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CB Winter Camporee

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Get ready for the Columbia Basin Winter Camporee.  Everyone is welcome!

Grand Columbia Council


Boy Scouts of America



Columbia Basin District




Camp Scout-A-Vista


January 22-24, 2016



Can You Survive Winter Camp?






See last page for registration form

Registration by January 15 is greatly appreciated!


And don’t forget to submit your tour plan! activities organized by the Neppel Chapter of the Order of the Arrow with assistance of the Washington National Guard.



The objective of Winter Camp is to provide scouts the most enjoyable and informative winter experience possible. We have a fun Camp planned to challenge the Scout and an opportunity for leadership to be practiced.


Typically, the Columbia Basin Winter Camp fees are $15 per person. HOWEVER, the National Guard is participating in the Saturday competition and has thoughtfully provided assistance with the camp budget and camp t-shirts.  So instead of a camp fee of $15 per person, we ask each unit to provide a donation of $40 to assist with future district activities.


General information:

  1. 1.The main lodge is for meals and warming up only. Campers should enjoy the activities outdoors – dress appropriately.Only kitchen staff will be allowed in the kitchen.
  2. 2.The winter cabin is reserved for the staff and any sick, wet, or cold camper as determined by the Camp Director.
  3. 3.The First Aid station will be in the main lodge. All medical problems: injured, illness, etc. must be reported to the Camp Director.
  4. 4.Each unit will provide as a minimum, two-deep leadership to accompany the Scouts at the Klondike Derby. At least one adult must have a current Youth Protection certification.
  5. 5.Inner tubes, plastic sleds, sheets or saucers may be used for sledding. Toboggans and Troop Sleds may be used for moving equipment only - no sleds with metal runners.Sled in designated areas only. Sledding is not permitted on the camp roads.
  6. 6.Helmets must be worn during sledding activities. This safety measure will be strictly enforced!!
  7. 7.Vehicles that are four wheel drive are allowed in the upper parking lot only. All other vehicles must park in the lower lots. RVs and trailers will be asked to park in designated areas.
  8. 8.Bring your own firewood.
  9. 9.Fires are allowed in designated fire pits or in staff approved fire pans. These rules are subjects to Camp Director approval.
  10. 10.Absolutely NO sheath knives, guns (soft air, BB, firearm), fireworks, liquid fuels or straw allowed in camp.
  11. 11.Leave at home all types of music players, electronic games, etc.
  12. 12.Possession and/or use of alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the camp boundaries. Misuse of prescribed or unprescribed drugs is prohibited.Local police will handle the individual or group who violate these regulations.Adults that use tobacco products are asked to do so off camp boundaries.
  13. 13.All Scouts must be transported in regular passenger compartments of vehicles. Only equipment may be transported in the back of a truck or trailer.
  14. 14.slide2Properly dispose of all garbage and litter in the appropriate containers. Recycle aluminum cans.DO NOT BURY GARBAGE.Units are responsible for policing their areas and should bring sufficient trash bags for the job.Practice the LEAVE NO TRACE principles.
  15. 15.All scouts and leaders are expected to live up to the Scout Oath and Law, as well as the Outdoor Code.
  16. 16.Visitors are always welcome.


Personal Equipment  

We are looking forward to having you with us at winter camp this year. We want you and your scouts to have a good time.  Listed below are some items you will need to help you to be prepared, and to make your experience a fun and enjoyable one!!!

_____Sled and helmet for sledding—HELMET IS REQUIRED!!




_____Scout Uniform Shirt

_____Scout Handbook

_____Warm sleeping bag with extra blanket (pillow if needed)

_____Ground clothe and Pad

_____A cup to use for hot beverages (no larger than 16 oz)

_____Warm Coat, Poncho or Raingear, and gloves

_____Extra Clothes: Pants (wool is the best for winter) shirts.

_____Several sets of underwear (long johns if you have them)

_____Several sets of socks (wool socks are best)

_____Boots (any type of street/tennis shoes not recommended)

_____Toiletries (hand towel, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste)

_____Flash light & extra batteries

_____Personal First Aid Kit

Remember that winter campers know the secret to staying warm and dry is all in the COLD:

Clean - Keep your clothes clean. Dirt and body oils reduce clothes ability to trap air as insulation.

Overheating - Don’t overheat! Add and remove layers to stay warm but not hot.

Layer - Wear layers of loose clothing to trap body heat.

Dry - Don’t get wet. Wet clothes can’t insulate well.


Unit Equipment

_____Unit and patrol flags

_____Tents or winter shelter


_____Firewood (any unburned wood needs to be left at lodge or hauled home)

_____Klondike-style sled (not required for competition, but you can bring your own)


Unit activities

The patrols will need a patrol yell and should be prepared to perform a skit at the Friday night campfire, using good taste. Each Patrol Leader will lead his patrol from station to station, and then lead his patrol while at the station.

Leader training

We will be providing Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training for adult leaders during winter camp. Please note your interest on your registration form.


Program Events Break-Down

1) Skits (Friday Night)

Friday evening we will have a camp-wide campfire in the lodge to include skits by each unit. Scoring will be based on participation in the campfire activities.

2) Flag Ceremony (Saturday Morning)

Saturday morning flag ceremony will include unit introductions and unit yells. Scoring will be based on participation in the flag ceremony and unit yell.

