Saturday, November 7, 2009
The dates for the 2010 summer camp season have been locked-in, so be sure to mark your calendars! Below are the dates for Camp Minsi's 61st summer camp season. In addition to our six traditional summer camp sessions, we will also be offering 3 exciting canoe treks for older Scouts.
2010 Summer Camp Sessions
- Week 1 (June 27 - July 3)
- Week 2 (July 4 - July 10)
- Week 3 (July 11 - July 17)
- Week 4 (July 18 - July 24)
- Week 5 (July 25 - July 31)
- Week 6 (August 1 - August 7)
2010 Deleware Canoe Treks
- Trek 1 (June 27 - July 3)
- Trek 2 (July 11 - July 17)
- Trek 3 (July 25 - July 31)
Also be sure to mark your calendars for Beaver Day 2010 (Saturday, May 8, 2010). Beaver Day is a great opportunity for service, fellowship, and recreation, and fun at Camp Minsi. The open event allows Scouts and Troops to come explore camp, meet the staff, participate in special programs and help us prepare for the summer with some friendly service. More information on Beaver Day, and other pre-camp events, will be posted here in the coming months - so stay tuned!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Camp Minsi's Voyager Canoe Trek is a brand-new program for Scouts seeking a high adventure experiance. A one-week pilot trek was held in 2009, and three full treks are already planned for the 2010 summer! This program is designed for older Scouts interested in a unique river experience. Participants will have the opportunity to canoe for 5 days, through beautiful valleys from upstate New York, into the rolling Appalachian mountains of Pennsylvania.
Three exciting treks are planned for 2010:
- Week 1 (June 27 - July 3)
- Week 3 (July 11 - July 17)
- Week 5 (July 25 - July 31)
Upon arrival at Camp Minsi on Sunday, Scouts will have a quick check-in and orientation, followed by a special campfire. The crew will awake on Monday and drive to the boat launch in New York. From there, they will canoe for five days, travling the river down into East Stroudsburg, PA. Along the way they will have the opportunity to stop at many scenic and historic sites, and learn new skills about the environment around them. They will operate as a patrol and cook their own meals. On Friday, at the completion of the trek, the crew will return to Camp Minsi to attend the closing campfire where they will be recognized and prepare for their return home on Saturday morning.
Scouts that participate in the Voyager program will develop life-long memories and will bring back many great stories and skills to share with the rest of their Troop. Scouts interested in the program should sign-up as soon as possible, as there are only 10 spots available each week! For more information and to register, please contact Jane Chase, the council's field & camping secretary, at 610.465.8568 or email@example.com.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Camp Minsi was hit Thursday with one of the heaviest early-season snowfalls on record, and it continued into the weekend when a second round of snow hit the area on Saturday. 2 to 4 inches of snow blanketed Camp Minsi and the surrounding areas.
Unusually cold temperatures, about 30 degrees below normal for this time of year, mixed with precipitation to bring the unusually early snow to the Poconos and northeastern Pennsylvania.
However the snow did not stop Scouts from having fun at camp. Minsi Trail Council's South Mountain District held their annual fall camporee at Camp Minsi this weekend. Troops from Lehigh and Northampton counties came together for their customary fall event. Scouts participated in a variety of competitions and activities as snow continued to fall throughout the day on Saturday.
It is highly unusual for snow to hit the Poconos this early, but light snowfall has occasionally been seen before Halloween. Early season snowfall hit the area last October as well, although slightly later in the month. On October 27-28, 2008 the Pocono Plateau was slammed with 10 to 20 inches of snow! However meteorologists say that this year's October 15th storm is the earliest significant snowfall in the area since 1836.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Now that the 2009 summer has come to a close, it is time to look to the future and start planning for the 2010 summer camp season. Minsi Trails Council has announced the appointment of their 2010 camp directors, and we are proud to announce that the Camp Director at Camp Minsi this summer will be Lisa Empfield. Lisa has been a long time Scouter and on the Camp Minsi staff for the past five years, most recently serving as the camp's business manager.
