1. What time should I arrive?
-We are asking Webelos to try to arrive around 6 PM on Friday. This will give you enough time to get checked in, situated in your cabin, and ready for the Friday Night Firebowl.
2. What time is checkout?
-Checkout time is at 11AM Sunday morning. We will hold a non-denominational Scout’s Own service in the morning. There are also prizes for the Camp Wide Games winners, and patches for the participants. If you won’t be able to stay through the awards ceremnoy, please let one of the Directors know so they can give your things to you before you leave.
3. What should I bring with me?
-You will be sleeping in a cabin, so no need to bring a tent. There will be a bunk bed with a matress for you to sleep on, so no need for a cot. You will need a sleeping bag. Your Webelos will need their Class A uniform (Blue or Tan BSA shirt) along with a few changes of clothes. When the weather is bad, it’s always a good idea to bring an extra pair of shoes as well. A good rain coat is always important (remember, the Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared”). In addition, your Webelos will need to bring their Ten Essentials to carry around with them. THESE WILL BE CHECKED AT EVERY STATION! You can find the list of Ten Essentials in your Cub Scout or Boy Scout handbook. A Class 1 personal health history form (Parts A&B) is also required for each person staying in camp. Please ensure you bring a completed Health Form with you.
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What should I expect from the weekend?
We have received some comments from parents that they were not sure what to expect from the weekend. Please remember this weekend is designed to help your Webelos learn about the exciting opportunities available to them in Boy Scouts. It will also be a chance for you to network with potential Boy Scout leaders and troops and find a good fit for your family and schedule. But everything will be focused on the Webelos participating in the weekend, so plan on a good amount of time talking with your other parents in your boys’ patrol.
Camp Thunderbird has 5 cabins (A, B, C, D, and E), split into two sides each (A1, A2, B1, B2, etc.) There will be one cabin side for female parents, one cabin side for male staff, half of each Cabin will be for a Webelos patrol and their youth Staff members, and the other 3 halves will be for male parents. We ask that parents do not enter a Webelos cabin without permission from the youth Staff members in the cabin. This is in keeping with Safe Scouting guidelines, as well as making sure to respect the privacy of those youth who are not your children.
Saturday afternoon while the Webelos are competing in “Camporee” style games, the parents are invited to a meeting where you can learn more about the Boy Scout process. Troops operate very differently from packs, and where there may not have been a place for you to help in many Pack events there will be several places in Troops for you to lend a hand. Even if you are involved in a Troop already we invite you to come along and sit through the meeting and help field questions from the new parents. This will also be a great place to get ideas on how Troops should operate, and what things to look for in a good Troop. We have received very positive feedback on this session for the parents every year since we started doing it.