1 Camp Crooked Creek Lincoln Heritage Council 2015 LEADER S GUIDE
2 BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA Sycamore Station Place, Louisville, KY PHONE: (502) FAX: (502) FOLLOW US: facebook.com/lhcbsa twitter.com/lhcbsa
3 CONTENTS WELCOME TO CAMP 3 WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW RESERVATION PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES CAMP CROOKED CREEK DATES 4 BOY SCOUT EQUIPMENT CHECK LIST 5 TROOP & PATROL CHECK LIST 5 KEYS TO SUCCESS 6 CAMPERSHIP 6 CAMP FEES 7 REFUND POLICY 7 CAMPSITE RESERVATION POLICY 8 12-DAY OUT MEETINGS 8 FINAL PREPARATIONS 9 ANNUAL HEALTH & MEDICAL RECORD 9 GENERAL CLEANLINESS 9 CAMP PROMOTION NIGHT 9 WHILE AT CAMP CROOKED CREEK CAMP POLICIES CAMP ADDRESS 12 SUNDAY CHECK-IN 12 MEAL SCHEDULE 13 FOOD SERVICE 13 VISITORS 13 MAIL 13 TROOP LEADERSHIP 14 TRADING POST 15 SCOUTMASTERS LOUNGE 15 AQUATIC PROCEDURES & SWIM TEST 15 DAILY SCHEDULE 16 SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE 17 Visit for camp forms and additional information. 1
4 ADVANCEMENT ADVANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES 18 OUTDOOR SKILLS 19 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT 19 HANDICRAFT 19 FRONTIER TOWN 20 ECOLOGY & CONSERVATION 20 FIELD SPORTS 21 AQUATICS 21 S.T.E.M. 21 DAN BOONE PROGRAM 22 HIGH ADVENTURE PROGRAMS A.T.V. (All Terrain Vehicles) 23 CHALLENGE TRAIL 23 TOWER 24 C.O.P.E./OPERATION NIGHTHAWK 25 ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS ROBOTICS MERIT BADGE 26 BSA LIFEGUARD TRAINING 27 ARTS ACADEMY 27 MAFEKING CHALLENGE 28 ORDER OF THE ARROW 28 COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING 29 VESPERS 30 FAMILY NIGHT 30 QUALITY TROOP 30 PROGRAMS FOR ADULT LEADERS Crooked Spoon Dutch Oven Contest Golf Tournament STAR Staff Program Adult Leader s Breakfast Scoutmaster Merit Badge 2 Supplemental Trainings Visit for camp forms and additional information.
5 WELCOME TO CAMP Camp Crooked Creek, part of the Harry S. Frazier Jr. Scout Reservation is located in Clermont, Kentucky. (see map above). Directions to Camp Crooked Creek: Take Interstate 65 South from Louisville to State Hwy. 245 (exit 112). Turn left East on Hwy. 245, proceed approximately ¾ mile. Turn right onto Plen Mar Drive through Meadow Peak Subdivision. Go approximately 1 mile and turn left onto Terry Drive. The road ends at the camp s Administration Building. From Nashville take I-65 N (Crossing into KENTUCKY). Take the KY- 245 exit, (EXIT 112), toward CLERMONT/BARDSTOWN. Merge onto CLERMONT RD/KY-245 toward CLERMONT/BARDSTOWN. Turn right onto Plen Mar Dr. Turn left onto Terry Drive and proceed approximately ¾ mile. Visit for camp forms and additional information. 3
6 RESERVATION PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES Camp Crooked Creek is on the 1000-acre Harry S. Frazier, Jr. Scout Reservation and is located in Clermont, Kentucky. The property consists of rolling hills covered with a hardwood forest of oak, hickory and beech. It is not unusual to see deer grazing outside your tent. Turkey can be seen just a little deeper in the woods. Geese and ducks are found on the 70-acre John Barr Lake stocked with bass, bream and catfish. There always seems to be enough breeze on the lake for sailing. Other aquatic activities include motor boating, canoeing, kayaking, rowing and swimming. Shooting sports are also a camp highlight. Programs featuring shotguns,.22 rifles, and archery are all available at Camp Crooked Creek. The Dan Boone (First-Year Camper) Program, located at Ribar s Dan Boone Hill overlooking the lake, gives new Scouts a big start toward achieving their First Class Rank in just one year. Learning to be a good patrol member is an important part of this program. Camp Crooked Creek is an approved site for the B.S.A. s National All Terrain Vehicle (A.T.V.) pilot program. Scouts will learn proper maintenance of safety equipment and vehicles, A.T.V. safety procedures, respect for the environment, and basic operation and handling of the A.T.V CAMP CROOKED CREEK DATES Session Dates 12 Day Out Meeting Week 1 June 14 - June 20 Tuesday, June 2 Week 2 June 21 - June 27 Tuesday, June 9 Week 3 June 28 - July 4 Tuesday, June 16 Week 4 July 5 - July 11 Tuesday, June 23 Week 5 July 12 - July 18 Tuesday, June 30 Week 6 July 19 - July 25 Tuesday, July 7 12-Day Out Meetings are at 7:00PM EDT in the administration building at Crooked Creek. A conference call number will be made available. Visit for camp forms and additional information.
