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Hello Scouts & Parents of Troop 103,

Have you heard some of the interesting “clues” for Troop 103’s upcoming “Mystery Trip” Campout and wondered what it was all about. It’s clues to the identity of our upcoming Mystery Campout this December 17th – 18th. (Sat/Sun). Your scouts will be traveling to an unknown destination where a true mystery will unfold full of adventure.

I’d like to share some “general information” about what this type of campout is all about.

WHAT IS A MYSTERY TRIP?

Once every two or three years, we have a Mystery Trip. It is always a trip shrouded with mystery, excitement, anticipation, and most of all secrecy. The trip leader would not announce the trip destination but would provide clues throughout the weeks leading to the trip departure date. The challenge would be put to the scouts to guess the final destination. The trip is always packed with activities that focuses on an adventure over the typical campout.

Many of the trips turned out to be very memorable. For example, one trip was to San Francisco spending the day criss-crossing different neighborhoods and landmarks, enjoying different cultures, and tasting every delicacy. Next morning, was spent at a Greek Orthodox Church and observed different custom and culture. Other trips have been to Monterey Bay for whale watching, white water rafting down the American River, Caving (Spelunking) in the gold country and Eagle watching in central California.

WHAT ARE THE CLUES ABOUT?

The purpose of the clues given each week leading up to the outing is to allow the scouts and parents to use their imagination to engage and build excitement for what will be a most memorable outings.

IS IT DANGEROUS / STRENUOUS?

Each trip has its own style and challenges. We have provided a survey to gather information from the scouts on things they are or are not interested in. It is positioned with real information and misleading information as to not to give the outing away. We have included the survey and would like you to take a few minutes to fill it out and return it during the next Troop meeting, November 21. Based on the responses, we will notify the parent of any possible concerns we would have for the scout going on the outing.

WHAT IS THE COST?

This type of campout will incur additional cost over the traditional campout to cover the reservation and activity fees. The costs will be shown in the upcoming permission slip available in a couple of weeks on our website and will be announced as we are closer to the trip date.

WHAT TYPE OF GEAR IS NEEDED?

We let the parents / scouts know via permission slips and list of any special things they need to bring on top of standard camping gear. You will also be provided details at the parent meeting prior to allow you to plan accordingly without giving the destination identity away.

AS A PARENT, I STILL HAVE CONCERNS BEFORE COMMITTING MY CHILD TO THIS OUTING

We understand you may have additional concerns. We will have a parents meeting during our troop meeting on Monday, November 28, 2011 at Warm Springs School. We will meet in either the teacher’s lounge upstairs or a classroom, depending on number of parents. This meeting is to share details on our trip to all parents. We of course, will ask you not to share with your scout the destination or events of the trip so as to allow your scout(s) to experience the whole mystery of the trip to its fullest.

In closing, please submit your survey by November 21st and plan on attending the parent meeting on November 28th .

Thank you,

Doug Brown
Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 103
DBrown@us.fujitsu.com

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