We are also excited to announce that Michael Wiencek has been named Program Director for the 2010 summer camp season. Mike is an Eagle Scout who first joined the Minsi staff in 2006. Most recently serving as Trail to Adventure director at Camp Minsi in 2008, last summer Mike worked at Resica Falls Scout Reservation where he oversaw and reinvigorated their first-year camper program.
Both Lisa and Mike bring many great ideas to camp, and are already working to enhance and strengthen the Scouting program offered at Camp Minsi. They are beginning the process of forming and developing the 2010 summer camp staff; interested applicants should submit the staff application located at either MinsiTrails.com or CampMinsi.org.
Additionally, Minsi Trails Council is currently working to put together exciting promotional materials for Troops and Crews. To schedule a summer camp presentation, please contact the council's director of support services, Todd Heyn, at either 610-465-8576 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, August 14, 2009
From The Pocono Record
The 1960s and the Civil War era were just two of the stops made by 160 Cub and Webelo Scouts during this year's "Time Traveler" program at Camp Minsi. And, since not a single drop of rain fell during camp hours, all enjoyed a full week of uninterrupted outdoor programs in great weather.
In its 37th year, the Mount Pocono camp is a gathering spot for hundreds of Cub Scouts from Monroe and Pike counties. For much of the summer, it serves as a resident camp for Boy Scouts, followed by the one-week day camp for cubs in August. The day camp's dedicated team of nearly 100 volunteers was again headed by director Dick Seip and organizer Mary Ann Boylan.
"It was a good year," declared Seip, who opened and closed each day's activities with a whirl through the time machine. "The program leaders did a super job. The kids had fun, and there was no liquid sunshine."
Two special interactive programs were presented. Deborah Seip and Molly Maroney of Quite Valley Historical Farm led the boys to experience life on a farm in colonial America; they learned how to milk a cow improvised from a rubber glove, since an actual cow wouldn't quite fit in Maroney's Subaru, carried water using a yolk, and cut wood with a two-man saw. A second program by Doug Roberts and his son Ryan Roberts, explored life for young men during the Civil War, culminating with a short marching reenactment that included all the boys.
The Scout-time-travelers also came across plenty of skills-based fun throughout the week: archery, B-B shooting, fishing, knot-tying, and various science experiments and problem-solving tasks.
During outdoor cooking demonstrations, longtime staffers George and Elaine Brodhead and Claire Wall showed Cubs how to cook over-easy eggs, toast and bacon on a hot rock, while Boy Scouts prepared cornbread in a Dutch oven for the Webelos. Webelos Scouts also had the chance to extend the week with a Friday-night campout program led by Troop 18.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Disc golf (also known as Frisbee golf or Frolf) is one of the fastest-growing outdoor activities among youth and young adults. This year Camp Minsi has added a brand new disc golf course for Scouts and Scouters to utilize throughout the summer. Disc golf is a game in which individual players throw a flying disc into a target. According to the Professional Disc Golf Association, "The object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of the disc." Disc golf is fun for all ages and athletic ranges.
The Boy Scouts of America have an excellent training module on incorporating Disc Golf into the Scouting program -- you can download it here. If you want to teach disc golf to Scouting volunteers, this module will show you how to do it the Boy Scout way.
Disc golf is a fun way to spend a few free hours at camp, and many merit badge requirements can be geared toward the interest of a Scout who likes disc golf as well. The disc golf course at Camp Minsi is one of many special activities designed to improve your Scouting program – you can use disc golf as an activity, for advancement, and as a great source of service projects. Information on the course can be obtained from the program director throughout the summer. It is a lot of fun to play – we hope to see you out on the course this summer!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
At Camp Minsi we sing our graces - before each meal we join together as a camp to give thanks for the meal we are about to enjoy. Several people have requested copies of the words to these graces, so below are the three graces sung at Camp Minsi. Enjoy!
Gracious Giver of all good,
Thee we thank for rest and food.
Grant that all we do or say,
In thy service be this day.
