May Newsletter

Pack 121

Summer Is Here!

School is out so that means that the Pack 121 Summer Program has begun!  We kick off our summer with our June Camp-out at McCormicks Creek State Park June 7-June 9.  Families wishing to camp need to contact Laura immediately to reserve your spot, our sites are going fast and the park only allows 2 families (tents) per site.  Be sure to reserve yours now, if you plan to camp.  Those not wishing to camp, are still invited to visit us on Saturday June 8 for daily activities.  See the itinerary below for more information.

Campsites are $26/night, so if we have 2 families signed on to one site its only $13/night per family!  At last count we had 7 families signed up to camp, which is awesome.  There is still room for more though, so lets go camping.

Here is the tentative schedule of events for the camping weekend.  This schedule is subject to change due to weather and time constraints, etc.  :

Friday June 7

  • 2:00pm – Camp Check-In begins at 2pm (Campers need to get with Laura to see which site they are assigned too and to figure out how to get checked in)
  • 2:00-7:30pm – Camp set-up and Family Time
  • 7:30pm – Astronomy viewing (Check with Will Mask regarding location)
  • 11:00pm -7:00am – Camp Quiet Hours

Saturday June 8

  • 9:00am – Opening Ceremony (Location will be HQ campsite, TBD)
  • 9:30am-10:15am – Games (and activity setup)
  • 10:15am – 11:15 am – Lost Baby!
  • 11:30am-1:00pm – Lunch (Family lunch at own campsites, except for Webelos working on activity badges – see your leaders)
  • 1:15pm-2:30pm – Nature Center Program (Nature, conservation and hike.  Hopefully this will be lead by park rangers!)
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm – Den Activities (Den’s will have an hour of Den time to work on any projects or electives of their choosing as well as to prepare a campfire skit, song or store for the evenings campfire.)
  • 4:00pm-7:00pm – Family Free Time and Dinner
  • 7:30pm – Campfire Ceremony
  • 8:30pm? – After close of campfire, the Astronomy viewing will be available for those who would like to attend.  Astronomy viewing will be after the campfire until around 9:30pm time permitting.

Sunday June 9

  • Camp Breakdown
Firewood Policy

A new firewood policy has been implemented on all DNR properties to manage and conserve our forest resources. This policy is not only related to preventing the emerald ash borer at our sites – it is about preventing the 140+ OTHER insects, fungi and pathogens that are known to travel in and on firewood. We ask that you do your part to conserve the forests and shade trees in our state parks, reservoirs, state forests and fish and wildlife areas. The following firewood may be used on DNR properties:

  • Kiln-dried scrap lumber.
  • Firewood of any species brought from home in Indiana as long as the bark (and, if possible 1/2 inch of the sapwood) has been removed. (Note – debarked firewood cannot be brought from other states.)
  • Firewood with a federal compliance stamp that is purchased at a department store, gas station, grocery store, etc.
  • Firewood purchased outside the park from a local vendor who has a state compliance agreement (be sure to get a copy of the permit).
  • Firewood purchased at the campstore or other location on the property. Be sure to get a copy of their state compliance agreement.

Basic Camping Supplies

The following is a basic list of overnight  essentials for first time campers.  This is only a guideline, but will help first time campers prepare for their first over-nighter. This list is for each camper:

Basic Personal Gear (For daily activities and day hikes)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Water Bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Trail Food
  • Sunscreen
  • Whistle

Overnight Gear

  • Tent, poles, and stakes
  • Camp Axe (or other tool for setting tent stakes)
  • Ground Cloth
  • Sleeping Bag, pillow, air mattress or pad
  • Rain Gear
  • Warm jacket, sweatshirt, sweatpants
  • Eating Utensils (Bowl, cup, spook, fork, knife and mesh bag)
  • Insect Repellent
  • Extra Clothing
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, wash cloth, towel, comb
  • Scout Uniform (Class A)
  • Durable Shoes
  • Hat/Cap
  • Matches (waterproof carrier) or Lighter to start fires.
  • Firewood (Check Park Rules for Firewood Regulations)

Optional/Additional Items

  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Nature Books
  • Swimsuit and bath towel
  • Fishing Gear
  • Walking Stick

Park Rules

Following is a summary of the campground rules. For a complete list of rules check out the campground maps – rules are on the second page of the map PDF. Please do your part to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable camping experience.

  • Pets – Many family pets do not seem to enjoy the camping experience nearly as much as their humans. The unfamiliarity and confusion of a busy campground and being constantly on a leash seem to upset some animals. Excessive noise and not cleaning up after pets leads to many complaints from other campers. Campers are responsible for their pets at all times. Do not leave them unattended. Pets must be on a leash 6 feet or less, in length.
  • Tables – Each site is outfitted with one picnic table. Borrowing tables from other sites is not allowed and creates discord when they must be retrieved for the site from which they were taken.
  • Vehicles – Reducing congestion and visitor safety are the reasons for the “one mode of transportation per site” rule. Additional vehicles must be parked in designated campground parking lots.
  • Number of people/tents per site – Six people is the maximum number allowed at a campsite. Each site may have two tents or one camper and one small tent.
  • Alcohol is strictly forbidden in the youth camps. At other properties, both daily visitors and campers are asked to be responsible when drinking alcohol. Possession of alcohol by persons under the age of 21 is against the law in Indiana, and this will be enforced.
  • Quiet hours are from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. At night, voices carry so moderation is essential. Generators or other similar equipment which produces noise may only be in operation from 7 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
  • Check-out time is 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday and holidays. If you plan to renew your registration, please do so by 10 a.m.
  • Nails and wires for suspending lanterns and patio lights can cause serious damage to trees. Burn damage permanently scars or kills trees.
  • Fires and firewood – Fires may be built only in the fire rings provided. Collecting firewood in state parks is prohibited. Firewood is for sale at the Camp Store.
  • Visitors to your site – Day visitors are welcome. They must park in the campground parking lot and may walk to your campsite. Campground hours are 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. each day.
  • Age of campers – At least one person at the campsite must be 18 years old. The responsible party registering for the campsite shall remain at the site for the entire stay.
  • Length of stay – Maximum length of stay is 14 consecutive nights. Campers must then vacate the property for 48 hours before re-registering for an additional stay.
  • Setup of campsite may begin after check out time on the first day, and the site must be clear by check out on the last day, except Sunday or Monday of a holiday weekend, when you may stay until 5:00 p.m. Campgrounds are closed at 11 p.m., and no set-up of campsites may occur after midnight.
  • Renewing campsites – Campers are requested to renew sites by 10:00 a.m.



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