Sunday, May 10, 2009

Beaver Day '09 Project List

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 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

Be Prepared for the Infamous Minsi Muck Hike!

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.