Informed Consent, Release Agreement, and Authorization
Activity: 2023 Summer Camp at BSA Camp Freedom
Date: 18 - 23 June 2023
Troop 51 will attend resident camp at BSA Camp Freedom located at Heritage Scout Reservation near Farmington, PA. The camp was selected for its strong merit badge program for all Scouts, the Day Trek activities for 14 and older, as well as the modern facilities and reasonable price when weighed against other locations. The June date and the mountain site makes for a pleasant temperature during the week. FYI, the end of the regular school year in Fairfax County is on Friday, 16 June, which played into our date selection as we hope for a good attendance before families get busy with their summer events.
We will depart on 18 June no later than 8:00 am from the upper parking lot at Floris United Methodist Church. We plan to arrive at Camp no later than 11:00 am. Activities includes over 50 merit badge offerings, a first-year camper program, the Day Trek older Scout adventure program, and more. Day Treks are for Scouts 14 years and older and can be blended with merit badge work, if desired. Day Trek activities include:
-Rifle and Shotgun Shooting at 7 Springs
-Cowboy Pistol Range
Note that last year each Day Trek had a supplemental $50 fee. Once we learn the price for 2023, we will send that along to the Troop.
All participants (Scouts and adults) should bring the 10 essentials, daypacks, a tent, mess kit, masks, hand sanitizer, and dress appropriately for the weather (always plan for rain). Use of Scout’s electronic devices during the event for a Scouting purpose MUST be approved by the Scoutmaster. Cell coverage is weak or spotty. A current (within the last 12 months) BSA health exam and medical record (Parts A, B, and C) must be on file for all participants. All adults attending must have completed BSA Youth Protection Training (YPT).
In order to qualify for the early bird price savings, registration and payment must be submitted by March. Besides registration each Scout will need to complete:
-2023 Medical Form
-The Summer Camp Parent Permission Release Form
-Swim test before departing for camp
-Day Trek Activities release Form (if taking any of the release forms)
-Draft of merit badges sent to coordinator (due date TBD)
-Day Trek Scouts will need to bring two copies of the medical forms.
Finally, we are looking for another adult or two to attend camp. Troop 51 will cover any fees associated with adult participation. Parents, you are welcome to attend anytime during the week.
Additional information will be shared in the months ahead detailing due dates, points-of-contact, fees, form collection dates, and all of the administrative work and requirements needed for a successful summer camp.
Emergency Contact during trip: Mark Christoffersen: 571-685-3395