A few thoughts at the end of Summer Camp

With 6 weeks of programs, and more than 700 campers and leaders spending time at Seven Mountains this summer, I hope you share my opinion that the 2017 season was a success. Yes there was some rain, a few hot days, and a few cold mornings, but these are the things in my memory that make camp memorable for years to come.

The successes of the 2017 Summer Camp Season would not have been possible without several groups of people.
First, I would like to thank the volunteer leaders, adults, and parents who took the time out of their week to make sure that the Scouts were able to attend. Without their efforts, many of these Scouts may not have gotten that opportunity.

Second, I want to thank the Camp Staff, both seasonal and volunteer. This group of young men and women (along with a few veteran staff) did an outstanding job of offering programs, leading activities, performing at campfires, and running the kitchen and dining hall. I am very proud of the way this staff came together and thrived. When you come across one of the Staff in the next few months, please share your thanks as well.

Cub Day Camp
We started our Scouting summer with Day Camp and Family Camp. It was a great 5 days and 4 nights of fun and adventure. Activities included: Treasure Hunting, Shooting Sports, Nature Hikes and more.
A few of the quotes we received back:

“This was the best year we have experienced! Fantastic programs and everything was so well organized. I cannot say enough positive things about our experience this year.”

“My son cried when it was over because he has to wait a whole year to do it again. He can’t wait until Webelos Resident Camp next year! Thanks for another great year of summer camp!”

Webelos Resident Camp
Our Webelos program was a great time for not only the Scouts, but the Staff as well. We built and launched model rockets, created rustic bird feeders, practiced our sculpting skills and more.
A few of the quotes we received back:

“Good amount of free-time mixed with scheduled activities.”

“We also had a young man who walked into camp thinking he was going to be homesick because he had never went anywhere without his parents. He loved everything!”

Boy Scout Resident Camp
With 3 weeks of Boy Scout Camp, it is our longest program session, which results in a large stack of completed blue cards to be sorted. Our local Scouts were joined by several out of council Troops, and everyone had a great time. We even got a Pink Floyd cover at the closing campfire( the video is on our facebook page).

“Camp staff had great energy and kept the scouts engaged”

“Overall it has been a great camp”

“Overall… a great summer” I think this quote sums it up nicely.

Again my thats to the Leaders and parents, the Scouts for attending, and the Camp Staff for making it happen. I hope to see you all back again in 2018 for another great summer at Seven Mountains.

2017 Summer Camp Informers- Headed Your Way

Check Your Mailboxes!

Attention all Scouts and Parents, the 2017 Summer Camp information is on its way.

In Your 2017 Camp Informer you will find important information on the dates of Camp, programs, camper-ships, and more. This years Informer is completely redesigned from previous years so let us know what you think.

Included in your Informer is the registration forms for your Summer Camp program, copies of the Special Dietary Needs Form and Camper-ship Form and your Spring "Earn Your Way to Camp Sale. This year Scouts can sell the Virginia Diner Nuts, and Trails End Popcorn. Orders Submitted to the Council will earn Scouts a 35% commission towards their camp experience. You can also use the Online Trails End Popcorn Sale for a 50% commission.

46th Annual Klondike Derby- On the Chisholm Trail

Looking back at the Chishom Trail- Klondike Derby #46

With temperatures in the low 30s, Saturday was a great day for the Klondike Derby. With 455 Scouts participating and 72 teams, the Day kicked off at roughly 8am with registration and sleds hit the trails starting at 8:30.

With activities ranging from Campfire Cooking to Mapping, Constellation Identification to First-aid, and Archery to Shotgun Shooting, it was up to the Scout to chart their own trail to victory for the day.

Another highlight, and chance to warm up, was this years Living History Station. Featuring Ramblin' Ray's Wild West Show, the Dining Hall became the temporary corral for a condensed version of Ray Owens show, getting a taste of the tunes of the Cattle Drive along the Chisholm Trail. Scouts and leaders could also stop in for a taste of one of Mr. Jacks annual soups or a hot chocolate as the Seven Mountains Alumni Association manned the Kitchen.

The Derby wrapped up around 3:30, and the Scores were tallied. Following a few tie breakers, the winners of the Derby were announced. We also launched the First, of hopefully many, Facebook Live Videos from the Seven Mountains Scout Camp Facebook Page.

In the Malamute (Webelos) Division
1st- Pack 226 Star Gazers Patrol
2nd- Pack 45 Soaring Eagles Patrol
3rd- Pack 383 Cowboys Patrol

In the Iditarod (Boy Scout) Division
1st- Troop 25 Eagle Patrol
2nd- Troop 28 Bearcoons Patrol
3rd- Troop 24 Phoenix Patrol

Congratulations to all the Scouts who placed, and to all the Scouts who participated. Thanks to the volunteers from Troops, Packs, and local civic groups who donated their time to making this yet another successful derby.

Full Results Here [PDF, 316KB]