7 SUGGESTED PACKING LIST BOY SCOUT TROOP AND PATROL q Complete Boy Scout Uniform q American flag and troop flag q (5) T-Shirts q Lock q (5) Shorts or pants q First-Aid kit q (6) Pairs of socks (socks & shoes q Troop/Patrol Awnings should be worn at all times.) q Scoutmaster Handbook q Shoes (No open-toed shoes.) q Lanterns q Scout Handbook/Field Book q Insurance policy & q Rain Gear insurance claim form(s) q Medical form (mandatory) q Quartermaster or supply tent q Blankets or sleeping bag q Receipts from camp fee q Duffel Bag payments q Toiletries q Ice chest & water cooler q Camera q Money for trading post ($50.00 suggested) q Flashlight with extra batteries q Pocket Knife q Swimming trunks q Long pants (if taking Lifesaving merit badge) q Sunscreen and insect repellent q Water bottle/canteen/cup q Combo Lock q Day Pack (for daily needs) q Notebook q Pen/Pencil q Merit Badge Books q Towel It is recommended that portable radios, electronic games, cell phones, bicycles and other valuables be left at home. Visit for camp forms and additional information. 5
8 KEYS TO SUCCESS AT CAMP CROOKED CREEK 1. Have the adult leader from the troop assigned to collect the fees and to stay on schedule with payments due. 2. Schedule a camp promotion presentation to share details about camp with the Scouts and their families. 3. Have someone (preferably the SM & SPL) from the Troop attend the 12-Day-Out leaders meeting, this is very critical. A call-in option will be available if no one is able to attend. 4. Sessions for most merit badges will be available in both the morning and the afternoon to help provide more opportunities for Scouts. 5. Assign Scouts to different merit badge sessions. Example: If 12 Scouts want to take the First Aid merit badge, try to put 3 in each of the 4 scheduled sessions. Merit badges sessions will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Finalized merit badge schedules should be posted online by your unit no later than Friday, May 22. CAMPERSHIPS Identify boys who may need financial assistance for their summer camp experience and try to help them find some way to earn money. Excellent sources of funds for Scouts needing assistance are the annual Popcorn sale and Camp Card sale. Unit fundraisers can also be used to earn funds for summer camp use. A limited number of camperships are available for Lincoln Heritage Council Scouts only. Complete a campership application (available at or at the Scout Office) for each boy who needs assistance and return them to the Scout Service Center. Camperships are limited to those Scouts whose families financial situation qualifies for assistance. Campership applications are due with Early Bird, however, those who apply early are more likely to receive assistance as camperships are first-come, first served. The campership application does not take the place of the early bird payment, but should accompany the payment. Payment must be made to qualify for the early bird discount. *Note: Camperships will not be credited toward total paid until survey is returned. All surveys are to be submitted no later than Monday, May 25, Visit for camp forms and additional information.
9 CAMP FEES A fee of $40 per Scout must be paid by Friday, March 6. This earns an Early Bird patch and a $25 discount. A list identifying which Scouts are making the Early Bird payment must accompany each payment. Remainder of fees are due by Friday, May 8. Provisional Camper Fees must be paid by Friday, May 8. All fees include kits for merit badges such as basketry, leatherwork, woodcarving and any other materials such as ammunition/arrow kits for Shooting Sports. Make checks payable to: Lincoln Heritage Council, BSA Sycamore Station Place Louisville, KY New Scouts and Webelos Crossovers can receive the Early Bird discount if they register no later than Friday, May 8. Fees paid after this date will be changed to the regular rate. *Fees include a Troop shirt for all Scouts if paid by May 8, EARLY BIRD FRIDAY, MARCH 6TH Program Early Bird Regular Summer Camp $ $ Provisional Camper Fee No Discount $ Adult Fee No Discount $95.00 Each troop may send 2 free adults. *SPECIAL BONUS* Any Scout, 13 years of age and older, who chooses to attend camp a second week can do so at a discounted rate of $195 or if a Scout chooses to attend a second week at Aqua Base at Camp Roy C. Manchester, they can do so at a rate of $280. Have them complete the provisional scout form and list on it the week that they attended camp and the Troop number. REFUND POLICY Fees are transferable but non-refundable except for the following reasons: serious illness, transfer, or summer school. All refund requests must be made in writing to the council office within two weeks of your troop attending camp. A $60 fee will be retained on all refunds. NO REFUND IS GUARANTEED. Please do not overpay fees. Visit for camp forms and additional information. 7
10 CAMPSITE RESERVATION POLICY Each campsite has a maximum capacity. With a $75 deposit, troops may request their choice of available camp sites but not a specific part of a campsite. A new deposit will be made each year and the deposit will be applied to your final balance for that year. Adjustments may be made to a unit s campsite based on the number of Scouts and adults attending and the number of units attending camp that week. Units may be asked to share a site with one or more troops depending on the size of the troop and the maximum number of campers allowed in the site. Likewise, units that bring more Scouts than the maximum number of campers allowed in a site may also be moved to a different campsite. Staff will work to accommodate each unit as much as possible. The Camp Director reserves the right to move a troop to a different campsite. The Summer Camp Contact listed for the Troop will be notified as soon as possible of any changes. Camp is filling up fast! Be sure to select a week then call the Council office at to request your reservation. Units attending camp in 2015 will be given first choice in making site reservations for For your convenience, we will accept deposits for 2016 while you are at camp. After the week of camp that you attend is complete, all sites not requested are open to any new request on a first-come, first-serve basis. The camp site reservation for 2016 is $ This site deposit is NOT refundable but will be applied toward your camp fees. 12-DAY OUT MEETING Scoutmaster and Senior Patrol Leaders are requested to attend a meeting at 7:00PM EDT on the Tuesday 12 days before their camp session. The meeting will be in the Scoutmasters Lounge at camp. Units need to bring: Medical forms (copies), final roster including adults and Scouts, receipts from payments previously paid and requested check-in time. Please see page 4 for a list of 12 Day Out Meeting dates. A call in option will be available for those unable to attend. 8 Visit for camp forms and additional information.
