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Summer Camp 2018 – Camp Rainey Mountain

What:    2018 Summer Camp

Where:  Camp Rainey Mountain, near Clayton, GA

When:  June 16 – 23, 2018

Departure:  Saturday June 16 – meet at church 5:30 PM

Arrival:  Saturday June 23, bus arrive at church 2:30 PM

(subject to slight adjustments)

Who:  Troop 848   (Scouts, Leaders Parents)

Why:  Fun!   Experiences & Memories!   Opportunities for Adventure and Advancement!


We will be attending Camp Rainey Mountain this year, a summer camp with lots of tradition dating back to 1954.  We will leave Houston on the evening of June 16 (Saturday), arrive Camp Rainey Mountain the afternoon of June 17.  The summer camp program runs from June 17 to June 22.  We leave the camp after the closing campfire Friday night June 22 and arrive back at the church the afternoon of Saturday June 23.


Camp Rainey Mountain is a nationally accredited camp by the Boy Scouts of America.  The camp offers an outstanding summer camp program for scouts of all ages and experience.  From the first-year camper and early ranks program, The New Trail, to a large offering of Merit Badge and Special Programs in a wide variety of activities including:

  • All-Terrain Vehicles
  • Archery
  • Canoeing/Kayak
  • Climbing & Rappelling
  • Field Sports
  • Gold Rush!
  • Good Turn Projects
  • Hiking
  • Nature/Ecology/STEM
  • Outdoor Skills
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Pioneering
  • Rifle
  • Rowing
  • Swimming
  • Troop Whitewater Rafting

For more information please check out links below:

Camp Rainey Mountain –  Website

Program Guide Part 1

Program Guide Part 2

MB Schedule


What to do NOW 

Scouts and Adults, if you are interested in attending Summer Camp 2018, please fill out both Jot Forms: 


Summer Camp Registration Jotform 

MB Registration Jotform


Some Class Schedule Notes:

  • There are 6 activity periods in the day.  Note that some classes are multiple periods.
  • CRM has some recommendations about difficulty: 1st year, 2nd year, etc. on the schedule.
  • A great program for scouts working on ranks Scout to First Class is “The New Trail”.  There are 3 classes with different lengths depending on the scout’s rank.  More detail on pages 6-7 of program guide, including which requirements are targeted.
  • Some courses will require an additional fee.    Many handicraft badges will need a kit to be purchased at the Trading Post.    Check page 12 of the program guide for details.
  • There are several higher-adventure activities for older scouts, info available in the guide.
  • There are adult training activities (IOLS, SM/ASM Trainings) requiring pre-registration in the jot form.


Whitewater Rafting Trip - Thursday

Thursdays at CRM take a break from the daily activity schedule, and provides free-choice activities.  The Troop’s Whitewater Rafting trip will be Thursday.   There is an additional fee for scouts and adults, $58 for Nantahala (“everyone”, must pass BSA Swim Test), or $68 for Ocoee (“advanced”, age 12 and up, must pass BSA Swim Test, good paddler).   Encouraging everybody to join one of these trips, it will be a camp highlight!  The selections are in the jot form.    More info on page 14 of Program Guide.


Adult Participation

Summer Camp is not possible without adult participation and volunteers.  Adults wishing to attend should fill out the jotform too.  There are list of volunteer opportunities for adults.  Please select one or a few that you are interested.  We will assign adult volunteer jobs on first come first serve basis.


Camp Raney Mountain Info:

Camp Rainey Mountain is located in the Chattahoochee National Forest in northeastern Georgia.   The camp boasts a long tradition dating back to 1954, with Lake Toccoa at the center of camp with 2 waterfronts and an amphitheater facing the lake.  All campsites are within a 6 minute walk of the air conditioned dining hall.     Average Summer Temperature is 85 F Day / 62F Night.   Also the camp states it has no mosquitoes!


Camp Address

1494 Rainey Mountain Road

Clayton, GA  30525


Mailing Address

“Scout’s Name”

Troop 848

1494 Rainey Mountain Road

Clayton, GA  30525


2018 Summer Camp Fee

Based on previous summer camp cost, the current estimated total cost for this year summer camp is:

  • Scouts:   ~$660 ($310  camp fee + $300 bus + $50 incidentals) + rafting fee (if selected) + course-specific fees (for some courses)
  • Adults:   ~$510  ($160  camp fee + $300 bus + $50 incidentals) + rafting/courses (if selected)

This cost is based on the estimate that 2 buses will be needed for this trip.  The cost per person might go down or up depends on the number of scouts and adults sign up.  Also, this cost includes additional meals along the bus route and at camp.

  • First payment of $300 will be due by April 10.  (check to BSA Troop 848).  We will start collecting at the March 20 troop meeting.
  • Final payment will be due May 18.  Will notify amount when finalized (headcount affects logistics costs, etc).
  • Can withdraw with full refund by May 18.

Make checks payable to BSA Troop 848 with “2018 Summer Camp and scout/adult name” in note field. 


Rui Zhao, Tom Nutbrown, or other Designated Adult Volunteer will be available at most Troop meetings to accept payments.


The troop offers partial or full scholarships for summer camp.  If there is a need, please contact Greg Meyer or Mike Rodriggs to discuss. 


Medical Forms

  • All participants will need completed BSA Medical Forms Part A, B, & C.  Needs to be signed less than 1 year from camp dates.   Link to forms can be found at bottom of troop e-mails. 
  • Rebecca Garland will be collecting forms, and will be Troop’s Medical in camp.  (need a volunteer Medical for the bus trips).

Swim Test

  • Benoit Lamarche will be organizing pre-camp Swim Test in May.  This saves much time and hassle upon arrival at camp.  

To Board the Bus . . . you’ll need full payment and medical form submitted in advance. 


Summer Camp Coordinator:

Rui Zhao


Cell: 832-284-1757


Tom Nutbrown


Cell 832-514-5003



  1. Why the $300 deposit and two payments?  The camp requires us to make deposit payments.  In fact, the Troop has already paid a deposit and two of three progress payments.  We are attempting to minimize the amount of bookkeeping and payment collection by reducing the number of payments to two.
  2. My son sold mulch.  I would like to apply that money to the Summer Camp registration.  Again, due to the timing of the camp payments, we must get the initial camp fee before the mulch sales are complete.  You may request money from mulch sales to be refunded to you, to the extent you have paid out of pocket for Summer Camp registration.
  3. Do adults need to complete a separate jot form from their sons?  Yes.
  4. Why do we travel far for Summer Camp?   The troop has a tradition of traveling to the top BSA Summer Camps to gain the best experiences for our scouts.  Also, traveling to CRM in the Mountains of Northeast Georgia provides excellent temperatures compared to Houston’s June heat & humidity.