Welcome to the 2013 Camp William Hinds Season and our 87th summer of Scouting on the shores on Panther Pond! Summer camp plays a very important role in our youths' advancement, as well as their growth in character building, citizenship training and personal fitness. Our staff's goal is to create a summer of memories filled with fun, adventure and an exceptional outdoor learning experience!
We are excited to bring you the traditions and programs that you know and love along with these NEW programs for 2013:
· New revised camp schedule including breakfast buffet, expanded open areas opportunities and more evening merit badges for all ages of Scouts!
· We are very excited to be one of 11 Council's Nationwide (and the only camp in New England) to be offering the SCHOLASTIC PISTOL Program for Scouts 14 and older. This will be offered every week!
· SCUBA w/NAUI Certification expanded to include Weeks 2, 3 & 4!
· The Opening of the Science and Technology Center with afternoon NOVA Activities.
· Search and Rescue Specialty Week including CERT (Community Emergency Response Team Training) - Week 6 Only.
· Several new badges including: Kayaking, Model Design and Building, Oceanography, Search and Rescue, Fire Safety, Space Exploration, Photography and Music.
Boy Scout Leader Pre-Camp Meetings
Join us at your district roundtables to get your camp questions answered & stay for
snacks and door prizes (including camperships)!
Beaver Workday & SCSS Kick-Off Celebration
We will also be having a Camp Beaver Workday & Kick-Off Celebration on May 4th. The workday will begin at 9am and the kick-off will start at 2pm. Look for more information as we get closer to the event here at camphinds.org or on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/camphinds.
We Run 6 Weeks of Boy Scout & Specialty Weeks
Merit badge classes expose scouts to new subjects, teach a variety of skills and are an important part of the Scouting programming at Camp Hinds. Our mornings are filled with merit badge sessions, enabling all scouts to earn two or three badges during their time at camp. For the motivated Scout, additional opportunities are provided, usually in the evening, to start and possibly complete additional badges.
We Have Several New Merit Badges for 2013:
Kayaking, Model Design and Building, Oceanography, Search and Rescue, Fire Safety, Space Exploration, Photography and Music.
Beginning May 15th, you can complete on-line registration for merit badges for your troop at www.pinetreebsa.org/scss. Classes are filled on a first- come basis. On-line registrations will be given first priority. If on-line service is not available to you, you can go to the Pine Tree Council Center and ask for help to enter your badges for your troop. Your last option is to mail your advancement forms. All mailed registration forms will not be entered until staff arrives at camp in late June! Any late registrations and merit badge changes will be done on Sunday afternoon at camp as well as Monday morning before and after breakfast.
For the Older Scouts, we have made several additions to our selection of badges and afternoon programming, including the Scholastic Pistol program. Older boys can also register for our speciality weeks including: OA Week, Search and Rescue, Mountain Man and the Trail to Eagle program. We are excited to announce we are one of 11 councils to offer the Scholastic Pistol pilot program in 2013! For the H2O buff the SCUBA or BSA Lifeguard program will keep them on or
below the waves all week. For those who want to experience camp like few others, look to a session of the CIT program which will give them a preview into the life as a Hinds staff member!
Following an hour siesta, the afternoon program opens up to allow Scouts to experience summer fun as a troop. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Hinds offers activities in every area so that Scouts who don't get to visit shooting (for example) in the morning can have a chance to join their friends at the rifle range. Troop rotations are 45 minute sessions. Each troop can register for 2 stations per day followed by one session of open areas. You can take a hike up Rattlesnake Mountain, journey down the Tenny River, explore the swamps, challenge yourselves on our disc golf course, visit one of our waterfronts, challenge a troop to a sports challenge or any other of the 30 opportunities we offer!
To reserve a troop campsite, the reservation fee is $10.00 per Scout (an additional $25.00 per Scout is due by April 1, 2012). Reservations can be made through Pine Tree Council District Executive & Camp Hinds Adviser Andrew Rueger, at (207) 797-5252. Camp space is limited so reserve early! Once we receive your registration, you will receive information on how to register your Scouts for MBs, afternoon rotations and evening MBs through our Scout Camp Scheduling System (SCSS).
Check with your Scoutmaster to see what week you are coming to camp! If you can't come that week, or you want to come an additional week, see the provisional scout information below! Your scoutmaster has all of the information for camp and will help you/your Scout with decisions about merit badges, activities, and everything else there is to do at Camp. The Scoutmaster will also be able to give you details regarding payments (typically made to your troop), medical forms, travel information and will also be able to answer any questions you have about the summer camp experience!
The 2013 Summer Camp Fee for Camp Hinds is $315.00 per week for PTC Scouts. The cost for Out of Council Scouts is $345.00. If you are going to be attending Camp Hinds as a provisional camper add $25.00 to the above fee. Additional fees will be required for the following programs/MBs: $15 for the Older Boy Sports Experience, $25 for the Scholastic Pistol Program, $50 for Mountain Man Experience.
Second Week & Sibling Discounts!
If you are coming for a 2nd week of camp, your first week is full price and your second week is only $225 (whether it's with your troop or provisional). Have a second son coming to camp?
The second sibling comes for $225! Sorry, no additional early bird discount on these rates.
Adult Leader Fees
Two adults are free with the first eight boys! One additional adult goes free for each additional eight boys! Extra adult leaders are charged $90.00 per week. The Adult fee will be prorated according to the # of Scouts attending camp @ $15.00 a day.
We Run 6 Weeks of Boy Scout & Specialty Weeks
What Medical Form Do We Need?
All Campers and Leaders attending camp must have a completed BSA medical form on file with the camp health office while at camp. ALL PARTICIPANTS are REQUIRED TO HAVE PARTS A, B & C! Scouts and Leaders must have a valid physical within 12 months of camp. Click here to download the 2013 Medical Form.
How Are Medications Handled/When Is The Health Lodge Open?
What If My Son Needs To Leave Camp?
Can I Contact My Son?
What Will My Scout Be Eating?
When Are The Pre-Camp Meetings?
What Is The PTC Refund Policy?
How Do We Reserve A Spot At Camp?
How Do We Register For Specialty Programs?
How Many Leaders Can We Bring To Camp Free?
Do You Offer Discounts Or Camperships?
If you are coming for a 2nd week of camp, your first week is full price and your second week is only $225 (whether it's with your troop or provisional). Have a second son coming to camp? The second sibling comes for $225! For campership information, please download this form.