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December 2013

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Girl Scout Weekend at Emerald Bay

Camp Emerald Bay has set the dates for the Girl Scout Weekend. Girl Scout Troops of all kinds are invited to join us March 21st-23rd. Scouts can participate in activities like Kayaking and canoeing in the bay, hiking to Parsons Beach, petting sharks in the Marine Science Center, and performing songs and skits at the campfire. Girls will be able to try their hands at handicrafts and Archery while exploring the West End of Catalina Island. The weekend is open to the entire family, and registration is open now. Find more information here.

What is the real history of those Gates on the road into Josepho?

Guests driving into Camp Josepho navigate miles of chaparral, some overgrown fencing, new growth over a burned out area, maybe even some hikers and bikers and… impressive stonework and wrought iron gates. If you ever felt like you were passing Wayne Manor on your way down into camp, you are not alone. The gates were the entrance to Murphy Ranch, a city-owned parcel that has been home wealthy ranchers, Nazi-sympathizers before World War II, local artists, and even a famous novelist. The Nazi-narrative has captivated hikers and lovers of urban lore most recently, but the larger history of the landmark paints a picture that is much more complex and interesting, showcasing the intersection of great talent and civil progress with reactionary ideology.Read more...

Cub Scout Weekend Early Bird Special at Emerald Bay

Camp Emerald Bay’s Spring Cub Family Weekend (March 21-23) registration is open, and in the spirit of the holidays, early bird discounts are available through December 31st. Register your family before the end of the year to save big on your registration for individual tents, individual cabins, or private cabins. Get more details and register here!

Registration is Open for Summer Events at Camp Josepho

Several Boy Scout programs made their premier in 2013, including the Robotics, Programming and Game Design Cluster, the First Year Resident Camp, and the Cinematography Experience. Because these camps appeal to such specific interests, they are primarily available to provisional Scouts, so any Boy Scout can attend without his Troop! Registration for each one of these programs is available now online before the early bird closes in April, and they could make a great Christmas stocking stuffer! Also, a High Adventure Shooting Sports Program is in the works for Camp Josepho this summer that will include intensive Pistol, Archery, and Rifle Training. Expect details and registration to come in January!

Gift Ideas for Boy Scouts

Summer Camp is the light at the end of the tunnel (the tunnel being winter, of course) for many kids, so think about giving him something this Christmas that will prepapre them for the Spring and Summer activities that they will be doing with their Troop. Here are some ideas.

  • Airplane Safe Leatherman— this Leatherman tools are designed specifically so that they can be carried onboard a plan and be completely TSA-compliant. Includes needlenose pliers, spring-action regular pliers, wire cutters, scissors, flat head and philips heads, and more.
  • Ultralight Backpack— a great backpack will make or break a trip (not to mention your back!). Get your son started on his ultra-light backpacking equipment early!
  • Beats by Dre Bluetooth Speakers—...or any of the other 10 essentials.
  • Smithsonian Science Kit—These kits are available at your local Scout shop, and hold of the materiasl required to earn the Merit Badges and beltloops that are part of the BSA NOVA Award for STEM topics.
  • 2 Person Backpacking Tent—if he’s old enough to have his own room, he may not want to share a tent anymore. This might be a proxy gift for his independence, and space, etc. DISCLAIMER: this is not the opportune time to tell your son to move out.