Local Service Project - Apr 19

Troop 33 2013 Service Project: Camp Local Serve Local

Troop 33 Scouts, Parents and Assistant Scoutmasters,

Steve and I, have organized what we believe will be a meaningful and fun Camp Local, Serve Local weekend. What follows is an over view of the troop's activities for the weekend. Please read this email for the outline of the service projects, adult leadership and equipment that the troop will need for the weekend. Please send your responses to our questions, and any questions you may have, to Bruce Marsh and Steve Hunting.

This is a car camping trip, but patrols will need to plan meals and check out gear before the trip. The quartermaster needs the gear lists e mailed to him Sunday night April 14th, prior to the trip. 

Friday - 5:30 PM: 
  • Leave the scout hut and travel to Belk Scout Camp. 
  • 8:30 - 9 PM: PLC 
  • 9:30 PM: Adult final work project planning 
Saturday - AM: 
  • 6:00 AM - Reveille 
  • 6:15 - 6:30 AM - Begin breakfast 
  • 7:30 AM - Breakfast completed in camp 
  • 8:00 AM - Depart Belk Scout Camp 
  • Travel to St. John's United Methodist Church, 4305 Monroe Road, Charlotte. 
  • 9:00 AM - Arrive at St John's United Methodist Church 
  • 12 Noon: Lunch Break, We will have access to the church restrooms and kitchen. 
  • 1 - 3 PM: Complete projects. Clean up and return to Belk Scout Camp 
  • 4 PM: Camp recreational events for the scouts 
  • 5:30 PM: Begin evening meal cooking competition, complete w/ prizes(details to follow at PLC) 
  • 0 Dark 30: Evening events. Potential evening zip line and wall climbing. 
  • Parents are welcome to stop by and see their scouts serve others in the community. 

Service Projects: 

  • Spread 15 yards of compost: from Compost Central over a 60' x 50' community garden. 
  • Equipment and Leadership Needed
    • Four large wheelbarrows 
    • shovels and metal garden rakes (not leaf rakes) 
    • Please let us know if you are willing to provide some or all of this equipment and if you are willing to organize the gathering of this equipment. 
    • We plan on transporting this equipment in a pickup truck. 
    • Adult volunteers with gardening experience would lead this group project 
  • Scrape and sand five large doors for two church buildings
  • Equipment and Leadership Needed
    • Five step ladders 
    • Five paint scrapers and sanding blocks, 
    • Sandpaper and masks. 
    • Electric sanders, that scouts could use. 
    • Please let us know if you are willing to provide some or all of the ladders, paint scrapers and sanding blocks. 
    • Please also let us know if you are willing to purchase the sandpaper (at troop expense) and if you are willing to organize the gathering of these items. 
    • Adults with paint prep experience would lead this group project 
  • Cut and stack fallen trees and limbs in wooded part of church property. 
  • Equipment and Leadership Needed. 
    • Two chain saws (with fuel and chain oil) 
    • Five hand saws. 
    • Please let us know if you can provide and/or operate these chain saws. 
    • Please also let us know if you can gather the five hand saws. 
    • We will need several adults to lead this group project 
  • Clear a few limbs and small stumps from walking trail behind church. 
People of Cambodian and Latino heritage who worship at the church are likely to come to the church in the early afternoon to perform some additional work. This will give us an additional opportunity to build community. 

Sunday - AM: 
  • 6:00 Reveille 
  • 6:30 Breakfast at Camp 
  • 8:00 Scout is reverent service 
  • 8:30 Lighting of the Fire Ring 
  • 8:45 Dedication/Celebration of McElhaney Fire Ring 
  • Special guests will be joining us. 
    • The final details for the celebration are currently in progress 
  • 9:30 - 10:30 AM Break camp 
  • 11 AM: Return to hut before noon. 
Troop meeting agenda on April 15: 

  • Pastor Nina Wynn will tell us about St. John's UMC, the communities it serves and the importance of our projects, particularly the community garden. 
  • Susana Jerez and Leonor Rico, who are organizing a gardening program for women in the Charlotte Latino community, will lead the scouts through a poverty awareness role play and discussion. 
PLCs will be held on April 8 and 15 to complete the trip planning. 

PLC April 8:

  • Weekend service project scout participation 
  • Patrol gear lists 
  • Weekend service projects(photographic presentation) 
  • Service project tools and manpower needs 
  • Meal responsibilities for each patrol 
  • Saturday evening meal cooking competition 
  • Campfire program and needs 


We will need an adult head count so that we can plan for food and trip logistics. 

John Hall has volunteered to lead the adult cook team. THANK YOU VERY MUCH JOHN!!! 

The troop will need a bus driver. We will also need adult drivers for vehicles and trailers, for the weekend transportation needs. 

I will be meeting with Mac at Belk Scout Camp, to finalize the cooking arrangements for the adults in attendance. 

Thanks for your attention. 


Bruce Marsh and Steve Hunting