Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter July 21, 2019

Yesterday we closed down Camp Barstow for the season after a very successful summer. We rolled the dice with a completely different programming model and it was a huge hit with the Scoutmasters and Scouts. Overall we had a 30%+ increase in attendance. The plans for 2020 area already underway and we will get the leaders guide polished up in the next 2 months.

One of the most gratifying things that happened Saturday was some of our 18 year old staff took to the group chat and posted unsolicited praise for the job everyone had done. They expressed their pride that the team had turned the camp around over the last 2 years and expressed hopes for a great 2020. This was after being at camp for 5 1/2 weeks and they are already talking about coming back for an encore next summer.

As you might expect the eyes of the patch collecting world turn toward the 2019 WSJ for the next several weeks. I have seen pictures of some amazing patches and sets that have been produced and I’m anxious to see what my daughter brings home for her collection.

I am still not completely back in the office cranking out new stuff. Hopefully I will get to slip over there for a few minutes Monday morning as my son and I make our way to the mountains of NC for the High Country Bus Festival. This is a VW Bus camping trip on a great campground alongside a shallow river that is great for tubing. I’m looking forward to having my first adult beverage in weeks and letting my camp brain off.

This is one of my favorite pictures that I took week 4. I went out on a tubing trip during free time and got this mother and son in the moment when they were coming off the tube. We tried very hard to make Scout camp fun again in 2019 and I think most of our participants went home tired and happy.



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