Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Camp Minsi Silver Turtle Award

The Silver Turtle is a new award unique to Camp Minsi. As a 5-year progressive award, the Silver Turtle gets more and more difficult at each stage. The Silver Turtle has been created to encourage Scouting spirit throughout camp while promoting the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Scouts must participate in certain program activities, learn of camp history, participate in service projects, and perform some extra fun activities.

The Silver Turtle tracking sheets will be distributed at the Sunday Night leaders' meeting. Since this is the first year of the Silver Turtle program, only level 1 is available. Scouts will be able to get their tracking sheets signed by staff members for certain requirements, but unit leaders will also be asked to sign for certain requirements pertaining to the Troop.

All scouts who complete level 1 of the Silver Turtle program will receive a special patch to wear on their uniforms. As each level of the Silver Turtle is earned, Scouts will earn special beads to add to the turtle's tail.

We hope to see many Scouts earning their Silver Turtle this year... and be sure to come back in 2011 to earn level 2.

Camp Minsi Silver Turtle Award
-Level I Requirements-

Scout Spirit: Complete all of the following:
_______ Display Scout Spirit throughout your week at summer camp
_______ Complete a conservation or service project with your Troop
_______ Perform a skit/song/cheer at the Friday night campfire
_______ Teach a Scout a new skill
_______ Earn a Merit Badge
_______ Have your Troop host a staff member in your campsite

Minsi Spirit: Answer all of the following:
• What year was Camp Minsi founded?
• What is the translation of Klampeecien Chuppecat?
• What Native American tribe inhabited Camp Minsi until 1784?

Program: Do five of the following:
_______ Shoot a bow and arrow at Archery
_______ Shoot a rifle at Shooting Sports
_______ Attend a cooking demo at Scoutcraft
_______ Take a boat out on the Lake
_______ Go swimming in the Lake
_______ Work on a project at Handicraft
_______ Go on an E-Con hike

Miscellaneous: Do five of the following:
_______ Enjoy a slushie at the Trading Post
_______ Waiter a meal
_______ Participate in the Troop Olympics on Tuesday evening
_______ Attend the OA Ceremony on Wednesday evening
_______ Give the Program Director a high five
_______ Attend Minsi Legends on Thursday night
_______ Go to Frigid Froggy at least one morning
_______ Participate in a flag ceremony in your site

Monday, April 12, 2010

Trail to Eagle Week - Date Change & Pre-Reqs

Trail to Eagle Specialty Camp
Week 5 - July 25-31, 2010*
Camp Minsi - Minsi Trail Council, BSA

Join us for an exciting specialty week at Camp Minsi this summer. The new "Trail to Eagle" specialty camp program will be run for one week only this summer at Camp Minsi! Scouts are invited to come to camp to participate in this exclusive opportunity to work specifically on four Eagle-required Merit Badges, planning and understanding Eagle leadership projects, understanding the specific parts of the Trail to Eagle process, and experiencing advanced leadership development. Due to the Boy Scout's National Jamboree and centennial celebration at the end of July, we have decided to change the week of this program to accomodate more Scouts; the special one-week program will now be run July 25-31, 2010 at Camp Minsi.

Scouts will gave an opporturnty to earn Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, and Personal Management Merit Badges. Scouts will spend the week as a member of the special Trail to Eagle Troop, which will have adult staff Scoutmasters to supervise them in their own Troop site as they function in a model Boy Scout troop.

Be prepared! Some Merit Badge requirements involve a long time span or special conditions to complete; such requirement must be completed prior to camp. Pre-requirements must be done to the satisfaction and standards of the Camp Minsi Trail to Eagle counselors. The pre-requirements (listed below) will not be completed in camp and should be completed by Scouts prior to coming to camp.

Due to the advanced level of the program, Scouts must be at least 14-years-old (as of June 1, 2010) and have attained the rank of First Class in order to participate in the Trail to Eagle program at Camp Minsi.

Spaces are limited, sign your Scout up for the Trail to Eagle specialty week at Camp Minsi today!

Rates: $260 per Scout

Questions: Contact Mike Wiencek, Camp Minsi Program Director at

Register: Contact Jane Chase, Field & Camping Secretary at the Minsi Trails Council office (610-465-8568 or

Merit Badges Pre-reqs:
Citizenship in the Nation
2. Do TWO of the following:
a. Visit a place that is listed as a National Historic Landmark or that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tell your counselor what you learned about the landmark or site and what you found interesting about it.
b. Tour your state capitol building or the U.S. Capitol. Tell your counselor what you learned about the capitol, its function, and the history.
c. Tour a federal facility. Explain to your counselor what you saw there and what you learned about its function in the local community and how it serves this nation.
d. Choose a national monument that interests you. Using books, brochures, the Internet (with your parent's permission), and other resources, find out more about the monument. Tell your counselor what you learned, and explain why the monument is important to this country's citizens.

Citizenship in the World
7. Do TWO of the following and share with your counselor what you have learned:
a. Visit the Web site (With your parent/guardian's permission) of the U.S. State Department. Learn more about an issue you find interesting that is discussed on this Web site.
b. Visit the Web site (With your parent/guardian's permission) of an international news organization or foreign government, OR examine a foreign newspaper available at your local library, bookstore, or newsstand. Find a news story about a human right realized in the United States that is not recognized in another country.
c. Visit with a student or Scout from another country and discuss the typical values, holidays, ethnic foods, and traditions practiced or enjoyed there.
d. Attend a world Scout jamboree.
e. Participate in or attend an international event in your area, such as an ethnic festival, concert, or play.

