Camp Fife 2018

Hello Scouting Alumni,

At Camp Fife this year we have continued to see amazing changes happen to our facilities.  This year we planted 10 trees and a drip system to water them keeping them alive and heathy.  Other changes included a new entrance into camp to help with traffic flow, a new Nature Trail that follows the river, and a new Obstacle Course. Later this year construction of a new amphitheater will take place at camp that will wrap up in the spring of next year.IMG_3030

Many thanks to our terrific donors!

Camp Fife’s facilities continue to improve and get better each year. This change, of course, is nothing without the youth and leaders who attend camp. We had over 4,000 youth attend camp this past summer. We had some truly incredible staff at Fife this summer. If you have not yet come by to see Camp Fife, please sign up for our camp this next season. Our join us at our next activity with the Order of the Arrow ordeal October 12-13, 2018. Hope to see you there!

Camping Promotion

Not all Scout camps are created equal. Sure, each offers a terrific program to entertain and challenge Scouts, but every Scout camp has unique program elements that make it special. Screen Shot 2018-10-04 at 10.54.16 AM

Trapper Trails Council is advertising Camp Loll’s program in Scouting magazine… nationwide.  Watch for the Camp Loll ad in your next Scouting magazine!

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Camp Loll 2018

Alumni Weekend
Loll 2018 Alumni Weekend was held on August 4th & 5th at Camp Loll. This continues to be a well attended event with some old faithful staff members and many of the most recent years of staff members and their families. We celebrated the 60th anniversary of Camp Loll, and made a point to hear from some of the old timers who regaled us with some of the earliest memories of the camp. The group arrived for lunch on Saturday, set up camp, and then participated in camp activities, that were accommodated by the current staff. That evening, a campfire program was presented by the current staff, to the great amusement of the group. On Sunday, we held a non-denominational worship service, which concluded a little early due to wind and rain. We then convened to the lodge where the annual Alumni Meeting was held and we discussed the more formal organization of the Alumni Committee at the Council, and also planned for our Labor Day Weekend of Service. After lunch, the group packed up and headed home. A special thanks to the 2018 Camp Loll Staff and Camp Director, Delose Conner, who went to extra efforts to make everyone feel welcome and make for a great program. We look forward to more Alumni sponsored activities and seeing more of the many staff members that have worked there over the years. IMG_3024
Camp Loll Summer 2018
This year’s summer camp was successful in many ways. This was a year when there was very little snow when we first accessed camp in early June. However, the entire month of June was rainy and muddy. This made Work Week and Staff Training Week a little difficult. The rain basically stopped when the scouts arrived, and stayed quite dry the rest of the summer.
Loll was able to accommodate individuals and groups that were displaced from Philmont, and the fire activity there. A couple groups stayed multiple weeks and all participated in one of three high adventure activities. All of these folks were not disappointed with their experience in camp and the great high adventure for which Loll is a base for excursions in the Tetons and Yellowstone.
The Loll program continues to lauded. In reviewing the candid troop comments from the various troops, they continue to be overwhelmingly positive, with the favorite part typically being the assigned troop friend (staff member). The more the troop friend is engaged with the troop, the better the overall experience tends to be for the troop. One negative evaluation took aim at the rule to keep on the trails, and not create new trails throughout the camp. We simply had to disagree, and think that our efforts to keep to the trail have helped to beautify the camp to a level that we haven’t seen before. This was especially noticeable this year, when the bear grass blossoms, which are typically every three years, and only in a very small part of this wilderness, were very prominent this year. No one had seen them to this extent in the past, and they were protected by the scouts as never before. Our forest rangers and environmental scientists that visited with them were absolutely amazed with this and the beauty of the camp.
Camp safety was upheld with no serious injuries and no significant lost person events. We were fortunate to have a doctor or medical professional for each week of camp, and all were accommodating to some of the action that was at times required, as a few scouts got sewed up in the first aid room.
The Alumni funded satellite communicators continue to be very helpful in keeping in contact with staff that are accompanying troops on hikes, at times up to 10 miles away. Not only is it helpful to keep tabs on their locations, it also served to help at least one event where the staff member was having questions with how to treat a scout that was having some exhaustion issues on a hike.
Loll is recognized as a reliable partner for health and welfare of the public in the remote part of Teton County, Wyoming. While getting ready for camp, the Sheriff contacted camp and said that they had received a report of a loose kayak on Grassy Lake, about four miles away. They asked is we could check it out. The waterfront director and another staff member were sent with a boat to do just that. They were able to determine the family it belonged to along with a floating life jacket and return it to them, which was reported back to the Sheriff. The Sheriff was so pleased that he didn’t have to send out his own staff to check this out, that he wrote a letter of thanks to the camp director, and indicated that he knew he had a partner with the camp.
Our Camp Committee mobilized on Labor Day Weekend to winterize the camp, pump the latreens and stain the wood buildings. We did this a few other things to keep Camp Loll looking great next year.
Thanks,
Lynn Hinrichs, Camp Loll Committee Chairman

Silver Beaver Nomination Deadline Rapidly Approaching

Each of us know a Scouter that has been involved in Scouting for many years but who’s uniform does not have the blue and white square knot showing that they have been honored with the Silver Beaver award. We may ask ourselves why. Could it be that they have not been nominated? If that is the case then it is our responsibility to correct that oversight.

The deadline to nominate a Scouter for this year’s Silver Beaver award is December 1, 2018.  All nominations must be submitted online. The nomination form can be found on the Silver Beaver page of the Trapper Trails Council website.  We are allowed to present forty awards this year and want to award all of them.

It takes time to gather the information so don’t delay, December will be here before you know it!

 

2018 Bartlett Alumni Day

Bartlett Scout Reservation 2018 was a fun filled year with plenty of fun, growth, and life IMG_3083changing experiences. Over 3,000 Scouts attended camp this summer. Each Scout took five merit badge classes and were able to experience all the adventure of Scouting during free-time activities. Scouts could participate in activities such as archery, rifle & shotgun shooting, swimming, canoeing, rock climbing, discover nature, create crafts, and much more. These small life changing experiences are just the start to their Scouting and life adventures.

The tradition of excellence at Bartlett Scout Reservation has continued for over 50 years. This summer the 2018 Bartlett Staff welcomed our Bartlett Alumni and their families from years past for our Bartlett Alumni Day. This event allowed Bartlett Alumni the opportunity to rekindle their Bartlett experiences by walking the trails and participating in camp-wide activities. Memories were relived, and new ones created.