Father for this noonday meal,
We would speak the praise we feel.
Health and strength we have from thee,
Help us Lord to friendly be.
Tireless Guardian on our way,
Thou has kept us well this day.
While we thank thee we request,
Care continued pardon rest.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
We are proud to announce that 2009 marks the 60th anniversary of Camp Minsi. In honor of this tenure, the 2009 summer camp staff is planning to celebrate the occasion with a special anniversary party on Friday, July 24th, 2009.
This is an open invitation for all to come celebrate the legacy of Camp Minsi and to view the renown summer camp program in operation. All are welcome to come to camp starting at 3:00pm on the 24th. After checking in at the administration office, guests can tour camp and see all the great additions and changes that have occurred over the years.
There will be a special dinner commemorating the 60th Anniversary in the Dining Hall at 6:00pm. Throughout the day, there will be static and rolling displays and discussions about the history of Camp Minsi, the old Ice House and the creation of Stillwater Lake. Rounding out and concluding the day will be a special campfire at 8:45pm which will include a 60th anniversary theme.
This event offers an exciting way to bring the entire Camp Minsi community together– Scouts, leaders, families, friends, staff, alumni, and neighbors. The cost for the event will be $8 per person to cover the expense of the evening meal.
For more information, please feel free call Camp Minsi at 570-839-9108. Hope to see you there!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Are you tired of doing the same old routine? Did you know that Camp Minsi offers exciting opportunities in a variety of summer camp staff positions? Being on camp staff provides an exciting outdoor work experience.
Why Apply for a Camp Staff Job?
Here are a few of the countless reasons that are frequently expressed:
- To make lots of new friends with Scouts from your area, other states, and even other countries.
- To share your skills, talents and knowledge with others.
- To spend a summer in the great outdoors where nature prevails.
- To acquire experiential education (learning by doing) and new skills that will last a lifetime.
- To be a key part of an effective team.
- To build and apply leadership skills.
- To undertake and fulfill meaningful challenges.
- To work with youth and adults of all ages.
- To serve others (the most noble and fulfilling pursuit of all).
- To give something back for the opportunities you have received.
- To live in a wholesome environment based on the Scout Oath and Law.
- To be paid (and receive food and lodging) in return for something challenging and fun.
- To be considered for jobs of greater responsibility.
- To have a lot of fun!
National standards require that all paid Scout camp staff members be at least 15 years of age. The Boy Scouts of America is an equal opportunity employer that hires both females and males, as well as people of all ages and ethnic groups, diverse cultures, and abilities. Staff members must be, or become, registered members of the Boy Scouts of America. Salaries are based on position responsibility with consideration given to the individual's qualifications and experience.
Camp Minsi also offers an outstanding Councilor in Training (CIT) program designed for Scouts ages 14 and older. The program helps prepare Scouts that may be interested in serving on staff in the future with two-weeks of experience, service, excitement and leadership training. The program is 100% free and allows Scouts to get a taste of what it's like to be a summer camp staffer. The program gives Scouts a taste of what it is like to being a member of the Camp Minsi staff. Scouts can register for two (or more) weeks of volunteer service and experience by talking with the Camp Director or the camp's CIT Director throughout the summer.
Interested applicants can complete the online staff applications located at MinsiTrails.com or CampMinsi.org. For more information regarding summer camp staff, how to apply, or for information on current or anticipated openings, feel free to contact us at: 570.839.9108.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
As more Scouts come and visit Camp Minsi throughout the summer, the upholding of Leave No Trace guidelines become more important.
Leave No Trace is a plan that helps people to be more concerned about their environment and to help them protect it for future generations. Leave No Trace applies not only in the vast backcountry wilderness, but is just as relevant in a campsite, a backyard, a local park, and even urban settings.
We strive to practice Leave No Trace in our attitude and actions at Camp Minsi with wherever we do. Understanding nature strengthens our respect toward the environment. One person with thoughtless behavior or one shortcut on a trail can spoil the outdoor experience for others.
