Goshen Leader Update #5 – Early Bird Extension, Summer Camp Shirts, New Awards, and more!

Good afternoon Goshen Leaders!

We are less than 45 days away from the first day of summer camp! Please carefully read the email below for important updates on you GSR Summer Adventure.

Early Bird Pricing Extension Ending: May 17

To help units get crossover Arrow of Light Scouts and other new Scouts signed up for camp, the Early Bird Pricing was extended to May 17 at 11:59pm. If you have youth or adult campers that you still need to sign up, we strongly encourage you to get them signed up before the price increases!

First Refund Tier Cutoff: May 15

The final deadline for refund requests is July 31, 2024.

We hope to see everyone at camp, but if you have scouts or leaders that are not going to be able to make it this summer, please keep the May 15 date in mind. This is the first of our refund cutoffs. All refund requests received by May 15 will be granted a refund of 90%. After this date and until the final deadline of July 31, the refund rate will decrease as we ramp up our camp preparations.

You can read the full refund policy and request cancellations online here: www.gotogoshen.org/refund.

Get Your Camp Shirt: Spring Trading Post closes May 19!!

This year, Camp specific Goshen Scout Reservation shirts will be available for purchase online before you arrive at summer camp! Camp T-Shirts will be available as T-Shirts and Wicking Performance Shirts (UPF Protected), and in youth and adult sizes.

Want to add your Unit Number to your shirt? Sleeve customizations are available for an additional $4.00 per shirt. Shirt orders can be completed individually or as a group/unit order.

The GSR Spring Trading Post can be accessed at https://gsrmerch-spring2024.itemorder.com, and will be open until May 19, 2024. Orders will be shipped following the closing of the online store.

Goshen Bus Service

Did you know that you can take the bus to camp? Goshen Scout Reservation supports shuttle buses from Fairfax Government Center and Largo, MD each week to transport units to and from camp. If you have more than 45 scouts attending, we’ll even send a bus to you! Interested? – Learn more at https://www.gotogoshen.org/information/transportation/.

Click here for instructions on how to purchase bus tickets: https://www.gotogoshen.org/general/how-to-purchasing-bus-tickets/

BSA Medical Forms

As we get close to camp, make sure you and your campers are preparing the forms you will need. Everyone in camp must have Parts A & B of the BSA Medical Form. Any youth or adult camper staying for more than 72 hours and/or participating in camp activities must also have Part C and the NCAC Health Advisory. Part C is valid through the end of the 12th month from the date it was administered by your medical provider. BSA Medical Forms and other helpful forms and information can be found in the Forms & Downloads section on your camps page as well as atwww.gotogoshen.org/forms.

Dietary Restrictions
As you are registering your scouts for camp, please indicate their dietary restrictions in their registration! This will help our food service staff anticipate ordering needs for each week at Goshen.

New – GSR Adult Leader Challenge

The Goshen Scout Reservation “Adult Leader Challenge” is designed for leaders to experience the programs that the Goshen Scout Reservation has to offer by taking part in activities and trainings during their week at Camp, as well as Badge recognizes the tremendous contribution adult leaders make in the Scouting Program. Learn more about the Adult Leader Challenge at https://www.gotogoshen.org/information/forms-downloads/.

Updated – GSR Camp Adventure Award

Each Unit at the Goshen Scout Reservation has the opportunity to bring home the “Camp Adventure Award.” The Camp Adventure Award reflects a Unit’s commitment to participating in Camp programs and opportunities and involvement as a member of the Camp community. A unique ribbon will be presented to these units who have gone the extra mile to participate in the overall camp program. Learn more about how to earn the Camp Adventure Award at https://www.gotogoshen.org/information/forms-downloads/.

Adult Leader Training Opportunities

Goshen Scout Reservation is proud to partner with the NCAC Training Committee to offer training opportunities to Adult Leadership during the summer while in attendance at a GSR Camp. Adult Leader trainings are available to all registered adults, no matter which camp at the Goshen Scout Reservation you are attending. Registration will occur via Blackpug beginning next week – stay tuned for more info!. As of this time, the Adult Leader Training Schedule is as follows:

Week 1:         Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (AM)

Scoutmaster Specific Training (PM)

Week 2:         Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (AM)

Scoutmaster Specific Training (PM)

Week 3:         Scoutmaster Specific Training (AM)

Citizenship in Society MB Counselor Training (PM)

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

Week 4:         Scoutmaster Specific Training (Tues and Wed)

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (Wed and Thurs)

Week 5:         None scheduled at this time.

Week 6:         None scheduled at this time.

Interested in helping GSR and the Training Committee to provide a training opportunity? Please contact NCAC Training Committee Chair Tom Dimisa at tdimisa@yahoo.com.

Lenhok’sin High Adventure – Pre-Camp Survey Due May 10th

For crews attending Lenhok’sin High Adventure Backpacking Trek, be sure to complete your Pre-Camp Survey by May 6th. The online survey can be found in the Lenhok’sin Downloads section: www.gotogoshen.org/lenhoksin/#downloads

Yours in Scouting,

Elisabeth Warren | Goshen Scout Reservation Director