Flaming Gorge Summer Camp 2022
Departure Time: 8:00 AM
Departure Location: Walgreens at 28th and Iris <--
Return: Saturday, June 25, 2022
Medications and Other pills:
All medications including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, and vitamins MUST be in their original container.
Please DO NOT put them pill dispensing boxes, etc. We need to be able to see dispensing directions, hazards, etc.
Please put all medication bottles in a Ziplock bag that is clearly labeled with the Scout's name.
All medications will be collected Saturday morning at departure. They will be kept locked up and dispensed by Liesa Travis, ASM
Travel Items for Scouts
Scout shirts [tucked in] - NOTE: Scouts who forget their Scout shirt will be asked to go back home to get it! REALLY!
SACK LUNCH! We will make gas stops on the way, but no restaurant stops. Please bring a sack lunch to eat on the way to Flaming Gorge.
Please leave your neckerchief at home. UNIFORM SHIRTS ARE TO BE BUTTONED AND IN GOOD ORDER WHEN YOU ARE OUT OF THE VEHICLES AT REST AREAS, GAS STATIONS, ETC.
Bring money for stops
Remember – seat belts at all times!
Sending Mail to Camp
“Care packages” and letters from home are great fun when Scouts are away from home. If you would like to send a general delivery letter or package to camp, here is the address. I would suggest sending things this week. Any letters or packages that arrive after we leave will be destroyed. I don’t think they send things back.
It is a good idea to mail things the week before to be sure they arrive.
It would be good to add to the envelope “Hold until June 30, 2022” <- NOTE: this notation is so that the post office does not destroy the items until we are long gone. This is optional; it is just to make sure they hold it long enough.
To reach our campsite at Dutch John Draw on Flaming Gorge Reservoir, follow the directions below.
IMPORTANT NOTE – for group safety, we strongly encourage (insist) that everyone follow the same route and departure time and location unless special arrangements are made with the transportation folks.
Each driver must complete and hand in a Driver Information Sheet that contains car and passenger information. Please do not depart until you turn this sheet into our Senior Patrol Leaders and get the go ahead to leave.
Reimbursement of funds for drivers will be based on whether or not they have driven Scouts and troop gear. Those who do will be reimbursed for actual gas costs. Drivers who drive only themselves, their Scout, or family members but do not haul troop gear or other Scouts will be reimbursed as funds allow.
Lunch: It is a 6-7 hour drive to Flaming Gorge. There is not time for a full restaurant food stop along the way. Please bring a sack lunch and a drink. If you want to take a fast food stop, please limit the time.
IMPORTANT – to follow the specifics of our BSA tour plan, please DO allow some short, rest breaks for Scouts. Rest areas, gas stops, etc. BE SAFE
Scout Spending Money: Please limit yourself to $40.00 of spending money. You may bring more if you are going to purchase a fishing license. Also, please have some of your money with you on the drive to and from Flaming Gorge. Drivers and other Scouts should not need to loan you money at pop/rest stops along the way. NOTE: please try to have some of you money in small bills. It’s better at the snack shop if there are small bills, not a bunch of 20’s.
Bring Sunscreen and Aloe: A sun burn on Saturday can ruin the entire week. Bring sunscreen and aloe! PLEASE USE IT! Remember, we will be around water the entire week.
DO NOT BRING OR PURCHASE FIREWORKS, CAPS OR CAP GUNS TO CAMP. MANY OF THE WESTERN STATES MAY HAVE FIRE BANS. YOU, YOUR PARENTS, THE TROOP, GRACE COMMONS CHURCH, THE ADULT LEADERS AND BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA WOULD BE FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY FIRE YOU CAUSED! THE POSSESSION OF ANY FIREWORKS WILL BE YOUR TICKET BACK TO BOULDER.
DRIVERS - DO NOT LET SCOUTS BUY FIREWORKS ON THE TRIP UP OR HOME!!!
