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Camp Raven Knob

To all Scouts going to CRK

We will meet at the Scout Hut this Sunday (July 9th) at 9:30 AM to leave for camp. Please be in your field uniform, tan shirt, scout pants, belt and socks for the trip. We will return on Saturday (July 16th) around noon, depending on how fast we can get checked out that morning.

I have attached a list of what to pack, contact information, family night and tips for the week.

All medication being taken to camp must be in a ziplock bag marked with the Scouts name and an instruction sheet included in the bag. Parents need to bring the medication bags into the Scout Hut Saturday morning and review the instruction with me to ensure I don’t have any questions.

If you still have forms that need to be turned in please bring them into the Scout Hut so they can be reviewed and maked as completed.

If you have any questions, please let me know


Joe (704)449-2333

What to Bring

Complete Scout uniform, to be worn on the trips up and back, evening meal and call campfires


Shorts or long pants

Swim trunks

Swim shoes (required for almost all lake front activities)



Insect repellent

Footwear for Boating

Hat if desired

Sweater or jacket

Extra shoes or boots

Poncho or rain gear

Notebook and pencil or pen

Scout Handbook

Merit badge pamphlets (of you have them)

Watch (very important)

Washcloth and towel

Toiletry items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. No glass bottles)

Flashlight with extra batteries

Sleeping bag or sheets & blankets


Footlocker or suitcase or backpack

Laundry bag

Hand sanitizer

Water bottle (important)



Fishing rod and tackle box

Alarm clock

Disc golf disc



What Not to Bring to Camp

Personal rifles or other firearms, ammunition, and bows, including paintball guns

Sheath knives with blades longer than 4”

No pets at anytime

Open toed shoes are not allowed at anytime

Finally, we strongly recommend that items such as radios, music players, electronic games, and other electronic devices not be brought to camp. Summer camp is an outdoor experience, and these items are not appropriate to that experience.

Camp Raven Knob is not responsible for personal or Unit items that are damaged, lost or stolen.



Have Scouts bring a footlocker or locking suitcase and provide an extra key for the unit leader. That way, if one key is lost, the spare one will be stored safely. With the heat and humidity of June and July, it would be advisable to have a change of clothing for each day of the week.

Cell phones for Scouts are not necessary.  Considering that there are no provisions to charge them and that reception is weak at best, Scouts are advised to leave them at home.



Scouts may receive mail at camp.

Please send mail addressed as follows:

Scout Name

Unit Number

Camp Raven Knob

266 Raven Knob Road

Mount Airy, NC 27030


Please be sure to include the Scout’s unit number on all mail; this will make sure it is routed to the proper mailbox. Also include a return address in case a letter arrives at camp after the Scout has left. Mail service is dependable, but it is recommended that  mail not be sent to camp later than the Wednesday while the unit is at camp. Mail can take from two to four days to reach camp. Any letters or packages that contain currency or valuables should be insured. USPS, UPS, and FedEX all deliver to camp.


Should someone at camp need to be contacted, the camp telephone number is (336) 352-4307. This phone is located in the camp office, and is manned from 8:30a.m. until 8:00p.m., with the exception of meals and campfires. There may be a staff member in the office in the evening or at other times as well. Please note, however, that this is the camp’s business phone and parents will not be able to talk to their children. The staff

member will take a message and deliver it to the unit mailbox. Of course, emergency messages, will be delivered as soon as possible.


Internet Messaging and E-mail Scouts are able to receive messages while at camp. Messages may be sent to Scouts through the camp’s website ( Enter the unit Number, Scout name, and message in the form provided. All messages will be printed and delivered to the unit mailboxes with regular mail and messages.


Visitors’ Night


Visitors’ Night at camp is Wednesday evening.  Dinner will not be provided in the mess hall, so the Troop will order a meal to be delivered to our campsite.  If you are attending visitor’s night and wish to eat with the Troop, please let us know Sunday before we leave, as we need to know how much food to order.  Last year is was a fried chicken dinner at $10.00 per guest.  Parents may wish to bring a picnic supper to enjoy with their son and friends.


The highlight of the evening’s activities is the campfire program and the Order of the Arrow ceremony. Visitors should not plan to arrive at Raven Knob before 5:30p.m., as Scouts will be involved in sessions until then, and will need time to take a shower and change clothes. The ceremony will last until approximately 9:30p.m., so visitors should plan to leave shortly after that so Scouts and leaders can get a good night’s sleep. Vehicles are allowed into camp on Wednesday evenings. Please note that the camp wide speed limit is 5 mph. In addition, the road between the Trading Post and the Order of the Arrow arena is closed to vehicle traffic from 7:00p.m. until after the Order of the Arrow ceremony, so please plan accordingly.

Bahamas Trip


Here is a list of the things we touched on last week at our meeting at scouts.



3 pairs of shorts
1 pair of long pants
1 long sleeve shirt
4 T-shirts
2 bathing suits
1 set of good clothes (casual)
Underwear/socks (optional)
1 pair sneakers or deck shoes
1 set of cheap foul weather gear (pants and jacket)
1 pair work clothes
1 flashlight
Insect repellent
sheets, and pillow
2 towels
Liquid soap/shampoo (no bar soap)
Triptone, Dramamine or Bonine (sea sickness meds) sickness  meds.)                                                       

Personal snorkeling gear if you have it. There is a limited supply on the boat.
Underwater disposable camera (optional)
For Sun Protection
Sunglasses (polarized) with neck strap
Hat (with string)

Sunscreen- aerosol and oil DO NOT provide sufficient protection. The crew uses SPF 30 or 45 all over (everyday).  

