Build New Skills. Build New Adventures.
Minsi Trails Council is proud to introduce SkillsFest, an exciting NEW summer camp experience for Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers. This specialty week provides in-depth and hands-on experiences to help participants explore careers, trade skills, scientific fields, and technology – all while having fun in a great camp environment.
During the week participants will have opportunities to work towards earning a variety of BSA skill awards and advancements – including merit badges, STEM/NOVA awards, the William T. Hornaday Award, and much more! Experts and knowledgeable professionals in each field of study will help guide participants as they explore a variety of careers and subjects.
Participants attending individually (or with a buddy) will join a fully-staffed provisional unit for the week, living and learning within a specific sub-camp alongside youth with shared interests.
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A NEW SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCE...
Develop skills – The experiences in SkillsFest give participants a chance to be creative, develop leadership and learn things along with skilled professionals and instructors.
Dive deeper – The specialized sub-camp atmosphere of SkillsFest allows participants to immerse themselves into a field of study – from environmentalism or emergency response to scientific exploration.
Learn from the experts – The instructors at SkillsFest are the real deal. Participants will get to work with, and learn from, real-world scientists, doctors, engineers, trade technicians, first responders, and other professionals working in the field.
Prepare for your future – Develop skills, build your résumé, and establish connections. Pave the way for a future career! Jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are projected to grow 17% in the next year and salaries average 26% more than non-STEM jobs.
Collaborate (and make new friends) – This week allows participants to work alongside other youth with shared interests and with experts and professionals in a variety of fields. Meet and work with other youth from around the region with a shared interest.
Earn achievements – By working with counselors and mentors during SkillsFest, participants will be able to complete various merit badges, STEM awards, Ranger electives, and other BSA achievements within their field of study!
Have fun! – This is probably the most important part of any week at camp, participants at SkillsFest will have lots of great opportunities for fun, fellowship, action and adventure.
SELECT YOUR FOCUS FOR THE WEEK!
Join one of our exciting sub-camps...
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Become an environmental scientist, making observations and carrying out experiments to investigate the natural world and complex ecosystems of the Poconos.
In addition to working on a variety of nature-focused merit badges, Scouts will also be able to work towards earning the William T. Hornaday Award. Scouts will get an opportunity to explore of Camp Minsi’s forest, streams and bogs; build Leave-No-Trace awareness; and participate in meaningful conservation projects.
Scouts can work towards earning the William T. Hornaday Badge and Award.
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The motto of Boy Scouts has always been “Be Prepared.” Participants in this sub-camp will meet with real life emergency responders, law enforcement officers, and others who work to keep us and our communities safe.
In addition to earning various merit badges (including Search & Rescue, Crime Prevention, Fire Safety, and Medicine), participants will also earn the BSA Emergency Preparedness and Crime Prevention Awards along with completing American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED certifications.
Scouts can earn American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Certifications.
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Explore the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics! Hands-on experience and an engineering mindset are valuable skills for many jobs.
Explore a variety of trades and sciences including: chemistry, space exploration, engineering, welding, electronics, and auto mechanics. Participants will complete meaningful hands-on experiments, investigations, and projects. Scouts in this sub-camp will also be able work towards earning various BSA STEM/NOVA Awards throughout the week.
Scouts can work towards earning BSA STEM/NOVA and SuperNOVA Awards.
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Can't pick just one field? Be a "renaissance man" and try them all! Scouts in the Journeyman sub-camp will be able float between the other three sub-camps selecting from the different merit badge opportunities and programs offered each day.
BOY SCOUT MERIT BADGE OPPORTUNITIES:
Astronomy • Automotive Maintenance • Chemistry • Crime Presentation • Dentistry • Electricity
Emergency Preparedness • Energy • Engineering • Environmental Science • Fire Safety • First Aid
Fish & Wildlife Management • Fishing • Fly-Fishing • Forestry • Game Design • Geocaching
Landscape Architecture • Law • Mammal Study • Medicine • Nuclear Science • Oceanography
Public Health • Public Speaking • Pulp & Paper • Reptile & Amphibian Study • Search & Rescue
Soil & Water Conservation • Space Exploration • Traffic Safety • Weather • Welding
VENTURING RANGER AWARD OPPORTUNTIES:
Conservation Core • Ecology Elective • Emergency Preparedness Core • First Aid Core
First Aid Elective • Land Navigation Elective • Leave No Trace Core • Plants & Wildlife Elective
EXPLORING CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD OPPORTUNTIES:
Engineering • Fire & Emergency Services • Health Care
Law & Government • Law Enforcement • Science • Skilled Trades
ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AT SKILLSFEST 2017:
BSA Crime Prevention Award • BSA Emergency Prepardness Award • BSA STEM/NOVA Awards
Conservation Good Turn Award • CPR/First Aid/AED Certifications • Leave-No-Trace Awareness
STEM Explorations • William T. Hornaday Award • World Conservation Award • ...and much more!