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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 2018 -
Ready for Adventure
at Camp Barstow

September 21-23, 2018


   The primary goal of the weekend is 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 will be fun while providing rank advancement opportunities.

Here's the skinny:
● For Webelos only (and their parents & leaders). Siblings cannot be accommodated.
● Cost is $55.00 for Webelos ($65 on Sept. 1) & $22 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 (except Saturday dinner -foil packet dinner at campsite)
● Meals served are 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. 15 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. 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.

Webelos Woods Wrap:

   Thanks to all who staffed, attended and supervised/worked and those who attended, enjoyed & cleaned up as they left.

   By just about all reports I have gotten - written, or otherwise, it was a successful weekend. I saw boys .... having a good time, earning advancement items..... teaching skills, setting a good example for younger boys, … the magic of scouting. Not every minute of the weekend was without room for improvement - either by the organizer of the event or execution, boy scout staff, or even parents. BUT, on balance it was overwhelmingly good. Thanks to everyone who made it that way.

   Lost & Found: All lost & found items from the event were taken to the Scout Service Center and will be kept for two weeks only. There are parts of uniforms, golf tournament hats, water bottles, flashlights….you get the picture.

Thanks, in particular go out to:

Velda Howard, who volunteers her time off to run the kitchen at Webelos Woods and many other events.

Rick Born - medical staff & webelos whisperer extraordinaire

Mike Capps – running the bouldering wall

Troop 29 / Wittenberg Lutheran in Leesville – ultimate Frisbee & patrol leaders

Troop 60 / Gilbert Ruritan Club – patrol leaders & utility crew

Troop 287 / St John Neuman Catholic Church – cooking demonstration & patrol leaders

Troop 312 / St. Simon St. Jude Episcopal in Irmo – stronger, faster, higher & fire building activity sessions, patrol leaders, chaplain, organize the ceremonial trail & campfire staff

Troop 332 / St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lexington  - being a cheerful kitchen staff all weekend

Troop 410 / Redeemer Lutheran in Irmo - staffed the knots area

Troop 411 / Lake Murray Presbyterian in Chapin - provided patrol leaders

Troop 900 / Windsor Lake United Methodist Church in Columbia  - constructing really bodacious charcoal chimneys

Caleb Thompson – for excellent culinary expertise, cheerful attitude and wise observation in the kitchen

Grace Thompson, Suzanne O’Dell, Marge Morris and David Angle in the Scout Office for keeping the registration, addressing issues during the weekend, shuffling the paperwork that gets supplies bought, etc............... (It takes a village to keep Robert straight.)

There are the advancement items that were planned to be covered.  There may be one or two that got squeezed because of time or that leaders/parents think need another swipe for the webelos to get all they need/want out of the advancement item. The pitch a tent & sleep in it, present your pack before a campout, .... type items, I cannot address but you know if your webelos did.

Castaway 1A fire w/o matches

Castaway 1B 1 of 2 diff recipes w/o pots/pans - hobo sliders

Sc Adventure 5A square knot, tautline, 2 half hitches

Sc Adventure 5B whip/fuse

Camper 5 bowline

Sportsman 3 - 1 of 2 team sports - Ultimate

Event patches were given to a pack representative in the campsites Sunday morning. If your patches delivered were off by a couple from the number needed - see Suzanne at the scout office. She has the limited supply of left over patches..

We got written evaluations back and a few email evaluations. If you have any additional input about the event we welcome it at:  threecrooms@bellsouth.net

Those comments are studied and used each year. We need what your boys/you liked and did not like. We have been known to toss out a feature from the event based upon well considered criticisms, only to have several times that number ask where it went the next year. We also just can’t be everywhere all the time.

We would also welcome suggestions for new features or material for next year. Thanks.

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