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 –
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over the next few weeks look for more information about the new choices in our merit badge bundles program. This year we have added 21 merit badges to diversify and strengthen our program at Camp Barstow. In this post let’s talk about the only bundle option that does not include any merit badges!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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”
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.
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!
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.