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April 2017

NATURAL FINDS HUNT

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June Norcross Webster Scout Camp
231 Ashford Center Road (Rt.44)
Ashford, Ct. 06278

April 22 and 23—9:00 am to 3:00 pm Rain or Shine

Minimum donation of $5.00 per day , which will be donated to the Boy Scouts Ct. Rivers Council.

Registration is MANDATORY: Late arrivals can sign in at the Ranger Station, early departures must sign out at the Ranger Station also. (They WILL send out search parties)

Official Hunt Rules:

  • No detecting prior to Registration of the hunt each day.
  • You MUST be a PAID member of YTC to hunt
  • FILL ALL HOLES-Take the trash, (you can leave silver in the holes but nothing else).
  • If we make a good impression we will be able to visit other Scout Camps so PLEASE follow the Rules and do not ruin this Great Opportunity.
  • NO Alcoholic Beverages, drugs, fire arms, sheath knives, no smoking in the open( take your butts), and no overnight camping.
  • Everyone MUST Check in/out with either the HuntMaster (Jeff Calzarette) or other designated persons or at the Camp Ranger Station.

There are over 1200 acres of woods, trails and it is a rocky area and slippery when damp and wet. Bears have been sited in the camp so be alert. Bring water, a snack/lunch, bug spray, compass or gps, layered clothing, hiking boots, spare batteries, large finds pouch and sturdy digger. There will be buckets for the trash, please use them.

Camp History:

Revolutionary War Hero’s homestead to a Scout Camp.

In 1963, the Eastern Connecticut Council of Boy Scouts of America set out to establish a new scout camp on the land once owned by Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Knowlton in the town of Ashford Connecticut. Thomas Knowlton (1740-1776) was an American patriot who served in the French and Indian War and acted as a Colonel during the American Revolution. Knowlton is considered America’s first intelligence professionals, and his unit, Knowlton’s Rangers, made a significant contribution to intelligence gathering during the Revolutionary War. Knowlton was killed in action at the Battle of Harlem Heights. A monument of Knowlton presently stands on the state capitol grounds in Hartford, Connecticut.

It’s Lyme Time!

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Facts

  • Lyme disease is transmitted by the bite of a deer tick (pinhead-sized and smaller).
  • An embedded (infected) tick will transmit the bacteria within 24-48 hours.
  • Crawling ticks will not transmit the disease.
  • Lyme disease is treatable…the earlier the better.
  • Symptoms (may occur from 3-32 days after bite).
  • Fatigue – Muscle/joint pain.
  • Headache -“Bull’s – eye” or atypical rash.
  • Chills/fever – Swollen lymph nodes.

Prevention

  • Tick habitat – Grass, bushes, woods
  • Clothing – Hat, long-sleeved shirt, long pants tucked into socks, light-colored, so a tick can more easily be spotted. Inspect before going inside.
  • Repellant – Spray only on clothing.
  • Removal – Use clean, fine-pointed tweezers – grasp tick as close to skin as possible, and tug gently; wash site with soap and water, and apply antiseptic.
  • If bitten-note date on calendar, consult physician if symptoms occur.

Lyme Disease Information Hotline: 1-800-876-LYME

Information from Chester Cty. (N.J.) Health Dept. as published in The Eastern Seven News (July, ’99), newsletter of the Mid-Atlantic East Coast Chapter of FMDAC
[Please note: there are now additional diseases that ticks can transmit, none pleasant. Save the tick, which can be analyzed for these diseases.]

Submitted by: Dave G.