Hi,

A Green Meadow, Big Blue Sky, Majestic Pine Trees and and Great Camp staff await our Troop at Holcomb Valley this Summer.

In order of importance to prepare for camp:

1) A new BSA medical Form must be completed to attend camp. The new BSA Medical form  Part Parts A and B are completed by the Parent,  Part C  must be completed by your Scout's Doctor.
 

2)  Below are the 2012 Merit Badge offered at camp (2014 close to this list). My recommendation is at least one Eagle Merit Badge be picked along with two others.  Please send me your picks for my OK before buying a Merit badge book.

3) A Pre Camp meeting to talk about the camp will be June tba normal spot.  Please turn in your Medical forms at the pre meeting. Deadline of Merit badges picks are due at the pre camp meeting.

Map to Holcomb Valley

Download complete pdf HV 2012 Guide for more details - 2014 guide will come later

Holcomb Valley Web Page

Sign ups have started for our BSA Summer Camp.

Boy Scout Resident Camp

Holcomb Valley BSA Summer Camp

July 13 – 19, 2014   Sunday Afternoon at SMCC to Sat. Afternoon back home. HV Week 4

Where: Holcomb Valley located just North of Big Bear.

What:  There are Four programs offered (note program when signing up):

1) Work on 3 or more Merit Badges, plus Horse Riding, Campfires, Archery, Rifle Shooting, Swimming and more. More info will be given before trip. Afternoon free time can be used for fun stuff like, rifle, shotguns, archery, swimming, biking, climbing, troop horseback riding, crafts or a free time merit badge.

2) Scouts not in need of Merit Badges can join the ACE Program. Advance Camper Experience for Horseback Riding, Shot Gun, Black powder, Rock Climbing, Mountain biking, Archery, cross country hiking and more. Ace Program is for Scouts 14 years or older.

3) BSA Life Guard Class, for Scouts 14 years or older with First Aid and Swimming MB already done.

4) Scouts under First Class can use one or more of the MB Class times to work on Second Class or 1st Class requirements.

Boy Scouts have the opportunity to enjoy a sleep - away camp with a great Staff of experts who plan activities for advancement and fun specifically for them.
Includes great campfire programs, camp game events and more.

More info will be given before trip. Call or email if you have questions: Troop camp coordinator is David Sargent 6 2 6 - 5 3 3-7 5 2 3. Troop 373 Camp Leader is Martin Deveau and Andrea Wang. Any parent wishing to come for the week or a day or two, contact David Sargent.

Cost is $380.00 per Scout. Includes: meals, patch, tents, private hot showers and more.  Camperships are available.
 The only add cost could be for some merit badges, see below. Parents may attend for the week or may come visit for a day or overnight, with meals for a fee.

$100.00 deposit is needed to hold a spot for anyone attending. Checks to SGVC BSA.
First deposit of $100.00 is due the first week of March to Mr. Sargent.  Second  deposit of $100.00 is due in April to Mr. Sargent.  Last payment due first of June.

Scout also do a short service project 1 to 2 hours on day, service hours are given.

MERIT BADGES:

Please send your picks for OK before buying a Merit badge book.  If your scout does not have the FIRST AID Merit Badge it mandatory that this be one of his three Merit Badges.

MERIT BADGE CLASSES AVAILABLE AT HOLCOMB VALLEY 2012 list is below (2014 will be close to this).
Merit badges with ** have prerequisites (parts must be done before or after camp).
$$ must pay for MB craft - shots.
Merit badges with ~ are not offered at Free time. Other are offered at Free Time.
For MB details see:  http://usscouts.org/usscouts/meritbadges.asp

