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Jul 11-14, 2019
Camp Roland Merit Badge-o-Ree

Register now for Summer Badgeoree at Camp Roland!

***Please Note:  If you have already registered a scout and need to select his/her merit badges, please do Not register again.  For help entering merit badges call 304-523-3408.***

 

ALL REGISTRATIONS AFTER JULY 3rd NOON WILL NOT INCLUDE A CAMP T-SHIRT

Hello Merit Badge-O-Ree Scouts and Scouters!

I wanted to share some information with you about our upcoming camp. We have several of our "old reliable" units committed to attending, along with some "new" groups from Baywood and Galax, Virginia (and a couple of others who may be there). This info should be useful to both "old" and "new" groups:

Registration

Registration is a 2-step process. You must register to attend the Badge-O-Ree.  Scouts will register for their individual merit badge classes beginning July 1st.EVERYONE MUST REGISTER!

Registration for attendance is now live and can be accessed by clicking the link at the top right of this event page.  Scoutmasters are encouraged to register all Scouts and adults rather than having folks register one at a time (individuals forget!). So gather your list of attendees and log in!!! You will have a full week to get the names together. You must register by NOON on JULY 3rd to ensure that you will receive all of the goodies (T-shirt, lanyard, etc.). You can certainly register after JULY 3rd - but you will not get the T-shirt since they must be ordered in advance. EVERYONE MUST REGISTER!

Register as a

SCOUT (all Scouts, 2nd year Webelos, Venture Scouts or other youth) $35

ADULT (ALL adults who attend Camp - even if not attending all 3 days) $12

STAFF (ADULTS who have CONFIRMED with Dan that they are teaching merit badge classes) $10 (subject to a gift card rebate)

OA PARTICIPANT (Participants in the OA weekend held in conjunction with the Badge-O-Ree. OA STAFF and those being CALLED OUT must register. This is in ADDITION TO the regular OA fees paid to the OA Lodge) $12

EVERYONE MUST REGISTER! Registration includes a CAMP T-SHIRT, CAMP LANYARD, SNACKS, and other supplies. Hot showers... okay maybe warm showers... alright, possibly cool showers (don't want to over promise!) are also included along with beautiful scenery and nature!

Merit Badge Classes

SCOUTS MUST REGISTER FOR THEIR INDIVIDUAL MERIT BADGE CLASSES BEGINNING JULY 1st. We are still working to add merit badge classes to our roster. Check www.CampRoland.com for the latest list. You will be able to register for classes beginning on JULY 1, 2019 at either the Buckskin Council website or at www.CampRoland.com. We will keep you posted. Classes are "first come, first served." Some courses (like our shooting sports) have strict limits on the number of Scouts who may register AND the RANK of Scouts who may participate. For example: Rifle shooting has a limit of 8 Scouts and all those who register must be FIRST CLASS Scouts or higher on July 1st. Some merit badges also have a FEE associated with them. For instance COOKING may require a fee of $12- $15 to purchase supplies. INDIAN LORE may require a fee to cover the cost of admission to the Wolf Creek Indian Village. Some classes may require TWO SESSIONS in a row to complete (ARCHERY {morning sessions}, GOLF {afternoon sessions} and TRAIL TO FIRST CLASS {morning sessions} are examples).

Speaking of TRAIL to FIRST CLASS, this is an excellent program for new or younger Scouts. We have an experienced team of adult leaders who do an outstanding job of leading Scouts through advancement requirements. Be sure to bring your SCOUT HANDBOOK and be prepared to mark off most of the requirements for the ranks of SCOUT, TENDERFOOT, SECOND CLASS and FIRST CLASS.

Meals and Shelters

All meals are "on your own" at your camp site. We do provide snacks each evening. The ICE CREAM SOCIAL and WATERMELON FEAST are crowd favorites.

We have a limited number of shelters (8) at Camp. They may be reserved by sending me an email (DanTrent@comcast.net). These are reserved on a first come, first served basis. Most (not all) have a water spigot and picnic table(s). We should have some firewood for you (but you might want to bring some "backup" wood just in case. There is a fire pit and trash can at each shelter. There is an electrical receptacle at Shelter #1. If any of your Scouts or adults require electric service (C-PAP machines, etc.), we may be able to provide an "alternative" campsite near electricity. You may also bring a long extension cord(s) to access existing receptacles.

The OA will be performing a service project over the weekend to provide drainage for the water spigots at some shelters. This should not interfere with your water usage - we just wanted you to be aware.

Bathroom Facilities

Camp Roland has separate bathroom and shower facilities for youth boys (under 18 years), youth girls (under 18 years, adult men (18 and older) and adult women (18 and older). We ask everyone to do their best to keep the bathrooms clean. Each Troop will take a turn as "POTTY PATROL" when you will be in charge of stocking paper products and ensuring all is well in the bathrooms.

Medical

We are fortunate to have a medical doctor on site for the Merit Badge-O-Ree. Dr. Howard Sathre will be camping with us and will be able to provide aid for minor issues. The Bland County Medical Clinic is three miles from Camp and is open during regular business hours. Hospitals are located nearby in Bluefield, West Virginia and Wytheville, Virginia. An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is on site and will be used for the first aid merit badge class. At all other times it will be located at SHELTER #1.

