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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During the week at Camp Barstow the adults get to have fun too! The Scoutmaster Canoe Sink is one of the competitions that are volunteer leaders get to enjoy. As you can see in this video the rules break down pretty quickly as the big kids go for the win. During the week we also have special times where we do adults only shotgun shooting,
At 4 PM class is over and we staff open program areas all over Camp Barstow. Tubing was our #1 new addition last summer and you can believe we will be expanding this thrilling free time activity on our beautiful Lake Murray. Registration is open for 2020 and a $100 deposit holds your troop’s spot.
BBQ and Bluegrass music – how can you miss that!? The Indian Waters Council invites all Scouting parents and leaders to come out for a night of free food and entertainment on October 23 from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. During the event we will preview the 2020 program at Camp Barstow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.