Planning Your Program

Thank you for being part of this year’s camp. Some items we would like you to keep in mind in planning your program at camp this summer.

• Lunch will be provided in the camp wide meal area on Monday-Wednesday and on Friday and at Scoutcraft/Eagle Trail area on Thursdays.

• This year’s schedule has “Advancement Time” in the mornings with Scouts signing up for either sixty-minute-long merit badge classes or 90-minute merit badge classes that will meet Monday-Friday. Afternoons are “Troop Time” where your troop/patrols choose from a variety of adventures to do together both onsite at Camp Cuyuna or offsite with business in the surrounding area. Your troop could also choose to do a service project around camp.

• Scouts and Leaders are encouraged to post pictures from camp on social media and #CampCuyuna2024. Help us promote camp and show the fun things camp has to offer.

• Summer Camp is not a merit badge university. Although an important part of the program, Scouts should have time to enjoy other aspects of camp as well. This is why we now have afternoons for troop and/or patrols to enjoy camp adventures together.

• Review prerequisites and complete before arriving at camp.

• Establish patrols in advance and have them work together prior to arriving at camp. Stay with “natural patrols” as much as possible. This will help strengthen the patrols and enable them to work better together year-round.

• Have Scouts pick individual activities (merit badges) they would like to do, but plan troop/patrol activities both in and out of camp as well.

• Some merit badges require more maturity and stamina than others. It is recommended that you pay attention to ability levels when youth are signing up for merit badges. For example a small, 11-year-old may not be able to take shotgun shooting or lifesaving merit badge.

• Review deadlines and necessary forms. Note: All forms for 2024 are on-line and are not included in this booklet. Merit badge registration will be done on-line.

• Encourage your older youth to consider camp staff. Camp program is only as strong as its staff.

• Ask questions. Contact the council office if there is something you don’t understand or if you need assistance in any area.