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FAQ: Summer Camp for Parents of First-Year Campers

posted Jun 22, 2012, 7:22 PM by Alex Karn   [ updated Jun 22, 2012, 7:23 PM ]
Q: What should my son pack for this trip?
A: All information involving packing lists can be found at the following link: http://www.ockanickon.org/summer-camping/packing/. For weekend campouts, many of the older boys tend to bring large backpacks. However, I personally find it easier to pack everything in 2-3 medium-sized bins or one large bin; organization is not difficult to maintain.
Q: What are the arrival procedures?
A: Scouts should plan to arrive between 2:00 and 4:00 on Sunday July 22. The troop will not be meeting at Freehold Lutheran Church beforehand. Scouts should be dropped off in the parking lot, as only one troop vehicle is permitted in the campsite. Once scouts have set up their sleeping areas, medical forms will be checked, temperatures will be taken to insure no one is sick, and wrist bands will be distributed to show that scouts have paid for their stay at Camp Ockanickon. A tour of the campground will be provided by a guide. Dinner will be served between 5:00 and 6:30 (parents are responsible for providing Sunday breakfast and lunch for their sons). A campfire ceremony will proceed at 8:00.
Q: How do I get to Ockanickon Scout Reservation?
A; Directions to Ockanickon can be found here: http://www.ockanickon.org/about/maps-directions/.
Q: What kind of environment will my son be staying in?
A: The most likely arrangement for younger scouts will be a two-person tent that will be set up before arrival to Ockanickon. Space is not excessive; therefore, organization and cleanliness are key componenets to a successful experience. Information regarding the specific campsite that Troop 150 will be staying at will not be available for another two weeks. More information will be provided soon.
Q: What are the food arrangements?
The menu for Week 6 can be found here: http://www.ockanickon.org/wp-content/uploads/Week-3-Camp-Ock-Menu-2012.pdf. At breakfast, "cereal bars" are also available. At lunch and dinner, salad bars are also available.
Q: What is the Dan Beard program?
A: The following link provides all needed information about the Dan Beard program: http://www.ockanickon.org/summer-camping/program/db/.
Q: What activities are available for my son to participate in besides merit badge classes?
This link provides descriptions of all available evening activities: http://www.ockanickon.org/summer-camping/program/evening/.
Q: Am I allowed to visit my son during the week?
No visitors are permitted during the week. Mr. Bludgus, Mr. Karn, Mr. Malko, Mr. Morse, and Mr. Pitaressi will all have their cell phones throughout the week. Parents may call them if they have any questions or concerns during the week. Arrangements can be made by parents with Scoutmaster Bludgus to stay for several days at Camp Ockanickon.
Q; What are the departure procedures?
A: A campwide parade ceremony will be held between 9:30 and 10:00 on Saturday morning, which parents are invited to attend. The camp will officially close at 11:00.
For supplemental information regarding the policies and procedures of Ockanickon Scout Reservation, please visit the follwing website: www.ockanickon.org.
Any other questions should be directed towards Chas Morse or Alex Karn.