Ta Tanka Lodge
San Gabriel Valley Council
August 31 - September 2, 2013
Ta Tanka Lodge 488
Date of Printing: May 2013
Table of Contents
The Order of the Arrow is hosting the Caravan
and is coordinating the events, and coordinating activities, Cub and Scout
Caravan (Desert Caravan, if held in the Desert, Caravan otherwise) is a long time San Gabriel Valley Scout Council tradition of camping, Scouting activities, competitions, and fun. Skipper Robinson, one of the first Camp Directors at Camp Cherry Valley, started Desert Caravan in 1933, a listing of previous Caravans follows this brief history and overview. Caravan is for family, friends and family, Cub Den, Cub Pack, Scout Patrol, Scout Troop, and Order of the Arrow members.
This year’s Caravan is being held at the
Holcomb Valley Scout Reservation, located in the hills near Big Bear Lake.
From the Council Website:
Holcomb Valley Scout Reservation is located on a high country meadow and surrounded by tree covered hills and mountains. Somewhere between the crisp air of a mountain meadow and the brilliance of a setting sun lies Holcomb Valley Scout Camp.
Located in the San Bernardino Mountains, at approximately 7500', this pristine camp is like a step back in time. Holcomb Valley Scout Reservation, may seem fairly remote but is just a few short miles from Big Bear Lake. It is rich in local history, and has been used in numerous television and movie productions. At the turn of the century, it was still a working cattle ranch and some of the original buildings are still standing, including the ranch house and barn.
Picture yourself on a crisp morning, preparing for your day. Scouts and anyone who loves the outdoors, enjoys star-filled night skies will love this camp! You will be surrounded with people who share the same love of nature that you do. Family weekends are always a treat. You can book a weekend for you group, pack or troop and just do your own thing.
Camping at Caravan
Please remember that this is a Scout Camp and Scout event, Scout rules are in force. The rule of the camp is the Scout Law. Youth Protection Training rules are in force. The Buddy System is to be followed.
Thing to know at Caravan:
1 PM to 4 PM Merit Badges and Belt Loops
5 PM to 7 PM Dinner and Cleanup
8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Council Cracker Barrel (at Dining Area)
10 PM Lights Out
8:30 AM to 9:15 AM Scouts Own
9:15 AM to 11:30 AM Competition and Fun Events MERIT
11:30 AM to 1 PM Lunch and Cleanup
1 PM to 4 PM Merit Badges and Belt Loops
4 PM to 5 PM Free Time
5 PM to 6:30 PM Dinner and Cleanup
6:35 PM Cobbler and Chili Cook off
8:30 PM Council Campfire PLEASE BRING WOOD
9:30 PM to 9:45 PM Order of the Arrow Rededication
10 PM LIGHTS OUT
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM Camp Cleanup
9:30 AM to 11 AM Break Camp and Check Out
GENERAL CAMPING AND CARAVAN INFORMATION
Caravan this year at Holcomb Valley will offer camping in Scout Patrol sites down the trail from the Dining Hall and Trading post. We will be offering Cub Scout Skill Awards and Scout Merit Badges, as well as friendly competitions, activities, and lots of fun in the mountains. This is rustic camping. Campers can sleep in tents or under the stars. The Dining Area will be available to use for eating, play, or just to relax. There is the potential for buying hot cocoa and coffee from the Order of the Arrow. The Trading Post will also be open for snacks and candy.
For camping at Holcomb Valley, cars and vehicles can be used to bring the gear and take it out of the camp sites. After unloading or loading, the vehicles have to be moved to the parking lots. There are to be no vehicle parked in camp sites, you will be asked to move your car.
RVs and campers are to park in the parking lot near the meadow. There is no electricity, water, or dumping of waste.
Holcomb Valley is located in the mountains, which will mean that during the day it will be warm and cool at night. Due to the high elevation, dehydration can happen, so drink plenty of water or fluids. Be careful not to get sunburned, wear protective gear and sunscreen.
Caravan is a family camp. Cub Scouts can attend with their parents or legal guardians only, they cannot attend with others. Scouts and Parents, remember to bring your 10 Essentials and to be prepared in case the weather changes. Have warm clothes for the nights and clothes for the warm days.
For the Sunday morning Flag Ceremony, for the Scouts (Cub and Boy) and Scouters, please wear a Field Dress Scout (old term: Class "A") uniform and be a little early so we can start on time and be ready for the fun for the rest of the day and weekend.
If camping with tents, please keep your group in the Patrol sites. We need to make sure everyone has enough space for their groups. Although winds are generally not a problem at Holcomb, please remember to stake down your tents, dining flies, and E-Z ups even if the wind is not blowing.
Let’s remember that scouts are good campers, and keep in mind the good camper’s motto: "Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints."
Let’s have a great Caravan!
