2008 NW Division Merit Camp
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Here is my annual report on the Merit
Camp. We have conducted this camp every year since 1991.
We had 104 boys total in attendance. 88 of the
boys were regular campers working on merits each day. They were divided into
8 patrols and did all the cool patrol stuff during day one and in their
spare time thereafter. We had patrols named:
Secret Agent Snails
Squealing Squirrel Squad
And we had 16 Junior Staff comprised of older
boys, that had earned their GMA and were returning to RRAA to help out. They
helped with cabin inspections, honor guard, cleaning, errands, council
fires, and anywhere they were needed.
Generally, each day the boys worked on a
different merit. Some more involved merits required two days, sometimes two
merits could be taught together. So, at the end of the week, each boy who
passed all his work, completed 3-8 merits.
There were 62 full and part time staff member
during the week. Often, we had subject experts come in for a day or two to
teach a specific merit. For example, Dr. Dan Bixler (GMA 13/221) joined us
for the last two days and taught the medicine merit.
The camp them was "I have called you by name."
Each morning our chaplain, Pastor Royce Beckett, lead in a devotion that
tied to the boys personal devotion reading that they had completed before
leaving their cabins for breakfast. A junior staff would also share his
personal testimony at each morning service. The day include 8 hours of class
time working on merits and some free recreation time in the afternoon. Each
evening after supper and the evening class session there was some type of
council fire service, either as a group or on a couple of night, as
individual patrols. The junior staff and boys led the council fire on
Thursday evening, and did a great jobs.
Saturday, we held an awards reception at
Warrensburg A/G in which probably 200 parents join us to recognize the
boys' accomplishments. The Squealing Squirrel Squad won Honor Patrol for the
week and received a coyote hide to commemorate their accomplishment. Each
patrol award their patrol standard to their patrol advisor at the ceremony.
The weather was great, including the 6+ inches
of rain on Tuesday. When we left on Saturday, the bank sign said it was 109
degrees. Great weather for a camp!
You can get an idea just from the pics how
orderly and well ran this camp is. Hope to see you and your boys there next