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Summer Camps 2016
 
Troop 55 and Crew 55 will sponsor at least nine summer camp adventures in 2016.  Some scouts will also attend leadership camps.

The camps sponsored by Troop 55 and Crew 55 are as follows:

Camp Location Dates Program Target
Age
Cost
Scuba
   diving
  
Honduras,
   Roatan
June 4-11 Scuba
   diving
14+
 
$2,600
   (est)
Galveston
   Sea Base
Texas
  
June 13-18
(full,
  waitlist)
Sailing and
   merit badges
  
11+, plus
   previous
   MB camp
$ 650
   (est)
Lost Pines
   Camp
Texas, near
   Bastrop
June 19-25 Merit badge
   camp
11+ $ 550
   (est)
Whitewater
   canoe trek
Canada, near
   Manitoba
June 18-27 Whitewater
   canoeing
14+ $1,650
   (est)
Morrison and
   Cullimore
Idaho
  
July 2-9 Merit badge
   camp and
   mid-level
   adventure
11+ and
  13+
$1,450
   (est)
Salmon
   River
Idaho
  
July 2-9 Backpacking
   and rafting
  
13+
 
$1,450
   (est)
Glacier Nat
   Park
Montana
  
July 10-16 Hiking, fishing
   & service
  
13+, plus
   previous
   MB camp
$1,050 to
   $1,350
Galveston
   Sea Base
Texas
  
July 18-23 Sailing and
   merit badges
  
13+ $ 650
   (est)
Cycling
   Adventure
Pittsburgh
   to D.C.
July 23-31 Cycling and
   Camping
14+
  
$1,200
   (est)
John Muir
   Trail
  
California
  
Aug 6-14 Backpacking
   and fishing
  
15+
  
$1,350 to
   $1,950

REGISTRATION:  To register for any of these camps, click this registration link.
The registration deadline for most camps is March 31, but some are earlier.
Some camps have limits on the number of participants, so early registration is encouraged.

Merit Badge Camps

June 13 - 18,  Live aboard a ship, Galveston Sea Base
This program focuses on the STEM/NOVA awards plus some maritine ralated merit badges.  The group will live aboard the Bay Smart Express, a 110-foot ship that is a floating science lab and bunkhouse.  T-55 has reserved the entire program for our week, so we will have the ship to ourselves.
Cost:  $650 (est).     Note:  this camp is currently full, but can join the waitlist.
Age requirement:  open to scouts of any age who have previously been to at least one MB camp.
Adult coordinators:  Rob Rice and Bill Curtis.

June 19 - 25,  Lost Pines Scout Reservation, near Bastrop, TX
This is a traditional merit badge camp.  The camp is on a large lake and offers a good range of merit badges and activities for advancement to Second and First Class.  With the warm water in Texas, Swimming and other water-based badges are especially good.  The group will travel by bus.
Cost:  $550 (est).    
Age requirement:  open to scouts of any age.
Adult coordinator:  Ken Moursund.
Camp website:  Lost Pines   (BSA Capital Area Council website)

July 2 - 9,  Camp Morrison in Idaho, near McCall
This is a traditional merit badge camp on a lake in the Rocky Mountains.  The group will fly to Boise, and travel by bus to the camp which is 100 miles to the north. The camp offers an excellent selection of merit badges (but the water is cold).  The camp also offers activities for advancement to Second and First Class.  Prior to the start of camp, the group will do one day of rafting on the Salmon River.  (See below for Camp Cullimore.)
Cost:  about $1,450, depending on airfare. 
Age requirement:  open to scouts of any age.
Adult coordinator:  Bob Casey.
Camp website:  Camp Morrison   (BSA Ore-Ida Council website)

Mid-level Adventure Programs

July 2 - 9,  Camp Cullimore in Idaho, near McCall
This mid-level adventure program is run in conjunction with Camp Morrison (see above).  The group will fly to Boise, and travel by bus to the camp along with the Morrison group.  Scouts can earn a few merit badges, but the group mainly does side trips for rock climbing, repelling and white-water rafting.  Prior to the start of camp, the group will do one day of rafting on the Salmon River.
Cost:  about $1,450, depending on airfare. 
Age requirement:  at least 13 yrs old by time of camp.
Adult coordinator:  Bob Casey.
Camp website:  Camp Cullimore   (BSA Ore-Ida Council website)