Information, Lost and Found, Check-in, and the Trading Post will be located at Headquarters (HQ).
Safety and Security
There will be no special security force provided for Caravan. It is strongly recommended that each camp, family, or Scout unit have at least one adult present in their campsites at all times. This is for safety purposes also.
No firearms, including air guns, Fireworks
will be permitted at the Caravan site as per B.S.A. regulations. Any individual
possessing such items will be asked to leave Desert Caravan immediately
and will forfeit all Caravan fees.
First Aid and Emergencies
We will have a first aid station near the Headquarters, but each unit should bring its own first aid kit anyway Please bring properly-executed consent to treat slips with you for all those scouts under 18 yrs.
Bear Valley Community Hospital
41870 Garstin Drive (down the hill from the ski resort)
Big Bear Lake, CA
Scouts’ Own Services
A Scouts’ Own Service for the camp will be held from 0830 to 0900 on Sunday at the fire pit. All attending the Caravan are encouraged to participate. Remember that a Scout is reverent. Scouts should be Field Dress uniform.
The Trading Post will be located at Caravan Headquarters. At this wonderful locale one may find all information concerning Caravan, scouting, patches, and every thing else that you don’t really want to know.
There are no campfires, except in the Camp fire pit for the scheduled campfire. Weather and fire restrictions may cancel the scheduled campfire, but the skits and songs will continue.
There will be Arrowmen checking units out. Unit’s wishing to leave on Saturday night must see OA members. Be sure your area is clean and restored to the natural surface conditions before you ask to be checked out. There will be no refunds of Caravan fees.
Also as you know, the highways back to the SGV become heavily congested on Sunday afternoon. Due to the heavy traffic it is suggested that your unit break camp early as to avoid such hassles attributed to heavy traffic. The Headquarters will close at 1000, so any unit who departs after 1000 is on their own.
Weather permitting; the following competitive events and fun activities will be available. Awards will be presented as suitable. The directions to all events can be found at the Caravan headquarters (Check-in).
Basic Cooking (plus you get to eat it afterwards) Nature hike
Laying out and setting up a camp Packing a backpack
Indian Lore Environmental Astronomy Engineering Art More, as we have leaders - Volunteer
Sunday night at 8:30 PM is campfire. Everyone is encouraged to prepare and present a skit, a story, a song, some form of entertainment. All acts must be reviewed and approved by the Caravan Committee before going "live". There are lots of Scout skits, stories, and songs available on-line; please have parental review.
Caravan patches will be provided for each registrant. Extra patches may be purchased at the Caravan Trading Post. There will be a special edition Caravan Council Shoulder Patch for sale, also at the Trading Post
There will be tomahawk throwing in the morning, location to be noted.
We will have branding irons for this year’s Caravan, as well as various brands from the past. There are a limited number of these so please do not crowd in at once as the brands take a while to reheat after each use.
Chili / Cobbler Cookoff Rules
Remember that the most important thing about this competition is that your chili or cobbler should reflect your creative nature. These competitions are open to all, both chili and cobbler.
Judging criteria is as follows:
Be prepared to bring and cook your chili / cobbler within a marked off area that, after the cook starts cooking, may not be crossed by the cook, any person aiding, assisting, or helping the cook, or any item, food, or spice. The rule here is what you bring is what you use to cook.
Be prepared to pick up more rules at the check-in area. In the meantime, the following rules will be observed.
78th CARAVAN COMMITTEE
Chief and Advisors , Phillip Uebele
Trading Post Ken Hirscht
Branding Irons Bob Bower
Scouts Own By Unit
Publications Phillip Uebele
Check Out Caravan Staff
The Ta Tanka Lodge expresses
its special thanks to all those who have made this Caravan a reality.
1933 Calico-Slope S. of Calico Skipper Robinson
1st 1934 Pipes Canyon
9th 1942 Camp Huntington
10th 1943 No Caravan-WWII
11th 1944 No Caravan-WWII
15th 1948 Last Christmas Caravan
16th 1949 First Thanksgiving Caravan
21st 1954 Dead Mans Point-Apple Valley
24th 1957 Sunrise Valley Olie Pricket
25th 1958 Deadman Point Irv Thompson
26th 1959 Lead Mountain O.J. Cressweell
27th 1960 Edwards Air Force Base Bob Cornet
28th 1961 Stoddard Wells Ray Galceran
29th 1962 Yucca Valley Byron Thompson
30th 1963 Sunrise Canyon Marcus Woodward
31st 1964 Hesperia-Fish Farm Dwight Bekins
32nd 1965 Black Mountain Norm Shanks
33rd 1966 Black Mountain Norm Shanks
34th 1967 Goldstone Fort Irwin Paul Malling
35th 1968 Los Flores Ranch Hesperia Chuck Williams
36th 1969 Rosmano Dry Gulch Ted Knutso
37th 1970 China Lake Randsburg Wash Vic Harris
CARAVAN HISTORY (Cont.)