3. Write a five-minute speech. Give it at a meeting of a group. (Have speech written and prepared, it will be given at camp)

8. Plan a troop court of honor, campfire program, or an interfaith worship service. Have the patrol leaders' council approve it, then write the script and prepare the program. Serve as master of ceremonies.
Interview someone you know fairly well, like, or respect because of his or her position, talent, career or life experiences. Listen actively to learn as much as you can about the person. Then prepare and deliver to your counselor an introduction of the person as though this person were to be a guest speaker, and include reasons why the audience would want to hear this person speak. Show how you would call to invite this person to speak. (Conduct interview prior to camp)

Personal Management
2. Do the following:
a. Prepare a budget reflecting your expected income (allowance, gifts, wages), expenses, and savings. Track your actual income, expenses, and savings for 13 consecutive weeks. (You may use the forms provided in this pamphlet, devise your own, or use a computer generated version.) When complete, present the results to your merit badge counselor.
b. Compare expected income with expected expenses.
1. If expenses exceed income, determine steps to balance your budget.
2. If income exceeds expenses, state how you would use the excess money (new goal, savings).

8.Demonstrate to your merit badge counselor your understanding of time management by doing the following:
a. Write a "to do" list of tasks or activities, such as homework assignments, chores, and personal projects, that must be done in the coming week. List these in order of importance to you.
b. Make a seven-day calendar or schedule. Put in your set activities, such as school classes, sports practices or games, jobs or chores, and/or Scout or church or club meetings, then plan when you will do all the tasks from your "to do" list between your set activities.
c. Follow the one-week schedule you planned. Keep a daily diary or journal during each of the seven days of this week's activities, writing down when you completed each of the tasks on your "to do" list compared to when you scheduled them.
d. Review your "to do" list, one-week schedule, and diary/journal to understand when your schedule worked and when it did not work. With your merit badge counselor, discuss and understand what you learned from this requirement and what you might do differently the next time.

9.Prepare a written project plan demonstrating the steps below, including the desired outcome. This is a project on paper, not a real-life project. Examples could include planning a camping trip, developing a community service project or a school or religious event, or creating an annual patrol plan with additional activities not already included in the troop annual plan. Discuss your completed project plan with your merit badge counselor.
a. Define the project. What is your goal?
b. Develop a timeline for your project that shows the steps you must take from beginning to completion.
c. Describe your project.
d. Develop a list of resources. Identify how these resources will help you achieve your goal.
e. If necessary, develop a budget for your project.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Beaver Day 2010 - Saturday, May 8th

Beaver Day is fast approaching! This event (May 8, 2010) is a special opportunity for Scouts, Scouters and volunteers to come to Camp Minsi and participate in service projects essential to preparing the camp for another busy season of summer camp.

We hope that you are able to join us for a fun-filled weekend of service, fellowship, recreation, camping, and fun! Bring your troop, your patrol, your friends, or your family. Beaver weekend is a great oppertunity to get out, explore camp, and give back.

Be prepared! Below is a list of some of the projects currently planned for Beaver Day. Dress appropriately for the jobs and the weather. 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 a delicious meal and great Scout fellowship.

For more information on any of the Beaver Day projects, please feel free to contact us (email Hope to see you there!

2010 Camp Minsi Beaver Day Projects:

  • Set up all campsite canvas on frames
  • Disperse campsite cots to individual tents
  • De-winterize Ecology Lodge
  • De-winterize Handicraft Lodge
  • Move sailboats to Waterfront
  • Replace Health Lodge porch roof
  • Clean kitchen and paint dividing wall
  • Refurbish hand-crank ice cream makers
  • Disassemble and store wood donations (2 locations)
  • Start construction of Shotgun pavilion (Crew 1928)
  • Paint fuel storage tanks
  • Repair cots
  • Assemble large tent in parking lot
  • Install light pole at maintenance shop
  • Finish electrical work in staff site
  • Finish electrical work in Trading Post
  • Repair roof leaks (Trading Post, Staff Cabin, Central Showers)
  • Replace roof on last bay of maintenance shop (wood storage area)
  • Clean-up brush and clear trails
  • Camp-wide clean-up

Monday, April 5, 2010

Fishing on Stillwater Lake

Camp Minsi;s Stillwater Lake covers approximately 315-acres. Located on the Pocono Plateau at an elevation of 1,811 feet, the lake is home to a variety of freshwater fish and other aquatic creatures. Aside from Fishing Merit Badge, the summer camp program offers ample angling opportunities for Scouts who enjoy fishing.

Lake Stillwater holds Smallmouth Bass, Perch, Crappie, Pickerel, Sunfish and Catfish. The tailwaters of the lake compose Tunkhannock Creek and offer Brook and Rainbow trout fishing as well.

Scouts can enjoy fishing our waters throughout the week. However it is required that Scouts follow all rules and regulations set forth by the PA Fish and Boat Commission, which means that anyone over the age of 16 must carry a current Pennsylvania Fishing License. Also, with few exceptions, our policy on the lake is "Catch & Release".

Camp Minsi does have a limited supply of fishing equiptment available to borrow from the quartermaster; and a moderate selection of bait and other supplies are also available in the trading post. However it is highly recommended that Scouts interested in fishing bring their own poles and tackle to camp.

For more information on Stillwater Lake's fishing opportunities and to find out about the "hot spots" on the lake, be sure to talk to the Ecology-Conservation staff at the E-con lodge throughout your week.