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Camperships and Merit Badge Classes
this message is to inform you that the most up to date information regarding camperships have been added to your cost reports. I have been informed that not all campership applications have been processed, and that some are still pending. Therefore, if a scout has applied for funds, but you do not see it on your cost report, this is likely the case.
Furthermore, camperships are awarded to the boy coming to camp, and not the troop, therefore, they are not transferable. Some youth were awarded funds, but were not registered on the camp website with a troop. Therefore, this money was not posted to the cost reports.
Finally, our waiting lists are dwindling down, but several remain. Everyone that has contacted me directly I have been able work with and settle their requests. If you have scouts on a waiting list still, and you have not contacted me to work this out, then you need to get in touch with me as soon as you can. No more classes will be added and class sizes will not be expanded. Thank you for your patience, and I hope to see several of you at Beaver Day this weekend, or at our annual Burnt Hot Dog Dinner on May 29th at 6:00 PM at our Council Service Center.
Yours in Scouting,
Campsite Assignments and May Leader's Meetings
It's hard to believe that summer camp is only a little more than a month away! I hope everyone is as excited as I am about this year. We have put together a great staff for you once again, and are excited about offering awesome new programs to help support your unit.
Today was the due date for your balance of fees. Many are still wondering when they will find out about Camperships, and we expect to have that information on your unit cost report by May 10th.
I have completed the Campsite and Meal Shift assignment process for this summer. Please be advised that these can be subject to change if deemed necessary. This information is now posted on the website.
The annual "Burnt Hot Dog" Leader's Meeting will be on Wednesday May 29th, at 6:00 PM at our Council Service Center. Please plan to attend and receive added information about summer camp.
Finally, we have created all classes that will be added for this year's merit badge program. Most of the waiting list's have been eliminated, but there are still a few scouts on them. Please continue to rearrange their schedule to fit their needs. If you have individual concerns, you may contact me through my email address, email@example.com, and we'll arrange a time on the phone to work through your difficulties
Yours in Scouting,
Beaver Festival Weekend
Be sure to put Beaver Festival on your Troop’s schedule. May 18. On this day an OA Induction is held, troops camp and get camp ready to open for the Summer. Troops will spend the day setting up tents up in the campsites, preparing program areas, as well completing general service project around camp. This allows our Troops to provide service back to the council by getting the camp for Summer Camp. Troops can select projects in advance so they can come prepared with tools, equipment and skilled personnel. Details will be on the OA website, http://www.catawba459.org. Registrations and payments are due at the Scout Service Center no later than Wednesday, May 8th. Out of council troops are welcomed but should contact Alan Keiger at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Merit Badge Sign Up
I want to thank everyone for a smooth merit badge sign up process last week. After reviewing waiting list requests, I have added all of the merit badge classes we are going to add. At this point, you should look at the scouts that were added to wait lists, and see what new classes they could be added to and how to rearrange their schedule. It is important at this point to prioritize what merit badges the scout really wants and what they are willing to move their schedule around for. Many classes cannot be created due to limited resources and staff availability.
It is important to Camp Grimes that scouts are excited about their summer camp experience, so please feel free to contact me to help you with your merit badge program needs. Due to high demand and limited resources, we cannot fulfill all requests but through some creative teamwork, we can do our best to make sure every camper has a great experience at Camp Grimes.
CPAP Machine Addendum
As previously stated, if you require a CPAP machine during camp, you will be responsible for bringing all required equipment, including a power source. After further discussion with our Camp Ranger, a generator is not an acceptable power source, and should not be used in the campsite without approval from the camp ranger.
Power generators used during the night, or day, could pose a potential safety risk to scouts. During the night they also can disturb other's sleep. If you bring a CPAP machine, it's power source should be a battery. Thank you.
Campsite Assignments and CPAP Machines
I have been receiving many inquiries in regards to campsite assignments and CPAP machines, so I'd like to take this time to address both issues.
Campsite assignments will be made available after May 1st. Since that is the day that final payments are due, that is the time we can make reasonable assumptions about the size of the troop. We make assignments partly on history and preference, but ultimately it is based on troop need. At this point we cannot be confident in the estimated number of boys attending from each troop to make those assignments.
Because of resource restrictions, if an adult needs to use a CPAP machine then they are responsible for brining all necessary equipment, including a battery to provide power. The camp will provide a place to recharge that battery if necessary. If you have any questions please contact me. Thank you.
Merit Badge Registration Day
Greetings Camp Coordinators and Scoutmasters,
I hope everyone is ready for online registration for merit badge classes tomorrow! This is just a reminder message of a few key points when you begin to sign up scouts.
First, your time is important. Each week will be separated by two hours, and it will be a rolling start. See below for your time. If you try to register before your time, you will find yourself unable to do so, so don't waste your own time!
Week 1 - 8 AM
Week 2 - 10 AM
Week 3 - 12 PM
Week 4 - 2 PM
Week 5 - 4 PM
Second, age and rank for each boy is very important. If you do not see certain classes appear for your boys, make sure you double check AGE and RANK for the scouts before you begin to worry whether or not the class is available.
Finally, expect to see waiting lists at the beginning. DO NOT PANIC if your scout is put on a waiting list for a class. Check back throughout the day and you will see new classes appear where demand is high. Don't put your scout in another class because they were put on a waiting list in their first choice. Let them stay on the waiting list and check back for new available classes to put them in. It may not be in the initial time you wanted, but it will be up to you to rearrange the schedule to fit your scout's needs.
Thanks for choosing Camp Grimes!
Summer Camp Program Meeting
This is a second reminder about the summer camp program planning meeting that will take place tomorrow at the Mecklenburg County Council Service Center. Dinner will start at 6:00 PM, with the program beginning at approximately 6:30.
Our office is located at 1410 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. Please review the 2013 Camp Leader's Guide, and come with any questions you might have concerning administration or programs.
We look forward to seeing everyone and are very excited to have the opportunity to serve you this summer. There are many camps your troop could attend, so thank you for choosing Camp Grimes as your home for the summer of 2013.
Camp Deposits and Camp Program Meeting
This message is being sent to provide some clarity about the camp deposits, as well as the Camp Grimes Message Board in general. When a message is posted to the Camp Grimes Message Board it is sent to every subscriber on our list. That list includes every contact person that registered their troop and those that create logins. Our last message was a reminder that the January 14th deadline for the per boy deposit had passed. That message was sent to everyone, and if you have paid your deposit, you still received the message.
Our website has been updated to show the payments made by your troop. In order to view your troop's cost report, you must first create a login and have that login approved by administration. Every troop needs to have a login for your summer camp coordinator. If you created a login last year, you will need to create a new one. This will allow you to register boys for camp and monitor payments. You will not be able to register boys at this time, but you will be able to monitor payments.
I would also like to remind everyone of the Summer Camp Program Planning Meeting that takes place February 13th, 2013 at the Mecklenburg County Council Service Center. It will begin at 6:00 PM and end at approximately 8:00 PM. A pizza dinner and refreshments will be provided. Valuable information will be provided on the camp program, as well as the website. We will also be taking comments and suggestions to help us improve the summer camp experience.
If you are an out of council troop and cannot attend, minutes will be posted on the website after the meeting. Please feel free to contact me for any questions.
Thank you for making Camp Grimes your camp for 2013.
This is just a friendly reminder that the twenty dollar per boy deposit was due on January, 14th. Please make that payment as soon as your troop is able. All deposits are credited to your over all camp fees.