved the following motion: Motion: All buildings and facilities under the control of the local council are to be designated as non-smoking facilities. Smoking outside entrance/exit doors is not permitted at any location. In addition, all Scouting functions, meetings, or activities should be conducted on a smoke-free basis with permitted smoking areas located away from all participants.
Implementation: Please do not smoke while in camp. If you have to smoke, please go down to the parking area to do so. Before you leave the parking lot, please field strip your cigarette butt. This means make sure the cigarette is cold out, break off the filter and put it in your pocket to be thrown in the garbage. Do not leave the parking lot full of butts, as it may be your pack that has to clean the lot as their service project!
Leaving Camp Forgot something? Need medicine?? Son has a soccer game! Too much rain and decided to go home?!
Whatever the reason, if you plan on leaving camp at ANY time during the weekend, you must FIRST let a CAMP leader know IMMEDIATELY, and then you MUST signout at the WeBeLos Woods Headquarters Administration Building in front of the main parking lot!
Do Your Best List 1.
Do have a safe weekend! Emergency care will be available in camp. Report all injuries no matter how small to the WeBeLos Woods Headquarters!
Do bring proper clothing, supplies and equipment.
Do bring a sense of humor, a smile, patience and Scout Spirit.
Do remember animals like food, no matter where it is!
Do arrange carpooling. There is parking, but it is not unlimited.
Do follow the directions of the Parking Staff.
Do make sure your parking pass is completely filled out and clearly placed on the dashboard of your vehicle.
Do pack lightly. You will carry in all of your gear.
Do arrange handicap access or special needs in advance.
10. Do leave fireworks, firearms, slingshots, sheath-knives, and bows and arrows at home. 11. Do use saws only. No chain saws or hand axes in camp, please. 12. Do stay dry. Do not swim or wade in the lake or streams. Swimming is not permitted. 13. Do fish in designated areas. Follow the instructions of the Fishing Staff. 14. Do use propane, charcoal or wood only for fires. Liquid fuels are not allowed. 15. Stay hydrated! 16. Do Your Best!
ALWAYS LEAVE CAMPCLEANER THAN YOU FOUND IT! Camp-wide service project Sunday morning at 9 am a representative from each patrol must stop in the WeBeLos Woods Headquarters to receive the patrol’s area for their Service Project. Each patrol will be given a section of camp to police for trash. This project must be completed before your patrols’ site can be inspected, and before you can leave for home. Remember the Leave No Trace Policy. NO SATURDAY NIGHT CAMPERS CAN LEAVE BEFORE THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED! IF YOU MUST LEAVE EARLY ON SUNDAY, TELL A PATROL LEADER AND A JOB WILL BE ASSIGNED TO YOU ON SATURDAY THAT *MUST* BE ACCOMPLISHED BEFORE YOU LEAVE CAMP!]
Itinerary Friday Night: 5-7 pm: Boy Scout troops/patrols are invited to come up early on Friday evening to setup camp and prepare for their assigned activities for the weekend. One designee per patrol must meet with Administration at 7 am on Saturday to pick up details. Coffee will be provided. Saturday Morning between 8 am and 9 am: (Campers must eat breakfast before arrival) • • • • •
Arrive & Park in main lot and follow the instructions of all safety and parking attendants. Carry all gear to your assigned campsite. REPORT TO YOUR DESIGNATED PATROL LEADER. Setup tents. Setup campsite. ACCOMPLISH ASSIGNED TASKS. Wear FULL CLASS-A uniforms to parade grounds for opening ceremonies.
Saturday Lunch at 11:30 am: • • •
Wear CLASS-B clothing during day’s events. Meal will be prepared in the mess hall. All Scouts and Scouters eat with their patrols. WW Cards and maps to make rounds for the day’s events will be handed out to patrols.
Saturday Dinner: • • •
Clean up and change into CLASS-A uniforms for dinner and flag ceremony. Meal will be prepared in the mess hall. All Scouts and Scouters eat with their patrols. Patrols will hold meetings immediately afterwards and before Campfire.
Saturday Camp-Wide Campfire Sunday Morning: Reveille at 7:00 am • • • • • • •
Class-A Uniforms Meal will be prepared in mess hall at 8:00 am. All Scouts and Scouters eat with their patrols. Patrols will receive their service projects. Closing Ceremony and Scout Shabbat at Parade Field Complete service projects. Site and project inspections. Re-pack cars and leave by 11 am.
To Bring: A short list of personal items for each camper / family Tent/tarp Sleeping bags / cushions Pillows Pocket Knife (Whittling Chip Card Required. WeBeLos Scouts must produce their cards upon request, or knives will be confiscated ) Bug Spray Canteen / water bottle Flashlights Personal First Aid Kit Camp Chairs Air Mattress with Cordless Air Pump (OPTIONAL BUT WORTH BRINGING!) Toiletry kit Medicines Anti-perspirant Toothbrush Toothpaste Toilet paper Clean wipes Soap Q-tips Hairbrush / comb Class-A Uniform Class-B Uniform(s) Towels Underwear T-shirts Scout (green / blue) Shorts Jeans / Pants (Scout green or blue) Extra Pairs of Socks Sneakers / Boots Jacket and rain slicker or poncho Warm layers of clothes for potential cold weather!