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      SUMMER CAMP 2024!

Mission :   Summer camp  , Sun. June 23-29,   2024

 In addition to working on merit badges thru the week, there is 'free' time to use doing:

Frisbee golf course, soccer/football field, basketball court, go fishing in the lake, swim in the lake, play board games (that you bring)

You can schedule to use the Archery range, or (pay per ammo round) the rifle range or shotgun range.

MAP to McKee




SUMMER CAMP T-SHIRT CONTEST   scouts will design our camp shirt   INFO

Winner gets a Slushie every day! (see Mr. Chase)






Merit Badge Classes






Early Bird Summer camp fee is $400?


Paypal payments have additional 5% fee. 

Email paypal payment  to :


 Snail mail  payment :

make payment to TROOP 73 

mail to:

Greg Chase
514 Arcadia Park
Lexington KY 40503



You can pay for camp all in 1 payment of $400   (paypal=$420)




1st payment ...........Mar 26 :  $125      (via paypal $131.25)   (, but New scouts exempt from  late fees) 

2nd payment ...........Apr 16 :  $125     (via paypal $131.25)   ($25 late fee) 

3rd Final payment,... May 7 :  $150      (via paypal $157.5)  (final payment)



If pre-payments are not made, or are late, the fee goes up. TBA

Please make checks out to Troop 73

Payments are non-refundable from the council, but can be transferred within our troop to another scout.

If summer camp is cancelled, refunds will be sent.


Possible additional fees if taking certain merit badge classes such as: climbing, mountain biking, robotics, cooking. Also may need to buy supplies for leatherwork, basketry, archery, pioneering, space exploration at camp.




We depart for camp Sunday  

  1. Arrive at church at 9:30-945 am - pack gear

  2. Church Service 10:30

  3. Lunch in Fellowship Hall, Noon-ish

  4. Depart for camp about 1:00 pm





2. CODE of CONDUCT  FORM : Conduct  Form Troop73 Scout Law 

3. PERMISSION  FORM : Permission Slip 

 4.   MEDICAL FORM :     INCLUDING Part C. Dr. Physical Medical  MEDICAL FORMS AB&C 

Medical Part C IS NEEDED for Summer Camp
Each scout must have a physical each year. Physicals can be done by personal physician before June 1. 

           EARLY RELEASE FORM:  early release doc


For Patrols: Extra camp forms:  duty roster, etc   FORMS



FOOT LOCKER                                                                                

A scout will need a foot locker to store his clothes/belongings....

Lowes foot locker with wheels; but DONT get the 50 gallon (31.5 inch) (it wont fit under the cot)   get the smaller one.  THIS IS TOO BIG.

Walmart also has plastic foot locker (above with wheels)

Walmart also has large plastic foot locker (but no wheels)

             BUT this one is TOO BIG for the tent:






Swim Test

Every person must take a swim test every year if you want to do ANY water sports. (swimming, boating) 

The troop will perform a test before camp. (the best way)   see Troop Swim Test dates

But if they miss the troop testing, then scout must take the test at camp when we arrive, which takes longer due to lines.


Physical Exams 

Every scout in the troop, even if they are not going to summer camp, needs to have their health history form updated every year - attachment parts A and B. 

Any scout thinking about going to summer camp, or any campout that is longer than 2 nights, such as the Fall-break campout, also needs to have a complete physical exam. 

Physicals can be conducted by the scouts own physician, however the physician needs to use the official BSA form - attachment part C. 




Please print out and fill out parts A and B of the BSA physical forms and take PART C to your your family physician.


Be sure to include immunization information, or bring a copy of their shot records. They want to know immunization dates in case of a puncture wound so they know when your last tetanus shot was. 

A copy of your current insurance card is also needed. 

Deposits CANNOT be refunded BUT CAN be transferred to another scout.



"Campership" financial aid, partial or full,  to cover the fee to go to camp, is available from  funding given to the Blue Grass Council, BSA,
for this purpose (see Page 6 and 57 of the Camp McKee Summer Camp Leader's Guide ,see Scholarships section here  ),  or from Troop 73.    
Must be received at Scout office by April 1,

Contact:  Summer Camp Coordinator:  Mark Vranicar



Prescription medicationsIf your scout is on medication,  please put them in a clear plastic bag along w a note of the days/times it's to be taken.

