Fall Encampment

Friday, November 2 through Sunday, November 4

Please note the change in date – we had to move the Encampment due to the upcoming Nor’easter.  

 

The Fall Encampment is for Bayberry scouts of all ages.  Use this opportunity to earn the Camping badge and get a head start on the Outdoor Journey with your troop.

While we hope you can stay for the entire event, troops can opt stay both nights or come for one night (either Friday night or Saturday night)  or just the day on Saturday. This can give both girls and leaders a great feel for the event and Girl Scout camping.

Cost is $10 per girl and includes all programming, a bandanna and a fun patch.

All registered girls are welcome to attend the encampment with or without their troop. If a girl would like to attend, but does not have adult leadership, please notify us and we will do our best to make arrangements to place her with another troop at her age level.

Please contact encampment@bayberrygirlscouts.org if you have any questions or would like to request a camping troop “buddy”.  

Troop Planning

Each troop will be responsible for:

  1. Adult leadership attendance in accordance with the Volunteer Essentials safety ratios (see page 65) for their level, including First Aid and Camp Training.*
  2. Their own food, meal planning, water bottles, mess kits (usually a Girl Scout mess kit is a mesh bag with plate, bowl, cup, knife/fork/spoon) and outdoor cooking supplies. Please consider menus that can be accomplished in the time allotted at the skills level of your girls. There are a lot of great ideas online for meal planning.**
  3. Tents, sleeping bags, flashlights and lanterns.

*Troops can join together to share resources and “buddy up” to ensure safety ratios, so don’t let a lack of official training prevent you from coming! You will know who you are sharing a campfire with so you can coordinate meals and supplies with them if you wish.

**For those needing assistance with camp cooking let us know. Prepping some food items in advance saves a lot of time. GSEMA offers equipment rentals – details can be found here: https://www.gsema.org/content/dam/girlscouts-girlscoutseasternmass/documents/outdoor/Outdoor-Center-Kit-Rental-Guide.pdf

Program

Knowledgeable family members including aunts, uncles, dads and grandparents are welcome to help run the program stations. Former or “retired” Girl Scouts would be great!  Anyone interested in helping with the program should email encampment@bayberrygirlscouts.org for more information.  

On  Saturday, scouts will rotate through several stations to learn and hone their camping and outdoor skills.  Stations will include activities like:

  • Knife skills, hatchets and saws (depending on age)
  • Fire Building
  • Knots and Lashing
  • Team and trust building skills
  • Map skills/Orienteering

At Flag Down on Saturday we will have SWAPs*. Troops will be asked to make enough SWAPs to share with everyone.

Friday and Saturday dinner we will enjoy a campfire and sing-a-long. All troops should plan at least one song or skit to perform for Saturday’s campfire.

Tentative Schedule:

Friday

  • 4pm – 7pm : Check-in, Troop dinner
  • 7pm – 8pm : Campfire
  • 8:pm – 10 pm: Troop time
  • 10pm: Lights out, quiet time until 7am

Saturday

  • 7am – 8:00 am: Troop breakfast
  • 8am – 8:30am: Flag Up and Announcements
  • 8:45am – 11:30am: Station rotations
  • 11:45am – 1:15pm: Troop Lunch
  • 1:30pm – 4:15pm: Station rotations
  • 4:30pm – 5:00pm: Flag Down, announcements, SWAPS exchange
  • 5pm-6:45pm: Troop Dinner
  • 7pm-8:30pm: Campfire and skits
  • 8:30-10pm: Troop Time
  • 10pm: Lights out, quiet time until 7am

Sunday

  • 7am-8:30am: Troop breakfast
  • 9am-9:30am: Scout’s Own
  • 9:30-10am: Clean up and check-out

We had fun at the Spring encampment!

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