The troop typically plans a monthly troop campout, where only Troop 88 is involved. The exceptions to this usually happens when there is a month in which district- or council-wide campouts are scheduled and during the month(s) when summer camps are held.
Planning for troop, district, or council campouts will be worked out by the scouts. These tasks include:
* a menu
* who will purchase food (reimbursed before leaving on trip)
* who will sleep in whose tent (no one sleeps alone; scouts sleep with scouts; parents with parents or alone)
* who will cook and clean up
* whose parent(s) will drive and/or stay
Adults arrange for their own menus, purchasing and cooking.
Transportation. While in transit to and from a campout, the scouts are required to wear their Class A uniform. We usually meet at the church at 5:00 pm on Friday and then eat fast food somehwhere en route. The scouts usually return to the church by 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. It is the parent’s responsibility to either be there when they arrive or make delivery arrangements. It is very poor manners to make the transporting parent wait for you at the end of a long weekend. Patrols should have one of their parent stransport their group. If not possible and/or only a few patrol members are attending, other arrangements may be made.
Equipment. Each patrol should have its own box in which they bring their camping food and misc. consumable supplies. The troop has patrol boxes that everyone uses so you can’t leave leftovers from one camping trip and count on its being available the next trip. These troop boxes have reusable items, such as pots, pans, cooking sppons, propane stoves, etc. It is recommended that each patrol provide its own eating utensils and mess kit. We try to limit disposable products.
Winter campouts. Winter campoutss usually last a weekend and require proper equipment and knowledge for camping in the cold.
Summer camp. Summer camps usually last at least one (1) week (long-term camp), whether they are local camps or not. It is recommended that every new scout attend a local general camp (such as Peaceful Valley or Camp Alexander) at the first opportunity. This gives the new scout a major camp experience that is not too far from home and allows for significant progress on rank and select merit badges. Long-term camps always require submission of a current medical form and release.
Completion of a local general camp may be required before the scout is allowed to attend a camp that requires extensive travel such as Cherry Valley (California). Some camps may require a minimum age and/or rank such as Sea Base, RAMS, or Philmont.