11 FINAL PREPARATIONS Ensure that all fees have been submitted to the council office no later than Friday, May 8, 2015 to earn maximum discounts. At least two troop meetings prior to attending camp, go over all the materials for camp with the boys. Discuss the merit badges they will be working on, the equipment they need, what not to bring to camp, and be sure that all youth and adults have a current physical. Finalized merit badge schedules should be posted online by your unit no later than Friday, May 22. The online merit badge registration system will be available Friday, March 6. ANNUAL HEALTH AND MEDICAL RECORD The Annual Health and Medical Record is required for all Scouts and Scouters attending camp. Carefully follow the instructions on each form and check all signatures. A doctor and a parent must sign. Please mark each form with the person s name, troop, week attending, and campsite number. This form can be found at GENERAL CLEANLINESS Camp Crooked Creek s Commissioner Staff will be doing two campsite inspections per week to ensure that the general cleanliness and safety of the camp is upheld. We will have several camp-wide cleanups during the week. Each troop will be assigned a time to clean a shower house. CAMP PROMOTION NIGHT Contact the Sam Swope Scout Center at (502) to schedule a camp promotion presentation. The team will show the camp promotion video and present information on the Summer Camp program. The presentation should be done at a Court of Honor or other type of parents night for the troop as it is very important to have as many parents as possible at this meeting. The aim of the presentation is to make sure parents know the dates and costs of camp and are familiar with the need for current physicals and the required equipment and uniforms. If at all possible, you should also show the camp video during a meeting in which you have a Webelos den visitation. Out-of-council troops may request a camp-promotion video to use at a parents night program. Visit for camp forms and additional information. 9
12 CAMP CROOKED CREEK POLICIES VEHICLES & TROOP TRAILERS: No vehicles will be permitted beyond the parking lot without prior approval from the Camp Administration. Your troop guide will escort you to your campsite. Unit trailers may be left in the campsite. UNIFORM: Youth and adults are encouraged to wear the Official Scout Uniform while at camp. This uniform is to be worn to supper each evening and to camp-wide activities such as campfires. The Boy Scout Activity uniform can be worn the rest of the day. The activity uniform consists of a troop t-shirt or other Scouting t-shirt, Scout pants, and Scout socks. SMOKING: Smoking is not permitted in any building and is restricted to designated areas. BUILDING DAMAGE: Everyone at camp is expected to be courteous with all camp structures. Accordingly, writing on walls, carving on wood, kicking of walls, etc., will not be tolerated. A fee chart for damages will be made available in the check in packet. Scouts or adults responsible will be charged for the damages. INSURANCE: Each troop that attends summer camp must have accident insurance. If you are a Lincoln Heritage Council troop, your certificate is on file with the council office. All other councils must provide proof of insurance and will be expected to bring a copy of its insurance policy and claim form on Sunday Check-In. Applications for the Scouting insurance policy are available at your Scout Center. The Lincoln Heritage Council is not responsible for any expenses not paid by unit insurance or personal family coverage. HEALTH LODGE: All precautions for the safety of Scouts will be taken. The Kosair Charities Health Lodge is available with a qualified health officer on duty 24 hours a day. The Lodge is equipped with an infirmary and adequate facilities for first aid. In addition, we have an arrangement with a nearby hospital for severe emergencies. PERSONAL CARTS: Carts are not allowed unless necessary for medical purposes and with prior permission from the Camp Director. 10 Visit for camp forms and additional information.
