Summer Camp

posted Jun 6, 2012, 6:37 PM by Lance Read   [ updated Jun 6, 2012, 6:54 PM by Jean Doiron ]
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To All,

Yesterday I covered details about what was needed leading up to our departure on Sun, June 17, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. to Camp Ottari from the Scout Hut (Scouts will be in Class A-no neckerchiefs/slide, will need a bag lunch and their day packs). I want to use this communication to cover other loose ends about the week at camp and the return trip.

Packing Lists – Packing list can be found on the website here: Summer Camp - June 17thPack in storage containers – like a big plastic tub (with a lid) that you can get at Wal-Mart.  Remember – NO ELECTRONICS at camp.

Uniform - Every scout must have his Class A uniform at camp(no neckerchief or slide).  This includes  T-33 hat.  Come to the hut wearing your full class A (except neckerchief and slide and sash)) on Sunday when we depart for camp. While at camp, the Scouts will wear their red T-33 T shirt and T-33 hat. This will help the adult volunteers identify our Scouts while they are walking around the camp.  

Spending Money – at camp.  Each scout should bring some spending money to camp.  Parents, use your discretion.  Scouts will have to keep up with this and manage this on their own.  There is a snack bar and trading post at the camp. You can rest assured whatever you send will be used to buy soft drinks, ice cream, snack foods and their equivalent. There is plenty of food for the boys at the dining hall (they will not go hungry for the lack of available edible food, however if they can go for empty calories if they have money to spend, they will pass up the dining hall food).  OK, I will get off my soap box now.

NOTE: There are knives available for sale at the Trading Post. To buy a knife, the Scout will need an adult with him to purchase it(Camp Policy). If you want to allow your son to buy a knife, you need to send me a note (email is fine) providing your approval. One of the adult volunteers will go with your son to make that purchase. Also note you can get the same knives in Charlotte at a 25-30% lower price than at Camp

Family Picnic at camp – Friday June 22th at 5:15 pm.  We will have a  picnic at Ottari.  There will be a $5 per head cost for this picnic.  We will collect this payment on Saturday at our check-in.  

Directions – A map to Camp Ottari and Claytor Lake is found on the website here: Summer Camp - June 17th.  (From Charlotte, take I-77 N, to I-81 N then follow the map).
Mailing Address – Mailing address for Ottari and Claytor Lake are listed below – Scouts like to get mail at camp!  You should post the mail  no later than Monday, June 18, 2012 to make sure it gets there. Yes you can send mail to them before they depart to Camp!

Scout’s Name, Troop 33 
Camp Ottari (or Mtn. Man)
2881 Simpkinstown Road, 
Hiwassee, VA 24347 

Scout’s Name, Troop 33
Claytor Lake Adventure Base  
4100 Adventure Base Road, 
Radford, VA 24141 

Emergency Contacts: Please see email sent on 6/6/2012.

Hotels - If you would like to spend the night in the area Friday night after the picnic, below is a list of hotels in the area along with phone numbers:

  • Comfort Inn Exit 98 in Dublin (540) 674-1100 
  • Hampton Inn Dublin (540) 674-5700 
  • Allisonia Trading Post Allisonia (540) 980-2051 
  • Claytor Lake Homestead (B&B) Near Draper (540) 980-6777 
  • Holiday Inn Express Dublin (540) 674-1600 
  • Super 8 Exit 98 in Dublin (540) 674-1951 
  • Best Western Exit 109 in Radford (540) 639-3000 
  • Super 8 Exit 109 in Radford (540) 731-9355 
  • Comfort Inn (all non smoking) Exit 109 in Radford (540) 639-4800 

The last three are closer to Camp Ottari

Return Home from Camp – Saturday June 23rd – Before any Scout can depart on Sat, June 23, 2012, we will need to be checked out by the Camp Ottari staff and have all Troop Gear loaded. This is typically completed by 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. on that Sat. If you are picking your son up from camp (you will let us know at the Sat, June 16, 2012 Check-in), please plan to arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. on that Sat. If you son is traveling on the bus , we will probably depart between 8:30-8:45 a.m. We will expect to arrive at the hut at ~ noon. All Scouts, whether you have returned home on the bus or with your parents, are expected to be at the hut at noon to help unload the trailer and put away Troop Gear. If Scouts are traveling with their parents and not returning to Charlotte after departure from Ottari, you are excused (but let me know ahead of time). 

If you have any questions, please let me know. 

Greg LeBlanc

Full trip information and all forms are found here: Summer Camp - June 17th