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UNIT CONSERVATION & SERVICE PROJECTS AT DEER LAKE
In-Council units, out-of-council BSA units and OA Lodges are welcome to volunteer their time at Deer Lake Scout Reservation and conduct small and large conservation (and other) service projects around camp.
Scouts BSA troops, Cub Scout Packs, Venturing Crews, Sea Scout Ships, Learning for Life groups, Order of the Arrow Lodges and other organized volunteer groups are welcome to contact the Camp Ranger who maintains an updated and detailed list of needed conservation and group service projects available around camp to help and assist with routine camp conservation and special service to Deer Lake. Small to large conservation and unit service projects are all available to volunteer units and small and large organized groups.
From a few hours during a weekend of camping to a full day or weekend’s worth of work many options are available.
Learn about the local environment, conservation, forestry, etc. while practicing BSA Outdoor Ethics and helping your camp, Deer Lake, at the same time. Scouts can work to earn advancement, complete required service hours, and earn special BSA Outdoor Ethics Awards.
Please contact Ranger Mark Clifton, Deer Lake, at 203-421-4040 for additional information and opportunities.
Camp Masters are registered volunteer Scouters who act as representatives of the camp, the ranger, and the Council. Their main purpose is in serving the campers, our customers. Making sure facilities are open and ready, facilitating activities when asked, at the same time helping to ensure safety and the protection of our property.
MINI WORK PARTIES AT DEER LAKE
The Deer Lake Maintenance Committee conducts monthly work parties usually on the third Saturday of the month from September through June to assist the Camp Ranger with various maintenance and improvement projects large and small both outdoors and indoors. Volunteers from the Deer Lake Maintenance Crew with others from various scouting units from across the CT Yankee Council along with non-scouters and professional tradesmen assist the ranger with all kinds of maintenance and improvement tasks. From painting to plumbing, light carpentry to construction, electrical to engineering and fabrication the dedicated group of volunteer scouters and trade professionals help get it done for the Ranger and our Camp.
We invite all that are able to volunteer their time whether it be a few hours after work on a weeknight (with advance notice), a weekend or a full days’ worth of help during a regular scheduled work party. No previous experience is necessary as we’ll teach you how to get it done. All that we ask is a positive Scouting attitude and a few hours of your time. Our regular monthly work parties usually start around 8:30am and end around 4:30pm. A free lunch is always provided to those who spend the day with us. In addition to helping maintain and improve our camp, volunteers can learn valuable skills and techniques to take home and apply to your own DIY projects. Additionally, everyone will get to partake in the valuable camaraderie with other volunteers that Scouting is best known for fostering. –WE MAKE THE WORK FUN
Our monthly scheduled work parties with details are posted in the calendar section of this web page AND at through the Friends of Deer Lake Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DeerLakeScoutRes
Annual Lumberjack Day
Come join the AX-MEN of deer Lake for a fun day of chainsaw and lumberjack work. The day begins with a chance to earn our lumberjack Totem chip card, through a basic session covering; chainsaw safety, maintenance, and personal protection gear. Afterwards, we will have seasoned firewood experts on hand, felling trees, demonstrating, and assisting everyone in bucking and splitting firewood in a safe and fun way of processing firewood. Learn some of the tricks and techniques of the trade, while replenishing the Camp’s winter supply of fire wood.
Deer Lake Facilities Contacts
Deer Lake S.R. Ranger
Director of Development / CFO