Re: Camp Daniel Boone
Kirk Barley (kbarley@EROLS.COM)
Sat, 14 Dec 1996 12:21:18 -0800
I took my troop to CDB during the 4th of July week last summer. I had
20 boys and 4 adults.
We had two do the Rock Climbing school and the rest do the regular troop
program. Three of the adults completed kayak classes and a run on the
Nantahala River. One son/dad team completed the White Water Merit Badge
(a huge challenge in a keeled canoe!). Every boy who wanted to white
water raft got to do so on the Pigeon or the Nantahala River and there
are other rivers to choose from. I was very impressed with the High
Adventure program. They are moving hard in that direction and have
plans to offer many more Appalachain treks and some new opportunities,
like living in a Daniel Boone era fort for a week in buckskin!
The regular program was OK, no better than any other Summer Camp. The
food was much better than most, but there were other challenges in this
area. Write me directly for details. Their new boy program was good,
but some of the Eagle required merit badges were under-supervised. We
came away with a normal success ratio and some merit badges that we
couldn't get anywhere else. Getting your Forestry Merit Badge after
visiting the birth place of forestry was great!
The water is COLD. Most boys won't go in voluntarily. We had much
better success this year because we took the troop to Sliding Rock Park
the morning of check-in. It's much colder there than at CDB, so they
weren't traumatized by the swim test and actively participated in water
merit badges and sports. We hedged our advancment bets during the
Spring by programming four meetings in the pool to do swim tests and
They are busy. The were full to overflowing all last year. They asked
us not to come (nicely) at one point so they wouldn't be so crowded. We
declined (nicely). I had to work hard at keeping our reservations and
high adventure slots. Be aggressive. I tried to get staff applications
for my older boys, but couln't get any. Their CIT program seems good
for the participants, but may hurt the quality of their merit badge
I liked the camp, will continue to promote it for High Adventure and
hope to return.
Hope this helps.
MCB Quantico VA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City