38th 1971 29 Palms Marine Base
39th 1972 29 Palms Marine Base George Swabson
40th 1973 Boron
41st 1974 Edwards Air Force Base LeRoy Spiers
42nd 1975 Boron-Golf Course Bill Rice
43rd 1976 Prado Dam Jake Jacobs
44th 1977 Corvina Beach Salton Sea Al Rosen
45th 1978 North Shore Salton Sea Ed Kolberg
46th 1979 Prado Basin Park Herb Naus
47th 1980 Edwards Air Force Base
48th 1981 Camp Will Ward-Near Salton Sea
49th 1982 Tin Can Alley George Way
50th 1983 Lake Perris Ken Lang
51st 1984 Lake Perris Bob McMurturey
52nd 1985 Firestone-canceled-rain Woody Simpson
53rd 1986 Fort Irwin Bob McMurtrey
54th 1987 Sun Rise Valley Dick Harris
55th 1988 Stoddard Wells Mark Bower
56th 1989 Bell Mountain Bob Lang
57th 1990 Edwards Air Force Base John Nelson
58th 1991 Fort Erwin-Goldstone Dick Harris
59th 1992 Sun Rise Valley Phillip Uebele
60th 1993 Boron-Golf Course Jeremy Mo/Phillip Uebele
61st 1994 Mojave Regional Park Ken Hirscht
62nd 1995 Johnson Flats John Nelson
63rd 1996 Last Chance Canyon Allen Kambara
64th 1997 Tin Can Alley-Calico Peter Wellington
65th 1998 Upper Johnson Valley John Nelson /Peter Wellington
66th 1999 Tin Can Alley Jonathan Mo/Phillip Uebele
67th 2000 Mojave River Fork Mark Brewster
68th 2001 Mojave River Fork John Nelson
69th 2002 Mojave River Fork Dennis Dayne
70th 2003 Mojave River Fork John Nelson
71st 2004 Tin Can Alley Bob Bower
72nd 2005 Lake Cahulia Park Ann Wellington
73rd 2006 Lake Cahulia Park Ken Hirscht
74th 2007 Rainbow Basin Eric Weiland /Rick Wellington
75th 2008 Mojave River Fork J. Nelson & P. Uebele
CARAVAN HISTORY (Cont.)
76th 2009 Lake Cahulia Park John Haskett/P. Uebele & J. Nelson
77th 2010 Majave River Fork Connor Crowly/P. Uebele
78th 2011 Rainbow Basin Stuart Goss/P. Uebele
79th 2012 Rainbow Basin Ken Hirscht/P. Uebele
80th 2013 Holcomb Reservation /P. Uebele
* If anyone can fill any of the missing information please see Phillip Uebele so this list can be updated.
MEDICAL INFORMATION For ALL Adult and Youth members (Youth are under 18 years of age on the date that this form is submitted). During the year, if the medical provider / insurance information may change, it is important that you contact the Lodge with the current information.
CONTINUING CONSENT TO TREAT MINOR CHILD
We, the undersigned, parents or guardians of _______________________________________, a minor, do hereby consent to any X-ray examination, anesthetic, medical or surgical diagnosis or treatment and hospital service that may be rendered to said minor under the general or specific instructions of a physician licensed to practice in the United States, whether such diagnosis or treatment is rendered at the office of said physician or at a hospital licensed by the medical authority of any State of the United States.
It is understood that consent is given in advance of any specific diagnosis, treatment or hospital care being required, but is given in order that said physician may have the opportunity to exercise best judgment as to the action which may be necessary or required to protect the life and health of said minor child.
This consent shall remain effective until revoked in writing by the parents or guardian of said minor.
Date Signature of Parent or Guardian
Day Time Phone: (____) _____-_________ Night Time Phone: (____) _____-_________
MEDICAL INSURANCE INFORMATION
Health Insurance Provider: ______________________________________________________________
Telephone Number: (____) _____-_________ Ext. (if necessary)_____
Health Insurance Policy Identification or other Identification Information that will provide immediate treatment
Name: _______________________________ Telephone Number: (____) _____-_________
Street Address: ____________________________________________________________
City: _____________________________ State: _________ ZIP: _______-______
MEDICATION AND ALLERGIES
Prescription Medicine: _______________________________________________________________________
DESERT CARAVAN REGISTRATION FORM
Name of person registering: _____________________________________________________
Day time telephone number: (______) ______ ________ Night time tel. # (______) ______ ________
City: _________________________________________________. State: ______ ZIP ______-_____
Names of persons registering for participation
at Desert Caravan.
Number of Adults: ________ Number of
Youth: __________ Total Number: _______________
Deposit into Account 1-2371-904-00