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Pack Summer Camping Trip 2014

posted Jul 14, 2014, 6:34 AM by Abdul Rashid Abdullah

Are you ready to camping?  Outdoor events are some of the best parts about being in Scouting.  This is our third Annual Summer Family Camping trip for Pack 114 and most likely there will be a lot of folks who have never camped for the first time.  In order to have a safe and fun camping trip, it is important you read all the information provided on this page and complete all required paperwork.  It is suggested that you print this page as a reference.
Required Paperwork for Camping
All forms are PDF fillable.  Only handwritten forms that are clearly legible will be accepted.  If you don't have handwriting like my mother, then please use the computer to type everything in.  In an emergency, we don't want someone to struggle in trying to read if you or your son is allergic to peanuts or penicillin.
  • Activity Consent Form
  • Annual Health Medical Record Parts A & B
  • Driver Information - Please login to TroopTrack and update your Vehicle and Driver information in your profile.  This is important for the paperwork we have to file with the Boy Scouts of America.
Camp Wilson Information
There are specific rules that Camp Wilson has.  Please download and print out so that you are familiar with the rules.  There is also a map of the area that will help you navigate the camping area and driving directions.
  • Camp Wilson Group Caping Rules - CampWilsonGroupCampingRules.pdf
  • Directions to Camp Wilson - Directions_To_Camp_Wilson.pdf
  • Pohick Bay Regional Park Map - PohickBayRegionalParkMap.pdf
  • Interactive Google Map - This Map will get you to the general vicinity, but there are specific directions to get to Camp Wilson that is only available in the PDF download that we have prepared.  However, we are providing a link to this interactive Google Map so you can explore the area via the Satellite photos before we get there.
Costs for Camping Trip
A Scout is Thrifty.  So we are doing our best to keep the cost of the camping trip as low as possible.
  • There is a $6 per person Camping Fee.  This money goes to the Regional Park and will be collected by the Pack Family Camping Staff.
  • The cost for the water park is $4 per person for REGISTERED CAMPERS.  This is a special Group rate for campers. Otherwise, the fee is $6.75. This money will be collected at the gate of the water park by water park staff.
  • Food is not provided.  You will need to bring your own food.
Since this is a family camping trip, each family will be responsible for bringing their own food.  We are providing a suggested menu with the concept in mind that you will want to keep preparation time for the meals to a minimum, cleanup easy, and food nutritional.
  • Breakfast - You will eat breakfast before leaving your home.  Enjoy it!
  • Lunch - Sandwiches.  Prepare them at home, stick them in the cooler, and enjoy while at camp.  Tuna fish sandwiches, turkey sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly, etc.  Have some fruit.
  • Dinner - Foil Meals or other simple to prepare meals.  What are foils meals?  Here are some links to some suggested recipes:
  • Breakfast - Instant Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs (use liquid eggs)
  • Juice/Drinks - Do not bring juice boxes, sodas, etc.  These are sugary foods and leave a lot of trash and residue.  Also, do not bring disposable water bottles.  Instead, bring reusable water bottles and if you are looking to flavor your beverages, try buying some Propel flavor packets other similar flavor packets.  These flavor packets have vitamins, and other electrolytes without a lot of sugar and the dye that can ruin your reusable water bottles.
  • Keep your trash and disposable items to a minimum by cutting down on packaged foods and unhealthy snacks.  One of the Aims of Scouting is personal fitness.
We do not yet have Unit Camping Equipment.  Hopefully in the future through fundraising efforts, we will have Unit Camping Equipment.  But even then, when we have family camping trips, we may not have enough equipment for everyone.  So you will want to be prepared.
  • Camping Stove - If you don't have a camping stove, you can buy inexpensive two burner propane stoves at Wal-Mart, Target, Dick's Sporting Goods, or Eastern Mountain Sports.  You will most likely only need one canister of propane fuel.  You can also save by buying only a one burner stove unless you think you might need two.