13 MEDICATIONS: Prescription medications may be stored in the health lodge. If you keep prescription medication in your campsite, it must be locked away. This means that you will need a lockable container and keep your own log. Please have medicines ready at the Aquatic Shelter upon arrival if you want them stored at the Health Lodge. BUDDY SYSTEM: If there is a need to visit the Health Lodge, according to Youth Protection, Scouts should bring a buddy. Scouts should be with their buddy any time they are not at their campsite. FIRST AID: Please bring your unit first aid kit. Be prepared to perform basic first aid in your campsite, and be prepared to contact the health officer if necessary. FUELS: The use of liquid fuels for starting any type of fire is prohibited. All fuels, including backpacking stoves, should be stored properly. ALCOHOL AND DRUGS: The use of alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, as well as the misuse of over the counter or prescription drugs are prohibited and will not be tolerated on Boy Scout property. Violators will be asked to leave. This policy will be strictly enforced. FIREWORKS: Fireworks are not permitted on camp property. BARRIER-FREE FACILITIES: Most areas of the camp are wheelchair-accessible by paths. Campsite #4 is especially equipped for Scouts with physical challenges. Please make the Camp Commissioner aware of any Scouts needing transportation on Sunday as you check-in. PETS: No pets are allowed at camp, including family night. ALL TERRAIN VEHICLES: Personal ATV s are not allowed at the camp. Only those used in the ATV program are authorized. CORRESPONDENCE: All summer camp correspondence and registration materials should be sent to the Lincoln Heritage Council office if sent prior to June 1st. After June 1st, all correspondence should be sent directly to camp. The addresses for both locations are listed in the table on the next page (Page 12). To allow enough time to receive and process registration, do not send any money or registration materials through the Postal Service less than two weeks prior to your arrival at camp. For your convenience, fax service is available during office hours. Visit for camp forms and additional information. 11
14 Before June 1 Beginning June 8 Lincoln Heritage Council Attn: CCC Summer Camp Sycamore Station Place Louisville, Kentucky (502) voice (502) fax SUNDAY CHECK-IN Camp Crooked Creek 950 Terry Drive Shepherdsville, Kentucky (502) voice (502) fax Arrive at established check-in time and meet your Troop Guide in the parking lot. DO NOT GO TO YOUR CAMPSITE WITHOUT AN ASSIGNED TROOP GUIDE. At the 12 Day Out meeting, you will be given your preference on going to the Campsite, Waterfront, Dining Hall, or Camp Tour first. Your Troop Guide will take you to this place first. Please wear swim trunks and shoes to camp to allow for a quick swim test. One unit leader should report to the Kentucky Colonels Administration Building. At this time, make any final settlement and turn in any roster changes, pickup pre-ordered t-shirts and make any adjustments to your merit badge schedules. Assistant leader, Scouts, and Troop Guide will go to the campsite and unload equipment. An assistant leader goes to the aquatic shelter for medical check. Bring medical forms if not turned in at 12 Day-Out meeting. See the Health Officer in reference to the storage of prescription drugs. Let the health officer know of any special needs of adults and Scouts. Troop guides will take the troop on a short tour of camp, to include dining hall and waterfront. Opening Roundtable for all Scoutmasters and Senior Patrol Leaders will be held at 7:30PM at Kentucky Colonels Administration Building. Campfire will be held at 9:00PM at the Amphitheater on Sunday. Check-in times are scheduled from 1:30PM - 3:30PM (EDT) on Sunday afternoon. Troops should not arrive before 1:30PM. Please respect other troops and their scheduled times. Do not enter your campsite without your guide. Arrival times will be established at the 12 Day-Out meeting. If your troop is unable to check in on Sunday, please call (502) (seasonal camp number) to schedule a Monday morning check-in. 12 Visit for camp forms and additional information.
15 MEAL SCHEDULE Groups Breakfast Lunch Supper A (Sites 1-5, 5A) 6:45AM 11:50PM 5:45PM B (Sites 6-12) 7:35AM 12:35PM 6:30PM Some troops may be asked to change meal times depending on the number of campers in each session. FOOD SERVICE A new menu will be served in the beautiful Amelia Brown Frazier Dining Hall. Scouts will be served cafeteria style and seated by troops. Sunday supper is the first meal. Special dietary needs can be conveyed to the Dining Room Manager by calling camp direct after June 8. A Salad Bar is provided for everyone s use. In the event that you wish to invite visitors to dine with your troop, the Dining Hall fee is $7.00 per meal. VISITORS All visitors must sign in and out of camp at the camp office and obtain a visitor s wristband. All visitors must wear a visitor wristband at all times while on site. We ask that parents do not take their sons off the camp property without signing them out. If a parent chooses to take their son off of Camp property, they must advise at least one of their son s available adult leaders prior to signing their Scout out at the Administration building. MAIL Parents are encouraged to send a letter or a package to their son at Camp Crooked Creek. They should allow a minimum of three days delivery time. When possible, items arriving after the Scout s departure will be returned to sender. To ensure delivery, items should have the campsite and troop number listed and addressed in the following manner: (Scout s name) (Campsite) (Troop number) (Week Number) Camp Crooked Creek 950 Terry Drive Shepherdsville, Kentucky Visit for camp forms and additional information. 13
16 TROOP LEADERSHIP All units are required to have at least two adult leaders on camp at all times. Those units that are unable to meet this requirement should consult other troops in your council or district about coming together. All leaders must be registered members of the BSA and must meet the qualifications for the leadership positions in which they serve. The unit leader must be at least 21 years of age. Any additional leaders must be at least 18 years of age. Parents, committee members, and other adults who accompany the unit to camp must meet all of the above requirements. All adults at camp must have Youth Protection Training. Visit MyScouting.org for an online course. Leaders may rotate when necessary; however, in the best interest of the Scouts, we recommend having consistent leadership throughout your unit s stay at camp. Additional leaders not staying the entire week (and not included in the official adult count) should plan to provide their own tent and must pay a Dining Hall fee of $7 per meal. Leaders should plan to share tents since the camp will only provide one tent for every two leaders. Gender separated; mixed gender tents will be for husband and wife teams only. Adult rosters are due at the time of final payment. Rosters are mandatory and due as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, May 8. A breakdown of male and female leaders is required. If this roster does not match the actual number that arrive at camp, we cannot guarantee enough tents. Number of Youth Number of Required Adults Required leaders are free. Additional will pay Adult fee of $ Visit for camp forms and additional information.
