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Adult Leader Update #3

Hello Goshen Leaders! A couple of quick updates:

  1. AS OF 11:59PM ON THIS FRIDAY APRIL 12TH, ALL PRICES WILL BUMP UP $40. PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO GET YOUR YOUTH AND ADULTS REGISTERED BEFORE THAT TIME! Don’t miss out on early discounts!
  2. The pre-requisite list for Scouts BSA camps is now posted here: https://www.gotogoshen.org/information/forms-downloads/. If you have scouts that are taking merit badges at camp, please reference this list for any applicable pre-requisites.
  3. As a reminder, every youth and adult that pays by the early bird deadline will receive a hat. If you have opted to have that hat embroidered with your unit’s name and hometown, we will be contacting you early next week to confirm what you want embroidered on the hat. Be on the lookout for that email!
  4. We will have two orientation meetings for adults that are brand new to Goshen. One will be held at the Marriott Scout Service Center at 9190 Rockville Pike Bethesda, MD 20814 on the 30th of April  and the other will be held at Andrew Chapel at 1301 Trap Road  in Vienna Virginia on the 9th of May. Both meetings will begin at 7PM and run for about an hour and a half. This is an opportunity to pick up hats, unless you had them embroidered. The meetings are certainly not mandatory and you only need to attend one of the two. THESE MEETINGS ARE FOR BRAND NEW ADULTS WHO ARE ATTENDING OR HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT GOSHEN. IF YOU HAVE BEEN HERE FOR A FEW YEARS, YOU NEED NOT ATTEND.
  5. If you have Scouts BSA aged youth that cannot attend the week that your troop is going, they can attend camp provisionally any week or can attend our specialty Trail to Eagle program at Camp Marriott during Week 6. More details here: https://www.gotogoshen.org/camps-programs/provisional-camp/.
  6. We have two family camps at Goshen, one over Memorial Day Weekend and one over Labor Day Weekend. These are great opportunities to bring families out to Goshen and see what the facility has to offer. More details here:  https://www.gotogoshen.org/events/family-camp/.
  7. All youth and adults that will be participating this summer for 72 hours or more must bring a BSA Medical Form to camp. We have added a health advisory page to the form that can be found here: https://www.gotogoshen.org/information/forms-downloads/. Please make sure all of your youth and adults come to camp with this filled out and with Part C signed by a medical professional.

Finally, if you missed any of my previous updates, they can always be found here: https://www.gotogoshen.org/information/latest-news/. Please let us know if you have any further questions!

-Phil

Goshen Leader Update #2

Hello Goshen Leaders!

 

Phil Barbash here, your friendly neighborhood Goshen Director. I wanted to drop you a note with a couple of quick reminders:

 

  1. Our early bird payment deadline is right around the corner. As of 11:59PM on April 12th, all youth will be charged $415 and all adults will be charged $265. Please make every effort to register your participants well before this deadline so as to avoid the additional charge.
  2. Every youth and adult that registers by the early bird deadline will receive a hat! You have the option to embroider that hat with your unit number and hometown if you’d like for an additional charge. Please note that after the early bird deadline passes, the custom embroidery will no longer be an option. Also, should you choose to have your hats embroidered, they will be delivered straight to camp and you will pick them up upon arrival at camp.
  3. If you have youth that received a popcorn voucher or a campership, please make every effort to get those youth registered before the early bird deadline.
  4. Please remember that every unit receives two free adults, regardless of size. Those adults will be subtracted out of your balance before you complete your registration. YOU DO NOT NEED TO PAY FOR THEM UP FRONT.
  5. If you have adults that are splitting the week, please register them as one adult. We have a post on this on our website along with other posts with registration tips, like how to log back into your registration and how to add campers. You can find them here: www.gotogoshen.org/information/latest-news/.
  6. Please note that our refund policy is as follows here: www.gotogoshen.org/refund. As far as these things go, we are pretty strict on this one as it does add up to a lot of administrative costs on our end to process refunds. Please be sure you are sure that a youth or adult is attending before you register him/her. Also, please note that if for whatever reason someone is unable to attend, you can swap that person out for someone else by simply changing the name in your registration.
  7.  The 2019 Goshen Leader & Parents Guide is now available online. You can find a copy in the Forms & Downloads page, www.gotogoshen.org/information/forms-downloads/, or in the Downloads section of your camp’s page.
  8. For those of you at a Scouts BSA Camp, the updated 2019 Merit Badge Prerequisites list will be available next week in the Downloads section, so be on the lookout for that!

 

As always, all of the previous emails I have sent out are here if you need them: www.gotogoshen.org/information/latest-news/. Thanks to all and please don’t hesitate to shoot us an email with any questions you may have!

Goshen 2019 Leader Update #1

Hello Goshen Leaders!

Phil Barbash here, your director of Goshen Scout Reservation. I’ll be blasting out emails to all of the unit contacts at least once a month, and then sometimes more frequently as camp gets closer. I’ll have updates, changes, reminders, and most of the things that you’ll want to keep at the forefront of your brain, but always feel free to email me or visit http://www.gotogoshen.org for more information. Here are a couple of quick updates:

  1. For anyone applying for a campership, the deadline is approaching quickly. The application is online and the deadline is February 1. Please let Sarah know if there are any questions
  2. For those youth that have earned a free week of camp through their popcorn sales, popcorn voucher codes will be distributed in early February. Please do NOT pay for youth before you have received the voucher code. Once you pay, you will be subject to our normal refund policy.
  3. Merit badge registration will be going live on January 28th. Please keep in mind this is NOT a fastest finger game. We use the registration system to allocate resources on our end, but NONE OF YOUR SCOUTS ARE PLACED IN MERIT BADGE CLASSES BASED ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. For merit badges with limited space requirements, all youth are placed on a waiting list, and then prioritized by age, and then rank. A youth MUST be paid in full before he/she registers for merit badges.
  4. We still have plenty of openings for staff at Goshen this summer. If you know of any scouts that might not have something to do during the summer and are looking for the best job in the world, they can apply here: https://www.gotogoshen.org/information/goshen-staff/. We offer room and board, as well as a competitive summer stipend.
  5. As you continue to register youth to attend camp, please make sure you have thoroughly read through the page here: http://register.gotogoshen.org. It has a lot of helpful information that you don’t want to miss.
  6. Finally, Scouts (not Webelos) are welcome to attend camp provisionally (no adults needed) at Camp Marriott any week of the summer. For those Scouts who are looking for an extra week at camp, can’t attend the week the rest of the week is attending, or are just looking to get the Goshen experience, see here: https://www.gotogoshen.org/camps-programs/provisional-camp/.

Again, welcome to the Goshen family! You and your scouts will have a GREAT time at camp this summer. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!

-Phil

Adult Leader Training Update

Wilderness First Aid Training and CPR/AED Training classes have been updated for Summer 2019. The class times can be found in the For Adults part of the Program section of your camp’s page. The fees have also gone up to reflect an increase in fees for American Red Cross certifications. Check the fees on the Registration page under Camp Costs.

Sign ups start on January 28th.

No sign ups are required for other trainings offered at camp. Learn more about training for adult leaders in the For Adults part of the Program section of your camp’s page.