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Pre-Camp Leaders Meetings

Summer is almost here. In preperation for summer camp, we hold meetings for unit leaders and Senior Patrol leaders in an effort to give everybody the chance to properly plan for their week at our home-away-from-home we call Cole Canoe Base.

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1356 E. Greenwood Rd.
Alger, MI 48610

Phone: (989) 873-1516
Fax:     (989) 873-1517
Frequently Asked Responses

This is the collection of what experience has taught us over the years regarding merit badges, advancement, and other items:

  1. Summer camp is NOT a merit badge mill where you pay a fee and get badges automatically. Instead, camp offers merit badges as one portion of the overall program.
  2. The first year Scout camper should not try more than two or three merit badges.
  3. No Scout should plan to earn more than three merit badges in one week, unless they have completed most of the work required prior to camp.
  4. The most difficult merit badges to earn are those requiring a great deal of physical skill, coordination and stamina. These are Lifesaving, Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting, Environmental Science Canoeing, Rowing, and Archery.
  5. Complete advance written work at home. Camp is not an ideal classroom for written work and the prepared Scout will arrive at camp with all written work already done.
  6. Each Scout should try doing something new at camp and get a well-rounded experience. Try a Crafts, Aquatics, and or Outdoor Skill merit badge combination.
  7. Plan time for your Scouts and leaders to enjoy Cole Canoe Base’s wilderness lake and river areas.
  8. You should come to camp prepared! Have patrols already organized. Work on ideas as patrols and have the patrol leaders represent the group at camp. Elect or appoint a special Senior Patrol Leader for the camp program if your regular SPL cannot attend. Come with some of your own activities planned.
  9. Your campsite is your home for the week, so work at making it comfortable. Bring banners and flags to dress it up.
  10. Schedule time for rest. That’s right, rest. Too often, Scouts and leaders don’t take time to sit and enjoy the beauty of camp around you. Don’t maintain such a feverish pace that you miss the trees, the nature, and the clean fresh air.
  11. A top troop shows spirit! The troop that comes to camp with ideas, spirit and challenges will make the rest of camp come alive. Bring your troop cheer to camp and show everyone that you’re Number One. Proper wearing of the complete Scout uniform shows Scout spirit and is encouraged. Troop/camp t-shirts look neat and make a great daytime activity uniform.
  12. Be flexible. Each week, more than 300 Scouts attend camp. While the staff is here to meet everyone’s needs, we all must practice the Scout Law in camp when dealing with others.
  13. Communicate. If you have a special need or want to do something spectacular, tell us about it and we’ll give it our best shot.
  14. Advise Scouts to leave valuables with a leader. Watches, spending money, and other items of value should not be left in the shower building, waterfront, or in an unattended campsite.
  15. Scoutmasters should bring a footlocker or other lockable container to protect both Scout and leader valuables.
  16. When in camp, if you need something/anything, let us know how we can help. If you don’t know, we can answer or solve most anything.
One last thing. We want to make this the best camp in the country. If you have any suggestions, we’ll gladly listen to you and your ideas.