• ANIMAL SCIENCE    (Medium)  Horse option done at camp.
• ARCHERY ~               (Medium, hard for some) (MB can only be done at camp)
• ART **                        (easy) Good Free Time MB.  Must go to art gallery or show before or after camp.
• ASTRONOMY **       (easy)  (must watch sky in other seasons, one year to get)
• BIRD STUDY              (Medium)
• CLIMBING  ~                (14 & OLDER) ~ (hard to easy, must be able to climb wall and repeal down)
• EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS    Eagle (easy)  [Must  have 1st aid MB 1st or at the same time] (do 1 and 8c before or after camp)
• ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE  ~   Eagle MB (Medium, must write reports) [counts towards "Panda" badge]
• FIRST AID   ~                    Eagle MB (easy) A must for 1st Year Scouts or if you do not have it.
• HORSEMANSHIP ~         (Take 2 MB PERIODS & 14 AND OLDER)  (must be able to saddle up a horse) [counts as 2 MBs]
• INDIAN LORE                  (easy)
• LEATHER WORK $$       (easy) Good Free Time MB. Must buy crafts at camp.
• LIFESAVING   ~               Eagle MB (must be good swimmer, good to have 1st aid MB 1st)
• ORIENTEERING ~            (Medium, Map and Compass work)
• PAINTING                         (easy)
• PERSONAL FITNESS **  Eagle MB  (medium,  must track 12 weeks of a physical fitness program, before or after camp)
• PIONEERING                    (Medium, knots and lashing, medium to easy) [must use some free time to build project]
• RIFLE SHOOTING  $$~        (22 cal.)  (hard to easy, hard for young scouts sometimes ) ( MB can only be done at camp) Must buy amo tickets $1 for 5 shots.
• SHOTGUN SHOOTING $$ ~ (14 & OLDER) (hard for some, heavy 12 gauge used) (MB can only be done at camp)  Must buy amo tickets $1 for 1 shot.
• SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION   (easy) [counts towards "Panda" badge]
• SPORTS **                           (must do two types of sports for 4 months before or after camp) Good Free Time MB.
• SWIMMING  ~       Eagle MB     (Medium, good to have 1st aid MB 1st or at the same time)
• WILDERNESS SURVIVAL  (Medium, good to have 1st aid MB 1st) Camp out one night in woods with group.
• WOOD CARVING                (Medium) Good Free Time MB.
( TRAIL TO FIRST CLASS, not a MB class but rank class. counts as one of the three MB class time slots.)

 Some of the above classes are also offered at free time (~ are not offered at free time). It is important that when signing up for merit badge classes that they reserve the time in free time for the class, if they want to complete the requirements. Ones labeled easy do not take much free time at camp and may be picked and completed at camp.

The following classes will not be offered during the normal class times, these merit badges will be offered only as free time merit badges:

• BASKETRY $$   (Medium)  (Must buy supplies)
• GEOLOGY (easy)  Good Free Time MB.
• FORESTRY  (Medium)
• NATURE  (easy)  Good Free Time MB.
• WEATHER (easy) (must record weather for one week, best to do before camp, can do after camp also)
• MAMMAL STUDY   (very easy) Good Free Time MB.

( TRAIL TO FIRST CLASS, not a MB class but rank class, done at free time also.)

[You can get more free time my doing MB work at home before coming to camp]

Free time is normal set as fun time doing:  ARCHERY,  RIFLE SHOOTING, HORSE RIDING  any age level , CLIMBING any age level, SHOTGUN SHOOTING (if tall enough to safely handle the gun), and crafts. All these are for fun, not for MBs.

Scouts are not required to do any of the above free time events! Scouts not interested in all or some of these events, would have time for free time MBs.

PRINT OUT YOUR MERIT BADGE WORKBOOK TO HELP YOU KEEP YOUR WORK IN ORDER.,
It is good to study and work on the MB work book BEFORE camp. Book and sheet will be for sale at camp for those that change or add classes at camp.

