- Troop 431 typically attends Summer Camp at Camp Woodruff in Blairsville, Georgia, usually in the third session which is around the third week of June.
- Click here for the Camp Woodruff Website
- Woodruff's suggested Camping Checklist: https://www.campwoodruff.org/what-to-bring
- Parents are Needed: to provide adult supervision throughout the week, parents are asked to take 1-2 day shifts during summer camp. All registered Troop leaders, including "Uniformed" Leaders, Committee Members, are required to be Youth Protection Training (YPT). Non-registered adults going on outings for 72 hours or more (such as summer camp) must take the new YPT (the 72 hours are cumulative, not consecutive).
Prescription Medication in Camp:
The form provided here is required for prescription medication in camp. Please complete and bring the medication with you to check.
Woodruff Scout Reservation Summer Camp
At Woodruff Scout Reservation, Scouts of all ages and experience can enjoy an outstanding summer camp program. From the first-year camper program, Mountain Man, to our Merit Badge program, through the challenging High Adventure programs, Scouts of all ages experience fun and adventure while maximizing their advancement opportunities.
Mountaineering for 1st Year Scouts
Mountain Man is a two-hour program held every morning all week. There are two sessions every day. The remainder of the day, scouts can work on merit badges that may interest them, or participate in troop activity periods. Scouts are instructed in the following skill areas: wood tools, meal preparation and cooking, pioneering, knots, orienteering, nature, first aid, and outdoor citizenship. In addition, scouts can participate in a five- mile hike, on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings.
Merit Badge Program
At camp, the staff is committed to delivering quality merit badge sessions where Scouts complete the requirements as stated. Our goal is that Scouts have fun and learn at the same time. We offer numerous merit badge and certification programs.
Extreme Sport Activities for Older Scouts
Woodruff offers three (3) great programs designed for older scouts: The Ultimate Zone, The Whitewater Challenge and Woodruff XTREME. Participants must be at least 13, and have graduated the 8th grade, prior to arriving at camp. The focus of these programs is high adventure. Scouts may have opportunities to cover certain merit badge requirements as they participate in these programs but it is up to them to request confirmation of requirements (i.e. blue card). Participants in the Whitewater Challenge program must already have the swimming merit badge to participate and will have the opportunity to complete the Whitewater Merit Badge and the Kayaking-BSA Award. Some of these programs may require waivers, all part health forms, and additional fees.
If you are unable to attend summer camp with Troop 431, but would still like to go to summer camp, or if you would like to attend a second week of summer camp, you can do that as a Provisional Camper. There is no reason for you to miss out on all the fun just because your troop isn’t going to summer camp, or because other summer plans mean you won’t be able to go to camp with your troop. You may even want to do an additional week of camp, just because you had such a great time. Scouts who wish to go to camp can attend as part of the Woodruff Provisional Camper Program. The Provisional program offers the traditional summer camp program as well as Ultimate Zone, Woodruff XTREME, Whitewater Challenge and other older Scout programs.
Merit Badge Workbooks
Notes on Classes
- Shooting sports and many others will require you to take the class in the morning and go back to the range in the afternoon. If you do not, you will not earn the Merit Badge and will likely only get one or two requirements checked off.
- Some Merit Badges at the waterfront (Canoeing, etc) require you to go back in the afternoon. Check with your counselor.
- If you complete the above sheets for your class before camp you will be able to increase your free time somewhat in the afternoon. These may not be exactly the same as the ones the camp provides, so plan on copying your work to the sheets they give you.
Scouts will be camping for a week in a tent and will need storage for their clothes for that week. Here is the footlocker we recommend. Dimensions are included and this one does fit under the cots. Click here for the item at Walmart
Gold Bond Friction Defense:
Yes, this is real... It's hot and the Scouts go back and forth to the waterfront in swimming attire. Sometimes they have time to change before class, sometimes they don't. This is an excellent tool for keeping the friction down and avoiding painful situations. Click here for the item at Walmart