17 TRADING POST The Capital Holdings Trading Post is located across the parking lot from the Administration Building. Scout supplies, snacks, merit badge books, camp t-shirts and other camp souvenirs will be available. Next to the Trading Post is the Bob and Darlene Graham Pavilion, which is used for various training and classes in addition to a nice resting place for Scouts and leaders. SCOUTMASTERS LOUNGE The Scoutmasters Lounge is located in the Administration building and is a place for leaders to relax, visit with other leaders, read the newspaper or just enjoy a cup of coffee. Wi-Fi and computers are also available for use by leaders. Some meetings and training sessions are conducted here as well. AQUATIC PROCEDURES AND SWIM TEST Doing a Swim Test before camp is encouraged. It must be conducted by a lifeguard (American Red Cross, YMCA, or BSA Lifeguard) or an adult trained in Safe Swim Defense with a strong understanding of what a good swimmer looks like and be completed within 6 months of arriving at camp. The unit swim classification form can be found on the Council website. The Aquatics Director reserves the right to retest anyone, youth or adult, if he sees it necessary. Closed toe shoes must be worn at ALL TIMES at the Aquatics area. If your Scout has signed up for an aquatics merit badge, we ask that they bring a pair of shoes that can get wet or bring closed toe water shoes. Do not let Scouts wear their wet boating shoes around camp, this causes blistering! The Aquatics Director is in charge at all times in the Aquatics Area. Please direct all questions regarding this area to the Director who reserves the right to not allow participants to swim based upon ability, lack of proper material, or conduct. Visit for camp forms and additional information. 15
18 DAILY SCHEDULE Scouts should plan to carry the items they will need all morning and all afternoon since there is little time to go back and forth to their troop sites. Note: Merit badge sessions meet Monday - Friday. Camp Crooked Creek runs on Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EDT) Time 6:00AM 6:35AM 6:45AM 7:30AM 7:35AM 8:30-9:20AM 9:00AM 9:30-10:20AM 10:30-11:20AM 11:40AM 11:50AM 12:35PM 1:00PM 1:20-2:10PM 2:20-3:10PM 3:20-4:10PM 5:35PM 5:45PM 6:25PM 6:30PM 7:30PM 9:45PM 10:00PM Activity Reveille Waiter Call First Breakfast Flag Raising Second Breakfast Session I Scout Leader s Roundtable Session II Session III Waiter Call First Lunch Second Lunch SPL Roundtable Session IV Session V Session VI Waiter Call First Supper Retreat Second Supper Special Events and Twilight Activities Call to Quarters Taps 16 Visit for camp forms and additional information.
19 SPECIAL EVENTS 1:30PM 7:30PM 9:00PM 9:00AM 7:30PM 9:00AM 4:30PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 8:30AM 7:30PM 9:00PM SUNDAY Check-in & Troop Orientation Scoutmaster and Senior Patrol Leader Roundtables Opening Campfire - Amphitheater MONDAY Scout Leader Roundtable Twilight Activity (Totin Chip; 3 on 3 Tournament) TUESDAY Scout Leader Roundtable Chaplain Aide Meeting Duct Tape Merit Badge - Trading Post Area Leader s Dutch Oven Contest - Sales Shelter WEDNESDAY 7 Day Leader s Breakfast - Dining Hall Volleyball Tournament Vespers - Ampitheater THURSDAY 9:00AM 4:30PM 7:30PM 9:15PM Scout Leader Roundtable Patch-O-Ree Scoutmasters Lounge Mafeking Challenge Order of the Arrow Call Out Ceremony FRIDAY 9:00AM 2:00PM 4:00PM 8:15PM 9:00PM Scout Leader Roundtable Scout Leader s Golf Tournament *Amphitheater Visitors Begin Arriving for Family Time Activity Troops Line Up for Campfire Campfire Begins SATURDAY 7:00AM 9:00AM Break Camp Camp Cleaned and Closed Visit for camp forms and additional information. 17
20 ADVANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES Advancement is one of the prime reasons a boy stays in Scouting. It is a measure of success in the program. The following should help you and your Scouts develop appropriate merit-badge schedules. 1. Before camp, know the advancement status of each Scout. 2. Set a goal with each boy - challenge him. 3. Let more advanced Scouts help younger Scouts. 4. Keep accurate day-to-day advancement records while at camp. 5. Watch loose ends - don t push, but do encourage him. 6. Each Scout is expected to bring his merit-badge pamphlet to merit badge session each day. Merit Badge Schedules will be entered online. Sessions will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Blue cards need to be brought by all units for each boy taking merit badges. It is recommended to bring extras for class changes or lost cards. All completed and signed blue cards should be turned in by the Scout to their merit badge counselors on Monday. Merit badge tracking sheets will be updated daily so Scout leaders may review Scouts progress throughout the week. Blue cards will be returned to Scout leaders during final checkout. Note: Scouts need a blue card (application for merit badge) for each merit badge they are taking. 18 Visit for camp forms and additional information.
