Camp Road welcomed 3,742 Scouts to enjoy a week of their summer at Ransburg Scout Reservation this year. Upon arrival, Scouts were given the opportunity to partake in many different merit badges as well as a plethora of other activities. Ryan Suiters, this year’s Summer Program Director, was particularly excited about the new programs and areas offered this year. A few of the new additions were geared more towards Venturing Crews and older Scouts.
Three new areas introduced this summer included, Communications, Ransburg X, and ATV Adventure. The Communications area held four merit badges, Photography, Moviemaking, Journalism, and Communications. Ransburg X and ATV were open to older Scouts, ages sixteen and older. Keith Korn directed the ATV program during the program’s opening summer. The Scouts earned ASI training and went on trail rides. Ransburg X offered extreme sports activities to the Scouts enrolled in the program. Mountain Boarding, Sailing, and Climbing were a few of the many activities the “X-Men” enjoyed during their week.
“We had three weeks of Venturing this year, as opposed to only one or two. Each week had it’s own unique theme,” Suiters said. The first week of Venturing took place July 12-18, and the program was named, “Surf and Turf.” This program gave Venturers the opportunity to do many different activities on water, as well as land.
The following week, July 19-25, Ransburg held Stem X. This program hosted activities that related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and even included a trip to Fermilab in Chicago to see the particle collider.
Finally, Saddle Up took place on the last week of Venturing. During the week of July 26-August1, Venturing Crews were taught advanced horseback techniques reserved for Ventures. Suiters believes the programs were successful, and hopes they will along with the new areas, keep older boys interested in coming back to camp.
*This post is a product of Journalism Merit Badge – where youth have written about events that have taken place in camp.