Electronic Games and Cell Phones: Cell phones are brought by the adults for safety. Scouts ARE allowed to bring electronic games and cell phones to and from Flaming Gorge because of the long distance. General Scouting policy does NOT allow them in camp. Please leave them at the adult camp to be returned for the trip home. Remember, if these items are in the camp, the policy will have to change to that of other troops. That policy is to not let them even for the drive to camp. Please don’t make us change this policy!
IMPORTANT EXCEPTIONS for Scouts Taking:
Photography Merit Badge - or bring a camera
Geocaching Merit Badge - please download the geocaching app recommended by the counselors.
Fishing Licenses: Fishing licenses are needed if you want to fish at Flaming Gorge or on the Green River below the dam. Nonresident licenses cost:
If you are buying a license, bring enough cash. It is best to buy it onsite rather than online. If your plans change, you won’t be out the cost of the license.
Pop and Candy: Scouts, please limit sugar snacks. Be reasonable on the amount of candy, chips, cookies and other junk food that you bring. Health and space considerations are important. Munchies must fit into your pack (not a daypack just for junk food). Also, we do not have room for extra coolers for your pop. Dani Coleman will be having Pop Shop hours in the food truck. You will able to buy cold pop from him. Also, on your way to and from the S.O.A.R. project, you may be able to stop by the store in Dutch John.
S.O.A.R. Project: Depending on the Forest Service, we may or may not have a service/S.O.A.R. project this year. To earn this years patch, you must work for three (3) hours on the project. In past years, we have had almost all of the Scouts and adults participate and complete their time. Our goal is to have 100% participation. This is not just for the patch, it is a conservation project to help protect our natural resources and it is the right thing to do. Therefore we would like all Scouts and adult staff to help on this project. Besides the patch really is cool!!!
Don’t forget to bring leather work gloves. You will need them for the project.
You will need a tent a foam pad and light or summer sleeping bag. Because of the number of Scouts attending summer the troop will not be able to provide tents for adults not camping in the troop area. You may want to bring a folding chair for comfort.
Adult Staff and Family members who are not part of the Scoutmaster staff will camp at the adult campsite. We are at our limit on the reservation permit for the Scout Campsite.
Adult Cook Gear: The adult campers at Arch Dam are organizing their own gear for cooking. Limited cooking gear is available from the troop. Many times, the adults bring extra items over and above what basic gear is provided by the troop.
Showers: We will be rationing out showers at Cedar Springs. We will be running a tab with them so we don’t have to pay each time. They only a small number of showers. We will try ration the Scouts so that everyone gets at least two showers throughout the week. Adults, feel free to organize your own times. The busiest times will be in the afternoon and evening when Scouts are done for the day. The showers are open from 7 AM to 8 PM. Feel free to organize a “Shower Run” for Scouts. Just be sure to sign them out of camp.
Laundry: Scouts should pack enough clothes for the entire week.
Equipment: Please check the equipment list carefully. We are a long way from home and missing gear will be hard to get. Don’t forget your uniform for travel on Saturday and dinner each night at camp. See note on tents below. Bring work gloves.
Tents: Remember, we will be tenting by patrols in personal tents. Patrol Leaders need to organize sleeping arrangements for your patrol. If you have a tent your patrol can use, please let your Patrol Leader know.
Weather: Don’t forget to bring and to wear sunscreen and sunglasses. The weather this week has been in the mid to upper 70’s with intermittent rain showers. Nighttime lows have been in the mid 40’s. Our most severe health problems have been sunburn and dehydration. Both can be prevented if you think!
A Final Word: TO ALL ADULT STAFF- Summer camp at Flaming Gorge is nothing but a great experiment and adventure. We have done our best to plan every detail ahead of time. However, if you have a question that we have not dealt with, please call. If you have a GREAT idea, let’s hear it. We have L O T S of flexibility to add things to the program. Once, we added fossil hunting and tons of other neat things. If you have an idea or want to try something we haven’t thought of, just let us know.