Also glass containers do not work well on the boat.



In case of an emergency call 1-800-683-8687. Messages are checked daily by someone who knows the most effective way to contact the boat that day.  .  Beacon Won is the name of the boat that we will be on.



 Flight to Nassau, Sat. June 24,  2017  Flight AA893, flight departs at 9:35 AM 

BE AT THE GATE BY 7:00 AM!!  We need to be checked in 2 hours before flight time.  I will be at the drop off on the departure deck, about midway down at the American Airlines check-in.  Look for the Troop.


Flight to Charlotte, Sat. July 1, 2017 Flight AA852, flight scheduled to arrive in Charlotte at 3:21 PM, flight leaves Nassau at 12:55.  I suggest you park in the cellphone lot and wait for us to call after we land.  Please be patient, as we may have to go through customs and that can be quick or lengthy depending on the lines.


Flightview is a good app to follow the plane for up to date info.

Flight Tracker and Flightaware are also app that you can use to follow the plane in and out of Nassau and see delays that may occur.

Make sure you check your backpack and remove knifes and sharp objects.  It is also recommended that you carry on no liquids (or refer to the official approved quantities list on the TSA website).  We will be checking a few bags, so if you have any liquids they can be combined into these checked bags.  


If you have any questions, please call me


Gary Smith – (704) 965-6199

Grandfather Mountain Trip Update From Claude Sinclair

I explained in an earlier e-mail that I was heading out at 6:00 AM on
Friday, June the 9th to secure two campsites.  Personally I will be carrying
the Maggio brothers, Gabe Bobo, and Matt Collins.  Jamie Laney can also
leave at 6 AM and can carry 5 people.  I will miss all of June meetings due
to me working at Camp Bob Hardin and teaching CPR on Mondays.  So all my
contacts will be by e-mail.   Scott Huggins will be transporting his 4
Scouts and that leaves Jim Lynch for everyone else.  Right now I need 5
names that can leave at 6 AM and ride with Jamie.   Also I need to know who
is hammock sleeping so that they are not assigned to a tent only site.
Jim, can you leave at noon and transport Mike, Cooper, and Landon if he is
going?  The trail head is easy and I will be at the Redneck Treasure Hunt
this weekend.   Scott, what time are you leaving?    Just trying to
coordinate the weekend. BTW, I had a reason to limit the number to 12 but
since we have 15, we will make it work.   I hate saying no and denying
someone an experience of their lifetime and it will be just that.

Claude Sinclair


New Micro Fiber Activity Shirts

We will be taking orders for a new micro fiber red t-shirts this Monday night. These shirts will be identical to the cotton shirts we offer today, except they are made from a cooler lighter micro fiber. All orders received on Monday will be produced and available before the Bahamas trip and Summer Camp. The available sizes are from men’s small to 3XL at a cost of $12 each. We will also continue to offer the cotton shirts at a price of $9 each. If you are not going to be at the meeting Monday night and want to order the cotton or micro fiber shirts, please e-mail me what you want. The order must be placed on Tuesday to ensure we get them back in time for our summer events.

If you have any questions please let Mr. Joe know.


Joe (704)449-2333

Andrew Lafollettes Eagle Scout Project

Andrew Lafollettes eagle scout project is on Saturday April 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM. Every scout is expected to attend. Lunch and Refreshments will be provided and gloved are recommended. We will be setting pavers and building wood benches. It will be at Living Savior Lutheran Church, 6817 Carmel Road, Charlotte, NC. If you have any questions please call (704)449-2333.

We hope to see you there.

Spring Camporee

Leaving Friday April 21st from the Scout Hut at 5:00 PM and returning Sunday late morning. The event details will be covered at tonight’s meeting and if you have not paid the cost is $25 per Scout. Please make checks out to Troop 275.

If you have any questions, see Mr. Joe tonight or call him at (704)449-2333

Boston Butt Fundraiser Overview

The Boston Butt Fundraiser was an amazing success. We smoked and sold 136 butts and raised over $3,000 for the Scouts and Troop. Good job to the Leaders and Scouts that worked.

Crossover Campout Recap

The Crossover Campout was March 17-19. We left from the Scout Hut at 5:00 to go to Mr. Jamie Laneys father’s property. On Saturday we started with breakfast and then we went into a round robin of activities for the Webelos. We started with First Aid and then moved to Ax Yard before lunch. After lunch we split into two group of scouts and leaders. One group went on a five mile hike and the other stayed at camp to teach the Webelos. The classes after Lunch were Knot Tying, Orienteering, and Fire Building. When everyone was back at camp we had a pig for dinner and after that we had a large bond fire. Six boys crossed over at the ceremony after the camp out. It was a very fun and enjoyable camp out.

Boston Butts Sale

Pork Butt sale fundraiser will be April 14th and 15th. We sold over 180 butts last year but due to a limit on the number of cookers we can get this year, the sale is limited to 160. All tickets that are not going to be sold need to be returned so that someone else can sell them. If the tickets are not returned by this Monday, March 27, then it will be assumed that they are sold and you are responsible for the sales price.

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