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2020 Anniversary Camp Barstow Patch Set

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This year we can count three anniversaries that are being celebrated at Camp Barstow.  This 2020 patch set honors all of those important milestones and is rich with nostalgia for our proud history.
1. The top patch commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Indian Waters Council with a throwback to one of the early shoulder patch designs from when the name changed in the 1970s from Central South Carolina Council.

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Update On Covid 19 Related Registration

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Is camp still on?
Yes, as of April 28th, we still hope operate Camp Barstow Scouts BSA Camp – as planned – and only if it will be safe to do so! An incredible amount of planning and thought is being put into camp health and safety operations, and we will continue communicate any updates.

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Time To Register For Bundles

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On Monday March 2nd at 10 AM we will activate the ability to sign Scouts up for their preferred merit badge bundles at Camp Barstow. Here are some documents that will help you navigate those discussions with your Scouts.
First off we have an appendix page which is a 1-sheet worksheet that we suggest you complete with each Scout.

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2020 Camp Barstow Troop Promotion Recorded Video

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Although we get around it’s just not possible for the leadership team at Camp Barstow to do troop visits everywhere.  So on a Monday night in January of 2020 we decided to record the Camp Director doing a troop visit in Fort Mill, SC.  The troop in this video is already signed up to come and the purpose of the talk was to get the Scouts and parents excited about registering and to answer questions. 

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Barstow Bears Are Busy – Can You Help?

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VP of Properties here.
It’s the start of 2020, a huge Anniversary year for Indian Waters Council. You will see many announcements but one of them is the 90th Anniversary of Camp Barstow. Our camp has some of the best facilities. That’s evidenced by the many councils that have contacted us in the last year to inquire about what we’re doing.

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Celebrating The 90’s Is Our Camp Spirit Theme

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This summer is the 90th anniversary of Camp Barstow and to honor that milestone we are celebrating the 90’s with our spirit theme.  This theme will especially come alive during our campfires Sunday and Friday and pavilion parties held Tuesday and Thursday nights. We encourage Scouts to pick a character from the 90’s and come to camp with a costume so they can join in the fun.

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Week 1 Is Full! Save Your Spot For 2020 Today

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One of the benefits of being a more customer friendly camp is that we max out at 225 Scouts and leaders per week.  Apparently word is getting around that things are #BetterAtBarstow because  Week 1 June 14-20 is now full.  If your troop is looking to sign up we strongly suggest you follow the link on this website and submit your $100 deposit to hold a spot. 

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Scoutmasters Agree Fun After 4 Is Our Secret Sauce

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Fun After 4 Is Our Secret Sauce.
Scoutmaster Jim Rogers of Troop 2870 said it best.  On the video below he said Barstow was the first camp he’s ever attended that looked and felt like a true summer camp.  What did he mean by that?  He meant it was not a merit badge mill having the Scouts chase down easy elective merit badges until the sun went down. 

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Scout Leader Fun #BetterAtBarstow

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Scout Leader Fun #BetterAtBarstow
We’ve shown you how Camp Barstow is a modern camp with great facilities, has a new way of doing program and a great staff.  Here is another reason why things are #BetterAtBarstow.
Reason #5 Scout Leader Fun
Why should the Scouts be the only ones having fun at camp? 

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Site 7 Will Soon Have 40 Beds Thanks To The Bears

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Camp Barstow has been blessed over the last decade with a dedicated volunteer corps of adults that spend one Saturday each month working on building projects.  During these years they have totally transformed the infrastructure of camp with Adirondacks in every campsite.  This year their focus is on building a large Adirondack in Edisto Campsite (Site #7) making it our “super site”

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Adirondacks – Mic Drop! #BetterAtBarstow

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Adirondacks – Mic Drop! #BetterAtBarstow
Camp Barstow offers a unique merit badge program with fun activities and amazing Scout spirit.  Here is another reason why things are #BetterAtBarstow.
Reason #4 Our Modern Camp Facilities

It’s nostalgic to take your Scouts to a camp that looked like the one that you remember with green wall tents and pit toilets in the campsites. 

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Volunteer Appreciation Night to Feature Camp Preview

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Barbecue and Bluegrass Next Wednesday, Oct. 23

We cannot thank you – our volunteer leaders – enough for the amazing time and resources you provide to make Scouting possible here in the Midlands! However, we invite you to come by and kick back and enjoy some Barbecue and Bluegrass in appreciation for all that you do! 

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Putting The Fun Back In Scout Camp

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Putting The Fun Back In Scout Camp
You’ve heard about one reason things are #BetterAtBarstow with our merit badge bundles.  Here is our secret sauce.

Reason #2 Fun After 4 PM.
After Scouts have been in class all day the last thing they want to do is take Finger Printing Merit Badge at 8 o’clock at night! 

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Why Are We Saying It’s #BetterAtBarstow

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Why Are We Saying It’s #BetterAtBarstow
As your troop considers where to go to summer camp in 2020 you have an excellent choice close to home. I never liked the argument that an Indian Waters Council troop should pick Barstow because it’s “your camp.” Camp Barstow should earn your loyalty. 

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What Do Scoutmasters Think Of The Barstow Bundles?

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The concept of teaching complimentary merit badges bundled together over 2 1/2 days is a whole new way of running program at a Scouts BSA camp. Some leaders questioned if this would work or what kind of experience their scouts would have. So at the end of their week at Barstow Scout leaders went on tape to share their feedback and explain why they thought it was so successful.

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Camp Barstow Is The Place Where Leaders Go To Have Fun

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Scout leaders you may have heard we have an air conditioned Scoutmaster lounge with WiFi. But have you heard about all the fun activities that we schedule and staff for you during the week? And no I’m not talking about campsite inspections either! This video will give you a look at some of the ways our leaders get to be kids again during their week at Camp Barstow.

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Barstow Chef Is Yummy – Come See The Scoutmaster Fun

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During your week at camp Scout leaders may sign up for Mr. Sifford’s class on Dutch Oven cooking. We promise you will learn a few new tricks from the old Jedi master of the cast iron pot. But the best part is the cook off where the leaders cook up their best recipes and the judges are forced to try multiple dishes to come up with the champion.

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I’m A Little Tea Pot – Camp Barstow Style

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How many camps can say their dining hall is a program area? At Camp Barstow our Scout spirit is off the charts and this rendition of an old Scout classic by Kendall is just a taste of what your Scouts will experience during their week at camp.

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Camp Barstow Shooting Sports Including Cowboy Action Shooting

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Two of our popular merit badge bundle programs at Camp Barstow are focused on shooting sports. In Barstow Marksman Scouts learn Rifle Shooting and Shotgun Shooting merit badges over 2 1/2 days of their week of camp. Archery and tomahawk throwing are part of our Barstow Frontiersman program that also includes Indian Lore and some handicraft merit badges.

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