Help protect the environment by remembering that while you are there, you are a visitor. When you visit the outdoors, take special care of the area. Leave everything just as you find it.
Hiking and camping without a trace are signs of a considerate outdoorsman who cares for the environment. Travel lightly on the land.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Scouts, young and old, are having a blast on Camp Minsi's new iceberg! The new Waterfront feature provides a challenging and fun aquatics experience for swimmers at Camp Minsi. The gigantic 8-foot inflatable iceberg feature three walls studded with different configurations of heavy-duty climbing handles, along with a smooth sliding wall. Scouts can climb the walls, slide down the chute, jumps from the top, or just sit at the summit and enjoy the view. The new iceberg adds a new dimension to swimming in Lake Stillwater and is a lot of fun. Be sure to check it out next time you're up at camp.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
It has long been a tradition at Camp Minsi that each evening, just before dinner, we gather as a camp for vespers. During this time the staff will share some of their favorite poems, stories, or thoughts as we reflect on the day. The inspirational and thought-provoking words build upon the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
Below is a personal favorite of ours, a poem by James Patrick Kinney. Enjoy.
The Cold Within
Six humans trapped by circumstance in bleak and bitter cold;
Each one possessed a stick of wood or so the stories told.
Their dying fire in need of logs, the first man held his back,
For the faces round the fire, he noticed one was black.
The next man looking cross the way saw one not of his church,
And couldn’t bring himself to give the fire his stick of birch.
The third one sat in tattered clothes, he gave his coat a hitch.
Why should his log be put to use to warm the idle rich?
The rich man just sat back and thought of the wealth he had in store,
And how to keep what he had earned from the lazy, shiftless poor.
The black man’s face just spoke revenge as the fire passed from his sight.
For all he saw in his stick of wood was a chance to spite the white.
The last man of this forlorn group did nothing except for gain.
Giving only to those who gave, was how he played the game.
Their logs held tight in death's still hand was proof of human sin.
They didn’t die from the cold outside, they died from the cold within.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
If you use Google Earth, and you know where to look, you can easily check out an impressive aerial view of Camp Minsi. Located just northwest of the intersection of Route 380 and Route 940, Camp Minsi is situated on the shores of Stillwater Lake (41.06880°N, 075.25334°W).
Camp Minsi encompasses over 1,200 acres of relatively flat Pennsylvanian woodlands; along with the 314-acre Stillwater Lake. Although the trees block the view of many camp locations; you can still easily pick out many key Camp Minsi features - such as the Waterfront, the parade field, the shooting ranges, Dotter's Run and Duck Puddle, the parking lot, the ice house ruins, the activities field, the parking lot, and many of the camp roads, sites, buildings, and geographic features. So go check out Camp Minsi and this part of the Poconos on Google Earth. You'll be amazed.
Monday, June 22, 2009
The long awaited start of the 2009 summer camp season at Camp Minsi is finally here! This year Camp Minsi celebrates its 60th anniversary season, as the camp has been operating in the same location since 1949. The camp encompasses more than 1,200 acres of pristine Pennsylvanian woodlands along the shores of the 314 acre Stillwater Lake. This summer Camp Minsi continues its tradition of providing unique and exciting programs for Scouts of all ages.This summer Camp Minsi will host 6 exciting weeks of summer camp – welcoming over 65 Troops and serving more than 960 Scouts, 250 Scouters, and countless families, volunteers and friends.We look forward to sharing the fun of camp with you online – check back for updates throughout the summer.
The singing of the Camp Minsi Alma Mater has been a long-standing tradition at Camp Minsi. This anthem is sung at campfires, ceremonies and at other occasions throughout the summer. The Alma Mater holds a special meaning to many campers, leaders, and staff as it captures the spirit of Camp Minsi. While many long-time campers hold the song dear and have commited the words to memory, there are many that are not as familiar with the lyrics to this song. We've received some requests for the lyrics; and so, without further ado, here they are. Enjoy!
