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Summer Camps 2017
 
Troop 55 and Crew 55 will sponsor at least eight summer camp adventures in 2017.  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
Hale Scout
   Reservation
Oklahoma, near
   Tulsa
June 4-10 Merit badge
   and mid-
   adventure
11+ $850
   (est)
Flatwater
   canoe trek
Canada, near
   Manitoba
June 10-20 Canoeing &
   camping
13+ $1,650
   (est)
Whitewater
   canoe trek
Canada, near
   Manitoba
June 10-20 Whitewater
   canoeing
14+ $1,650
   (est)
Galveston
   Sea Base
Texas
  
June 12-17 Sailing and
   merit badges
13+ $ 650
   (est)
Philmont
   Scout
   Ranch
New Mexico
  
June 11-24 Backpacking
   trek
14+
 
$1,700
  
Blue Ridge
   Scout
   Reservation
Virginia, near
   Roanoke
June 25 -
   July 1
Merit badge
   camp plus
   mid adventure
11+ TBD
Philmont
   Scout
   Ranch
New Mexico
  
July 11-24 Backpacking
   trek
14+
 
$1,700
  
Camp Loll
  
Wyoming, near
   Yellowstone
July 21-29 Merit badge
   camp
11+ $1,400
   (est)
Bechler Canyon
  
Wyoming, in
   Yellowstone
July 21-29 Backpacking
   trek
13+ $1,400
   (est)
Cycling
   Adventure
Canada
  
Late July Cycling and
   Camping
14+
  
TBD
  
National
   Jamboree
West Virgina
  
July 19-28 BSA National
   Jamboree
12+
  
$1,975 +
  

REGISTRATION:  To register for any of these camps, click this registration link.
The registration deadline for most camps is March 15, but some are earlier.
Some camps have limits on the number of participants, so early registration is encouraged.

Summer Camp Presentation
Click here to download presentation from summer camp info meeting held on Jan 22.

Merit Badge Camps

June 4 - 10,  Hale Scout Reservation, Talhina, OK
This is a traditional merit badge camp in the mountains of eastern Oklahoma.
Cost:  $850 est
Age requirement:  open to scouts of any age.
Adult coordinators:  Tara & Thomas Varcados.
Camp website:  Camp Hale   (BSA Indian Nations Council website)

June 25 - July 1,  Blue Ridge Scout Reservation in the mountains of southwestern Virginia near Roanoke
Blue Ridge offers several programs.  The camp has an excellent merit badge and FCT programs targeted for younger scouts at the Powhatan site.  For older scouts, the camp offers backpacking, white sports, mountain man and other activities (see below).  The group will fly to either NC or VA and then travel to and from the camp via chartered bus.
Cost:  TBD
Adult coordinators:  Chip Lane. and Adam Plager.
Camp website:  Blue Ridge   (BSA Blue Ridge Mountains Council website)

July 21 - 29,  Camp Loll in the Teton Mountains of northwest Wyoming and near Yellowstone
Camp Loll offers merit badge classes plus a mid-week hike into Yellowstone.  The program is excellent but aquatic badges are a challenge due to cold water.  For older scouts, see below for hiking trek in Yellowstone.  The group will fly in on Friday and do a tour of Yellowstone prior to the start of camp on Monday. Cost:  $1,400 (est).    
Age requirement:  open to scouts of any age.
Adult coordinators:  Angela Enyart and Ken Moursund.
Camp website:  Camp Loll   (BSA Trapper Trails Council website)

Mid-level Adventure Programs

June 10 - 20,  Flatwater canoeing & camping in Manitoba, Canada
This canoe adventure consist of island hopping on Shoal Lake which is a large Northern Tier lake.  The trip will cover ten days, seven of which will be on the lake.  The Canoeing merit badge is be required and shakedowns will be held in the months prior to the trip.  There is space for up to 8 scouts and 2 adults. 
Cost:  $1,650 (est).
Age requirement:  at least 13 yrs old by time of camp.
Adult coordinators:  Janice Walden and Steve Johnson.

June 12 - 17,  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 $850.
Age requirement:  at least 13 yrs old by time of camp.
Adult coordinators:  Rob Rice and Bill Curtis.
Camp website:  Galveston Sea Base  (BSA Bay Area Council website)

July 21 - 29,  Bechler Canyon in Yellowstone in northwest Wyoming
This backpacking adventure is run in conjunction with Camp Loll (see above).  The group will fly up on Friday, tour Yellowstone and travel to the camp along with the Loll group on Monday.  The backpacking trek will cover five days.  There is space for up to 8 total participants.
Cost:  about $1,400, depending on airfare. 
Age requirement:  at least 13 yrs old by Jan 1, 2017.
Adult coordinator:  Bob Casey.
Camp website:  Camp Loll   (BSA Trapper Trails Council website)

June 25 - July 1,  Blue Ridge Scout Reservation in southwestern Virginia
In addition to the merit badge camp described above, Blue Ridge offers water sports at the Claytor Lakes Aquatics Base, backpacking on the High Knoll Trail, and Mountain Man Camp.
The group will travel with the merit badge group to the camp.
Cost:  TBD
Adult coordinators:  Chip Lane. and Adam Plager.
Age requirement:  12.5, 13 or 14 at time of camp, depending on activities.

High Adventure Programs

June 10 - 20,  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:  Janice Walden and Steve Johnson.

June 11 - 24 and July 11 - 24,  Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico
Two crews in June and two crews in July.
Philmont is located in the mountains of northern New Mexico.  The group will fly to Albuquerque and do a rafting trip near Taos on the initial day.  After a day and night at Philmont's base camp, each crew will do a 12-day backpacking trek covering at least 50 miles.  This group is limited to two crews of up to 12 participants each in June, including 2 or 3 adults in each crew, and other two crews of up to 12 participants each in July. 
Cost:  $1,700 .  Initial deposit:  $400.   Final payment:  Due by Feb 15.
Age requirement:  completed 8th grade or at least 14 yrs old by time of camp.
Adult coordinator:  James Cauble.
Camp website:  Philmont Scout Ranch   (Philmont website)
To register for this camp:  click HERE for the registration form.

Late July,  Cycling in Canada
This cycling adventure will be in the mountains of western Canada.  The exact route will be chosen by the scouts. 
Cost:  TBD.
Age requirement:  at least 14 yrs old by time of trip.
Adult coordinator:  David Pesikoff.

Leadership camps

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) - June 4-9 and June 11-16, 2017
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) - Summer sessions in 2017
Conducted at Philmont Scout Ranch and BSA's other high adventure camps.
At Philmont, there are six separate one-week sessions in Jun, Jul & Aug.
At Florida Sea Base, there are two sessions - Jun 17-24 & Jun 24-Jul 1.
At the Summit (in West Virginia), one session - Jun 18-24.
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, 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)
• The camps are usually selected in September and October for the following year.
• Suggestions are welcome and should be sent to Robert Lombardi or Bob Casey.

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Previous summers . . .

2016
Scuba diving, Roatan, Honduras - June 5 - 11
Galveston Sea Base, Texas - June 13 - 18
Whitewater canoe trek, Manitoba, Canada - June 16 - 27
Lost Pines Camp, Texas - June 19 - 25
Camp Morrison & Cullimore, Idaho - July 2 - 9
Salmon River pack & rafting, Idaho - July 2 - 9
Glacier National Park, Montana - July 10 - 16
Galveston Sea Base, Texas - July 18 - 23
Cycling Adventure, PA to DC - July 16 - 25
John Muir Trail, California - Aug 6 - 14

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