Summer Camp with Troop 75
For one week each summer, Troop 75 makes Yawgoog Scout Reservation its home. The reservation, made up of three semi-independent camps in southwestern Rhode Island, is one of the best in the northeast. Well-trained staff run a wide variety of programs on the reservation, including swimming, boating, sailing, rifle and shotgun shooting, challenge activities, archery, crafts, outdoor skills, and much more. Merit badges and other Scouting awards can be earned at all of the program areas, and our Scouts usually earn an average of three or four merit badges each in addition to a number of other awards. There is so much to do at Yawgoog in a week that most Scouts don't want to leave. More of our Scouts attend summer camp in a given year than any other outing, and all have a wonderful time!
To and From Camp
The troop departs for Yawgoog from the Orient Point Ferry. Parents must arrange transportation to Orient Point, which can be a 2-hour drive from Kings Park in heavy summer traffic. Scouts travel from the New London terminal of the ferry to Yawgoog by bus, which is about a forty minute ride. The following week, the process is reversed, and parents pick up their sons at Orient Point. Orient Point is easy to find. Simply take the L.I.E. to Riverhead, get onto to Route 25 and go as far east as you can.
When is Summer Camp?
We attend week 5 of camp, which usually begins on the last Sunday of July and runs through the first Sunday of August. This can vary, however, depending on how the calendar falls. Scouts are dropped off at Orient Point in the early afternoon of the first Sunday and picked up at the ferry late in the afternoon of the next Sunday. The exact dates are made known well in advance, and a letter is sent out in mid-July with details on specific times.
The cost for the week varies slightly from year to year, but is usually around $300. Scouts can pay for part or all of their summer camp expense with camp funds. Money is due in late spring, and there is sometimes an incentive for signing up early. Scouts should also have some pocket money for the trading post at camp and snacks on the ferry. The trading post offers mainly junk food and souvenirs, but there are some things Scouts will need to to buy for their merit badges. $30 is usually a good amount.
There is no better way to learn about summer camp than by talking to those who have been there. Older Scouts and adult leaders can tell you what a great experience it is. Check out the links below for more about Yawgoog...
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