Goshen Leader Update #1 – 01/05/2024

Happy New Year Goshen Leaders!

My name is Elisabeth Warren, and it is my privilege to return this year as your Goshen Scout Reservation Director. The 2024 Camp Director team is hard at work preparing for your arrival this summer, and are looking forward to preparing memorable experiences and scouting programs for your scouts.

Below to important reminders to keep in mind as you begin to prepare for this summer!

Registration Reminders

If you are no longer the Registration Contact for your unit, this post goes over how to update your registration:

If you need to access your registration, this post goes over how to do so:

Remember, as you begin to add participants to your registrations, you should only add participants as you are ready to pay for them. When you are ready to add participants, this post has a quick walkthrough:

Leader Guides

As you prepare to bring your unit to Goshen, I heavily encourage you to read and utilize the 2024 Goshen Leader Guide (yes, we do update and change it every year!). New and updated sections include:

  • What is Goshen Scout Reservation?
  • Quick References
  • Planning for Summer 2024
  • Transportation
  • Goshen Scout Reservation Map
  • Off Season Camping Opportunities
  • and more!

The 2024 Goshen Leader Guide is available under “Forms and Downloads” at www.gotogoshen.org/information/forms-downloads/.

Camp Specific Leader Guides will be updated and available on your Camp’s Webpage shortly.

Leader Orientation Webinar Series

The NCAC Camping Department will be hosting a series of Leader Orientation Webinars on Wednesday Evenings in March, beginning at 7:00 pm. Each of these sessions will be recorded and posted on the NCAC Blog, WeOwnAdventure.com, for future viewing. More details, including registration, will be available soon. Topics will include:

  • March 12: Cub Scouts
    • Summer Camp at GSR Camp Ross
    • Summer Camp at Camp Snyder
    • District Day Camps
  • March 19: Scouts BSA
    • GSR Camp Olmsted, Camp Marriott, and Camp Bowman
    • Merit Badge Specialty Week at Camp Snyder
    • Camp Catoctin, BSA
  • March 26: High Adventure
    • GSR Lenhok’sin High Adventure
    • National High Adventure Bases
    • High Adventure Provisional Trek Opportunities

Camperships – Rolling Applications

*Please note that the Campership request process has changed from the 2023 season.

If you know of any scouts in your unit who may benefit from financial assistance to attend summer camp st the Goshen Scout Reservation, please encourage them to complete the NCAC “Financial Support Request Form.” Recipients can receive assistance for up to 50% of the cost of camp. Please visit www.gotogoshen.org/camperships for more information.

Early Bird Registration Closes April 12 at 11:59 pm

Early Bird Registration will close Friday, April 12 at 11:59 pm. Participants who have registered before this time will receive the posted discounted price and an exclusive Goshen Summer 2024 Early Bird Hat!

Merit Badge and Activity Signups – Opens April 17 at 7:00 pm

Merit Badge & Activity Signups for Camps Olmsted, Marriott, and Bowman will open on April 17 at 7:00 pm. Merit Badge Program Schedules will be available under “forms and downloads” on each Camp’s webpage. The updated Program and Pre-Requisites Guide will be released shortly – stay tuned!

Provisional Camping Opportunities

There are several opportunities for individual / provisional scouts at Goshen this summer! Scouts interested in a provisional merit badge experience can find more information here: www.gotogoshen.org/provisional.

Scouts interested in attending a provisional River Trek at Lenhok’sin High Adventure, sponsored by the NCAC High Adventure Committee can find more information here: www.gotogoshen.org/lenhoksin

Looking for a two-week experience? Members of the Order of the Arrow are invited to join the Goshen Order of the Arrow Trail (GOAT) Crew for two weeks at Lenhok’sin High Adventure. Learn more at wipit470.org/goat.html

Join Goshen Scout Reservation Summer Camp Staff!

Goshen Scout Reservation is hiring Camp Staff for the Summer 2024 Season! Working on Camp Staff is a memorable experience that promotes growth, independence, and creates memories that last a lifetime. Staff help to teach essential scout skills, such as tying knots and building fires, and have the opportunity to make lasting impressions on campers while showing them the wonders of the outdoors! Learn more about Goshen Staff at www.gotogoshen.org/staff

Volunteer Work Weekend – May 3 – 5

Looking for a service opportunity for your unit or family? Join members of the Goshen Scout Reservation Staff for a weekend of service to assist in camp beautification and prepare for Summer 2024! This past year, we painted buildings, rebuilt chuckboxes, resided Aquatics Towers, and made site signs (to name a few)! Learn more and join us at www.gotogoshen.org/vww

Family Camp – May 24 – 27

Join the Goshen Scout Reservation this coming Memorial Day Weekend for a fun-filled Family Camping Experience! Soar through the sky on the giant swing, cool off on beautiful Lake Merriweather, test your aim at Shooting Sports, challenge your inner artist at Handicraft, and spend time with your family and friends in the great outdoors. All are welcome, not just registered scouts. Find more information at www.gotogoshen.org/familycamp

Yours in Scouting,

Elisabeth Warren | Goshen Scout Reservation Director