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Just think of it - several days and nights in the beautiful outdoor setting of Blass Scout Reservation. Hike the trails; shoot guns, bows and arrows. Spend the night around the campfire! Swimming, games, skits, songs, crafts, and much, much more. Meet new Scouts and make new friends, and share all the good times with buddies and Scouts from around central Arkansas. It is an experience to remember for a lifetime.
Cool, wet fun awaits at Gus Blass Scout Reservation's three aquatics areas. Sailing and Boating will be found on Lake Butler, while our two pools provide near limitless opportunities for learning and recreation. Aquatics areas are fully staffed to operate in complete compliance with all BSA aquatics standards.
BSA Lifeguard, Snorkeling BSA, Mile Swim, Safety Afloat/Free Boating, Free Swim, Troop Swim, Safe Swim Defense
One of the busiest areas in camp is the Eco-Con pavilion. Eco-Con is the place for all things natural and wild. Specimens and information on Arkansas species of flora and fauna are available. The many merit badges available in this program area offer something for every Scout. Leaders or troops looking for something extra to do will find their list of prospective conservation projects here.
Some fishing equipment will be available. A Scout taking fishing merit badge is encouraged to bring fishing equipment.
Gus Blass Scout Reservation
Rt. 2, Box 23
Damascus, Arkansas 72039
501-335-7208 or 501-664-4780 (8:30 a.m. till 5:00p.m.)
The first year camper program at the Camp Rockefeller offers thorough instruction in the basic Scout skills. For those new Scouts who need everything, sign them up for each session. For Scouts who have been around but never to camp, leaders should assist in choosing areas in which they need to develop skills. Scouts will work one hour per day in each of the following skill areas:
Knots and Lashings, Patrol Cooking, Map and Compass, Woods Tools, Fire Building
The Scout Handbook comes alive in Scoutcraft. All the basic Scout skills from Pioneer Trail are taught here in depth. This is where Scouts learn all the latest on camping gear and techniques.
Outpost will be conducted on Thursday night. Be sure to bring backpacking tents, backpacks and mess kits.
Gus Blass Scout Reservation offers all types of shooting. Our ranges offer everything from archery to shotgun. Recreational shooting opportunities and leader "shoot-outs" occur throughout the week. All ranges are operated under the direct supervision of BSA certified instructors and range officers. Firearm and range safety are the primary concern of our staff.
Scouts taking the Rifle or Shotgun merit badge classes MUST ALSO take the shooting safety classes.
1st and 2nd year campers are normally not strong or coordinated enough to complete these badges.
The camp will operate a Trading Post in which Scout, Leaders, and Parents may purchase a wide variety of items. Personal items...toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, etc; equipment...canteen, knives, compasses, etc; handicrafts...leather projects, basket kits, Indian beads, etc; and of course, the usual assortment of candy, soft drinks, chips, and ice cream. (But don't forget - you will get plenty to eat in the dining hall.)
C.O.P.E stands for Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience.
C.O.P.E. consists of a series of elements and challenges designed to foster problem solving skills and group interaction. Seven key goals are developed:
Leadership, Self Esteem, Decision Making, Team Work, Trust, Communications, Problem Solving
These goals are accomplished through a challenge by choice program designed to encourage the group to work together, communicate with each other, and trust the group decision as they attempt a solution to the objective. The C.O.P.E. program generally consists of Initiative Games, Low Course Elements and High Course Elements. Each team of participants will move from one level to the next based on their abilities and understanding.
The C.O.P.E. Program is restricted to Scouts age 13 and older by January 1.
Safety is the MOST important of all C.O.P.E aspects. C.O.P.E. staff members are National Camp School certified and attend regular training updates.
Quapaw Area Council - Boy Scouts Of America
3220 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR 72202
(501) 664-4780 -- Fax (501) 664-4785
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