FIRST-YEAR CAMPER PROGRAM (FYC)
Camp Saffran’s FYC program is second to none and one of the most highly evaluated programs in camp among leaders and Scouts. Designed for scouts on their first year in a resident summer camp this is a week-long, all-day program is focused on helping young Scouts enjoy their camp experience. They see different program areas and work on advancement toward the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks.
After breakfast Monday morning, Scouts participating in this program meet at the FYC program area located adjacent to the Dan Beard campsite and are formed into Patrols. An enthusiastic and caring staff alternately provides instruction on Scouting skills, exposes Scouts to various programs in different areas throughout camp by encouraging teamwork, cooperation, and the Scouting Spirit. At the first day scouts will be given a choice of merit badges they can select for the afternoon sessions. Merit badge signups do not need to be done online prior to camp.
There are a few things we would like each Scout to bring to camp to make the FYC program run smoothly. (see 2015 Camp Leader Guide)
Patrol Sessions (Morning):
The morning (9:00-12:00) is spent in the FYC area located adjacent to the Dan Beard campsite on the east ridge of camp working on requirements for rank advancement. Patrols will be assigned a staff member as their advisor and will have elections after their orientation on the first day. Mornings are spent in these patrols being taught the basic scout skills required to be an informed scout up to first class.
Merit Badge and Instruction Sessions (Afternoon):
FYC have a chance to earn up to three badges on top of their activities for the week. The first session is a rotation through swimming merit badge or the archery ranges. The swimming merit badge is the only badge available during this session but we also offer a chance to teach our non-swimmers to learn how to swim. During the second part of the afternoon, Scouts will be able to take merit badges. During the second and third sessions the merit badges available will be taught by the FYC staff and worked on through the week like a normal badge session. Selection will open up at the Spring Leader’s Meeting.
The highlight of the FYC program is the special outpost overnight that will be held on Thursday evening. Scouts will take a 5-mile hike to their own campfire circle and participate in a campfire program led by the FYC Camp Staff. The FYC develop their own outpost camp under the supervision of the staff following the campfire.
Adult leaders are encouraged to volunteer some of their time assisting the FYC program, whether instructing particular skills, accompanying the hike, supervising "Free Swim" and "Free Shoot" times, or just providing moral support during games.
Scouts that complete the FYC program will have an official graduation ceremony at the Friday night campfire were they’ll be recognized and congratulated for completing the week to be sent off to bigger and greater accomplishments.