Sunday, July 11 -
Saturday, July 17, 2021
J N Webster Scout Reservation
This year, Troop 54 will attend summer camp at June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation, our first time at their summer camp. This camp is out-of-council for us as it is in Connecticut Rivers Council. July 11-17 is their Week 3. Our Scouts will stay in two-person canvas wall tents on wooden platforms (one participant per tent, due to COVID-19, except for siblings). Each Scout will have a cot. Meals will be prepared by the camp and served in their dining hall (at scheduled times and via "grab and go" service to ensure distancing). We will be in Site 4A.
To get a picture of camp life, you can look at the Camp Video.
Youth Registration Fee is as follows:
Activities at camp include merit badge sessions, patrol activities and troop activities (such as camp fires). The following documents/pages provide some detail:
Badges earned during Summer Camp will be presented at a Court of Honor in September.
See our summer camp Packing List. To emphasize a few items to bring:
As camp approaches, the COVID-19 pandemic is fast approaching the point on April 19 when all Massachusetts residents age 16 and over are eligible for the vaccine and just months from the point when vaccine supplies are sufficient for anyone who wants to take the vaccine. How Camp Will Be Safe This Summer from the Connecticut Rivers Council summarizes the COVID-19 controls to be employed during summer camp. Some specifics provided a few days before our week at camp:
The camp has confirmed that families will still be welcomed for the Friday Evening BBQ and Campfire. This is the regular meal for camp participants. Visitors need to pay via the Troop by noon on Sunday, July 11, using the following payment links:
Participating families who plan to participate should arrive 5:00-5:30 PM. Our plan is to pack up and clean up our site on Saturday. If a Scout is taken home on Friday, he should be sure to do his share of the cleaning up and packing up before leaving.
The camp wants to have trailers brought to the sites in the morning, and Epworth has services Sunday morning, so this plan was updated on July 7 to eliminate meeting at the church for departure.
The key requirement is for your Scout and his stuff to be at the camp close to but not earlier than 1:00 PM on Sunday. If you want to simplify the process of moving into the site, you can leave your tubs and other gear (e.g., sleeping bag, pillow, poles, fishing rod) at the Scoutmaster's house to load into the trailer at one of the following times:
The drive to the camp takes about 55 minutes. Have lunch before arriving at the camp or bring a bag lunch to eat at the camp (nothing that requires cooking). Our first camp meal will be dinner. Everyone should drive to the main parking lot. The camp staff can move your stuff (if you brought it yourself) to the camp site.
Scouts can carpool to get to the camp. 2 pickup trucks should be sufficient, especially if you send your gear in the trailer.
Each Scout should have his swimsuit and towel in his day pack, with a water bottle, face mask and any prescription medications, to be ready for med check and swim check before we complete unpacking and camp setup.
The one drawback to this change is that we won't be able to gauge how many bicycles will fit into the trailer, especially for the drive back. As a result, it is likely that anyone bringing a bicycle will need a family member to pick up his bicycle at the end of camp. We only have five Scouts going to camp, so if everyone transports his gear in the trailer, 1-2 pickup trucks should be sufficient to bring the bicycles back.
Late arrivals at camp - Advise the Scoutmaster in advance. The troop is expected to show up together.
Return - Our estimated return to Epworth is 11:00 AM on Saturday. Bear in mind the Nouvelle Arche services likely will be in progress when we arrive at the church.
Page updated 7/7/21