21 OUTDOOR SKILLS & SCOUTCRAFT This area operates out of the Sales Program Shelter and offers a number of the traditional Scouting merit badges such as Camping, Cooking, Orienteering, Wilderness Survival and Pioneering. Emergency Preparedness and First Aid are both taught in this area as well. Totin Chip will be offered on Monday evening during the twilight activity time. * A Wilderness and Remote First Aid Course (20 hours) is also offered. See page 32 for more details. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT The Personal Development department is based in the Amelia Brown Frazier Dining Hall and offers a number of Eagle required merit badges and is a very popular area. Offerings include Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Personal Management and more. All of these badges require work in advance of camp or after camp to complete. HANDICRAFT Located in the Rotary Program Shelter, this is a very busy area with many young Scouts involved in the program. Merit badges such as Leatherwork, Woodcarving and Basketry are taught here as well as Art, Sculpting and Fingerprinting. Visit for camp forms and additional information. 19
22 FRONTIERTOWN Frontiertown is located near the Amphitheater. This is a unique program area that has its own special program which includes knifethrowing, blacksmithing and tomahawk throwing. Merit badges offered in this area include Indian Lore, Railroading and Metal Working (in conjunction with blacksmithing). ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION Located in the Steinbock Nature Lodge, this is one of the busiest program areas at camp. The Ecology and Conservation area offers a number of great badges that help prepare Scouts for time in nature. These badges include Environmental Science, Fish and Wildlife Management, Forestry, Insect Study, Bird Study, Mammal Study, Nature, Reptile Study, Weather, Soil and Water Conservation and an introduction to R.O.C.K. Resources, Organization, Corrdination and Knowledge),a program designed to help prepare Scouts and leaders to plan and organize conservation projects. Leave No Trace Basic 101 will also be offered to both youth and Adults as a supplemental training. 20 Visit for camp forms and additional information.
23 FIELD SPORTS The Field Sports area is visited by many Scouts and Leaders during the week. This area includes the rifle range, shotgun range and archery range as well as paintball and mountain biking. Scouts can work on merit badges such as Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting, Archery, Fishing, Sports and Personal Fitness. The ranges are open each afternoon for practice shooting or just for fun. The paintball action target range allows a Scout to test his aim while searching out targets on the trail. AQUATICS The waterfront area on John Barr Lake is very active with merit badges such as Eagle required Swimming and Lifesaving as well as Canoeing, Small Boat Sailing, Rowing, Kayaking and Motor Boating. Open programing is offered every afternoon so Scouts can come out and cool off at the beach, try to conquer the Bouncer aquatics play structure or take a canoe or sailboat out on the water with a friend. S.T.E.M. The S.T.E.M. program area is located near the Rotary Shelter and has gained a lot of popularity in recent years offering more than 10 merit badges including Geocaching, Chemistry, Game Design, Movie Making, Space Exploration, Astronomy, Geology, Welding, Robotics and more. Chess is also offered in the evenings and tournaments are typically held. Visit for camp forms and additional information. 21
24 DAN BOONE HILL- FIRST YEAR CAMPER PROGRAM We take pride in the fact that we have one of the nation s foremost firstyear camper programs. You and your Scouts will find that our facilities are top of the line and the staff on Dan Boone Hill are some of the most informed and knowledgeable that you will find anywhere. The Dan Boone Program is divided into two separate sessions. This allows your Scouts time to pursue additional opportunities at camp. 1) Morning session: 8:20AM 11:30AM 2) Afternoon session: 1:20PM 4:30PM Scouts should plan to attend one session or the other, not both. Participants are grouped based on rank and skill level. It is impossible to come to camp and, in a week, complete all of the requirements for First Class, Second Class, and Tenderfoot. The Dan Boone Staff will do everything in their power to help each Scout become proficient in as many areas as possible. How much each Scout completes is up to him and his patrol. All Scouts in the Dan Boone program are welcome to participate in the 5 mile hike and the flag retirement ceremony. While this is a first year camper program, we do encourage Scouts that are 13 and older to take Merit Badge Sessions. If an older first year camper wants to take the Dan Boone program, please talk to the Program Director. Scoutmasters should review requirements taught on Dan Boone Hill with Scouts after completion. Additional Items to Bring to Dan Boone Hill q Water Bottle q Scout Handbook q Bandana or Hat 22 Visit for camp forms and additional information.
25 ALL TERRAIN VEHICLES (A.T.V.) What s the most fun you can have on four wheels? If you said A.T.V. riding- you d be correct! Camp Crooked Creek is one of the few camps in the country to offer an A.T.V. riding program to Scouts during Boy Scout Summer Camp. Each week Scouts will have the opportunity to learn A.T.V. riding skills, and apply their learning to the safe operation of an A.T.V. across the trails made at Camp. To be eligible to participate in the A.T.V. Program, Scouts must: - Be at least 14 years old. - Have a photo ID with name, date of birth, & home address. - Bring: Long pants (blue jean or heavy cotton preferred), long sleeve shirt, leather over the ankle boot. - Have a parent or guardian sign a Hold Harmless Agreement to participate in the A.T.V. program. Available online at The A.T.V. Safety Institute s (A.S.I.) website contains a FREE A.T.V. Safety E-Course. This course is highly recommended for participants prior to participating in the A.T.V. Program. Visit CHALLENGE TRAIL This program is designed for older Scouts (14 and up) who are ready to expand their skills. This program is a week of exciting mountain boarding and biking on a specially designed trail system. You will learn: mountain bike and board safety, basic bike repair, trail safety, and trail riding. WHO: Any Scout who is at least 14-years old by camp and who has basic biking knowledge and who can withstand a physically challenging program. WHEN: Choose either the morning or afternoon session. Morning Session: 8:30AM-11:30AM Afternoon Session: 1:20PM-4:30PM Visit for camp forms and additional information. 23
26 TOWER (Climbing Merit Badge) This fun and exciting program teaches Scouts basic climbing and rappelling skills in the process of working on their Climbing Merit Badge. The tower is 30 feet high and four sided, giving Scouts the opportunity to try several skill levels of climbing and rappelling. Scouts should plan to spend the entire morning or afternoon session on the course. Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis WHO: Any Scout who is at least 13-years old by camp. WHEN: Choose either the morning or afternoon session. Morning Session: 8:20AM-11:30AM Afternoon Session: 1:20PM-4:30PM Additional Items to Bring to Tower q Tennis shoes or boots with good traction (mandatory) q Long pants, jeans q Water bottle (necessary) q Bug spray q Camera q Bandana 24 Visit for camp forms and additional information.