July 10 - 16,  Glacier National Park in Montana
Activities will include hiking, fishing/fly fishing, whitewater rafting and possibly horseback trail rides  depending on interest level from group. This group will also do 20 hours of service projects in order to qualify for the Centennial metal.  The group will fly to Kalispel, MT, and then take vans to Glacier National Park.
Cost:  $1,050 to $1,350.
Age requirement:  Must be at least 13 by time of camp, and have previously attended at least one MB camp.  This group is limited to 10 participants.
Adult coordinators:  Tina Salem, Dana Myers and Jon Spiers.

July 18 - 23,  Galveston Sea Base
This is a sailing camp run by the Bay Area Council in Galveston.  The group will rotate through small and medium boat sailing and sea kayaking.  No prior sailing or kayaking experience necessary. 
Cost:  about $650.
Age requirement:  at least 13 yrs old by time of camp.
Adult coordinator:  Angela Enyart and Joan Schaan.
Camp website:  Galveston Sea Base  (BSA Bay Area Council website)

High Adventure Programs

June 4 - 11,  Scuba diving in Honduras, near Roatan
This 8-day adventure is based on an island off the north coast of Honduras.  The group will fly directly from Houston to Roatan, and stay 7 nights at Infinity Bay Beach Resort.  Five days of diving are planned with boats, tanks and weights included.
Cost:  $2,300 base fee plus perhaps $300 for meals and extras.  The price is subject to change based on airfares.
Initial deposit:  $750.   Final payment for base fee:  $1,550 is due by Mar 31.
Age requirement:  at least 14 yrs old by time of camp.  Scuba certification required prior to departure.
Adult coordinator:  Tom Scotty. Camp website:  Infinity Bay Resort

June 18 - 27,  Whitewater canoeing trek near Manitoba, Canada
This canoe adventure will be on the Manigotagan River.  The trip will cover ten days, seven of which will be on the river.  Canoe training will be required and will be held in the months prior to the trip. 
Cost:  $1,650 (est).
Age requirement:  at least 14 yrs old by time of camp, plus previous high adventure experience.
Adult coordinators:  Ken Alexander and Vernon Jones.

July 2 - 9,  Salmon River Backpacking & Rafting in Idaho
After one day of rafting on the Salmon River with the Morrison and Cullimore groups, this trek will start with two days of backpacking, and then three days of whitewater rafting on the Salmon River.  The group will fly to Boise and then travel by bus along with the groups for Camp Morrison and Camp Cullimore (see above).
Cost:  about $1,450, depending on airfare.
Age requirement:  at least 13 yrs old by Jan 31, 2016.
Adult coordinator:  Anne Singleton.

July 23 - 31,  Cumberland Gap Rails to Trails Cycling
This is a cycling trek from Pittsburgh, PA, to Washington, D.C.  The route includes over 330 miles of dedicated bike trails, part of which are along old train right-of-ways.  Entry to D.C. will be along the C&O Canal Towpath.  The group will camp along the route. 
Cost:  $1,200 (est).
Age requirement:  at least 14 yrs old by time of camp (or finished 8th grade), plus warm-up rides in the months prior to the trip.
Adult coordinators:  Karl Poirot and Chad Disch.

August 6 - 14,  Backpacking on the John Muir Trail in California
This is an advanced backpacking and fishing trek. 
Cost:  $1,350 to $1,950.
Age requirement:  at least 15 yrs old by time of trip.
Adult coordinators:  Tom Horton and Ed Lee.

Leadership camps

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) - June 5-10 and June 12-17, 2016
Held at Bovay Scout Ranch, near Navasota.  Two separate one-week sessions.
Scoutmaster approval is required.  Contact Mr. Lombardi.
For more information about NYLT and for registration, click here, or contact Charles Williams, Robert Lombardi or Dick Yale.