The Camp Minsi Alma Mater
By the shores of old Stillwater,
With it's azure blue,
Lies a camp of friendly Boy Scouts,
Cheerful, brave, and true.Sing her glories, live her ideals,Far away from care and turmoil
Hold her memories dear.
Give a cheer that all may hear it;
Hail all hail Minsi.
Of the busy town,
In a Brotherhood of Scouting;
We will there be found.Sing her glories, live her ideals,
Hold her memories dear.
Give a cheer that all may hear it;
Hail all hail Minsi!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Beaver Day is fast approaching! This event (May 16, 2009) is a special opportunity for Scouts, Scouters and volunteers to come to Camp Minsi and participate in service projects to help prepare the camp for another busy season of summer camp.
Be prepared! Below is a list of many 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 bring them and let us know.
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 special open programs. We also hope that you plan on joining us for our annual spaghetti dinner in the Camp Minsi dining hall.
For more information on any of the Beaver Day projects, please feel free to contact us (email email@example.com or phone 570.839.9108). Hope to see you there!
2009 Camp Minsi Beaver Day Projects:
- Camp-wide clean-up (3 crews of 4 youth, 2 adults each)
- Construct staff tent platform (Frantz family)
- Construct storage shed (3 adults)
- Check and repair tent platforms (2 adults)
- Clear Orange Trail & downed tree by 2nd bridge (8 youth, 4 adults)
- Clean-up brush around the dam (6 youth, 2 adults)
- Install ceiling tiles in kitchen (3 adults)
- Install new toilet paper holders in all latrines (Troop 416)
- Move boats to Waterfront (4 youth, 4 adults)
- Move winter shed (4 youth, 5 adults)
- Mulch staff site (4 youth, 2 adults)
- Mulch the new plant area by entryway (2 youth, 2 adults)
- Paint benches at chapel and fire circle (8 youth, 4 adults)
- Paint cannon (2 adults)
- Paint Chapel A-frame (4 youth, 3 adults)
- Paint dinning hall tables after sanding (6 youth, 4 adults)
- Paint E-Con exterior and remove winter walls (Troop 94)
- Paint Handi-Craft exterior (4 youth, 3 adults)
- Paint Trading Post exterior (4 youth, 3 adults)
- Power-wash and clean Central Showers (4 youth, 4 adults)
- Rake and seed staff site (20 youth, 10 adults)
- Replace front roof on Weytrex
- Replace rails and paint 1st bridge (Wollett family)
- Replace roof on site 9 latrine (3 adults)
- Set-up CIT site (6 youth, 4 adults)
- Set-up cots and tents (2 crews of 6 youth, 4 adults each)
- Set-up site canopies (2 crews of 4 youth, 2 adults each)
- Spread sand at Waterfront (6 youth, 3 adults)
- Wood chipping crew (2 crews of 6 youth, 3 adults)
Thursday, May 7, 2009
The Muck Hike is on of Camp Minsi's proudest (and dirties) traditions – and this summer we want you to join the fun! This special ecology hike is open to all Scouts (and leaders) who don't mind getting a little dirty. As the name suggests, the Muck Hike is a hike – and, in this case, it's an extremely dirty hike. The trek takes participants through the depths of Camp Minsi's westward Deer Swamp where they march through the swamp's natural "trails" and pathways as they follow the unusual streams of muck, mud and sludge. Hikers should be prepared to get dirty, as they will walk, wade, crawl, trudge, climb and swim their way through some of the swamp's muckiest areas.
The muck is composed of a swampland soil made up primarily of humus. In soil science, humus refers to decayed organic matter near its point of stability. These decayed organic substances (which are mainly dead plant remains) combine with the slow-moving waters of the swampland thus creating dense collections of mud. The breaking down of organic substances also give muck a distinct odor.
