2013 Spring Campout

Here are the details of Pack 33's Spring Campout on May 11:
Cedarville State Forest
Intersection of Cedarville Road and Bee Oak Road (see directions at end of the e-mail, I will place signs at the intersection directing you to the camping area)
Brandywine, MD 20613 

Time: Saturday May 11.  You may arrive at any time at the Park, but we may not set up Camp until 3:00 pm. (A Friday night group must vacate the campground by 1:00, allowing Park staff to sweep the area)  Allow about an hour drive time from Takoma Park.  

What to pack:
Bring a tent. Bring layers and pack for the low.  Evenings are in the 40s, so it could be quite chilly in the evening and morning.  If you need to borrow a tent or anything else, please contact me to see if the Pack can set you up.   
Bring your bike! The trail biking is fun and easy here.  
Plan on providing your own Saturday lunch.
The Pack will provide a Saturday barbecue dinner of hamburgers and beef hot dogs as well as some vegetarian items. Please bring a health pre-dinner snack (cut veggies and crackers and cheese have worked well, for example), a side dish, veggies, salad or dessert to share.  Side dishes should serve about 10 people.  

PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN PLATES, CUPS AND UTENSILS; THE PACK WILL NOT SUPPLY DISPOSABLE PLATES, CUPS OR UTENSILS AT ANY TIME DURING THE WEEKEND. Don't bring disposables and other trash that someone else has to carry home in their car!   Families should plan to bring their own NON-DISPOSABLE metal or plastic plates, cups and tableware. The Pack will provide a dish washing setup and the boys should be responsible for washing their own plates etc.

Other items:
Den are encouraged to camp together, and to cook breakfast together on Sunday morning.  Many gourmet breakfasts cooked by/with scouts have been known to happen over the years, and the Golden Spatula will once again be bestowed upon the den deemed most worthy (criteria determined by the judges). 

Please let your Den Leader know by next Thursday evening (5/9/13) if you are coming, so that we get an accurate headcount for dinner planning. We will also be sending a link to RSVP soon.   

Please do not bring any firewood as it is not permitted be be brought into the park.  

Weather Concerns:   If weather threatens our plans, the Pack leadership will e-mail a "Go or No-Go" decision by 9:00 am on Saturday May 11 (and sooner if possible). If you don't hear anything the camping is on.
Siblings and other family members are welcome and encouraged to come!
  • We will be presenting advancement awards at the campfire.  If your son has recently completed any advancement requirements, please let your Den leader or myself know ASAP.   
  • Binoculars and telescopes are strongly encouraged.
  • Potable water is readily available at the picnic pavilion. 
  • Bathroom facilities are modern/flush toilet.
  • There is a pond where folks can go fishing, and 19
    miles of hiking trails. 
  • Prepare for baseball, soccer, short hikes, biking, and Capture the Flag!
  • Bring musical instruments for the campfire!  Don't forget your skits and funny songs!
  • Bring warm clothes and rain gear!
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen and insect repellent!
  • The Sunday campsite check-out time is 1:00 pm, but we're otherwise welcome to stay in the park, go hiking, mountain biking, play Frisbee, etc.   
  • Scouts who have earned their whittling chips may bring a pocketknife
    of the kind approved by Dan.  Any scout with a pocketknife must be
    carrying their whittling chip and observing all safety rules.  Please
    go over the rules with your child if they choose to bring a knife as
    we don't want anyone getting hurt.  Also, we will be enforcing the
    safety rules and don't want anyone to have their whittling chip
Here is a link to google maps directions (http://goo.gl/maps/3Ewox).  

Once you get to the park keep going past the visitor's center, until you're presented with a small 4-way intersection.  Go straight across the intersection and follow the sign for the Youth Group Campground.   

Pack 33 will be camping at Youth Groups Sites A and B, C, and E.  Dinner will be served at Shelter 1.  You can find a map of the camping areas at the following website: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southern/cedarvilleyg.asp.  We
will also post signs at the park to help everybody find the right spotonce you get to Cedarville State Forest.  

Looking forward to seeing you on May 11.

Spring 2013 Campout RSVP