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Boy Scout Troop 271
(Lafayette, Colorado)
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Summer Camp 2016


Melita Island is a 64-acre island with two and one half miles of shoreline on Flathead Lake, located about one-half mile off the west lakeshore. Melita is 80 feet above water level at its highest point. Melita makes use of 8 powerboats, 6 sailboats, 6 rowboats, and 8 canoes. Melita is accessible by boat from Walstad Landing (one and a half miles), a state-maintained landing off Highway 93, approximately 15 minutes north of Polson.

Uninhabited, undeveloped, and completely surrounded by water, Melita Island is just as it was in the late 1940’s when the Scouts first began participating in summer camps there. Its wooded acres are home to mule deer, a nesting pair of eagles, osprey, Canadian geese, pine squirrels, pine martins, robins, swallows, flickers, woodpeckers, ravens, juncos, grouse, chickadees, gulls, mergansers, mallards, and loons. Melita's terrain is mostly flat, and is forested with old growth Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir, Juniper, cottonwoods and elders, hawthorn, arnica, Indian Pipe, Oregon Grape, arrow leaf, balsam root, and native grasses.

Melita Island is a superb place for Scouts to hone their leadership skills, revel in the island’s natural environment, and participate in all kinds of water related activities. Melita Island offers a number of unique traits that make it an appealing place for Scouts from all over Montana, the nation, and indeed, the world to come and camp. Some of those key distinctions include:

• Access to crystal clear water, majestic mountain views, and undeveloped natural surroundings.
• The opportunity to engage in a large variety of boating and water-based activities. Wind, water, and land all come together in one memorable place.
• Encouraging a strong respect for ecology teaches campers to decrease their impact on the environment and themselves. The island develops an appreciation for its shorelines, woodlands, plant life and animals.
• A Unique chance to learn more about American Indian culture by utilizing available tribal resources. Located within the boundaries of the Salish and Kootenai Reservation, the tribe hosts cultural experts, museums and powwows during the camp season.

At camp Mailita Island we had a fantastic time!

Some statistics from our 2015 Summer Camp;
We had 13 partial merit badges earned.
We had 20 completed merit badges earned.
We had 2 scuba awards earned
We had two rank advancements - Tenderfoot and second class
Drove 1965 miles for each (3) vehicle
Took 13 showers (7 by youth)
Took 23 naps (5 by youth)
Ate 29 ice cream bars (18 by youth)
Ate somewhere north of 83 otter pops (all by youth)



Shooting sports at Camp Cris Dobbins

Pottery at Camp Cris Dobbins

Swimming at Camp Cris Dobbins in the Gates Aquatics Center

Rapelling at Camp Cris Dobbins

Sailing and canoeing at Camp Cris Dobbins
There is nothing like Summer Camp to remind a boy how much fun there is to be had as a Scout!

In 2014, the troop selected to attend Camp Chris Dobbins at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch.  Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch is located in central Colorado, 65 miles southeast of Denver, a few miles south of the town of Elbert.  The Ranch consists of 3,316 acres of mountain park terrain at 7,000 feet in elevation along the Palmer Divide in the Black Forest.

Summer camp is much more than earning merit badges. It gives boys an opportunity to try new things, make new friends and develop new talents all in a supervised environment. 

Troops will participate in a traditional merit badge camp program with quality food prepared for you in the Kephart Dining Hall. Tents and platforms are provided. Specialty programs include an outstanding first year camper program, horseback riding, heated pool, mountain biking, rock climbing, Peaceful Valley Adventure for older Scouts and so much more.

Camp Chris Dobbins offers over thirty merit badges to select from, Scouts can work toward the completion of the following:

Climbing, Cycling, Beginning Swimming, Lifesaving, Swimming, Canoeing, Rowing, Small Boat Sailing, Art/Fingerprinting/Pulp and Paper, Leatherwork, Pottery, Space Exploration, Woodcarving, Athletics/Sports, Cinematography, Communications, Journalism, Music, Photography, Radio, Horsemanship, Astronomy, Bird Study/Nature, Environmental Science, Fish and Wildlife Management/Soil and Water Conservation, Forestry/Mammal Study, Geology, Insect Study, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Weather, Archaeology/Indian Lore, Automotive Maintenance, Chemistry, Cooking, Nuclear Science, Electronics/Electricity, Medicine, Camping, Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, Hiking/Backpacking, Orienteering, Pioneering, Wilderness Survival, Search and Rescue, Archery, Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting


  At Camp Chris Dobbins we had a fantastic time!

A total of 7 merit badges were completed among the 3 scouts that attended.  4 of those were eagle required merit badges.  In addition 4 merit badges were started with substantial completion.