Extra money may be needed for:
$ for certain merit badge crafts, i.e. Leather work , etc  (to buy leather)
$ for Trading post snacks / souvenirs / drinks
$ for shotgun shells / bullets for shooting sports.  (shotgun may be 14yrs limit)

Merit badges offered  :  Merit Badge Classes 


ADDITIONAL INFO                                                                          

  Camp Mckee Website     ,    Maps  ROAD TO McKEE    ,  Google map          CAMP McKEE LAYOUT MAP


 Leader's guide

Camping Quotes overheard

SUMMER CAMP Packing List:

__ 1 Complete Scout Uniform CLASS A (Mandatory) uniform shirt, olive pants, red 73 neckerchief   ,  must arrive in uniform on Sunday  

Troop 73 always travels in full uniform, to and from the destination.

___ Prescription medications.

 Medications need to be in their original containers and placed in a ziploc plastic bag with the scout’s name and Troop 73 written on the outside. We will collect all of these prior to getting on the bus, so please don't pack them deep inside a backpack or footlocker. One of the adults will hand out these medications when required, so it's essential we keep them organized and know exactly when they are to be given. Once a day medicines will be given in the morning at breakfast unless otherwise specified. Night-time or evening medicines will be given at dinner unless otherwise specified.

___ Hanger for Class A -Scout Uniform                                                                         

___ Scout Handbook - VERY IMPORTANT                   

___ OA sash (for Friday Tap-Out)
___ OA Handbook (if converting to Brotherhood)
___ A personal locker / storage bin with lockable top. (Sold at Wal-mart or LOWES )
___ Combination lock (please give a copy of the combination to a Scoutmaster)
___ 1 blue 10x10’ tarp to cover the wall tent. (Some of these tents may have holes.)
___ Flash light and/or head light
___ T-Shirts, Socks, Underwear – enough to change at least once a day.
___ Swimsuit
___ Shorts, jeans
___ Shoes (tennis and/or hiking) NO OPEN TOED SHOES ALLOWED.
___ Towels (At least 1 for waterfront and 1 for shower.) Also suggest washcloth and/or hand towel.
___ Toilet articles (tooth brush, tooth paste, soap, comb, etc)
___ Rain gear (Jacket definitely, rain pants optional but helpful)
___ Sleeping bag
___ Pillow
___ Pen/pencil and paper (or spiral notebook and put your name and Troop 73 on it)
___ Merit badge pamphlets & material – put your name and Troop 73 on them.

___ Day pack or small backpack – to carry merit badge books, notebooks, swimsuit, towel, water bottle, etc
___ Insect Repellant (or topical bite relief sticks, calamine, etc.)

___ Sunscreen (or sunburn lotion, aloe vera, etc.)
___ Canteen (
Water bottles / Nalgene Bottles) - Scouts should have a full water bottle for the ride down and check-in.
___ Backpack - Needed for Camping merit badge 5 mile hike and Wilderness Survival merit badge

___ Extra ground cloth for Camping and Wilderness Survival

___ Compass for Camping and Wilderness Survival

___ Money for merit badge materials:

Archery – 5                                               Basketry – 10                      Climbing – 20                   Leatherwork – 10

Mountain Biking – 15                             Pioneering – 10                   Space Exploration – 10      Woodcarving - 10

___ Money for trading post snacks / souvenirs / drinks                               ___ $20 (for OA members converting to Brotherhood)


OPTIONAL Equipment
___ Watch                                                                            ___ Fishing pole / bait / tackle
___ Laundry bag                                                                 ___ Frisbee / football / boomerangs
___ Compass                                                                      ___ Cards games / board games – Magic, Uno, Settlers of Caton, RISK
___ Bible or Prayer Book                                                   ___ Books to read
___ Camera & film/memory                                             ___ Camp chair
___ Pocket Knife (Sheath, butterfly, and survival knives are not allowed)


  NO Cell phones. Please leave them at home. Most of the adults will have cell phones and the camp has phones, so we have plenty of ways to communicate if necessary. Cell phones make it hard for a boy to work through any "homesickness" he might experience and - these days - they're also game platforms and as such are very distracting from the camp experience. If a boy brings a phone, one of the adults will hold it for him until the end of camp.