Parking

Even though vehicle access to all of the campsites at Camp Roland is very easy, we ask that you DO NOT park at your campsite. We do not want to "car camp."  You may drop your supply trailer at your camp. A "parking line" will be cordoned off in the center of the field. Once you have unloaded your camping gear, please move your vehicles to the line - well away from your tents. To ensure the safety of our guests, please refrain from unnecessary driving on Camp property. The only vehicular traffic we should see will be moving shooting supplies to the rifle range and food to the dining hall. There will be a designated area for "day visitors." Handicapped parking will also be available.

When should arrive at Camp Roland?

This is a 72 hour camp. The program begins at 8:20 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2019 and ends at 8:20 a.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2019. Most units arrive on Wednesday to set up their campsites and relax before the festivities begin early Thursday morning. You are welcome to arrive anytime on Wednesday - or even earlier if you let me know ahead of time.

The program really ends after the Watermelon Feast on Saturday evening. Troops who stay at Camp on Saturday night usually get together for a morning worship service before departing sometime around lunchtime (after the tents have dried out a bit). Again, if you let us know ahead of time, you may extend your stay at Camp Roland.

New this year!

This year we will be celebrating CHRISTMAS IN JULY at Camp Roland. On Thursday evening we will gather around the Christmas tree in the Dining Hall and enjoy singing Christmas carols and opening presents. We will have a July edition of our famous "Yankee Swap" around the tree. Bring a WRAPPED gift to swap. In December we say the gift should be valued between $5 and $10. We can keep that same tradition OR if you have something taking up space around your house that you'd like to get rid of... wrap it and swap it! The way our Yankee Swap works is - everyone who brings a wrapped gift is given a NUMBER on a piece of paper. We proceed in order: # 1 selects any gift from under the tree. He or she opens it and his or her turn is over. #2 then takes a turn. #2 may "steal" the gift from #1 or open a gift from under the tree. If the gift from #1 is "stolen" #1 selects another gift from under the tree. Then #3 takes a turn and the fun proceeds in that fashion until the last number is called. Once the last person completes his/her turn, #1 gets the last "steal" and the game is over. To keep the game moving, we typically limit the "steals" to TWO. Difficult to explain, but lots of fun. Please plan to participate!

This is the 20th anniversary of the Merit Badge-O-Ree so we are inviting all past participants to join us on Friday evening for a REUNION. Please encourage everyone you know who has attended ANY of the past 19 Badge-O-Rees to join us in the dining hall for a reception. We will have cake/cookies, share old Scout tales and "catch up" before heading out to the Campfire Area for a talent show.

This year, instead of a traditional Campfire Program we will have a TALENT SHOW that we are calling, "SCOUTS GOT TALENT!" All of our Scouts (and adults) are encouraged to share their hidden talents with us. Please let me know what talent you wish to display by July 6th so that we can "order" the acts and get the timing right. Our venue will be the Campfire Area. We will have some Christmas lights around the area and a "spotlight" to provide lighting, but no frills like a curtain or electricity. It should be a lot of fun!

What else?

I'm sure I have forgotten some critical information. If I have, or if you have questions or need clarification please give me a call (276) 322-3911 or email (DanTrent@comcast.net). If you would like to teach a merit badge class PLEASE PLEASE contact me BEFORE July 1st so we can complete our merit badge class roster.

Here is a TENTATIVE schedule for our event. Remember, it is subject to change:

 

TENTATIVE

2019 Camp Schedule

THURSDAY
8:20 a.m. - Flag Raising at Flagpole in CLASS A UNIFORM
Merit Badge Classes - #1 @ 8:45 a.m., #2 @ 10:30 a.m.
Lunch - 12:00 noon
Merit Badge Classes - #3 @ 1:15 p.m., #4 @ 3:00 p.m.
4:45 p.m. - Flag Pole/ Daily Awards

Free Time - 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Dinner at your camp - 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Christmas in July Party & "Yankee Swap" - 8:00 p.m. - Dining Hall

Ice Cream Social follows


FRIDAY
8:20 a.m. - Flag Raising at Flagpole in CLASS A UNIFORM
Merit Badge Classes - #1 @ 8:45 a.m., #2 @ 10:30 a.m.
Lunch - 12:00 noon
Merit Badge Classes - #3 @ 1:15 p.m., #4 @ 3:00 p.m.
4:45 p.m. - Flag Pole/ Daily Awards

Free Time - 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Dinner at your camp - 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Badge-O-Ree REUNION and Reception at the Dining Hall 6:30 p.m.

Scouts Got Talent Program - 8:45 p.m. at the Campfire Area

OA Call Out follows

SATURDAY
8:20 a.m. - Flag Raising at Flagpole in CLASS A UNIFORM
Merit Badge Classes - #1 @ 8:45 a.m., #2 @ 10:30 a.m.
Lunch - 12:00 noon
Merit Badge Classes - #3 @ 1:15 p.m., #4 @ 3:00 p.m.
4:45 p.m. - Flag Pole/ Daily Awards

Free Time - 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Dinner at your camp - 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Watermelon Social - 8:45 p.m. at the Pool Shelter

 

SUNDAY
8:00 a.m. - Morning Worship (possible among groups camping)

 

-Dan Trent

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