27 C.O.P.E. Project C.O.P.E. (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) is a fun way to build and develop teamwork, leadership, communication, and many other skills. Scouts will work together to solve problems presented in initiative activities and team course elements. They will also learn belay skills and complete several elements on the high ropes course. Our C.O.P.E. course has 18 team course elements and 13 high-ropes elements. Scouts should plan to spend the entire morning or afternoon on the course. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, firstserved basis. WHO: Any Scout who is at least 13 years old by camp. WHEN: Two Sessions; 8:30AM - 11:30AM & 1:20PM - 4:30PM Daily OPERATION NIGHTHAWK This is not your typical C.O.P.E. course. Your Scouts will get the traditional skills and activities of Project C.O.P.E., but will learn to overcome new and unique obstacles they have never faced. This program is designed specifically for your older boys. Scouts should plan to leave their mornings open and take only afternoon programs in order to be fully rested. They will learn innovative ways to deal with leadership situations and find their true potential. This course operates in the early nighttime hours and will prove to be an exciting experience for your Scouts. Registration will be handled at camp. WHO: Any Scout who is at least 15 years old by camp. WHEN: Offered on Thursday: 9:00PM - 12:00AM Additional Items to Bring to C.O.P.E and Operation Nighthawk q Tennis shoes or boots with good traction (mandatory) q Long pants, jeans q Water bottle (necessary) q Bug spray q Flashlight q Bandana Visit for camp forms and additional information. 25
28 ROBOTICS Camp Crooked Creek is excited to offer one of the newest merit badges during our ½ day Robotics Program. Utilizing Lego robotic kits and other materials, your Scouts will learn the process of designing, building, operating and testing their robots. This program is open only to 10 Scouts per block. There are morning and afternoon sessions available. Scouts will learn human-robot interface, mobility, manipulation, design, programming and sensors among other things. Scouts must be at least 13 years of age. Morning Session: 8:20AM-11:30AM Afternoon Session: 1:20PM-4:30PM Additional Items to Bring to Robotics Merit Badge q q Notebook Pen or Pencil 26 Visit for camp forms and additional information.
29 BSA LIFEGUARD BSA Lifeguard Certification will be offered at camp. Participants must meet the pre-requistes and have First Aid/CPR & AED for the Professional Rescuer. See Aquatics Director for more information. Prerequisites for BSA Lifeguard: 1. Submit proof of age. You must be at least 15 years old to participate. 2. Submit written evidence of fitness for swimming activities (signed health history). 3. Swim continuously for 550 yards, including at least 100 yards each of the following strokes in good form: front crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke. 4. Immediately following the above swim, tread water for two minutes using the legs only and with the hands under the armpits. 5. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using a front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7 to 10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, surface, swim with the object 20 yards back to the starting point with both hands holding the object, and exit the water, all within 1 minute, 40 seconds. ARTS ACADEMY - WEEK 3 An emphasis on the arts will be made during week 3. Special guest presenters will be invited to camp to help teach some of our merit badges as well as some additional offerings such as theater, music, welding, photography, movie making, graphic arts, textiles and more. Additional information about these special offerings will be available in the spring. Visit for camp forms and additional information. 27
30 MAFEKING CHALLENGE Does your patrol have what it takes to compete in the challenge??? Lord Baden Powell became world renowned as the hero of Mafeking by defending the African outpost against superior Boer forces for 217 days. Now you and your boys can reenact BP s famous struggle by participating in the MAFEKING CHALLENGE. Your patrol of 6 Scouts will compete against other patrols. Patrols meet at 7:30PM on Thursday evening in front of the Dining Hall by the flag poles to get score cards. Each Scout must have a backpack with the 10 Scout Outdoor Essentials found on page 264 of the Scout Handbook, pair of socks, extra pair of shoes, and a Scout Handbook. Senior Patrol Leaders will get additional information at their daily meetings. ORDER OF THE ARROW CALL-OUT CEREMONY The Order of the Arrow will conduct a special call-out ceremony on Thursday evening. Out-of-council troops can attend and participate. The appropriate paperwork must be submitted by your home council for all out-of-council troops. A member of our camp staff will serve as the Order of the Arrow Summer Camp Chief. Get his name at the Administration Building and he ll help you understand this great organization a little better and answer any questions you might have. Thursday is OA day. Wear your lodge t-shirt and OA sash when in uniform. We will be having an ice cream social following the OA call-out ceremony for all OA candidates and Brothers. 28 Visit for camp forms and additional information.