FREE-TIME MERIT BADGES
• Due to free-time needs in select areas, the following merit badges are only available during class-time: Waterfront
merit badges, Archery, Rifle, Horsemanship, Climbing, and First Aid. All other badges will be available to be
taken during the free-time.
• All Scouts who sign up for a merit badge during the class time can work on skills that fulfill requirements for that
class during the free-time.
• Astronomy merit badge class taken during the free-time must be started by 2:00 on Tuesday.
FREE TIME
Scouts can come during free time to pass off any requirements that are taught during the classes. Special activities will also
be offered during free time such as the mile long orienteering course, Tote’n Chip, and Firem’n
 

RIFLE AND ARCHERY RANGES
The rifle and archery ranges are available for your use.  All participants must receive a safety orientation and skills training.
Ammunition and arrows are provided at the range.
 $$  The Camp is going to be using a ticket system for purchasing ammunition to be used on the Rifle and Shotgun Ranges (the Archery Range is free). Each scout will be given one free ticket (5 rifle shots) for the rifle range and one free ticket (1 shot) per camper for the Shotgun Range. All additional rounds will need to be purchased at the Trading Post, whether for use during Free-Time or for Merit Badges. Tickets are $1.00 each. Shotgun can range from $50.00 to $100.00, Rifle MB from $20.00 to $40.00.  In order to use the range, leaders must have signed permission slips from the parents of the scouts (see Permission Form.)
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PACKING LIST

WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP

PLEASE MARK EVERYTHING WITH YOUR NAME AND TROOP NUMBER

Personal equipment list:
1.  Gear Bags – military type duffel bag or backpack (also, large trash bags to put bedding and dry clothes in during the day
in case of rain)
2.  Sleeping bag
3.  Substantial Jackets (coat) (mornings and evenings can get chilly)
4.  Class A Scout uniform * we encourage wearing it while traveling. Class B for camp, any BSA T-shirt. (no MB sash needed)
5.  Swim trunks and towel
6.  Shower towel
7.  Toilet kit: toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, chap stick, personal medication, deodorant, etc.
8.  Flashlight
9.  Several changes of clothes - long pants, shorts, and shirts (This is especially vital as storms are common)
10.  Underwear - Sleeping clothes
11.  Socks
12.  Hat
13.  Scout Handbook (if not 1st Class yet)
14.  Sun screen
15.  Watch
16.  Canteens, drinking bottles, or hydration pack.  Each boy should have the capacity to carry at least 2 liters.
17.  COMPLETED MEDICAL FORM a b and c turned in advance
18.  Small personal first aid kit
19.  Day pack - must be large enough to carry a small lunch and water for the hike
20.  Hiking shoes
21.  Rain jacket or poncho (Again, this is especially vital as storms are common)
22.  Water Shoes or sandals
23.  Gloves and beanie, if desired (mornings and evenings can get chilly)
24.  Money for the General Store, and some MB that cost, see MBs
25.  Scout must have pen, pencil and notebook to do merit badge work
26  Merit badge Books and work sheets http://usscouts.org/usscouts/meritbadges.asp
( 27 OA Sash, optional )

Troop equipment list:
1.  American Flag
2.  Patrol Flag or Troop Flag
3.  Battery  lantern

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For Drivers:

Driving to camp please use Polique Canyon Road, it is gravel and paved part of the way now.
The turn on to Polique Canyon Road is just after the town of Fawnskin (driving east).

Map to Holcomb Valley

Direction pdf  use Polique Canyon Road  also called 2N09

Google map

88 miles 2 hours + on Sunday or Sat. (3 hours + on Friday)

CA-210 E to the CA-330 N to  CA-18 N to CA-38 to Polique Canyon Road also called 2N09
 

ARRIVAL AND CHECK - IN
Check - in time is Sunday between the hours of 3:00 - 5:30p.m.  Please plan your trip as to arrive between these hours in order
to ensure we can best accommodate your needs.  Your troop will be met at the gate by the staff and your troop friend and
commissioner will help you with all the particulars of unloading and transporting your gear.  Please arrive at camp with at
least half a tank of fuel in case an emergency evacuation is necessary. While your troop friend and the troop hike into
camp with their gear, a second troop friend will accompany the Scoutmaster to the program office for check - in.
 

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