This camp-wide activity always proves to be fun and enjoyable for both Scouts and leaders alike. The hike concludes with a mob of muddy Scouts descending upon the Waterfront to cleanse in the water of Lake Stillwater (this is then followed by a trip to Central Showers to finish the task). It is recommended that any Scouts planning on participating in this event come prepared with shoes and clothing that they don't mind getting extremely dirty, muddy and wet. The thick mud will render anything that comes in contact with it thoroughly dirty – so don't wear anything you're not willing to have covered in mud.
This summer, we want everyone to have an oppertunity to become a Minsi Mucker. To promote participation, afternoon program will be adjusted. Merit Badge classes have designed their Wednesday afternoon curriculums to accommodate participation by all Scouts. Sufficient staff will be kept in each program area to provide alternative program options for those not participating.
After the hike, we will take group photos as you emerge from the muck. These souvenir photographs, and lots of other Muck Hike merchandise (including Muck Hike patches and 60th anniversary "Minsi Mucker" T-shirts) will be available in the trading post! We hope you join us this summer for the new and improved Minsi Muck Hike - and be sure to check out the video below for some pictures and video from last summer's muddy expeditions into the swamp.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Please join us on Saturday, May 16th for the second annual Beaver Day Spaghetti Dinner. Coinciding with the Beaver Day festivities, the dinner is a way of bringing together the entire Camp Minsi community for food and fellowship – Scouts, leaders, families, friends, staff, alumni, and neighbors. The dinner is open to all, with open seating from 5:30 - 8:00pm at the Camp Minsi Dining Hall.
- $6.00 for children (12 and under)
- $8.00 for adults
- $9.00 for takeout
Proceeds from the dinner will be used to support Venturing Crew 940, a Scouting group with a focus on carrying out service projects and providing leadership at Camp Minsi.
We hope to see you there and enjoying all the great Italian food. If you have any questions about the event please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What: Camp Minsi Beaver Day Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
When: Saturday, May 16, 2009 from 5:30 - 8:00pm
Where: Camp Minsi Dining Hall - Pocono Summit, PA
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
This is a big day for us - we have officially launched our new program registration portal on BadgeTracker. The BadgeTracker program allows Troops attending Camp Minsi during the summer camp season to sign their Scouts (and adult leaders) up for Merit Badge classes, trainings and other special programs prior to their arrival at camp. The new online system let's you plan your week and customize your own program. The transition to this new online camp programming allows up-to-date tracking of each Scout's progress, helps our staff be prepared for every student, and reduces the use of paper and "blue cards" on the bookkeeping side of the program (making our advancement system more efficient and environmentally-friendly).
As your Troop's week at Camp Minsi approaches, you will find all kinds of new updates to the program listings. We encourage you to log-in often as we'll continue to update the site with new programs, merit badge offerings and other activities as they are scheduled.
Should you have any question regarding BadgeTracker, please contact us.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Beaver Weekend (May 15 - 17, 2009) is a unique opportunity for service, fellowship, recreation, and fun. Come explore Camp Minsi, meet the staff, participate in special programs and give back to the camp through friendly service - and the entire event is 100% free!
Camp Minsi will provide you and your unit with a campsite, tents and cots; plus lunch on Saturday will be provided for all those participating in the weekend activities. If you don't want to make an entire weekend out of it, you can also come just for the day on Saturday to participate in the service projects, fellowship events, and other festivities.
If you are interested, please register as soon as possible through the council office. More information is available at MinsiTrails.com or by calling 610.264.8551.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Camp Minsi is one of the Pocono Mountains' largest Scout Camps. Located on the shores of Stillwater Lake in Pocono Summit, Pennsylvanian, Camp Minsi has been providing quality programs for Scouts since 1949. For 60 years, Camp Minsi has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities, outdoor adventure and lifelong values with fun and fellowship. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and through nearly a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
Camp Minsi is more than just a summer camp, it's an ongoing community of Scouts, Scouters, staff, parents and families; and now Camp Minsi is reaching out to that community on the world-wide-web with original content and updates brought to you by our dedicated summer camp staff. Here we will bring you updates and information about the landmark 60th summer camp session at Camp Minsi and beyond.
Tips, ideas, questions? E-mail us at email@example.com.