  • Cooking and Eating Gear - Bring your old pots and pans for what you need based upon your menu.  If you keep your menu simple your cooking gear will be simple.  Remember you need to clean up after you are done.  So having some kind of sponge, washing bin, and some biodegradable soap liquid detergent is important if you don't want any critters coming near you camp site during the night.  Try to stay green and stay away from bringing disposable plates.  Investing in inexpensive plastic/melamine plates and cheap cutlery is a great investment for future camping trips.  This is where Dollar Stores are great for the Thrifty Scout.
  • Family Tent - Our Boy Scout Troop camps in two-man tents.  However, for families, camping is best done in family tents.  Since we will most likely do camping in the Pack during fairly warm weather, you don't need to worry about getting a tent that is designed for all seasons.  The most important thing is that it keeps out water because it can rain anytime of the year.
  • Sleeping Bags and Padding - During these warm summer months, all you need is a light weight sleeping bag or blankets.  The most important thing is some kind of padding so you aren't sleeping on rocks or the bare ground.  Thermal pads are best but for those who are looking for super comfort, you might want to consider some kind of air mattress.
  • Personal Gear Checklist - The Boy Scouts have some camping checklists they have published on their website that you may want to take a look at.
  • 10:00 Arrive at Shirley Gate Masjid- Turn in Medical Forms, Activity Consent Form, and confirm Camping Fee has been paid.  All forms will be reviewed and validated for accuracy, completion, and legibility.  All family members must be listed on our roster.
  • 10:30 Departure Briefing - Please bring printed directions.  If I receive a lot of phone calls that morning, it maybe difficult to respond to every call.  So please, please, please, print out the directions, familiarize yourself with the trip, and be sure you pay attention to the directions that tell you the very last part on how you find Camp Wilson.  If you go to the main Pohick Bay Park you will have gone too far.
  • 11:00 Departure from Shirley Gate Masjid - If you think you can arrive at 10:55 and be processed for departure, please understand you will be holding EVERYONE up.  So please be courteous and arrive on time.  In fact if you can arrive even earlier, that would be better.  May Allah bless those who arrive early, are patient, prepared, and do their best to be helpful.  That covers three parts of the Scout Law: Courteous, Helpful, Cheerful and the Scout Motto: Be Prepared.
  • 12:00 (Noon) Arrive at Camp Wilson and begin setup
  • 1:30 Salaatul Duhr
  • 2:00 PM - Depart to Pirate's Cove Water Park
  • 5:00 PM - Return from Pirate's Cove Water Park
  • 5:15 PM - Salaatul Asr
  • 5:30 PM - Begin building of Raingutter Regatta Boats
  • 5:45 PM - Scouting Orientation and Registration
  • 6:15 PM - Begin Dinner Preparation
  • 7:00 PM - Dinner
  • 7:45 PM - Clean up and Prepare for Campfire
  • 8:10 PM - Salaatul Maghrib
  • 8:45 PM - Campfire
  • 9:40 PM - Salaatul Isha
  • 10:00 PM Lights Out - Quiet Hours
  • 6:00 AM - Salaatul Fajr *Note, Fajr enters at 5:06 AM but due to light conditions and location of bathroom, we plan to pray as a Jamaat PROMPTLY at 6:00 AM.
  • 6:30 AM - Begin Breakfast preparation
  • 7:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 8:00 AM - Raingutter Regatta
  • 9:00 AM - Begin Packing
  • 10:00 AM - Check-out Begins - Please DO NOT leave prior to being checked-out. This is for saftey reasons.
  • 11:00 AM - Camp Staff Departure
  • 11:15 AM - Program Ends

Note: Pohick Bay offers other aquatic activities such as boating and fishing. If you wish to take advantage of those activities after the program ends on Sunday morning, you're encouraged to do so. However, this activity will not be supervised or organized by the leadership of Pack 114, Troop 114, or Crew 114, Scouting program of the Islamic Center of Northern Virginia. All youth must be with their own family members upon check-out and cannot be supervised by other parents or adult leaders for any aquatic activities for safey and liability reasons.

The rest of the agenda will be shared with participants.  We don't want to have any spoilers.  If you have any other questions, do contact us ahead of time.  If we get a lot of questions on Friday we may not be able to answer all the questions.