3) Fire building

Wood will be provided to each unit at Friday night check-in. They will be able to prepare their wood for the activity before arriving at the station.  Matches are allowed, but no other materials other than the wood provided.  Competition is to burn a suspended string with time-based scoring.

4) Scout Trivia

Units will be provided a set of trivia questions that can be drawn from any area of scouting including scouting history, merit badge topics, rank requirements, and more. Scoring will be based on percentage of questions answered correctly.

5) Knots

Units will be provided a list of knots to tie within a specified amount of time. Scoring will be based on the percentage of knots correctly tied.

6) Pioneering

Units will be provided a list of lashings to tie within a specified amount of time. Scoring will be based on the percentage of lashings correctly tied.

7) First Aid

Units will be provided various first aid situations. Scoring will be based on the accuracy of responses to these situations.

8) Animal and Plant Identification

Units will be provided photos of animals and plants commonly found in the Columbia Basin. Scoring will be based on the percentage of correct identifications.

9) Scavenger Hunt

Units will be instructed to procure a list of common camping supplies that they should have in a winter camp situation. Scoring will be based on the percentage of items correctly scavenged.

10) Klondike Race

Units will be given the task of racing a Klondike sled through a course where there is at least one passenger on the sled. Scoring will be based on the time needed to complete the course.

11) Instructional Stations – Dutch Oven Cooking, Winter Camping, etc.

This year we will also have additional instructional stations where the focus will be on learning or refreshing skills and knowledge. Scoring will be based on participation in the instruction.

12) Order of the Arrow and Troop Elections

The Order of the Arrow chapter will be presenting information regarding the Order of the Arrow and performing troop elections. See the Order of the Arrow section below for additional information.


Competition Specifications

  1. 1.Competition teams must be organized in natural units (six to eight per patrol/team/crew).
  2. 2.All Scouts must be clothed properly for winter weather.
  3. 3.Each unit must submit roster of patrol members at check-in.
  4. 4.All points will be added together with a unit’s lowest score eliminated from consideration. This provides units the flexibility to miss an event if desired.


Individual “Klondike Champion” Competition

For those who are interested, they can participate as individuals in a Klondike Champion competition hosted by the National Guard which may or may not include the events listed above. of the Arrow

The Order of the Arrow is a service organization within the Boy Scouts of America. Membership is attained through an election process held at the troop level and then through the completion of the Ordeal, which is a service and induction event typically held during the summer months at one of the council camps.  Membership in the Order of the Arrow is meant to represent an honor bestowed upon those elected and represents a commitment to the ideals of scouting.  Member candidates must have completed the 1st Class rank and must have completed at least 15 nights of camping within the last two years which must include one, and no more than one, long-term camp (such as a week at scout camp).  A minimum of 50% of troop members must be present in order to perform an election. Units should come prepared knowing which troop members are eligible to be elected into the Order of the Arrow, regardless of the number of troop members that will be present.  Troop members need not be present to be elected by their troop members.  There may be an opportunity for current Ordeal members to seal their membership as Brotherhood members. For questions, contact Ryan Pugh, the Chapter Chief of the Neppel Chapter (Columbia Basin District) at 509-750-3010.


Schedule of Events

Friday              4:00-7:30pm                Registration, Check-in in Main Lodge. Dinner in camps.

                        7:00pm                        Order of the Arrow, Neppel Chapter Meeting in Main Lodge

                        7:30pm                        Senior Patrol Leader Meeting in Main Lodge

                        8:00-9:30pm                Welcome Cracker Barrel and Program/Skits in Main Lodge

                        9:30-10:30pm              Open activity time

                        10:30pm                      Taps

Saturday         6:30am                        Reveille

                        7:00-8:30am                Breakfast in Main lodge

                        8:30-9:00am                Opening ceremony

                        9:00-12:30pm              Patrol competition (all units)

                        12:30-1:30pm              Lunch in Main Lodge

                        1:30-2:30pm                Awards

                        2:30-4:30pm                Open activity time

                        5:00-6:00pm                Dinner in Main Lodge

                        7:00-8:30pm                Camp-wide program in Main Lodge, closing ceremony

                        8:30-10:00pm              Free time and departure

Sunday           7:00am                        Reveille

                        7:30-9:00am                Breakfast in Main Lodge

                        9:15-10:15am              “Scouts Own” worship service

                        10:30am                      Break camp


Thank you for joining us this year at our Winter Camporee. We look forward to having you at Scout-A-Vista.  Please plan for the cold and snow to make your experience the best possible.


Sincerely yours,

Camp Director and Committee


Registration Form

Columbia Basin District Winter Camp (January 22-24, 2016)



Indicate number of attendees and check when they will be attending


Time in Camp




Fri Night

Sat Day

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(Unit Type and Number)


(Full Name)


(Mailing address)




(Home Phone) (Work phone) (e-mail)




FOR CAMP CHECK-IN PURPOSES, BRING A COPY OF THIS FORM WITH YOUR $40 DONATION TO CAMP AND CHECK IN AT THE DINING HALL WHEN YOU ARRIVE. Although there is no per-participant fee to participate in camp this year, your unit’s donation for future District activities is greatly appreciated.  Thank you very much!


Please indicate your interest in Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills or other adult training courses: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Please reply on time so food can be ordered in the proper amounts. Thank You!!!


Location : Scout-A-Vista
Contact : Warren Lybbert 509-899-4185