Indian Waters Council - Boy Scouts of America - Columbia, South Carolina
Webelos Woods

A weekend is especially for Webelos to participate in advancement oriented activities and get a taste of the Boy Scouting program.

Webelos Woods 2016 -
Join the tribe of the Webelos
at Camp Barstow

September 16-18, 2016


   The primary goal of the weekend was to introduce Webelos and their parents to the very different model of a boy led system used in the Boy Scouts. Of course the activities were to be fun while providing rank advancement opportunities. The evaluations and on site comments were very positive. The criticisms/suggestions were fair, helpful and in most cases kinder than my self assessment and very few surprises. 
   If you have additional input or want to volunteer to help with next year’s event, contact Robert Croom at threecrooms@bellsouth.net or 803.609.5963.
   If you have action photos on your phone from the event, we want them! Email them to terri.towle@scouting.org. If the email bounces because the box is full, please try again. We will use some of them for the Smokes Signals newsletter, next year’s registration info, and other Council promotional material.

Where is my patch?
Patches were distributed to someone in your pack that was in the campsite when it was declared clean.

Lost & Found?
Most items left were claimed before we left camp. There are several items – a cell phone, a couple of water bottles (at least one from a place where memories may be attached), a Clemson hat,…… which will be at the scout office for a week or so. 

What achievements were offered?
These reference the new Webelos requirements, but are very similar to some of the old requirements:
Castaway 1.a. – light a fire without matches
Cast Iron 1. – fire building  / safety
Cast Iron 5. – food safety
Cast Iron 2. – nutritional goal / journal
First Responder 2. – first aid hurry cases
First Responder 3. – choking
First Responder 4. – treat for shock
First Responder 5. – first aid basics
Walkabout 2. – assemble a first aid kit
Camper 5. – bowline knot
Scouting Adventure 5.a. – knots
Scouting Adventure 5.b. – whip & fuse a rope
Stronger, Faster, Higher 1. - warm ups
Stronger, Faster, Higher 2. - 6 exercises
Stronger, Faster, Higher 4. – exercise plan & journal

Under old requirement – the dining fly pitch contest used the knots from the Outdoorsman pin.

Where is my Fitness exercise record and plan and nutritional goals plan?
These were in the purple folders given to each scout. 

The Junior League was generous in supporting the event with a grant and with their time. 

To a great group of volunteers who helped in the kitchen. When everyone does a little, no one gets overburdened. We were very fortunate to have a good contingent from the Junior League helping with the meal prep, serving and cleanup on Saturday. Particular thanks go to Packs 35 & 111 for putting in a little extra on Sunday morning. This allowed everyone to be gone from camp by noon.
To Velda, who volunteered as head cook on her day off.
To Faye McConnell who served as our medic.
Neal Clamp, who organized the ceremonial trail.
Jake Lopiccolo from Troop 312 for providing the sound system for the campfire.
To all of our boy scout patrol leaders & assistant patrol leaders from Troops 287, 312, 333, 518, and 900. This is one of the tougher jobs because they are always “on duty” at the event.
To Troop 29 for running the cooking demonstration activity session and helping with the ceremonial trail.
To Troop 900 for running the First Responder basics activity session and helping with the ceremonial trail.
To Troop 410 for running the Knots & Dining Fly Pitch activity session.
To Troop 518 with an assist from Troop 312 for running the Fire Safety / string burn contest activity session.
To Troop 312 for running the First Responder Hurry Cases and Fitness activity sessions, staffing the campfire, conducting the chapel service, and helping with ceremonial trail.

There will be program modifications from previous years to take the BSA rank requirement changes into account.
Here's the skinny:
● For Webelos only (and their parents & leaders). Siblings cannot be accommodated.
● Cost is $55.00 for Webelos & $20 for parents / leaders
● Registration is by pack, but individuals will be allowed.
● Registration is reserved upon payment of fees and is first come, first serve, although we will keep a waiting list for overflow
● Leadership ratio is 1 leader to no more than 4 Webelos - keep this in mind when registering
● Webelos will be formed into 12 patrols of no more than 12 boys, space is limited, and you may be in a patrol with folks from others units
● The event program is very similar to a Boy Scout camporee, complete with a competition among the event’s patrols.
● Patrols will be led by a Boy Scout patrol leader and assistant patrol leader
● Patrols will rotate through scheduled activity sessions over the weekend
● Activity sessions will be Boy Scout led
● A ceremonial trail will lead to Saturday night’s campfire & patrol skit competition
● A Boy Scout led non-denominational Christian chapel will be held Sunday morning
● All meals will be in the dining hall (no foil packet dinner this year)
● Meals served are Friday night snack, breakfast, lunch & dinner Saturday, Sunday breakfast
● Registration fees cover meals, program supplies, insurance and a patch for every registrant
● Class A uniforms are for the Sunday flag parade, chapel & awards ceremony - an activity uniform of Scout shorts and Scout t-shirt are for all other times.
● Check-in begins Friday, Sept. 18 at 4:00 and camp will be clear by noon Sunday

What To Bring: (Pack all gear in duffle bag/heavy trash bag - if it gets dropped, gear stays dry & clean. It may be a 1/4 mile walk to your campsite.

Sleeping bag / sheets & blankets, pillow, tent, flashlights, toothbrush, toiletries, sunscreen, insect repellant, Class A & activity uniforms, rain gear, light jacket for a cool evening, hat. Your Scout's uniform should be marked with his name on the labels and in his hat.

Limited adirondack (3 sided cabins) space is available in almost all camp sites. Webelos need to pitch and sleep in a tent for rank advancement and male/female segregation in accord with the Guide to Safe Scouting must be observed, so adirondack space should be reserved for adults with only one sex in each building. Showers and latrines are centrally located in camp.

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