National Advance Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) - Spring and Summer sessions in 2016
Conducted at Philmont Scout Ranch and BSA's other three high adventure camps.
At Philmont, there are seven separate one-week sessions in Jun, Jul & Aug.
At Florida Sea Base, there is one session - Mar 19-25.
At Northern Tear, three sessions - Jun 19-25, Jul 3-9 & Jul 24-30.
At the Summit (in West Virginia), two sessions - Jun 26-Jul 2 & Jul 10-16.
Open to scouts who have completed the NYLT course.
Scoutmaster approval is required.  Contact Mr. Lombardi.
For more information about NAYLE and for registration, go to the website for the specific camp.  For registration for the sessions at Philmont, click here (PTC website).  For additonal info, click here (Facebook link), or contact Charles Williams.

Scholarships

Troop 55 has scholarship funds available to assist scouts with the cost of summer camps, especially merit badge camps and leadership camps.  The troop has activities each year whereby scouts can earn funds for summer camp, and these include selling Scout Fair tickets.  The receipt of financial assistance for summer camp is often conditioned on the scout earning a portion of the camp fee himself.  To apply for financial assistance, please see instructions at this link.

For leadership camps (NYLT and NAYLE), Troop 55 will reimbursement the camp fee upon request after completion of the course.  This reimbursement is for the course fee only and does not include transportation expenses.
 

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Summer Camp Inspiration
Go to the Media Room to view photos and video of past Summer campouts - media room >

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General policy for summer camps in future years:
• Troop 55 usually arranges three levels of camps in June, and three levels of camps in July/August.  The three levels are:
(a) merit badge camp (open to all scouts),
(b) mid-level adventure camp (targeted to scouts who are 12-14), and
(c) high adventure camp (usually restricted to scouts who are 14 & over), which may be arranged jointly with Crew 55.
• The camps are usually selected in September and October for the following year.
• Suggestions are welcome and should be sent to Robert Lombardi or Ken Alexander.

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Previous summers . . .

2015
Hale Scout Reservation, Oklahoma - June 13 - 20
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico - June 13 - 26
Big Bend Canoe Trip, Texas - June 14 - 21
Sid Richardson Scout Ranch, Texas - June 21 - 27
Camp Daniel Boone, North Carolina - July 4 - 12
Sailing Adventure, Florida - July 4 - 12
Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana - July 12-19

2014
Texas Coastal Flyfishing, near Corpus Christi - June 8 - 14
Backpacking in Texas Hill Country - June 11 - 15
El Rancho Cima, Texas - June 22 - 28
Galveston Sea Base - June 30 - July 5
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico - July 5 - 18
San Marcos Canoe Trip, Texas - July 8 - 11
Summit Bechtel Scout Res, West Virginia - July 13 - 18
European biking trek, Spain, Pyrenees - July 14 - Aug 4
Camp Jeffrey, Colorado - July 20 - 26
Elkhorn High Adventure Base, Colorado - July 20 - 26

2013
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico - June 14 - 27
Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch, western Texas - June 16 - 22
Buffalo River Canoe Trip, Arkansas - June 22 - 30
Galveston Sea Base, Texas - June 24 - 29
Colorado River Canoe, Texas - July 12 - 15
National Jamboree, West Virginia - July 12 - 24
Florida Sea Base (Scuba) - July 17 - 24
Blue Ridge Scout Reservation, Virginia - July 20 - 27
Bolivia and Patagonia in Chile - July 20 - Aug 5
Glacier National Park, Montana - July 27 - Aug 3

2012
Florida Sea Base (sailing) - June 10 - 16
El Rancho Cima, Texas - June 17 - 23
Galveston Sea Base - June 18 - 23
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico - June 19 - July 2
Alaska whitewater trip - Jul 4 - 11
Camp Morrison and Camp Cullimore, Idaho - July 9 - 14
Lost Pines, Bastrop, Texas - July 10 - 16
Gorham & Pecos Wilderness, New Mexico - July 21 - 28