  Electronic games. Not allowed. Like cell phones, they're just too distracting. 

NON- ELECTRONIC GAMES ARE ALLOWED: Cards, puzzles, books, frisbees, board games, etc., are all okay for evening downtime - but please NO electronics.



Scouts love to receive mail and "care packages" (cookies, snacks, fun items, etc.) from home while at camp.  It can take a few days for mail to get to camp, so mail early.  The mailing address is:

[Scout's Name]
Troop 73 Campsite 2
McKee Scout Reservation
8695 Levee Rd.
Jeffersonville, KY  40337
Phone: 859-498-1328
Website: http://campmckee. org/index. php?option= com_contact&view=category&catid=11&Itemid=3
(Mr. Chase always likes to remind everyone that the adults like cookies, too.)

Family Participation Night:                      

Friday - 4:30-5:30ish Water Carnival, 5:45-6:45 dinner, 7:00 flag lowering, 7:15 campfire.

Arrive back at Centenary on Saturday – late morning

Also, please take note of the following:

Merit Badge books and materials. First-Year campers are in the Dan Beard program (formerly called the Baden-Powell program) and need be concerned only with the Swimming and First Aid merit badges, but it is expected that each camper will bring his own merit badge pamphlets and materials for the classes he's taking. These can be obtained from the scout store. (They have a limited selection available at the Trading Post too, but it's best to get them ahead of time.) We sent an email listing of all the merit badges and their requirements and they also be found in Merit Badge Classes 99.2KB.

* Needed for the Dan Beard/Baden Powell Program, Wilderness Survival and Camping Merit Badges

** Needed for Merit Badges: Lifesaving,Swimming and Project COPE

 A few notes on summer camp:
(*) Arrival - Please be at the church by 10:00AM on Sunday, June (day we depart).  Scouts should be in full uniform.  We will load the bus, check forms, and check-in personal medications.  Medications should be in their original containers, sealed in a plastic bag along with the scout's name, and include instructions for giving out the medication(s) to the scout.  (Checklists for what to bring to camp were sent out earlier.)  We'll attend church service, have lunch at the church, and leave for camp around 1:30PM.  Scouts should have a full water bottle for the ride down and the check-in process at camp - it will most likely be HOT outside.

(*) Family Participation Night - Families are welcome to visit the Troops on Friday night.  ALL GUESTS ARE REQUIRED TO CHECK IN and receive a visitor’s pass.  Meal tickets are available from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the Administration Building, after 5:30 purchase tickets at Stamler Dining Hall. Cub Scouts in uniform eat FREE!  The water carnival is at 4:30 p.m., retreat is at 6:00 p.m., dinner is at 6:15 p.m., and the closing campfire is at 8:30 p.m.

(*) Early Dismissal from Camp - Please note that leaving early on Friday is extremely unfair to the scouts that stay and are required to clean up and break down camp on Saturday.  If you MUST leave early, you are required to fill out a release form with the administrative staff at the administration building.  This form must be signed by a parent, the scoutmaster, and the camp administrator prior to departure.  You will also be responsible for cleaning up your personal area and carrying your clothing and equipment down from campsite 2 to your car.  Excepting cases of injury or disability, Vehicles will NOT be allowed to drive up to the campsite.  If you already know that you will need to leave camp early, please let me know before we leave for camp.



  • 2018 Water Carnival Champions
  • 2017 Water Carnival Champions
  • 2016 Water Carnival Champions

Sheath, butterfly, and survival type knives, etc. are not allowed on
the reservation. IF brought, the Scoutmaster should hold them until the Scout returns home. .

All fuel (propane, white gas) must be checked in and held by the Camp
Ranger until it is needed. Only adult leaders should handle fuel.

Local Info:

Mailing address to 

[ Scout's Name]
Troop 73 Campsite 2
McKee Scout Reservation
8695 Levee Rd.
Jeffersonville, KY  40337

phone 859-498-1328
fax 859-498-1328



CHI Saint Joseph Health - 
Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, 225 Falcon Dr, Mt Sterling, KY 40353

Carryon for the bus:

In a plastic bag – bring the clothes you will change into after travel (we will leave ALL uniform pieces – including Scout socks on the bus so we can travel home in clean uniforms).



 Camp photos are now posted here in the photo section