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Trip to Friendship, Indiana
Boy Scouts of America

Event Description This is a gathering of re-enactors from Western Mountain Men up to the Civil War. It’s also a big, black powder rifle exhibition, hosted by the National Muzzle-Loading Rifle Association (NMLRA). There are several big “Flea Markets” and numerous smaller event areas to visit. While others have to pay, Boy Scouts are given free campsites by the NMLRA.  However, this is a shooting event, not a buying trip.  Scouts sign-up to shoot guns/rifles at an appointed time. 

Parents need to be aware that various weapons -- guns, knives, swords, tomahawks, etc. -- are avilable for purchase at the flea markets.  Scouts are generally discouraged from buying any.  However, some activity leaders are willing to allow such purchases with proper written authorization from the scout's parent/guardian.  In these situations, the purchased item is immediately confiscated from the scout, to be handed back only upon the group's return to Beavercreek.
Date and Time Group departs from Aley UMC's Scout Hut at 5:30 PM on Friday, 7 September 2012
Return is around 6:00 PM on Sunday, 9 September 2012, also at Aley Church
Location Troop 71 members meet at Aley UMC and depart for St. Paul's no later than 7:45 AM
Cost Gas and Food
Activity Leader Jim Caprul
Office Phone: (937) 427-9968
Mobile Phone: (937) 266-1982
Required Items Activity Consent Form
BSA Annual Health and Medical Record
Permission slip to buy weapon(s)
Troop 71 Scouts, Crew and Parents, we are going on our annual camp-out in Friendship Indiana on Friday September 7th through Sunday September 9th. This outing is held at the National Muzzle Loader Rifle Association (NMLRA) grounds in Friendship Indiana. In the past boys and girls big and small enjoyed this camp-out. There will be a sign-up sheet at the Scout Hut vestibule at our next Tuesday meeting. We need the number of Youth and Adults who are going to attend and which adults can drive. The cost will be determined by the number of youth and adults attending. In the past 15 or so years, youth and adults have loved this campout!!!!

We will need a head count of those who ARE GOING. Money will need to paid by September 4th. the final cost will be determined by how many sign up.

The cost will include food and transportation, camping is free as long as a scout uniform (class B minimum) is worn.

The food included is Saturday breakfast, supper and cracker-barrel and Sunday breakfast. This cost ranges about $8-$11 for all provided meals. Saturday and Sunday lunches will be out of pocket. The average cost is about $6-$10 per meal.

Help with the gas for the trip will be $10 per scout. This is a 200-250 mile round trip, which depend on the roads to Friendship are open. We may have to make a detour. It is an 2 hour = 2 1/2 hour trip one way.

Time of departure is Friday September 7th at 5:30 PM Friday night and return is Sunday around 6:00 PM. We will meet at the Scout Hut for both. This year we plan to stay a little longer do to more events and activities available Sunday at the primitive area.

We need adults over 21 to help drive the boys and carry our camping gear and food..

There are flea markets around the NMLRA grounds. Youth who plan to buy guns, tomahawks, or knifes, etc. will need a permission slip from their parents. An adult will be in-charge of holding these items until they are picked up by there parents at the scout hut on Sunday.

There is 22 riffle shooting and black powder muzzle loading shooting for the youth. At times the range officers will let the boys shoot trap. There is a primitive area where people dress up and live like in the pioneer days. The have black smithing, candle making, archery, tomahawk throwing, and many more events and stories of how life was in the pioneer days. Many of the people who portray the event are real historians.

Venture Crew 71 is welcome to attend.

A couple links to look at: Sponsored&ID=145

Please contact me with your questions and concerns.
Jim Caprul
Office Phone: (937) 427-9968
Mobile Phone: (937) 266-1982

What to bring on this campout:
-  Everyone must wear their class A or B shirts
-  change of cloths tent
-  sleeping bag
-  mattress and pillow
-  Folding chair
-  cups and mess kit toiletries (soap, toothbrush, tooth paste, towels and wash cloths)
-  Money for the cost of food when we cook as a patrol at the campsite
-  money to spend for trinkets or what-not's. Please be conservative with this part
-  money to eat lunch in the commons on Saturday and Sunday on the way back to the scout hut. (We will be stopping at Wendys, or Burger King or Mc Donalds for lunch on Sunday)
-  donations for gas for the drivers transporting the boys each. This is a two hundred mile round trip and it is only fair to the drivers.

I am not sure at this point if there is anything else the boys would need to bring along. But please keep it light, do to the space we have available. One more thing if boys are wanting to purchase knives or guns they need to bring a permission slip from their parents to do so. The boys will need to give them to me to lock-up until we return back to the scout hut on Sunday. No exception. It is for their and everyone's safety.