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#21 btct

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 08:21 PM

Our troop, from the Kansas City area, of 19 scouts and 11 leaders visited Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch in June/July 2011. We had a great time. We have been looking for a camp that doesn't rely on dining halls but rather provides the food for us to do patrol cooking. We had a great time. Merit badges were fun for all the different ranks-although the lake was very chilly! The staff was wonderful - our scouts really bonded with the staff. We enjoyed having Wednesday to play the tourist card and enjoy all the surrounding sites. Custer State Park, Crazy Horse and the Mammoth Dig Site all gave us discounted or free entry since we were in uniform (more $$ to spend on souvenirs). On Thursday, we were selected by the Park Service to perform the flag retirement at Mount Rushmore. We enjoyed it so much that my oldest son asked for an employment application before we left and is serving on staff there this summer 2012. This is a trip that none of us will ever forget. As a matter of fact, we talked so much about it that this spring we recruited 16 new scouts into our troop.
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Posted 26 July 2014 - 12:18 PM

My son's birthday occurred while he was at camp so I sent small packages to make the week better. HE NEVER RECEIVED THEM due to the camp staff. Luckily, I had tracking numbers on the packages and the post office had delivered them (on a Tuesday while he was there) and he left camp on a Saturday without them. Supposedly the staff will mail them back.... we'll wait and see.
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Posted 13 March 2017 - 09:57 AM

Our troop attended Medicine Mountain in 2016.  Every adult on the trip was very disappointed. 

 

Some of the merit badges offered when we registered we discovered were cancelled when we arrived without any prior notice. 

 

It was extremely hot, in the 100s, during our stay yet water was not available at several of the merit badges stations until some of our Assistant Scoutmasters made a complaint.  We had 5 Scouts suffer heat exhaustion. One spent the night at the small clinic with one male medical staff.  We found out after our Scout was admitted staff were not following YP two-deep requirements until we found out and again pointed it out to the director. 

 

There was no system of chits at the waterfront to clearly indicate which Scouts were swimmers and which were non-swimmers.  Consequently, there were Scouts who were non-swimmers in the water at the Lake and staff had no idea they were non-swimmers. 

 

The axe yard used for Paul Bunyan was poorly supervised and at one point one of our Assistant Scoutmasters discovered there were 3 Scouts in the axe year trying to split firewood for camp staff (their service project), but the staff member who was supposed to supervise the axe yard was in a cabin out of sight chatting with other staff. 

 

There was no water for showers two of the six nights we were in camp and they ran out of potable water both days at the shower houses closest to the Scout campsites.  The camp is large and it was a 3/4 mile hike to fill up water jugs for drinking and wash water.  Menu options and food was good. 

 

The area is beautiful and the Wednesday tour of the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore was the highlight of our stay.  None of our adult volunteers would recommend Medicine Mountain Boy Scout Ranch.


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#24 Back Pack

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 06:58 AM

Our troop attended Medicine Mountain in 2016.  Every adult on the trip was very disappointed.  Some of the merit badges offered when we registered we discovered were cancelled when we arrived without any prior notice.  It was extremely hot, in the 100s, during our stay yet water was not available at several of the merit badges stations until some of our Assistant Scoutmasters made a complaint.  We had 5 Scouts suffer heat exhaustion. One spent the night at the small clinic with one male medical staff.  We found out after our Scout was admitted staff were not following YP two-deep requirements until we found out and again pointed it out to the director.  There was no system of chits at the waterfront to clearly indicate which Scouts were swimmers and which were non-swimmers.  Consequently, there were Scouts who were nonswimmers in the water at the Lake and staff had no idea they were nonswimmers.  The axe yard used for Paul Bunyan was poorly supervised and at one point one of our Assistant Scoutmasters discovered there were 3 Scouts in the axe year trying to split firewood for camp staff (their service project), but the staff member who was supposed to supervise the axe yard was in a cabin out of sight chatting with other staff.  There was no water for showers two of the six nights we were in camp and they ran out of potable water both days at the shower houses closest to the Scout campsites.  The camp is large and it was a 3/4 mile hike to fill up water jugs for drinking and wash water.  Menu options and food was good.  The area is beautiful and the Wednesday tour of the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore was the highlight of our stay.  None of our adult volunteers would recommend Medicine Mountain Boy Scout Ranch.


How about the boys? Would THEY recommend it despite what the adults observed?
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