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Keeping you up to date on Resident Camp 2024 at Camp Seph Mack
Welcome to the "Squatch Watch" Newsletter!  We will be using this format to provide updates on the program development, along with some other information about sightings in the area.  This email is designed to be both informative and fun, with tidbits and stories from various organizations outside of Scouting.  We hope that you will enjoy the content.  We are having a blast compiling it!  If you no longer want to receive this, please click on the unsubscribe link below.  You'll be missed.
Bigfoot Looms on the Horizon!

Thank you! We are happy to report that 71 youth and 15 adults have now registered for Squatch Camp and have received the double discount rate. That means 12 units, including 11 Scouts BSA troops and 1 Sea Scout Ship, across Chestnut Ridge, Keystone, Forbes Trail and Fort Bedford districts have signed up for Squatch Camp!

Now that it's March - and registration is now open to units in all districts in Laurel Highlands Council and to out-of-council units - our goal is to register at least 150 youth by May 31, 2023. That is the minimum number we need to reach to run a productive summer camp program and to jumpstart a new, fun-filled era of Scouting at Camp Seph Mack.

Units who sign up their Scouts within the next three months will still get a discount of $20 per Scout that is fully refundable. The overall unit deposit remains $100. This is money that will end up being used for the registrations of the Scouts in the unit. Otherwise, the cost of camp will be the standard $450 per Scout if you wait until this summer. Squatch Camp could be sold out by that time, so act fast!

Check the registration link below for a more detailed breakdown, including the Squatch Camp staff application if you are interested.

Register here:

The risk to signing up is nonexistent, even if your unit plans on sending a single Scout to Squatch Camp. Squatch Camp is being hosted at the camp you love with program being developed by your neighbors within the eastern half of Laurel Highlands Council. Updates about adventure tracks will continue in the coming weeks, so be sure to look out for the next Squatch Watch and Squatch Talk later in March.

Catch Up on the Most Recent Squatch Talk!

Last week, we premiered the second episode of Squatch Talk, the monthly webinar dedicated to answering your questions about Squatch Camp. Our gracious host Lance Bittner and special guest Mike Manner talked about the qualifications for being on camp staff at Squatch Camp in June 2024.

Later on, Camp Director Doug Schmitt discussed two of the adventure tracks - Brownsea Island and Action Newsroom - in much more detail. Please watch, and mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. for the next Squatch Talk!

Check the episode here:

Register for the March Squatch Talk on Zoom!

When: March 22, 2023 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The J. Sephus Mack Center for Sasquatch Research at Camp Seph Mack 2024 is a resident camp program with unique adventure and advancement offerings.  The planning committee for this adventure is world-class and all they need is you and your scouts!  As this is a completely different program, information will be released on a regular basis, but there may be changes as the program evolves.  We ask for your patience, and welcome suggestions to improve communications and program for the event.

Q:          When is camp at Camp Seph Mack in 2024?
A:           June 23-29, 2024
Q:          Will this be a resident camp program?
A:           Yes!  It is a 7-day/6-night program.
Q:          Who can attend?
A:           Any registered member of a Scouts BSA Troop, Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship may participate in the program.  Please note since this camp does not happen until the summer of 2024, currently registered Webelos and Arrow of Light youth will be Scouts BSA in time for this camp.

Q:          What are the five adventure tracks?
A:           Last week, the Squatch team unveiled five adventure tracks will be available for campers to choose from. Scouts will camp with other Scouts that make up their adventure base and not their home troop. The tracks, all of which will feature merit badge courses, are Brownsea Island, a nautical adventure, an outpost adventure, an offsite adventure program, and a fifth adventure in which Scouts will follow Bigfoot's trail and report on their findings each day of the week.
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