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Outdoor Program Committee

OUTDOOR PROGRAM COMMITTEE

The OPC is responsible for one of the most important and visible council operations. It oversees the success of the outdoor program, large property investments, significant annual operating expenditures and revenue opportunities, and quality components that attract youth and adult involvement.

The OPC oversees the performance of major council assets.  The OPC is a critical leadership group entrusted with safely delivering the outdoor adventure that youth and adults expect and which leads to self-discovery and character development.  The committee establishes a strategic plan which addresses the performance, relevance, adaptability, financial sustainability of camp properties, facilities, equipment and personnel.

CAMP OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

In collaboration with camp management from all resident camping programs within the Council, the Camp Operations Committee is charged with increasing camping and outdoor activity involvement, increased market share or density of campers versus youth population, financial performance of camp programs and the long-term planning to meet the strategic needs, facility growth, sustainable facilities maintenance and market expectations of all programs and properties.  The Camp Operations Committee has direct charge of program inventory, supply usage and purchasing of program equipment under their charge.

APEX (ADVANCED PROGRAM EXPERIENCE) COMMITTEE

The Advanced Program Experience (APEX) Committee oversees a high-impact Scouting program designed to more completely leverage the resources available at Griswold Scout Reservation by providing year-round individual, Patrol, Troop, Crew and community options which broaden the horizons of all involved.  These opportunities include established Council-led monthly programs, ‘on-demand’ programs, school-group or corporate programs and community offerings, alike.

AQUATICS COMMITTEE

The Aquatics Committee has overall responsibility for all local Council aquatics activities in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, Sea Scouting and Exploring.  This includes identification of currently certified lifeguards and instructors, written code and compliance and standard operating procedures at all aquatic locations, offering aquatic training programs (e.g.: BSA Lifeguard, Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat, Paddlecraft Safety, etc.) and specialized care of aquatic infrastructure and equipment.

CONSERVATION COMMITTEE

The Conservation Committee is responsible for advising the Outdoor Program Committee on matters pertaining to the proper management of its natural and cultural resources through the implementation of a council conservation plan.  It also fosters a conservation ethic among Scouts and Scouters and provides support to and through the following task groups:  conservation awards, cultural resources, forestry and fire management, hazard trees, non-timber forest products, outdoor ethics, real estate, soil and geology, special projects, summer camp programs, trail and campsite management and wildlife and fisheries.

COPE & CLIMBING COMMITTEE

The COPE & