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BSA Summer Camp Cancelled

posted May 29, 2020, 7:42 AM by Webmaster Troop433   [ updated Jul 20, 2020, 5:55 PM ]

Sadly, I am writing to inform you that the Troop 433 Leaders and Committee have together decided that our Troop will not participate in in-person Summer Camp this year. We will explore options for online summer scout summer camps instead. We have made this decision based on a number factors with the safety of our scouts and their families the paramount consideration.   

The Atlanta Area Council cancelled the week of Summer Camp that our troop had been scheduled to attend (Week #3, June 14-20, 2020 at Camp Woodruff). Council has offered the troop the opportunity to shift our reservation to Week #8, at the end of the summer camp season, which a few of our boys were already scheduled to attend, but the Troop Committee has met and decided to decline that offer.

Rather than continue to “kick the can down the road” with scheduling (and then cancelling) weeks of summer camp, we are simply going to make the decision now that our troop will not go to camp this summer.  We don’t make that decision lightly, but the description the Council has provided to us of what summer camp would “look like” if it is even offered doesn’t sound as much fun as in years past (and hopefully future). 

The changes Council has had to make to their offerings to meet the Governor’s guidelines for operating an overnight camp during the pandemic are sweeping. Nobody eats in the camp dining hall except staff, mask wearing, temperature checks twice daily for everyone on camp, no family day, no visitors, limited shooting sports, no lifesaving MB, no welding MB, no climbing MB, no whitewater rafting or horseback riding trips, no camp assemblies (morning flags, campfires, camp-wide games), and socially-distanced everything else.  Several of our adult leaders (and surely many of our scouts) live with grandparents and/or those with medical conditions that put those others at greater risk should anyone come back from camp carrying the virus.  It’s simply not worth the risk for a lesser camp experience.

Fees refunded by Council to the troop will be credited to your scout’s troop account.  Many thanks to all those of you who worked to prepare our troop for camp, especially Troop Treasurer Bruce Avery and Summer Camp Coordinator Kim Freed.

The Troop Committee will look for opportunities to safely offer some of the popular activities from summer camp that scouts will not be able to do this summer.  We’ll let you know about those plans as we make them. 

Yours in Scouting,

Hilary Thornton