Endings and Beginnings
As I write this, our summer camp staff has finished buttoning up camp for the season and are off to a fun day in Providence. It was the end of a great summer camping season. Here are some facts from this summer of ’17:
- Attendance was up on the Boy Scout side significantly, +8%, hitting 720 boys weeks.
- We had a 22% growth in in-council campers and exploded our provisional camping program by 36%.
- Six Mohegan Council Troops returned to the Valley, and our reviews from Scout leaders were high all summer.
- People liked our ongoing physical improvements: new beach, docks, boat racks and sheds at the east waterfront, newly seeded & watered green lawns at Boonesville Plain, sports field and the top of the hill, lot of talk about what the new Mohegan Lodge will be at Boonesville Plain (we’re looking to complete that project this winter).
- Our Cub leaders also enjoyed the improvements on the West beach, again new docks & lifeguard tower and railings.
- But the biggest Cub improvement was the reopening of the Fort Courage campsite with a fully functioning latrine that also included two showers. Our overnighters really enjoyed that convenience.
- Finally, lots of great feedback on our staff and program, the native farm and chicken coop gathering lots of interest.
Our team of young staffers delivered a great summer for those that camped with us at Treasure Valley.
Just as we end our summer season, other teams of volunteers are charging ahead with plans for the fall:
- Our popcorn team is ready for our big kick-off on the 17th, we’ve recruited the Worcester Railers as one of our key sponsors.
- Our district membership teams are gearing up for their September roundtable kick-offs, Launch Into Scouting patches and free pairs of Railers home opener tickets for new boys recruited by October 13th.
- Plans are being finalized by our TVEX committee for their three big fall events: Camp Expo on 9/16, Cub Safari on 9/30 and Woodsman weekend on 11/18.
- Our Order of the Arrow Lodge has a Fall Ordeal planned for 9/9, and the 60th anniversary Fellowship set for 9/23 (and we have a Beaver work day at camp that day too).
Endings and beginnings in our Scouting year. I hope you take advantage of some of the things we have to offer. As always, we plan fun with a purpose, and you know that fun keeps families in Scouting longer. And the longer we can influence them, the better the outcome.
See you at camp