West Point Trip
WEST POINT INVITATIONAL SCOUT CAMPOREE
When: Friday, April 26th – Sunday, April 28th
Location: United States Military Academy, West Point, New York
Trip Fee: $60
We are very proud to announce T89’s acceptance to the 57th Annual West Point Invitational Scout Camporee organized by the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. The mission of the Academy’s Cadet Scoutmaster’s Council is to provide opportunities for Cadets to serve as role models to Scouts across the nation, primarily by sponsoring events that foster positive interaction between Scouts and Cadets. Throughout these interactions, the Army provides professional commitment to developing future leaders of the country and servants of the nation. With the Camporee serving as their culminating event, more than 250 Cadets volunteer to support Scouting events throughout the year. With around 6,500 Scouts and Scouters in attendance this year, the Annual West Point Invitational Camporee continues to be the largest annual Scout Camporee in the nation.
- The cost is $60 per person
- There are no limitations on the number of Scouts who can attend this trip. All are welcome to attend the trip. Scouts new to Troop 89 should be accompanied by a parent.
Trip Information and Equipment List
Our troop is accepted to participate in the 57th Annual West Point Invitational Camporee at West Point, New York. Founded in 1802, the United States Military Academy is committed to the task of producing commissioned leaders for the United States Army. Today, the Academy graduates more than 900 new officers annually.
With around 6500 Scouts and Scouters in attendance this year, the Annual West Point Invitational Camporee continues to be the largest annual Scout Camporee in the nation. The Camporee is not only a time of interesting events and demonstrations, but also a forum for troops to show off their skills. Points will be awarded in different categories, with the overall best troop determined for each sub-camp and the overall winner for the entire camporee. Winning troops will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday. Troop leadership is currently working out logistic details, but the plan is for the scouts to hike into the assigned campsite from the remote parking area. A backpack would be necessary as the distance of the hike could be three miles. Scouts should stay tuned to troop leaders as there will be more details forth coming at a later date. For more information about the West Point Military Academy see http://www.usma.edu/.
Logistics and Schedule:
Friday April 26: Patrol Leaders, Grubmasters and scouts report to the Shed at 12:00. We will leave Medfield promptly at 12:45 pm.
Friday April 26: A second contingency of scouts who cannot leave early from school will report to the Shed at 2:45 pm. We will leave Medfield promptly at 3:15 pm.
Sunday April 28: We will leave West Point approximately 10:30 am after breakfast. Scheduled pick up time at the Scout shed is 3:00 pm Sunday, subject to adjustment for traffic, etc. Scouts will be released after arrival procedures for stowing gear and checkout are completed.
Exact driving directions will be provided at the time of departure. The distance is approximately 200 miles and a 4 hour drive.
Special uniform note:
For this trip, Scouts WILL BE required to bring both Class B and Class A uniforms. This contrasts with the usual policy that uniforms are not required on weekend trips. We will wear the Class B shirts for all Saturday activities so we can be identified as a Scout group on campus. The full Class A uniform is proper dress required for Sunday closing ceremony.
Signup & Cost:
Signup will be at the regular Scout meeting, Thursday February 28. This will be the only chance to sign up. It is important that we get an accurate count early, to provide for the registration.
Cost will be $60 per person due at the time of signup. This covers 3 meals on Saturday, overnight campsite fees, the Sunday breakfast and transportation. In addition, Scouts should bring their own money sufficient for purchase of (1) dinner food on the drive to West Point Friday night, (2) any souvenirs desired from the West Point museum on Saturday, and (3) lunch on the drive home Sunday.
Adults signing up, please indicate if you can drive and how many Scouts your vehicle will hold. We will organize the car pools in the most efficient way to limit transportation costs. A fuel reimbursement will be provided to drivers.
Regular troop permission form must be on file with the troop. In addition, the attached USMA release form must be completed and signed for all Scouts and adults attending and turned in before the trip. The form will be distributed when it is available.
Equipment List and Packing:
Being prepared is your responsibility and you should make sure YOU PACK all of the following suggested equipment, clothes and safety items for the trip. Please make sure to bring this newsletter and equipment list on the trip. It is important to be prepared for all possible weather conditions. We will do a quick inspection prior to departure to make sure everyone has the necessary equipment. Results of the inspection will count toward the Camping Excellence Award for this trip.
Personal Equipement List:
This list, ready to review with leader
- Water Bottle(s),
- Sleeping pad
- Sleeping Bag (Winter weight)
- Hiking Boots
- Wool socks (2 pairs)
- Underwear (2 pair)
- Class B uniform shirt
- Full Class A uniform
- Spare T-Shirt
- Long pants
- Long Sleeve T-shirt
- Wool or flannel shirt
- Wool sweater or down vest
- Fleece jacket or windbreaker
- Long underwear to sleep in or other warm sleepwear
- Personal drinking cup
- Plastic Trash Bag
- Hand Towel
- Personal toilet kit with Brush/Comb, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, soap
- Personal Basic First Aid Kit
- Sun hat or sunglasses
- Pocket knife (with Totin’ Chip card only)
- Camera (optional)
NEW ELECTRONICS POLICY FOR TRIPS
Between breakfast and the conclusion of evening activities, cell phones or other electronics devices should only be used for:
All other purposes must be discussed and approved by an adult leader attending the trip. Between the conclusion of evening activities and breakfast, phones can be used quietly for the entire above plus
Adult leaders have the right to authorize and regulate cell phone use as well as confiscate electronic devices.
At meetings, cell phones or other electronic devices should only be used for communication with adults or advancement purposes. Adult leaders have the right to authorize and regulate cell phone use as well as confiscate electronic devices.
Scout uniforms will be required on the trip. Any questions, please e-mail Mr. Karl Kemp.