"On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God..."
How many times have you said those words? Many Scouts open or close their troop meetings with those exact words, but what do they mean? What is our Duty to God? This September at Comer Scout Reservation, we plan to explore that very question! So come join us for a Duty to God weekend where we start the Religious Emblems Program for your faith and enjoy a wonderful weekend up on top of the mountain!
What will the weekend look like?
The Program of our Religious Emblems Camp will be split into three different categories: Camp wide presentations, Religious instruction by faith, and free time activities.
Camp Wide Presentations
Friday Night Opening Campfire:
This will be an opportunity to set the tone for the rest of the weekend. We will come together to be introduced to our staff, and welcomed to approach this weekend in contemplation of what our duty to God is, how that informs what we do as scouts, and how we ought to treat each other as we continue this journey together.
Saturday night Closing Campfire:
This is an opportunity for units to perform for each other, both with the more traditional skits and with reflections on the weekend, things scouts and scouters have learned, and what this weekend means for them as they return their normal life.
Religious Instruction by Faith
These will be break out sessions on Saturday morning where scouts will spend time in a classroom like setting lead by a faith leader in their faith tradition. They will work through the first part of their faith’s religious emblem program for their age level during this session with the intention of starting them on the journey of completing these awards.
Free time activities
During Saturday afternoon we will be opening up several areas of Camp as they would be during the free session of summer camp. These include the waterfront, parade field, and the trading post. We are also hoping to offer a few diversity presentations by religious leaders from some of the faiths that are less common in our area!
Sunday Morning Scout’s Own Service:
This worship service together will serve as a final reflection on the weekend where scouts from all the faith traditions present will have an opportunity to share a short reflection, a prayer, or other contribution to our joint worship service before we go in peace to do our duty to God.
Preparation and Arrival at Camp
Check-In: Check-in will begin at 5:00PM. Units will check-in at the main parking lot at Camp Comer. Health Forms and a Unit Roster will be submitted upon check-in. After check-in troops will be directed to their campsite for the weekend stay. All participants will need to submit their BSA Health and Medical Form (Parts A & B) and COVID-19 Camp Activity Forms to the event medic at check-in. Participants will need to retrieve their Medical Forms prior to departure on Sunday morning.
Camping: While at Camp Comer you will stay in pre-assigned campsites. Please note that tents are in place during this time of year at camp. Hammock camping is also allowed at Camp Comer.
Meals: All meals will be served in the dining hall. Any dietary restrictions can be submitted on the Jotform registration form. Please submit dietary requests by September 1st 2021.
Suggested Packing List:
- Sleeping Bag
- 3 T-Shirts
- 3 Underwear
- Scout Uniform
- Sturdy Shoes (Hiking Boots or Sneakers)
- 3 Pairs of Socks
- Swim Suit
- Rain Jacket or Poncho