Information on Major Events

2019 Summer Camp – Camp Blackhawk, Owasippe Scout Reservation, Michigan: 18 - 28 July 2019

Troop 497 will be traveling to Camp Blackhawk at the Owasippe Scout Reservation on the shores of Big Blue Lake in Twin Lake, Michigan for Summer Camp 2019. The Camp has roots and traditions dating back to 1911 while also providing a variety of water sports activities. Camp Blackhawk offers a full spectrum of outdoor programs as well as a generous selection of merit badge programs.

Troop 497 will leave for Camp Blackhawk late in the evening of Thursday July 18th and the Troop will return on the afternoon of Sunday July 28th. More trip specifics, an itinerary of additional sightseeing stops and a detailed packing demonstration will be provided as we get closer to departure date. Please mark your calendars now to attend this exceptional Summer Camp experience.

All Troop 497 Scouts are expected to attend Summer Camp.

INFORMATION FOR ADULTS GOING TO SUMMER CAMP

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ADULT REGISTRATION REQUIRED TO ATTEND SUMMER CAMP - THIS WILL TAKE MORE THAN 5 WEEKS TO OBTAIN - DO IT NOW!

All adults attending summer camp are REQUIRED by the BSA and the Church to be registered and have completed background checks, including the criminal background check – there is not cost for these items, it just requires time to complete and submit the necessary forms. If any adult is not properly registered and all paperwork, approved they will not be able to attend summer camp.This process takes about 5 to 6 weeks to complete, so time is running short – please hurry.

New! CENTRAL REGISTRY CHECK - THIS WILL TAKE MORE THAN 5 WEEKS TO OBTAIN - DO IT NOW!

State of Michigan law requires that each adult (21 years of age or older) undergo a check against their state of residency’s child abuse and neglect registry. The camp must have proof that this check has been completed and that the adult is not found to have been deemed a perpetrator of abuse or neglect. Follow these simplified instructions which include a pdf of the form to print which already has the camp information.

New! POSITIVE REFERENCE AND MICHIGAN YOUTH PROTECTION FORM

All adult (21 years of age or older) participants must provide a completed State of Michigan Youth Protection acknowledgement and positive reference form. This form should be completed before check in and must be submitted during our check in. The form requires the signatures of three references.  Download the form here.

ADULT BSA TRAINING FOR SUMMER CAMP
All adult leaders (18 years of age or older) must be current in BSA Youth Protection Training and provide documentation of current training. It is suggested that you take the current YPT course before going to summer camp.

INFORMATION FOR EVERYONE GOING TO SUMMER CAMP
GENERAL INFORMATION
MEDICAL: PHYSICAL AND INSURANCE FORMS MUST BE TURNED IN BY 27 JUNE DURING A TROOP MEETING
Scouts and Adults will need a physical within 12 months of going to camp and provide two copies of their doctor signed and dated (must be signed after 27 July 2018) BSA medical form Parts A, B, & C and two copies of the front and back of their insurance card in preparation for going to camp. There is a link on our Administrative Forms page of our website to the BSA site where you can read the instructions and download the current BSA Medical Form.  Use the material in the section under "Are You Going to Camp?". Here is a direct link to the same BSA medical web site.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

The estimated cost for Summer Camp 2019 is $730 per Scout and $400 per Leader (subject to change based upon final transportation costs and activity itinerary).

To reserve spaces, enroll in selected merit badge programs and ensure proper trip planning please confirm your attendance and make deposits to the Troop Treasurer according to the following schedule:



Payment  Paid Amount
January 2019 $150  $150
February 2019 $150  $300
March 2019 $100  $400 (Leader Paid in Full at $400 tentative)
April 2019 $130  $530
May 2019 $100  $630
June 2019 $100  $730 (Tentative Final Amount)

PLEASE NOTE: The Camp assesses an additional late registration fee of $25 per participant for roster additions after April 2019. Please register for Summer Camp prior to April 15th and remain current with this payment schedule to avoid this additional charge.



2019 Philmont Payment Schedule

All Scouts and Leaders who have registered for 2019 High Adventure trips to Philmont are expected to remain current on the payment schedule for this exciting trip.

Please remember that total trip costs are tentative pending the final determination of all trip costs. Please make trip payments to the Troop Treasurer according to the following schedule:



Philmont 2019
(Self-Pay Airfare)
Philmont 2019
(Includes Airfare)

Payment Paid Amount Payment Paid Amount
Initial Deposit $100 $100 $100 $100
September 2018 $435 $535 $435 $535
January 2019 $300 $835 $565 $1,100
February 2019 $200 $1,035 $400 $1,500
March 2019 $200 $1,235 $200 $1,700
April 2019 $200 $1,435 $200 $1,900
May 2019 $200 $1,635 $200 $2,100