TROOP PROGRAMS

To help build teamwork and leadership skills among the Scouts in your unit, Camp Freeland Leslie staff can facilitate growth by offering troop competitions. Speak with your Campsite Host or the Program Director if you would like to participate in any of the following opportunities.

CAMPSITE GATEWAY

Any troop can enter this competition to create the best campsite gateway. The gateways will be judged on creativity, ingenuity, and proper lashings and knots. Troops are encouraged to use a variety of materials. Supplies may be brought to camp. For safety reasons, only one gateway per campsite is permitted and it should be large enough for vehicles to enter the campsite. Any unit that wishes to participate should speak with their Campsite Host or the Program Director at the beginning of the week. The winning troop of this competition will receive recognition Friday night at the campfire. If desired, this program can be modified into a patrol program.

Troop Flag Ceremony

CAMPSITE INSPECTION

This competition challenges a troop’s ability to keep a clean, organized, and efficient camp. If a troop is interested in competing, the SPL must sign up his troop no later than the SPL lunch on Monday. The competition runs four days: Tuesday through Friday. During that time the CFL Staff Inspection Team will drop by, unannounced, once a day, each day. Points will be awarded based on how well the troop meets the standards of the inspection team. On Friday, the points earned throughout the week will be totaled. Troops that pass the inspection will be recognized at the closing campfire. If desired, this program can be modified into a competition between patrols. Here is a list of a few things that the inspection team will be inspecting:

  • Tents and dining tarps are properly pitched with all the proper knots and ropes.
  • Cooking area, including the patrol box, is clean and organized.
  • All fires are properly attended or extinguished.
  • Blue supply tent is clean and organized.
  • Outhouse is clean and stocked.
  • Garbage cans are using can liners and are not overflowing.

TREE TOP OVERNIGHT

Spend a night in the trees! Your troop can enjoy a quiet evening and night on an unstaffed overnight at the tree house on the shore of Lake Emrick, the lofted platforms at Eagles Nest, or in the woods like the Wilderness Survival class. These overnights must be approved by the Program Director, and troop adult leaders are required to participate and follow youth protection guidelines. The overnight is designed to create an opportunity for a troop to use camp facilities while planning their own program. Depending on the troop’s desires, a cracker barrel or morning breakfast can be supplied. If desired, this program can be modified into a patrol program.

TROOP SERVICE PROJECT

Give back to Camp Freeland Leslie! There are many projects that can be completed to make camp a better place for everyone. Use the strengths of your troop to complete a service project at camp. Speak with the Camp Ranger at the beginning of the week to see what the current projects are, or create your own project. Giving back to CFL is a great way to keep the spirit of Scouting alive. If desired, this program can be modified into a patrol program.

DESIGN YOUR OWN PROGRAM

If you have a special program or an idea for a troop activity, please let us know. We are more than happy to help you develop a program for your troop!

CHAPEL

On Wednesday evening at 7 pm, troops will assemble at the camp flag grounds for our weekly chapel service. After the closing flag ceremony, everyone will be led to the chapel. Directly after the chapel service the Order of the Arrow callout ceremony will begin. Any unit that would like to help lead the service should speak with their Campsite Host or the Program Director at the beginning of the week.

Troops are welcome to use the chapel at any time during the week. Patrols, units, or individual Scouts may use the space for a service or personal reflection. Please remember to be courteous, as others may be using the chapel at the same time.