FAQ

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First Aide Age requirements

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Q:When last we spoke you were going to check on the First Aid MB and the age requirement.  We like our first year Scouts to take this MB their first year at summer camp because it addresses so many of the first aid requirements up through 1st Class and is good knowledge for when they go camping with the Troop.

A:First is that we treat those TTFC requirements as pre-req’s for the First Aid Merit Badge and that is exactly why we have a 12-year-old minimum. We (and our council advancement committee) take First Aid Merit Badge seriously and want to ensure scouts are prepared for it so they can maximize their learning and best retain these important skills. If we’re teaching basic information intended to be learned on the trail to first class, we have less time to go deep on the real skills of First Aid Merit Badge.

Second, we do offer those other requirements at camp as a part of our Trail to First Class sessions.

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SPL 101

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SPL 101 is indeed open to all scouts to sign up. There’s a few spaces reserved for scouts enrolled in SPL week, and there are also spots available online for older scouts who are interested in enhancing their leadership skills.

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Mountain Man 2014

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Mountain Man is a two-hour afternoon program that will teach older scouts some basic frontier skills and give them the chance to practice them. What exactly they do will vary somewhat depending on the interests of the group but expect them to have the options of:

-blacksmithing, bullet making, and branding

-flint-and-steel fire making and dutch oven recipes

-tomahawk throwing and learning about trapping

-gardening and native plant identification

-service project using traditional tools

-frontier games and feats of skill and strength

-candle making, roping, and gold panning

 

There will also be a Mountain Man Outpost on Wednesday night which will give them a chance to put some of these skills to the test.

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Cooking 2014

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Cooking is indeed a split section – there will be two cooking groups:

-one that cooks Monday and Wednesday, and is in the dining hall Tuesday and Thursday

-one that cooks Tuesday and Thursday, and is in the dining hall Monday and Wednesday

Due to the new requirement 7 (prepare food on a hike or backpacking trip), they will also attend an overnighter on:

-Tuesday night for the Mon/Wed group

-Wednesday night for the Tues/Thurs group

This change comes about as a result of the new requirements but also because we have heard from scoutmasters that they would like their scouts who are taking cooking to be able to spend more time in the dining hall with their peers.

 

 

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How will we receive certification of our adult leader training?

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We will provide you with certification cards either at the end of the week or by mail. For non Silicon Valley Monterey Bay unit please remember to turn in a copy of your certificate to your council to have it recorded.

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What training’s do you offer for adult leaders

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We offer Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat,  Scoutmaster Specifics, and Introduction to Outdoor Leadership at camp. Please remember that Youth Protection Training is required for all adult leaders prior to attending camp.

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What is the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) week?

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The SPL Program begins ideal the week before the troop is scheduled to attend camp. This extra week of training help the SPL not only learn how to effectively lead your unit through camp, but will teach him innumerable useful skills to become an extraordinary leader. Many units have regarded this as the best program offered at Hi-Sierra. We pride ourselves on our incredible staff to lead the SPLs through this life-changing experience. If attending the SPL program one free scout is allowed with a second for half rate of camp. It is recommend that scouts take the bulk of their merit badges in the SPL weeks so they can have time to lead the troop during the troops week.

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Special Food Needs

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We do our best to accommodate all scouts and scouters that have special dietary needs.  We generally prepare for vegetarians and do have some alternatives to meals that may not fit the needs of the scouts that come to camp.  However we cannot always guarantee that we can provide for strict dietary/allergy needs, religious diets or specialized vegan meals.  It is best that those individuals come with the food they need and we will do our best to store and prepare it for you. We apologize but there is no discount to the camp fee if you bring your own food.

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Swim Checks

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We often receive questions asking about swim checks.  Some camps allow troops to perform swim checks in a pool prior to coming to camp, or they have attended another camp and have done swim checks there and have their “buddy tag”.  Camp is unique in that we swim in High Sierra rivers and lakes.  For health and safety reasons we require all participants (adults and scouts) to take the swim check at camp.  We need to know that one can jump into a cold environment and swim as well as float.  The lake is great in the summer, but even the veteran pool swimmer can be intimidated by it.

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Monday Morning Arrivals

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If you are arriving on Monday morning, we ask that you be in the parking lot ready to go at 6:30 AM to 7 :00 AM.  We will get you checked in, the boys off to merit badges and we will catch you up on the information we covered on Sunday.  It is extremely important that your paperwork is ready to go as that will make the check in process smoother (camp attendance roster and physicals).

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What is the Medication Policy?

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The standards set forth by National Policy is that medications should be in a safe, locked storage.  For Hi-Sierra  this is provide for you at our health lodge.  It  is important that you know that we DO NOT dispense medication except those prescribed by the resident licensed practitioner if one is on camp property.  It is the responsibility of the troop leadership to assure that their scouts on medications are taking their appropriate medications as prescribed, please help our medical staff by getting your scouts to the health lodge.

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Information and Communications?

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We are surprised from time to time that some individuals do not feel they have enough information prior to camp or when they get to camp.  Most of the key information you need can be found on these web pages, it is the reason why we developed them.  Take time to peruse the various pages.  There may be questions not answered to the detail you would like, however it is unlikely we will have that information until the week before or the day you arrive.  Regardless, there is nothing and I mean nothing that we will throw at you in which any prior information would have been helpful.  If you need something…..ask, we seldom say no (unless it is a safety or legal issue).  When you are at camp, pull the Program Director aside if something is wrong or you need help, do not wait until the end of the week.  We want to make this your best week of your scouting year and we cannot meet your needs if you tell us at the end of the week.  Remember, even if you show with nothing but medical forms and a roster, we will guide you through everything.

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What are Blue Cards?

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Blue cards are the applications for merit badges and are universal throughout scouting, though different councils may use different cards.  We have plenty at camp for you to use, or you may wish to fill them out prior to coming to camp.  A Blue card is required for a scout to enter a merit badge class as that tells us that you have approved of him doing so as you know he has a good chance of passing the merit badge, or that it does not interfere with other things like rank advancement.

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Did I hear right? Flush toilets in the campsite?

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Yup.  Most campsite comes with its own bathroom facility with  flush toilets which work off a septic system.

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Can we drive into camp?

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We try to maintain a natural and safe environment in camp, so we do not allow vehicles other than authorized camp vehicles into camp outside of the parking lot.  You should plan to carry your equipment to your campsite, and the best recommendation we can give you is to pack like you are going on a hike.

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Online Merit Badge Sign ups

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When: 5/1 12 Noon