Welcome to our June issue of INTO THE WEST for all participants in our Cub Scout Day Camps for 2013. We have provided this information to give you a better understanding of what to expect at our summer day camps.
- Bus schedule: You can view the bus schedule by clicking this link, which is posted on the Cub Camping page of our web site at www.boyscouts-marin.org. IF YOU ARE DRIVING: morning drop-off please wait until the buses have arrived in camp before you drive back down the hill. Afternoon pick-up please arrive at camp by 3:45. Iron Springs Road is too narrow for a bus and car to pass each other. Do not use a computer-mapping service for directions to this camp-they are incorrect. Please follow the directions listed on our web site. Friday there is no afternoon bus because there is an end-of-week campfire program.
- Bus monitor job: Morning bus monitors check all the campers in and then call the on-site director to let them know who is or is not on the bus. Afternoon bus monitors make sure that all the campers are picked up. The bus monitors are at the bus stops to make sure no camper is left by themselves in the morning or afternoon. Bus monitors are not babysitters, so make sure you arrive on time.
- Friday afternoon campfire: campfire starts promptly at 2:30 p.m. Plan to arrive by 2 p.m. to give time to hike out to the campfire bowl. Check your camper's day pack for driving directions to camp on Friday.
- Pictures: Since many of you do not want any pictures taken of your camper, we will not allow anyone to take pictures during the Friday campfire. Please respect the privacy of each camper and parent. Leave your cameras at home, and keep your cellphones in your pocket during the Friday campfire. We do not allow newspapers to take camp pictures nor do we allow pictures for BSA purposes.
- Camper t-shirts and colored wrist bands: On Monday the campers will be given their t-shirt to wear for the week. Plan to have your camper wear the t-shirt each day. This is our way of identifying who the campers are. The wrist bands identify the afternoon bus each camper will be taking. Make sure your camper wears the wrist band each day.
- BB Gun and archery: ALL campers will go through the safety briefings the first time they are at the ranges. Once the safety briefing is done any camper not doing these activities will be given an alternate activity to do. Campers must be on their best behaviors at the ranges. Any camper misbehaving will be removed from the range for the rest of the week and given an alternate activity.
- Swimming: There will be no swimming at the June Day Camp as we do not have an aquatics director. We have a lifeguard on duty that will supervise water games in the shallow section of the lake during this activity time.
- Food and things to bring: Please provide your camper with lunch, snacks, and a refillable water bottle. Also give him a hat to wear and a backpack to carry these items. Tamarancho can be foggy and cold so make sure your camper has a light jacket or long-sleeved shirt they can use if needed. Camp t-shirts will be given to campers on Monday. Have camper wear comfortable closed-toe shoes, shorts or pants.
- Medications: If your camper uses an inhaler or has an epi-pen please make sure he brings these to camp with him each day. If there is medication that must be taken during camp time make sure the medication is in the original bottle. We do not dispense acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin at camp.
- Camper placement: Each camper is placed in a DEN with other campers in the same grade. Each den is paired with another den of campers in the same grade and they travel to most of the activity areas together. If you provided us with the name of a buddy we have placed your camper with his buddy. If no buddy is listed then we go by school or geographic area to create the dens. We do have groups of campers that all want to be together but this would make the den too big so we will split them and pair the dens so they still can travel around camp together. We do make mistakes so let us know if your camper is in the wrong group. Don't wait until the end of the week to inform us of the error.
- Contact us: Please use firstname.lastname@example.org to contact us at camp. It is checked often. If you need immediate information call the office at 415-454-1081.