31 NEW! COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING (CIT) PROGRAM The 2015 Counselor in Training (CIT) program has been redesigned into a two week program that gives Scouts and Venturers the opportunity to learn how to excel as a camp staff member. If participants receive a positive recommendation at the conclusion of the session from the Counselor in Training Program Coordinator and Camp Director, they are given priority hire status for the following year. Priority hires will be given the first opportunity to interview following our returning staff; however, this does not guarantee a staff position. All hiring decisions are made by the Camp Director. To be eligible for the Counselor in Training program, you must be at least 14 years old and be a registered Scout or Venturer. WHAT WILL YOU DO DURING YOUR TWO WEEKS AT CAMP? Complete training that summer camp staff receives Develop valuable leadership skills Learn about the EDGE method and instruction techniques Learn about the stages of group development and conflict resolution Complete CPR and First Aid certifications Work alongside staff in various program areas Take two merit badges of your choice (Each Week) One on one coaching & feedback with members of our senior staff Have fun! Program Costs: $135, the program fee is used to offset food costs and staff time during your two week stay at camp. Scholarships are available and will be considered based on need. Program Acceptance: The program cap will depend on male/ female enrollment per session. Up to 12 participants will be accepted based on cabin availability. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by May 1. Applicants must have a BSA Medical Record prior to the start of their session. Application Requirements: A complete application includes the Counselor in Training Program Application, the Counselor in Training Program Code of Conduct, at least one letter of recommendation or completed Camp Crooked Creek reference form. Find all of these on the website at Session 1: June 14 June 27, 2015 Session 2: June 28 July 11, 2015 Session 3: July 12 July 25, 2015 Visit for camp forms and additional information. 29
32 VESPERS At Camp Crooked Creek, we believe that one of the most important points of the Scout Law is: A Scout is Reverent. On Wednesday at 9:00 PM, we will have a Vespers service in our Amphitheater. Everyone is encouraged to attend no matter your traditions. All Vespers are inter-faith and appropriate for all faiths and traditions. Throughout the week feel free to take opportunities to practice your faith of choice through personal reflections and short Vespers. Please speak to our staff at the 12 day out meeting, and let us know if you have particular needs for practicing your faith. FAMILY NIGHT Friday night is Family Night and all families are invited to visit camp. Units can have family gatherings for supper or eat in the Dining Hall. Meals are $7 each with dinner starting at 6:00 PM. Payments can be made in the business office prior to Friday. The evening concludes with a program in the Amphitheater starting at 8:45 PM. Troops should assemble by 8:15 PM. for the parade of troops. Reservations to eat in the Dining Hall must be given to the Camp Commissioner during Roundtable on Monday. CAMP CROOKED CREEK QUALITY TROOP This is a challenging and fun program for all troops in camp. All troops can qualify as Quality Troops by completing the requirements which will be provided at the 12 Day Out meeting and Sunday night SPL/SM meeting. Quality Troops will be recognized at the Family Night campfire. 30 Visit for camp forms and additional information.
33 PROGRAMS FOR ADULT LEADERS DUTCH OVEN CONTEST Win the Crooked Spoon Award! Leaders will sign up on Monday of their week of camp in the Scout Masters lounge to participate. Leaders can make whatever they want and can have as many entries as they have adults in camp. You will be judged on taste and overall appearance of the dish. The Winner each week will earn the coveted Crooked Spoon Award! ***Extra Points will be given for team work, neatness, cleanliness, and interaction. CAMP CROOKED CREEK GOLF TOURNAMENT Play golf on Friday afternoon at 2:00PM. Meet at the amphitheater with clubs and balls made from materials found at camp. More information can be obtained from the Camp Commissioner during Roundtables. This tournament is for Scout leaders only. S.T.A.R. STAFF To enhance, the merit badge program of Camp Crooked Creek, the S.T.A.R (Service, Teamwork, And Resources) Staffer program matches unit leaders attending camp with merit badge counselors to assist them with their duties. S.T.A.R. staffers will attend each session to help provide support to the instructor. Be sure to ask some of your leaders attending camp to consider signing up for this program. Visit for camp forms and additional information. 31
34 PROGRAMS FOR ADULT LEADERS ADULT LEADER S BREAKFAST Adult leaders spending all 7 days at camp are invited to a special breakfast on Wednesday of their week in camp with our Scout Executive. Reservations must be made by noon on Monday, through the Camp Office. SCOUTMASTER S MERIT BADGE This award recognizes the tremendous achievement that Scout leaders make to the Camp and Scouts in attendance. Leaders must complete a list of requirements which will be provided at the Sunday night meeting. SUPPLEMENTAL TRAININGS OFFERED A variety of training will be offered at camp for Adult Leaders throughout the week. q Boy Scout Leader Job Specific q Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) q Wilderness First Aid Training Course (Extra Fee of $50) q Leave No Trace Basic 101 Wilderness Remote First Aid Training Course This 20 hour training course will be offered to youth and adults alike during summer camp at Camp Crooked Creek. Participants will be required to spend each morning session involved with the course and will need to be prepared to take the necessary exams at the end of the course. A fee of $50 per adult will be required in advance to cover the costs of training books, materials and American Red Cross certifications. Youth can atend for free but must be at least 16 years old. This course will be limited to 12 participants each week during camp. 32 Visit for camp forms and additional information.
35 NOTES Visit for camp forms and additional information. 33
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