Summer Camp

The scouts of Troop 783 will have the choice of going to fabulous Camp Emerald Bay on Catalina, or going to the amazing Camp Chawanakee on Shaver Lake.


Camp Emerald Bay

Emerald Bay is the furthest establishment on the West End of Catalina Island. Because of this, it has the extraordinary advantage of many hiking trails, such as Silver Peak and Arrow Point. In addition it is conveniently located near many secluded beaches and coves, and provides excellent chances for viewing sea life. In fact, Emerald Bay is home to one of the top ten greatest snorkeling and scuba diving environments in the world! For the naturalists out there, we are fortunate enough to be the home to unique wildlife, such as the Catalina Island fox and many North American Bison.

Over the years the camp has continued to grow and now serves over 5000 scouts in a summer with a staff of roughly 150 young men and women dedicated to produce a unique, unparalleled, and unforgettable scouting experience. The staff at Emerald Bay strives to provide a program incorporating Environmental Education, Marine Science Initiatives, and Ethics and Leadership Training to achieve its mission to build good people. Through the many efforts of volunteers and donors, Camp Emerald Bay has been able to positively influence the lives of children and parents, build strong character, and create lifelong memories.

   The 2012 Emerald Bay Camp will take place from July 29th through August 4th, 2012.

   For merit badge & activities, payment schedule and other terms, click here.

   More information on Emerald Bay can be found on there web site here.

Camp Chawanakee

This year Troop 783 will return to Camp Chawanakee. This is one of the premier outings during the year and offers opportunities for Scouts to develop their unit and personal programs in a concentrated weeklong full-time scouting achievement environment. There is the Trail to First Class program for new and junior scouts as well as the opportunity for Scouts to earn their choice of over 40 merit badges. For the more accomplished Scouts there are the Trails of Chawanakee, The climbing tower, the COPE Course and overnight adventure outings.

Trip Information:

Trip Dates: 29 July 2012 through 4 August 2012

Cost: The cost of the trip is $565.00 for both souts and adults. Please sign-up and make checks payable to Troop 783. Please look for the sign-up sheet at our regular Tuesday meeting or you can register and signup by reply by email to John Demas All participants need a Medical form and permission slip, that are available at our troop website.

1st payment $100.00 due at sign up

3/4/2012 - Merit Badge List Posted

3/1/2012 - 2nd payment $225.00 due

3/10/2012 - Merit Badge Signup deadline. Submit your merit badge requests by email to John Demas.

6/8/2012 - 3rd and final payment $240.00 due (may be a bit higher or lower depending on attendance)

Trip Coordinator: John Demas (310)717-5241 email


Merit Badges: The camp is a great place to earn merit badges. Over 40 badges are offered at the camp and registration for up to 5 badges can be submitted. Information about Merit Badge Registration and badge perquisites will be emailed to all persons who have signed up when it becomes available. For a list of available merit badges, please see Merit Bagdge List

PLEASE NOTE: Get your merit badge list and sessions into Mr Demas as soon as you can after you receive the announcement and listing. Many of these classes fill up fast. Approximate date you will receive the listing: 3/4/12. The deadline for submittal to ensure you have the hightest change of getting the time slot and bagde you want is 3/10/12. Note, you can only sign up for one merit badge per session.

Important Links:

Camp Chawanakee Map - Map of the campground.

Driving Directions - Directions from the chruch to Camp Chawanakee.

The following documents are required for all those attending the camp:

Medical Form for both Scouts and Adults - It is to be completed and signed by a certified and licensed health-care provider—physician (MD, DO), nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant.

Camp Consent Form - Required for all scouts and adults who attend.

Scout Troop Permission Form - Required for all scouts who attend the camp..

Adult Troop Permission Forms - Required for all adults who attend the camp.

Merit badge Lists - List of available merit badges.