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June 17 Leader Updates

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We have a few more pieces of information to share with Scout leaders coming to Camp Barstow this summer.  On a recent zoom call we got feedback that folks were curious to see the menu.  You can find that linked below!
Camp Barstow Menu
We also are publishing the campsite assignments for Weeks 1 &

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2021 Pre-Camp Zoom Recording & PowerPoint

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On Monday night June 14 the Key-3 at Camp Barstow conducted a pre-camp zoom with over 50 leaders and parents whose troops are coming to camp on Lake Murray this summer.  To share the information we have recorded the session and uploaded the Zoom to YouTube.  If you were unable to join us then you are invited to watch the video which includes a great question and answer session at the end.

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2021 Camp Barstow Important Leader Updates

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We Look Forward To Seeing You @ Camp
There is going to be ALOT of information in this post and I hope you will take the time to read it carefully and share it with your fellow unit leaders.
Read to hear more about:

Updates to Scoutcraft Merit Badges
Precamp Zoom With the Camp Leadership
COVID Safety Protocol Updates
Mandatory Health Screening Form
BSA Rules on Golf Carts,

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Cub Scout Resident Camp July 18-21

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Cub Scout Resident Camp is a fun 4-day experience for Cub Scouts along with their leaders and/or parents. While immersed in adventures of the wild, Cub Scouts take part in activities such as archery, slinghshots, BB guns, nature hikes, games and crafts, swimming, and boating. Webelos can earn activity pins, and Wolf and Bear Cubs can also complete advancement requirements.

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I Love Camp Barstow Day 5/15

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Join us to support Camp Barstow in this one day of giving effort!

Show your support by either
1) Donating financially (Donate Button)
2) Physical support, and/or
3) by sharing this information with everyone you know.

1) We are shooting for a $10,000 donation goal on May 15 to support Camp Barstow.

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Come Enjoy Camp In July @ Barstow

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Baden Powell Scouts Come With Their Buddy To Camp
During weeks 3 (July  4-10) and 4 (July 11-17) we have availability in our Baden Powell troop!  This is an opportunity for your Scout and a buddy to come to camp without the traditional troop structure.  At camp we will have the leadership set up and the Scouts will form a provisional troop for the week. 

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The Cat Came Back – Scout Camp Song By Austin China

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For more than 4 decades Austin China has spent time on camp staff and supporting local Scout units in South Carolina. He is known as a master camp song leader. Some guys just have “it” and you will see in this video how quickly he wins over the mostly middle school age audience and brings the house down.

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2021 Camp Barstow Staff Vacancies

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Staff Opportunities Still Available (updated)
Every year we have to bring some new people into the family.  With COVID making things a challenge to meet potential new staff members we are really pleased that most of our 2020 staff chose to return.  However, we do have a few key openings so if you are a candidate or know someone who is please reach out!

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2020 Klondike Winter Camp

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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. A volunteer camp staff provides program help, guidance, and supervision in the area of Scout-craft, Nature, Arts, and Heritage as well as many other specialty merit badges.

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So Easy To Hold Your Spot For 2021

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You can secure your spot for 2021 in just a few easy steps:

Select the week you plan on attending summer camp using the tabs on the right side of this page.
Enter an estimated number of scouts and adults attending.
Enter your name, e-mail, and phone number or log-in.
Before booking the registration and paying the deposit,

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Schedule Your 15 Minute Camp Promotion Zoom Today

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This past weekend we hosted an outdoor open house at Camp Barstow and welcomed Scouts, parents and leaders to see the camp in person.  But if you could not make it just know that we will come to you!  Please reach out to schedule a 15 minute camp promotion zoom with the Camp Director Jason Spangler or Program Director Chris McDuffie. 

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Florida Troops Love Coming To Camp Barstow

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For several years now leadership from Camp Barstow has traveled to the Florida Camp Shows to introduce Scouts and leaders to how much fun they can have on Lake Murray. The weekend of October 3-4, 2020 you can find Camp Director Jason Spangler and Program Director Chris McDuffie once again answering questions about our camp.

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2021 Merit Badge Bundles

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Have You Heard Of The Bundles?

At Camp Barstow we have a different take on how to teach merit badges.  We created this unique program design because of feedback from Scoutmasters and lots of conversations with our staff after summer camp 2 years ago.  What came out of those brain storming sessions was the idea that Chris McDuffie our Program Director coined –

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Register For Free To Attend The Open House

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Sunday October 11 from 1-5 PM

Online free registration is now open for the upcoming Camp Barstow Open House on Sunday, October 11 from 1-5 PM.  You are invited to join us for an afternoon that will include an action packed tour of camp with demonstrations and opportunities to get a taste of what we offer in the summer. 

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Excuse Our Mess While We Renovate

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When the pandemic forced Camp Barstow to go offline in the summer of 2020 our Ranger and Properties Committee saw a rare opportunity to get some projects done at camp.  Normally, there are very few weekends out of the year that some unit or group is not using camp.  But with things shut down our volunteers sprang into action!

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Come Find Out About The Fun In ’21

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The virus ruined the summer for Camp Barstow and just about everyone else. But now it’s time to turn the page and look to summer camp in 2021.  The best way to let you experience a taste of what we have to offer is to open our program areas and host an outdoor Open House when things cool off a little in October. 

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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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