Camping Program Overview
We maintain a 12-month camping program as planned by our boy lead Patrol Leaders’ Council and structure our yearly schedule around the motto "Keep the outing in Scouting". We camp once a month at Troop campouts, at district activities, or at long term summer camp. We also try to combine camping with other fun outdoor activities. Campouts are one to two nights. We typically leave College Church of the Nazarene Friday evening around 5 PM and return either on Saturday afternoon/evening or Sunday afternoon. When we stay through Sunday morning, our Chaplain leads a church service, or we attend organized services led by the sponsoring organization (at summer camp, for example). Boys can earn beads for participating in events. Our bead program includes approximately two dozen different beads that scouts and scouters may earn by attending Troop events.
The Patrol Leaders’ Council also may plan some more “high adventure” campouts that may involve longer distance travel. The Troop provides tents, patrol boxes, cooking and other camping equipment. Scouts are expected to provide their own sleeping bag, ground pad, water bottle, mess kit, toiletries, and appropriate clothing.
Our Troop attends a 10-day long term summer camp at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation near Iconium, MO (south of Clinton, MO near the Truman Lake) every summer normally in July. We typically camp in Camp Sawmill. This 7,000 acre facility is one of the premier long term camps in the U.S. and offers unparalleled opportunities for Scout advancement through many merit badge classes and rank requirements. Snorkeling, sailing, archery, astronomy, geology, and rifle shooting are some of the offerings. Hiking opportunities also abound.