Goshen Leader Update #1

Hello Goshen Leaders!

My name is Elisabeth Warren, and it is my privilege to serve as your Goshen Scout Reservation Director. I began attending Goshen as a Scout, and served on camp staff for six summers, most recently as the Camp Director of Lenhok’sin High Adventure. I’m looking forward to seeing you and your units at camp this coming summer!

The Goshen Scout Reservation Staff are continuing to prepare a stellar scouting program for your scouts. Below are a few updates to keep in mind as this summer draws closer.

Registration Reminders

If you are no longer the registration contact for your unit, this post goes over how to update your registration: www.gotogoshen.org/registration/registration-tips-changing-your-registration-contact/

If you need to access your registration, this post goes over how to do so: www.gotogoshen.org/registration/registration-tips-re-accessing-your-registration/

Remember, only add participants to your registration when you are ready to pay for them. When you are ready to add participants, this post has a quick walkthrough: www.gotogoshen.org/registration/registration-tips-how-to-add-more-campers/ .

Leader Guides 

As you prepare to bring your unit to Goshen, please utilize and read the 2023 Goshen Leader Guide, as well as your Camp’s specific Leader Guides! Here you’ll find tips, tricks, and protocols that you will need when at camp. Each Leader Guide is available here: www.gotogoshen.org/information/forms-downloads/ and on individual Camp webpages.

*Returning leaders, please note that there have been edits to multiple sections of the Leader Guides.

Leader Orientation Webinar Series

The NCAC Camping Department will be hosting a series of Leader Orientation Webinars on Tuesday 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 shortly. Topics will include:

  • March 14: Cub Scouts
    • Summer Camp at GSR Camp Ross
    • Summer Camp at Camp Snyder
    • District Day Camps
  • March 21: Scouts BSA
    • GSR Camp Olmsted, Camp Marriott, and Camp Bowman
    • Merit Badge Specialty Week at Camp Snyder
    • Camp Catoctin
  • March 28: High Adventure
    • Lenhok’sin High Adventure (GSR)
    • High Adventure Provisional Trek Opportunities

Camperships – Due March 1

If your unit has any scouts that are in need of financial assistance to attend summer camp at the Goshen Scout Reservation this summer, please have them complete a campership application, available here: www.gotogoshen.org/camperships. The Greg Augustine Campership Fund allows applicants to be granted up to 50% of the cost of camp.

Merit Badge & Activity Signups – Opens March 30 (12:00 pm) 

Merit Badge & Activity Sign Ups for Camps Olmsted, Marriott, and Bowman will open on March 30 at 12:00 pm. Merit Badge and Program Schedules are available under “forms and downloads” on each Camp’s prospective webpage. The updated Program and Prerequisites guide will be released shortly – stay tuned!

Lenhok’sin High Adventure Crews – be sure to complete your Pre-Camp Survey no later than May 6th! The Pre-Camp Survey can be found here: www.gotogoshen.org/lenhoksin#downloads.

For Packs at Camp Ross, activity sign-up will occur at camp after your arrival.

Early Bird – Closes April 14 (11:59 pm) 

Early Bird registration will close on Friday, April 14 at 11:59 pm. Campers who are registered before this time will receive a discounted rate and exclusive Goshen Sumer 2023 Early Bird Hat!

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 Backpacking 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 https://wipit470.org/goat.html

Camp Staff Positions

There are several positions still available at each of the Goshen Camps! More information, including job descriptions and how to apply, can be found on our “Goshen Staff” page at www.gotogoshen.org/staff

Volunteer Work Weekend – May 12 – 14 

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 2023! Past projects have included painting, brush clearing, fence repair, picnic table building, tent platform repair, and more! Learn more and register here: www.gotogoshen.org/vww

Family Camp – May 26 – 29 

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