2011
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico - June 8 - 21
Blue Ridge Scout Reservation, Virginia - June 26 - July 2
Lost Pines, Bastrop, Texas - July 10 - 16
Gorham & Pecos Wilderness, New Mexico - July 23 - 30
Northern Tier Canoe Base, Atikokan, Ontario - July 23 - 31

2010
El Rancho Cima, Texas - June 20 - 26
Rio Grand River, near Big Bend, Texas - July 12 - 18
Gorham Scout Ranch, near Chimayo, New Mexico - July 18 - 24
National Jamboree, Virginia - July 23 - August 3
Camp Parsons, Washington - July 24 - August 1

2009
Buffalo Trail, western Texas - June 15 - 21
Norwegian  trek & National Jamboree - June 27 - July 12
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico - June 30 - Jul 13
Blue Ridge Scout Reservation, Powhatan Camp, Virginia - July 4 - 11
Big Bend Canoe Trip, Texas - July 13 - 19
Montana High Adventure Base (MOHAB) - July 16 - 23

2008
Sailing High Adventure, Galveston to Freeport - June 6 - 9
"Hut Hiking" trek in the Swiss Alps - June 14 - 27
El Rancho Cima, Texas - June 15 - 21
Philmont Backpacking Treks - June 27 - July 10
Camp Alexander, Lake George, Colorado - July 6 - 12
Montana High Adventure Base - July 26 - August 2

2007
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico- June 10 - 23
Camp Morrison and Camp Cullimore, Idaho - June 16-23  view photos
Hale Scout Reservation, Oklahoma - July 1 - 7
Salmon River High Adventure Base, Idaho - July 15 - 23

2006
Chimayo Scout Reservation, New Mexico - June 10 - 17
Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch, Texas - June 18 - 24
Camp Loll, Wyoming - June 30 - July 8
Alaska advanced backpacking trek - June 30 - July 12 (Pictures) (Video)
Colorado advanced backpacking & mountain climbing trek - July 15-29
Montana backpacking trek - July 28 to August 6
Ecuador, South America - July 7 - 22
Grand Teton advanced backpacking trek, Wyoming - August 4 - 12

2005
Chimayo Scout Reservation, New Mexico - June 11-18
El Rancho Cima, Texas - June 19-25
Nantahala Outdoor Center, North Carolina - June 26 - July 2
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico - June 28 - July 11 (one crew)
Camp Parsons, Seattle, Washington - July 3-11
Montana High Adventure Trip, Montana - July 8-17
Ecuador, South America - July 16-31
National Jamboree, Virginia - July 22 - Aug 3 (19 scouts attended)
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico - July 22 - Aug 4 (three crews)

2004
Worth Scout Ranch, Texas - June 13-19
Brazos River Canoe Trip, Texas - June 13-19
Double H Ranch, New Mexico - June 22-30
Camps Morrison & Cullimore, Idaho - July 11-17
Salmon River High Adventure Base, Idaho - July 11-20
Ecuador, South America - July 17 - Aug 1
Matagamon High Adventure Base, Maine - Aug 2-11

2003
El Rancho Cima, Texas - June 22-28
Packard High Adventure Base, Colorado - July 13-19
Nantahala Outdoor Center, North Carolina - July 21-27
Blue Ridge Scout Reservation , Virginia - July 27-August 2

2002
Chimayo Scout Reservation, New Mexico - June 23-30
Yoho Valley in British Columbia, Canada - July 5-11
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico - July 13-25 and July 29-Aug 12
Yellowstone & Camp Loll, Wyoming - August 2-10
Teton Crest Trail, Wyoming - August 2-8 (near Yellowstone)

2001
Nantahala Outdoor Center, North Carolina - June 2-6 (kayaking)
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico - June 13-25 (two crews)
El Rancho Cima, Texas - June 24-30
Texas Sea Base, Texas - July 8-14
El Rancho Cima, Texas - July 8-14 (2nd session)
Chimayo Scout Reservation, New Mexico - July 8-15
BSA National Jamboree, Virginia - July 20-Aug 1
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico - July 21-Aug 2 (three crews)
Matagamon Canoe Base, Maine - July 25-Aug 5