2015 Spring Camporee at Gifford Pinchot State Park

Keystone Capital Spring Camporee
Gifford Pinchot State Park
April 24-26, 2015
Friday, April 24:
Arrive Friday evening, set up camp in the Organized Group Tenting area (pads for parking
trailer), SPL meeting (canoeing & Ultimate Frisbee sign-up), and Cracker Barrel.
Saturday, April 25:
Program (9am-Noon)
New Cross-over Scouts will be testing their hiking skills Saturday morning by first completing
Second Class Requirement 1a (compass & map) and then trekking out for a five mile hike
(S.C. Req. 1b) through GPSP’s varying terrain. While on their adventure Scouts will be able to
work on S.C. 6 (10 kinds of wild animals) and First Class 6 (10 kinds of native plants) to be
recorded and reviewed in the afternoon with their Scoutmaster.
Following lunch, the first part of the afternoon (1pm-3pm) will be dedicated for the individual
Troops to work on any of the other new scout skills, either at our campsite area or somewhere
more adventurous at GPSP. Scouts can also participate in the other activity areas. In the
latter portion of the afternoon (3pm-5pm), scouts and leaders will be combining forces with the
other scouts and scouters for a Service Project to benefit GPSP.
Older Scouts will be utilizing many of the Gifford Pinchot State Park activities areas, working on
their own Scout skills and Rank Requirements if needed or just having a fun day of activities.
Available activities include Canoeing on Pinchot Lake, fishing (largemouth bass, hybrid striped
bass, muskellunge, catfish, carp, walleye, crappie and sunfish. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat
Commission laws apply, min. size bass limits), Disc Golf – two courses (Quaker’s Challenge
Course has recreation and pro tees in a challenging, hilly course, approx. 1 mile hike from
campsite), Sport Challenge – Ultimate Frisbee (set up a challenge competition with other
Troops or Patrols), Biking (bring your own, limited trails, helmet required) or helping your
leaders with new cross-over scouts with their hike or afternoon Rank Requirements.
**Note on Canoeing: Canoers will be required to be “Swimmers.” SPL will be required to supply
Roster at Friday’s SPL meeting certified by the Scoutmaster that listed scouts have passed
swimmer’s test within the prior year and are rated as a Swimmer.
Afternoon Service Project (3-5 pm approx.) for ALL Scouts and Scouters. Project will
encompass laying stone for a new trail path and revitalizing existing trails in the Conewago Day
Use Area. Stone will be delivered and near at hand to the project location. Special Note:
Troops are asked to bring a wheelbarrow, rakes and shovels (scouts: bring your own work
gloves) for the service project.
Evening Campfire with Troop skits will be right in our campsite area and will be orchestrated
by the Venture Crew 2010 Youth.
Cost and Registration: $5 per person (scouts, scouters or visiting adults). Registration will
include a special Camporee Patch. Troops will be responsible for all of their own meals. Good
time to work on Cooking Requirements for any scouts needing them.
Webelos are invited with their associated Troop to participate in the Cross-over Hiking
adventure. Great opportunity to build Pack to Troop relationships.
Special thanks for supporting the Camporee: Troop 594 -- Canoes, equipment and staff,
Troop 74 – New Scout Hike and other logistical leadership support, Crew 2010 – Saturday
evenings campfire, Bob Johnston – Service Project Coordinator, GPSP – Special
compensation for our camping and use of their facilities. Linda Lehman – Health and Safety
Officer. Dave Olson – District Activities Chair. **We are still looking for help with Saturday’s
Vespers service.
GPSP Brochures will be available at April’s Roundtable.
5 - ??
Check in. Camp site location assigned.
SPL Meeting (Canoe & Ultimate Frisbee sign up, turn in
Swimmer Roster for Canoeing, turn in skits)
Adult Cracker Barrel
Lights Out (quiet time at 10:00)
7-8:30 Troop Breakfast, plan day.
New Scouts meet for Safe Hiking talk. Older Scouts
Open Program until 12:00
New Scouts 5 mile hike.
Lunch with Troop
New Scouts with Troops, working on Requirements.
Older Scouts: helping Leaders or Open Program
Service Project at Conewago Day Use Area (remember to bring
materials as listed above)
Fellowship time and Dinner with Troop
Campfire Program
Quiet time
Lights Out
Pack up and check out.
Directions: I-83 South Exit 35. Take PA 177 west/south approx. 5.6 miles and turn LEFT onto
Alpine Rd. Go 3.3 miles and turn RIGHT onto East Camping Area. Proceed 0.6 miles, enter
Campground on Right.
Keystone Capital District
Spring Camporee Registration Form
Troop: ______________________
Leader: ______________________________
Contact # _____________
2nd Leader: ___________________________
Contact # _____________
# Of Scouts
= _____________
# Of Adults
= _____________
Total: = _____________
Total Enclosed
= ____________
Please make checks payable to New Birth of Freedom Council
Registration Due by April 20, 2015
Internal Use Only:
GL# 1-6801-203-00