Monday, January 18, 2016

2016 Camp Documents

It's hard to believe that it is already time to start thinking about summer camp! We're extremely excited for our 2016 summer camp programs and can't wait to help you begin the planning process as you prepare for summer camp. This year we are preparing a variety of exciting new opportunities and adventures while continuing to build on our lasting traditions and time-tested programs.

We've assembled several essential resources and documents to help unit leaders and Scouts "be prepared" for summer camp. These documents are full of useful information about our 2016 camp programs. The 2016 Camp Minsi Leader's Guide is the first resource to answering your summer camp questions. This guide is full of essential information and forms for unit leaders. The 2016 Camp Minsi Merit Badge & Program Guide includes program schedules, detailed merit badge information, and information on other activities happening during your week of summer camp. Be sure to check out the resources located on campminsi.org to help you and your unit prepare for your week at Camp Minsi.

On behalf of the entire 2016 Camp Minsi staff, we'd like to thank you for choosing Camp Minsi; and we look forward to sharing a memorable summer with you and your entire unit.

Yours in Scouting,

Lisa Empfield
Camp Director
    Greg Larson
Program Director

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2016 Pre-Camp Leader Meetings and Events


For more than 100 years, the tradition of "Be Prepared" has been the motto of the Scouting movement. As such, we invite you to participate in one of our pre-camp leaders meetings to help you get prepared for the 2016 summer camp season. These informational meetings have several purposes, one of which is to allow you to meet the camp leadership, ask questions, and find out a more about what you can expect at camp this summer. If you have not been to Camp Minsi before, come and see what it is all about!

Minsi Trails Council's Summer Camp Informational Meeting: Monday, March 7, 2016
Minsi Trails Council will be holding an informational summer camp meeting for unit leaders on March 6, 2016 at Northeast Middle School in Bethlehem, PA. The gathering will start at 6:30PM, with the meeting starting promptly at 7:00PM. The purpose of the meeting is to share information with unit leaders regarding the council's summer camp programs. This meeting also gives leaders an opportunity to ask any questions, connect with other leaders, give feedback, and meet some of our key staff members. All unit leaders are invited to attend this meeting. If you are have any questions, or need directions, please contact the Minsi Trails Council office at 610.264.8551.
Minsi Trails Council's University of Scouting: Saturday, March 12, 2016
Minsi Trails Council's University of Scouting will be held at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, PA on Saturday, March 12, 2016. The event will include two sessions to help leaders prepare for summer camp. From 9:40AM to 10:35AM there is "What I need to Know? Camp Program & Activities." This course gives you an overview of the various programs available at Camp Minsi. Then from 2:05 PM to 3:00 PM is "Doubleknot System" which provides information on how to manage your unit's summer camp activities and online registrations. You can sign up for either of these sessions by enrolling in the University of Scouting at www.minsitrails.org/uofs.
Camp Minsi Pre-camp Leader's Meeting & Luncheon: Saturday, May 21 2016
Camp Minsi will hold an informational meeting on Saturday, May 21, 2016 in conjunction with the camp's Beaver Day. This meeting will be held at Camp Minsi in the Dining Hall starting at 1:00PM. A complimentary lunch will be served as well. This meeting allows the camp staff to ensure that leaders have the accurate and up-to-date information and to answer any questions you may have about your week at camp. You will be able to meet key staff members and are invited to tour camp and check out your campsite.
Beaver Weekend at Camp Minsi: Friday, May 20 – Sunday, May 22, 2016
Beaver Weekend is a unique opportunity for service, fellowship, recreation, and camping! Take the opportunity to bring your unit to Camp Minsi for the weekend. You can explore the camp, meet the staff, participate in open programs, and give back to Camp Minsi and Scouting through friendly service. This event is completely free! All we ask in return is that your unit gives a few hours of service to the camp on Saturday. Lunch on Saturday will be provided for all who are participating in the weekend. If your unit decides not to make a weekend out of it, you are invited to come just for the day on Saturday to participate in some of the fellowship events and service projects.
Camp Minsi Fall Open House: Saturday, October 22, 2016
It's never to early to start thinking about summer camp 2017! Come stop by our annual Fall Open House anytime between 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Learn all about our 2017 programs, receive guided tours of the camp, apply for camp staff positions, and much more! Complimentary weekend camping is also available.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Camp Minsi Kicks Off Summer Camp 2015

The anticipated start of the 2015 summer camp season at Camp Minsi has arrived! This summer Camp Minsi will host six exciting weeks of summer camp programs – welcoming more than 1,200 individual Scouts and 300 adult leaders.

Summer camp is the pinnacle of Scouting’s outdoor program. With many unique program areas, Scouts have the opportunity to experience a variety of exciting activities at Camp Minsi. This summer is filled with new programs and activities designed to peak the interests of every camper - from newest campers to the seasoned veterans. Camp Minsi's Trail to Adventure program is a specially designed to help first-year Scouts advance in the early ranks, while the Afternoon Adventures offer a variety of high adventure options for older Scouts - including whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking, and climbing.

