Northeast Moot - June 20-22 at Taghkanic Lake State Park

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Northeast Moot - June 20-22 at Taghkanic Lake State Park

Time: June 20, 2014 to June 22, 2014
Location: Lake Taghkanic State Park
Street: State Route 82
City/Town: Gallatin, NY
Website or Map: http://newyorkstateparks.rese…
Phone: 845 339 9441
Event Type: moot/jamboree/hullabaloo/throng/encampment..., etc.
Organized By: Andy Bicking
Latest Activity: on Wednesday

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The 91st Sojourners are excited to host a gathering of all BPSA groups in the area! Please let us know if you plan to attend and can join the planning committee. The concept is for each participating group to sponsor one activity for the weekend. Individual groups will be responsible for their own campsite and meals, but we'll all work on a coordinated schedule. More details coming soon!

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Comment by Michael on Wednesday

booked G008

Comment by Jillian Tate on Wednesday
Hi Andy! We have some musical leaders that I will check with to see if they are coming to camp and can bring their guitars. They've been singing traditional American folk songs with the kids. I've been focused on traditional campfire songs and rounds from my background in Guiding. I'm also hoping to have a dozen pairs of Maori sticks to bring to camp, for the Maori stick game ( I will check with my musical colleagues at next weeks meeting and get their input, but we could probably teach sessions of 15-20 kids, depending on how the round robin is working. Music and singing were a huge part of my Guiding experience as a kid, so I really appreciate the chance to share that with this generation of Scouts.

Comment by Andy Bicking on Wednesday
Jillian - Wow! You've got a large crew! That's great!

I love the idea of a music workshop. What did you have in mind? And, what size group would you all be comfortable handling for this?
Comment by Jillian Tate on Wednesday

Oh, and also - we have NO problem doing songs and skits at campfire - our groups have done a lot of singing this year.  Perhaps we could contribute some music workshops?

Comment by Jillian Tate on Wednesday

Hi Andy - we assumed we would have the following:

16 Timberwolves plus 4 leaders (four kid tents plus one leader tent across 3 sites, 20 people total)

14 Otter families across the remaining 9 sites (16 Otters plus 20 adults, assuming 1 - 2 adults per kid, 36 people total, 1 -2 tents per site)

So overall, we're estimating 56 people between the two groups, plus a handful of "Chipmunks" (younger siblings under 5).  I'd say 60 people to be on the safe side:

16 Otters
16 Timberwolves
24 parents/leaders
4 Chipmunks

We're at ~30 kids per section, so this is actually only assuming 60% attendance.  I usually get 50% - 60% turnout for the camping trips.

 Unfortunately, it's going to be some time before we can get parents to commit to the camp.  Most people have been signing up only 2 - 3 weeks in advance.  I'll try to get a head count at least 3 weeks in advance (June 1)

We'll discuss what we can contribute to the group and come back with some answers there shortly.  I am super excited about getting to meet everyone both at BTC and again at the Moot, too, and our Otters are really looking forward to meeting their extended Scouting family as well.  Everything planned below sounds great, and I look forward to sharing the experience with everyone in two months!

Comment by Andy Bicking on April 13, 2014 at 10:56pm
So far, we have three scout groups attending NE Moot - the 136th Joe English, 5th Brooklyn, and 91st Sojourners - plus a hand full of Lone Scouts.

I'd like to try to get an accurate head count of how many scouts are attending with each group. So far, we know the following:

-There are 3 Lone Scouts who have RSVP'd.
-The 91st Sojourners is expecting approximately 10-15
Pathfinders, 5-8 Timberwolves, 5-10 Otters (including
their parents) and 7 Rovers.
-The 136th Joe English expects 2 Pathfinders, 3
Timberwolves, 2 Otters, and at least 2-3 Rovers.
-The 5th Brooklyn has reserved 12 sites. Todd or
Jillian - can you confirm your numbers? I'm guessing
3-6 people/site, but would like to know for certain.

That puts us somewhere between 70-100 people!

Having an accurate head count at this stage of planning is important so we can let the Park Manager know our needs and hopefully have them met. For example, we are talking with them about reserving a certain number of canoes to be available for scouts to take on the lake on Saturday, but I need the headcount to figure out how many, and what the camp fee (beyond your site rental) might be. We may also be able to reserve spaces in other programs being offered by the State Parks Department... but only if we can tell them how many we are expecting.

Otherwise, we've confirmed use of a meeting space and fire pit for all of us to gather at, and at least two fields for program activities. The public swimming area and hiking trails will also be available to us.

In terms of activities, the plan has been for Rovers or advanced Pathfinders FROM EACH GROUP to volunteer to run different stations that the scouts can rotate through. So far, I've only heard from Kevin King, who says he can help teach canoeing skills. Thanks, Kevin! But, I still need to hear from other Rovers planning to attend about what activities they might like to offer to a small group of scouts throughout the day. Here are some ideas:

-Is there a skill you've been learning or have a
special knowledge of that you'd like to share? Kevin
King has offered to demonstrate and teach canoeing

-Do you like knots? Could you run a knot relay? How
about a campcraft lashing project (making camp chairs
or tables)?

-How about a Morse Code, Semaphore or Sign Language
workshop? (Unless there are other takers, I'm willing
to volunteer for this.)

-How about a first aid learning station? For younger
scouts, it could be basic. For Pathfinders, a more
advanced practical.

-Is there a particular Campfire Yarn in Scouting for
Boys that you feel excited about and would like to

-Is anyone enthusiastic about nature study? Could you
share your interpretive skills on the trail with the

-Have you taught swimming? How about spending an hour
at the waterfront with inexperienced swimmers to help
them get comfortable with the water?

-Let's do some creative cooking during high-summer.
Anyone up for a solar oven demonstration. (This GSM
likes pie!)

These are just a few ideas to put out there. Please respond with things you'd like to share with the scouts attending Moot!

***Finally, we'll be having a campfire on Saturday evening for all scouts. I'd like to ask every section for each group, or each patrol, six or den (if they're large enough), to contribute one skit or song to the evening program.

Thanks to all - really looking forward to this!!!


Comment by Kevin King on March 11, 2014 at 9:08pm

136th Joe English: G009, G010

PF: 2

TW: 3

Otters: 2

It is a 3.5-4 hour drive for us, school will probably still be in session on the 20th (lots of snow days this year) so not exactly sure what time of the day we can get down there. 

Comment by Enna Grazier on March 11, 2014 at 12:53pm

I am so sad that I cannot join you. My husband and I have work assignments all that weekend. I've passed the info along to our handful of families here.

Comment by Todd Schweikert on March 11, 2014 at 12:27pm

5th Brooklyn is reserved and ready! We have 12 sites reserved:

P029, P028, P027, P026, P025, P024, P023, P022, P021, P020, P019, G020

See you all soon!

Comment by Andy Bicking on March 10, 2014 at 8:06pm
That's awesome, Jillian! So glad you all can make it! It's a good time for all of us to start thinking about what activities your groups would like to sponsor for the weekend. We also need to start gathering up our head count for the weekend, and breakdowns by ages. Please post your interests for activities to sponsor, and how many from which sections are coming to Moot!

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