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New Merit Badge Bundles Coming in 2020

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Last summer we rolled out a completely new way of doing merit badge instruction at Scout camp.   At most camps Scouts create a schedule of classes that has them bouncing around every hour to different program areas where they show up late and beg the counselor to let them go a few minutes early. 

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2020 Camp Barstow Video

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Things are #BetterAtBarstow in 2020. We are building on the success and rave reviews from our innovative merit badge bundle program. By expanding the program to include 59 merit badges grouped into 24 different bundles we have added a lot of variety to your choices. At Camp Barstow in 2020 Scouts can typically earn 6 merit badges by combining their pair of 1/2 week bundles to build a schedule.

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2020 Camp Barstow Registration Is Open

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All it takes to hold your troop’s spot at Camp Barstow in 2020 is a simple $100 deposit.  This deposit is will then go towards your overall fees but puts your name down and allows you to indicate a campsite preference.  In the simple registration process we just need to get an idea of how many youth/adults you expect to bring so we can make sure that any particular week doesn’t get too full.

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Cowboy Action Shooting Comes To Camp Barstow in 2019

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Monday nights at Camp Barstow you are invited to come visit Leech’s Mercantile up on the Rifle Range and take part in our brand new program – Cowboy Action Shooting. Thanks to the hard work of our Indian Waters Council Shooting Sports Committee led by David Leech we are now offering this exciting program at camp.

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Advancement At Cub Resident Camp

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Cub Resident Camp is going to be VERY exciting this year as
both Scouts and adults will board the “high seas” of Camp Barstow and
become pirates. 🙂

Couple of things:

1. In addition to the fun activities we have planned the
Scouts will also have a chance to earn advancements:

Tigers: Floats and Boats / Games Tigers Play

Wolf: Running with the Pack / Spirit of the Water

Bear: Bear Necessities / Salmon Run

Webelos and AOL: Aquanaut / Sports

Plus,

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Come To Barstow & Join Our Troop

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Already 38 Scouts are signed up to come to Barstow as their 2nd week of summer camp.  In addition 19 have registered as Baden Powell Scouts coming with their buddies to join our Baden Powell troop.  We have hired a senior staff member to serve as the Scoutmaster of our Baden Powell troop. 

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Choose Your Summer Adventure On Lake Murray

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It’s the beginning of May which means it’s time to make final plans for summer camp. We are still hearing from troops that are making up their minds about which summer camp to attend. The good news is we have openings! We especially have flexibility to add campers in Weeks 2-4.

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New Camp Map The Key

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With the introduction of the Barstow Bundles one question new Scouts will have is where do I go. Thanks to the efforts of Scouter Mitch Koyle we now have a new Camp Barstow map that includes the program logos. This map also updates the former “Wilderness Area” to “Muscogee Village”. If you have been to Camp Barstow many times you might also spot a new trail.

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Scouts BSA Ya’ll Come To Camp Barstow

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Camp Barstow is excited to welcome new Scouts BSA girl troops for weeks 3 (July 7-13) and 4 (July 14-20). We already have troops signed up for both weeks and firmly believe that with a good nucleus of new Scouts that will be a great experience for them.

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Merit Badge Bundles In The Summer of 2019

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This summer at Camp Barstow Scouts have 15 new merit badge bundles to choose from. Each Scout will decide which 2 they want to spend the week doing with each being a 1/2 week session. In this video the Program Director Chris McDuffie shares details on these bundles and why they make so much sense for Scouts and leaders this summer at Camp Barstow.

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Camp Barstow Has A Deal For You

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Our Baden Powell program is built for Scouts that perhaps can’t go to camp with their troop for some reason or want to catch-up or get ahead on advancement. We have a full-time Scoutmaster on staff for this program. So we will take whatever Scouts and adults can come and blend them in to form a troop.

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Cub Scout Summer Camp ’19

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Get ready for Pirate Adventures Cub Scout Summer Camp 2019! All Packs are invited to board the ‘high seas’ of Camp Barstow for this year’s Cub Scout Summer Camp.

This year’s camp will feature Swimming, Boating, BBs, Archery, Slingshots, Pirate Games, Movies Under the Stars, a Pirate Treasure Hunt,

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Camp Staff Curriculum Day Over Winter Holidays

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Two days after Christmas many of the senior staff members on the 2019 summer camp staff gathered at the Scout office in Columbia, SC for a day of planning and collaboration.  With more than 6 months before the first Scouts arrive at Camp Barstow the staff got a great head start on making plans for 2019. 

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Welcome To The Fleet

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In a recent video we shared that the Indian Waters Council had authorized funding to grow our fleet. With a 50,000 acre lake to play on we have discovered that a pontoon boat is an excellent craft to get Scouts and leaders out on the water.
We don’t quite have a name for her yet but please welcome the newest ship to our fleet thanks to the support our Scout Executive and Executive Board.

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Camp Barstow Welcomes Female Scouts BSA Troops In 2019

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Welcome To Scouting…Welcome To Barstow
As Scouting opens its doors to female Scouts BSA troops in less than a month we would like to say to them you are welcome at Camp Barstow on Lake Murray in South Carolina.
With our Adirondacks in each campsite, great modern facilities and innovative merit badge program we are an ideal pick for your first summer camp experience.

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Klondike Camp December 27-30, 2018

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What is Klondike Winter Camp
The Klondike Winter Camp is held December 27-30 annually at Camp Barstow. This Winter Camp is held just after the Christmas holidays. These include many of the merit badges required for Eagle. A volunteer camp staff provides program help, guidance, and supervision in the area of Scout-craft,

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Indian Waters Council BSA Investing In Camp Barstow For The Future

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Doug Stone the Scout Executive of the Indian Waters Council Boy Scouts of America headquartered in Columbia, SC shares 4 ways the council is investing in major improvement projects and upgrades at Camp Barstow before the summer of 2019.  For program the pair of “new to us” pontoon boats are going to be awesome! 

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Barstow Merit Badge Bundles Explained

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Click to hear an explanation of what the merit badge bundle program will look like for your Scouts in the summer of 2019.  When we tell Scout leaders about this idea they tell us “this makes sense”.  Your Scouts only have to pick 2 of our 15 programs at Barstow this summer.

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Indian Waters Council Troops Come See What The Buzz Is About

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We invite you to come check out the excitement and momentum building at Camp Barstow.  If you would like to have a camp promotion done by one of our staff members please reach out to me.  So far this year we have conducted several in person visits and are willing to come to your next troop meeting,

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