The camp's waterfront, located on the 314-acre Stillwater Lake, offers many exciting aquatic programs for Scouts – including swimming, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and much more.

Connect with Camp Minsi online (on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram) to follow all the fun and excitement of summer camp 2015.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Beaver Day 2015 Project List

Beaver Day is fast approaching! This event (May 9, 2015) is a special opportunity for Scouts, Scouters and volunteers to come to Camp Minsi and participate in service projects to help us prepare the camp for another busy season of summer camp.

Be prepared! Below is a list of the projects currently planned for Beaver Day. Dress appropriately for the jobs – you may end up working in the dirt, clearing brush, or painting. If you have any special skills, tools, interests or expertise that could help with any of these projects, please be sure to let us know so we can connect you with the right project.

Beaver Day 2015 Project List:
  • Set-up all campsite tents and cots.
  • Set-up all campsite and program area canopies.
  • Clean up the Fire Circle (rake around benches, dig out fire pits, etc.).
  • Clean up around the Winter Tents.
  • Clean up and cut back brush around the dumpsters.
  • De-winterize the Waterfront pavilion and store walls for the summer.
  • De-winterize the Handicraft lodge.
  • Spread stone in the area in front of Handicraft.
  • Build new tent platforms for the CIT site and ScoutCraft.
  • Repaint the outside of the Ad-Pad.
  • Repaint the Rifle pavilion and touch up the trim on the Shotgun pavilion.
  • Clear and cutback the trail from Rifle to Shotgun.
  • Spread stone on the trail from Rifle to Shotgun.
  • Remove the brush pile at Shooting Sports.
  • Clean dry storage, chemical storage and bathroom in the back of the kitchen.
  • Build and install the final doors on the changing stations at Waterfront.
  • Finish installation of the new windows on Camp Director’s Cabin.
  • Install new emergency sirens on the water tower.
  • Install pex lines in the Trading Post.
  • Run electric for dishwashing machine in the Trading Post.
  • Install solar lighting at Rifle Range.
  • Build blind at Shotgun Range to protect thrower.
  • Repair broken bench at Rifle.
  • Patch the long crack in Rifle pavilion’s concreate floor.
  • Chainsaw work around camp.
  • Split and stack firewood.
  • Rake around all buildings, pull weeds, clean-up brush and clear central camp trails and roadways.

A continental breakfast and a cooked lunch on Saturday will be provided (free of charge) to all Beaver Day participants; and in the afternoon you will have an opportunity to explore camp and participate in some special open programs. We also hope that you plan on joining us for our 8th annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser in the Camp Minsi dining hall on Saturday evening (cost $7 per person).

Beaver Day 2015 Schedule:
  • 7:45AM - Morning Colors (Parade Field)
  • 8:00AM - Continental Breakfast (Dining Hall)
  • 8:30AM - Welcoming Remarks & Review Work Assignments (Dining Hall)
  • 9:00AM - Work Projects Start
  • 12:15PM - Lunch (Dining Hall)
  • 1:00PM - Work Projects Resume
  • 3:30PM - Program Areas Open Program Areas
  • 5:45PM - Evening Colors / Retreat (Parade Field)
  • 6:00PM - Venturing Crew 940 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser ($7 per person)

For more information on any of the Beaver Day projects or to register your unit for the weekend or a specific project, please contact us at campminsi@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Men’s Health writer becomes ‘Bald Eagle Scout’

Written by Bryan Wendell for Scouting Magazine

Once you turn 18, you’re no longer eligible to earn the Eagle Scout rank. But the honorary — and, it must be said, completely fictional — “Bald Eagle Scout” rank has no such age limit.

Joe Kita, a former Cub Scout who left Scouting after Webelos, wanted to earn the honor that eluded him as a youth. So the Men’s Health writer, now a middle-aged man, embarked on the journey to become a “Bald Eagle Scout.”

He visited Camp Minsi in Pennsylvania and teamed up with Minsi Trails Council Troop 1600 to get a taste of the challenging journey to Scouting’s highest honor.

Then he wrote about it. His story is chronicled in the March 2015 issue of Men’s Health, a magazine with a total audience of 13 million. He also tells what he learned in a BSA-produced video you can watch below.

The video and story were first posted at Scouting Wire, which offers this suggestion for how to use the story: “Use this video to tell the Eagle Scout story and invite adults to turn regrets into opportunities by volunteering. Also, the video is a great way to show parents how Scouting makes the most of the little time they have to impact their children.”

My favorite moment in the video was when Kita recounted a trip down the Scout Law trail at Camp Minsi. Those 12 words, each posted on its own sign, really resonated with him. And he thinks parents should take note.

“Do you want your child to be honest? Trustworthy? Reverent? Do you want him to be a leader?” Kita asks. “So you can almost walk that parent down that path and say do you want your son to grow up to be this and this and this? Of course they’ll say yes to each one. But then I would ask them how are you teaching, or how is your son being taught those values?”

Scouting, of course, is the answer.