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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 wishes that everyone had a Happy Easter! As of now, there is a month and a half left to register for the early bird deadline for Squatch Camp ending May 31, 2023. Save $20 per Scout by registering today!
Squatch Camp Staff Needed

Calling all adults, including those ages 18 - 20, we want YOU to assist with program areas in Squatch Camp 2024. The staff application can be found here:
Registration information

Now that it's April - 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. The overall unit deposit remains $100, but one big change to report on is that individuals can now register on their own and waive the unit deposit.  Right now, families can reserve their spot for the discounted $430 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, as the deposits are fully refundable. 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.

Catch Up on Episodes of Squatch Talk!

The April edition of Squatch Talk is in production. Before it releases on-demand for the next edition of Squatch Watch, we urge you to catch up on the first three episodes of Squatch Talk. You can watch them all on the Camp Seph Mack Adventure Base's YouTube channel!

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:          We will have Webelos crossing over next spring, will there be an opportunity for our new youth to join an adventure?
A:           Yes! The Brown Sea Adventure is our first-year camper program.  This is the opportunity for new Scouts to complete some of the basic requirements surrounding their first rank advancements.  This program will be similar to other first-year camper programs at any resident camp you have attended previously, but will also weave some 'Squatch research and tracking into the program.  The Director of this adventure, Ron Rhoades, is a long-time Scouter, who is an advocate of "First Year-First Class."  With a long line of Eagle Scouts from his troop, and others he has assisted, Ron is the perfect leader for this adventure.  While completing this adventure, Scouts will also earn some merit badges.

Q:          I want to join the team at the J. Sephus Mack Institute, are there openings?
A:           Yes! Right now we are looking for volunteer staff to help us make this exciting adventure possible. If you think you have what it takes, the staff application can be found on the registration page, under the attachments tab.  In addition to adult staff, we are also looking for youth staff to assist in many components of the adventures. Completed staff applications can be emailed directly to Michele Brenneman at
Q:          What will the price of camp be?
A:           The locked in price for 2024 is $450 per scout, but if you act now your scout will receive a $20 discount bring the total down to $430! This covers food and lodging, as well as any incidentals squatch might throw at us. You can reserve this price right now for a $20 FULLY REFUNDABLE deposit. 
Q:          What if my troop is still deciding, can individual scouts sign up to reserve their spot?
A:           If your unit is still deciding but you want to make sure your scout can reserve their spot, they can sign up on their own for the $20 fully refundable deposit. While units are still encouraged to sign up together, with the refundable $100 deposit which will reserve space for the whole unit to camp together, we don't want to limit families who want to make sure their scout gets the chance to experience this once in a lifetime program at Seph Mack. 

Q:          What if my unit needs some more information?
A:          If your unit needs a little more info to help make their final decision, a dedicated group of our cryptozoological tour guides are ready and willing to come and do a personalized presentation to your unit to make sure you're ready for the hunt come 2024! 

Q:          I'm having some trouble with registration, have a question, or want to report a Squatch Sighting - is someone standing by?
A:          Your District executives (Justin and Eric) are both standing by to answer any questions in the mean time. We're both so excited to be able to bring this opportunity back to Seph Mack and are dedicated to keeping you up to date on all the information you and your unit to get ready for the hunt in 2024!
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