Troop 770
2015 Summer Camp Guide

We will leave for Summer Camp in less than one month!
This Guide will help you prepare for camp.

WhereBayport Scout Reservation in Jamaica, Virginia

When: July 12-18, 2015
Departure: July 12th from RRPC; meet at RRPC around noon Sunday to depart at 12:30pm
  • Scouts should wear their Class A Uniforms (no merit badge sashes or neckerchiefs)
  • Scouts should have swimsuits on underneath or quickly available in order to take swim test on arrival. Have beach towel handy, too!
  • Bring completed health form (Parts A, B & C) and copy of health insurance card. I'll check the health forms and copy of health insurance card at RRPC--Scouts must have these in order to go with us to camp.
  • Scouts may eat lunch beforehand--we may stop at a convenience store on the way there, so they may bring money if they would like to get a snack on the ride to camp.
Return: We will Return to RRPC on Saturday, July 18th around noon (exact time TBD).

Transportation:  We will need volunteers to help drive to and from camp (see Adult Volunteers below).

Adult Volunteers.  We must have two adults present at all times.  I am planning to go for the entire week. Please let me know if you are able to help out at least one day/night. Sign up here.

I will need at least one volunteer to help drive to and from camp (since we will have an adult volunteer the day we arrive and the day we leave, the driver could be the same person. We will also have gear for 10 Scouts and the two adults).

All adult volunteers must have Youth Protection Training. It is a quick online course that can be completed here (you will have to register if you are not already). Please send me your YPT Certificate when you are done.

I am told by Bayport that all Adult Volunteers must have a medical form with Parts A, B & C filled out (this requires a physical exam by a physician).

Cost:    $320.00. Payment is due two weeks prior to camp (or June 26), but a $50.00 fee is required to hold your spot for merit badge classes. If you have not paid, please mail a check payable to Troop 770 to our Treasurer:

Stephanie Evans
200 Ralston Road
Richmond, VA 233229

Merit Badges: I need your merit badge selections ASAP.
Here you can find the merit badge schedule. Many badges have prerequisites (which you must complete before arriving at camp or which require things to bring or to buy at the Ship Store--see below). The list of prerequisites is here.

For example, Swimming Merit Badge requires that the scout bring long pants, long sleeved collared shirts and shoes which they will wear to jump in the water.

Nighthawk ProgramFirst year Scouts can sign up for the Nighthawk Program.  Scouts can earn some rank requirements as well as Swimming, First Aid, and Handicraft merit badges. 

Special Equipment Needed: Each Nighthawk Scout will need to bring a pocket knife which he will learn to use properly. If the Scout plans to participate in the nature hike or overnight campout, he will need to bring the items below, in addition to his regular camp gear (if a Scout does not own these items, we recommend that he borrow what he needs). 
  • A pack suitable for an overnight trip 
  • A canteen/water bottle 
  • A tent or share with another 
  • Hiking boots 
  • A sleeping bag

Gear can be packed in a backpack, storage bin, suitcase, or duffle bag.  It should be small enough to fit under the Scout's cot.

Uniforms/Footwear: All Scouts and adults are encouraged to wear complete official BSA summer uniform in camp (Scout T-shirt, Scout shorts and socks). We will wear our "Class A" uniforms to meals, roll call, and other events (a coat hanger is helpful so the Scout can hang his Class A shirt in his tent). Sneakers or hiking boots and a shirt must be worn at all times. Aqua shoes or sandals can be worn in the pool or bath houses.  NO Crocs, NO Sandals, NO Keens.

Each Scout should bring his own water bottle or canteen to camp for use throughout the day (string bags are good for carrying water and other items). It is also a good idea to bring pencil, pen,and paper, along with your Scout handbook (New Scouts: we will issue handbooks when the new ones come out at the end of the year, so don't worry about having one). Though we may have a picnic table at the campsite, some Scouts like to bring a camp stool or folding chair.

Check the list of prerequisites to see if there is anything specific the Scout must bring for his merit badge class (such as long pant/long sleeve shirt for Swimming Merit Badge).

Knives with blades longer than 3-1/2 inches are not allowed.

Don't forget to initial or put your name on everything!

Family Night: On Friday, July 17, 2015, from 4:30 pm till the end of the campfire, parents and guests are invited to camp. Visitors may bring picnic dinners for the unit or participate in the camp’s food program. The camp will ask for numbers and payment prior to Tuesday so our cooks can plan for the increased numbers. There will also be an $8.00 per person meal cost. Visitors should plan to attend the exciting and entertaining retreat ceremony and campfire beginning at 8:15 pm at the flagpole. 

If you want to attend Family Night, please let me know before Camp and send $8 per guest with your son to camp.

T-Shirts: T-Shirts are $18. Please get me your size(S/M/L/XL) ASAP if you want one and specify green or blue!

MedicationsAll medications being brought into camp must be on the BSA medical form, and be in their original dispensed container. Please let me know if your son will need to take any medication while at camp.

Ship Store (Trading Post): There is a ship store or trading post where Scouts can buy souvenirs, snacks, drinks, etc. There may be things they need to buy for their merit badges (check the list of prerequisites). Be sure to send money with your Scout if they wish to go to the Ship Store or if they need to purchase something for their merit badges.

Valuables: Unfortunately, even in Scout camp, losses occur. For self-protection, valuables that are merely creature comforts (cell phones, i-Devices, radios, music players, computers, and other expensive personal items) should be left at home. All personal items are the sole responsibility of the individual and not of Bayport Scout Reservation.

Questions: Email me or call any time!!