Worth Ranch Summer Camp
June 20-26, 2021
Due to COVID restrictions,
there is NO
family night this year
Sunday, June 20
Meet at the church at 11:30 AM sharp.
We will find out what campsite we have when we arrive at camp. We will have a tour of the camp, which is worth doing your first time out, and boys will go to the pool for the swim test. Adults who want to swim (as opposed to sitting in the shallow end to cool off), or participate in the Mile Swim, will need to take the swim test too. After dinner and flag-lowering, there is a opening campfire.
Merit badge classes start first thing Monday morning. There will be training courses available for adults as well, starting with a Texas YPT class on Monday, if you have not already taken it. This is in addition to the online course. If you want to get the class out of the way early, I believe you can also take it at the June Roundtable meeting. Monday night is the Scoutmaster Shoot, if you are interested, and Frontier Night. That includes opportunities to get things branded with the Worth Ranch brand, to try roping saw horse, and other games.
Troop Night, the Troop can sign up to have one of the facilities (like the archery range or the pool) to themselves for the evening. If the camp is full, they may do a split schedule, where some troops do Troop Night on Monday and Frontier Night Tuesday. Weather permitting, this is usually the night we do out Kyle Mountain overnight. We will go up just after dark, hear the story of Hugo's Monster at Hugo's Crack, and spend the night under the stars on top of Kyle. A tarp with a light sleeping bag or an old blanket works great for this.
We will see sunrise from Kyle Mountain and head down to breakfast. After breakfast is camp-wide chapel. Throughout the day, the boys will be washing their Class A shirts, so they will be clean-ish for the parents on Thursday. We will be judging them for the Clean Shirt Contest. The scoutmasters have beaten the staff before, including last year. It is also Troop 50 Ice Cream Night, when we will gather at the Pavilion for pints of Bluebell.
Thursday is Family Night. We will take a Troop picture at The Point and enjoy a pot-luck dinner at the Pavilion. The evening includes a flag lowering ceremony with the big garrison flag, Order of the Arrow call-outs, and campfire program. They boys have a chance to contribute skits or songs to the campfire. The end of Family Night is tricky moment when some boys might have a burst of homesickness and be tempted to go home with their parents. Our job is to step in and redirect them.
Friday is the last day of classes. That evening, we have the closing campfire and awards ceremony. I'll get the merit badge cards and other awards. We generally have a Troop campfire back at our campsite afterwards and, if there is interest, we will have another branding opportunity with the Troop brand.
Saturday morning we will pack up and head home. Staff will bring us breakfast at our campsite, the only time we will have a meal there. They want us out by 10, so they do what they can to keep us moving.
Back at Arborlawn around 11:30 AM.
Throughout the week, there will be service work and other activities toward the Wrangler and Captain Kidd awards. Wrangler is a Troop-wide award that requires (among other things) that each Troop member do at least 2 hours of service work during the week. Captain Kidd is an individual award with several ranks. Each rank requires an additional 6 hours of conservation work beyond what you do for Wrangler. The boys get excited about both of these, and they are good for the adults too.
The boys have plenty of opportunity to work on rank advancement during Summer Camp. This is the perfect time do that because the older scouts and adults are available. We usually have several Boards of Review during the week.