Join us next summer at Camp Whitsett for another epic season of mountain adventure. Registration has just opened for the 2014 Summer. Register troops now to take advantage of our early bird special, which allows one adult leader to attend free of charge for each ten that attend with the unit. This offer will close on December 1st.
We would like the registration process to be as easy and simple as possible, so read How to Register for 2014 Boy Scout Summer Camp at Camp Whitsett.
Last weekend, Camp Whitsett dedicated the Wolverton-Robbins Nature Educational Program in the newly refurbished Nature Lodge, which has been under construction since March. The revamped structure and program are dedicated to the memory of Camp Wolverton and Mike Robbins, and will become the home of a number of innovative and exciting exhibits and programs the focus on the cultural and ecological history of the Sequoia Forest.
From 1939 to 2011, Camp Wolverton served as an adventure base in Sequoia National Park. Wolverton did not operate a traditional Scout camp program, but instead gave units the opportunity to run their own programs. Troops would head to Wolverton for backpacking, hiking, fishing and camping adventures.
Mike Robbins (1940-2012) worked at Camp Wolverton for over 50 years, serving as camp director and then primary operator once the camp became an outpost. In 1987, Robbins launched the Campmaster program, which brought in old staff members each week over the summer to operate and maintain the camp.
This project was a “refurbishment” only so far as the foundation and supporting frame were the starting point for the new lodge. What was once just an empty frame where classes gathered now acts as a museum and teaching area for Scouts. Inside, scouts can find several different displays: anthropological histories of Camps Whitsett and Wolverton and the region’s Native Americans, a set of taxidermy animals native to the Sierras, and a natural history of the Sierras including geology and arboriculture. The lodge’s exterior walls are designed to open into different classroom settings. Additionally, each wall has a mural dedicated to one of the nature merit badges taught at Camp Whitsett.
Camp Whitsett greatly appreciates additions to its displays that will allow it to tell the story of the region. Scouts coming to Camp Whitsett this summer will be the first tear the Environmental Science and Astronomy Merit Badges, among others, in this exciting new space. Makes sure to come and visit when you come up to camp this summer!
The saying goes that California is the only place in the world where you can surf in the morning, skate to lunch, and ski in the afternoon. In Los Angeles especially, there is a concentration of ecosystems and natural resources that allow us to participate in almost every kind of outdoor activity that has yet been invented, which is probably why California remains a Mecca for adventure travel and outdoor sports.
The Western Los Angeles County Council has introduced California Excursions, a two week excursion that takes participants from the heights of the Sierra Nevada to the depths of the Pacific Ocean in a two week trip that takes advantage of the unique faucets of California that we enjoy at all three of our camps. Read more
Spotlight: Howard Schwartz, 44, is an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 642 in Calabasas, CA, who has seen his two sons through the entire Cub Scout program and into Boy Scouts. Howard, however, never got the opportunity to do Boy Scouts because, as his mother told him when he had asked to join as a child, “Jewish boys don’t do Scouts.” He has watched his sons go become Boy Scouts with a chip on his shoulder because he had never had the opportunity to put himself to the test as a young man. Last Spring, however, Howard got the chance to see if he was Tougher Than a Boy Scout when he was cast in the pilot episode of the show after responding to a casting call for adults who had never been able to participate in Scouting as kids but wished they could have. As a contestant on the show, Howard found that the most difficult challenges were not the endurance challenges, but the challenges that required him to think clearly and act decisively under pressure. “The hardest part for me was getting out of my own way,” he says, “and just doing the skills without over-thinking them.” Howard describes the tense moments before events started as Scouts and adults alike were pushed to the limit—“Thing got a little heated” as contestants were not allowed to speak to one another about events or
sharing information to keep the competitive tension that comes so vividly across when you watch the show from the other side of the screen. But onscreen sparks never started off screen fires, since the Scouts and Adults felt a mutual admiration and respect that you would expect of a Scouting community. Howard says of the Scouts, “They represented Scouting and everything ithas to offer any interested young boy. Who wouldn’t want to do learn about all those amazing skills, become an excellent leader and develop into a well rounded citizen.” The show has only whet Howard’s appetite for Scouting adventure—“I want more challenges!” Howard will be featured on Episode 6, Man v. Scout of Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout, Mondays at 8 PM Eastern/5 Pm and 10 PM Pacific.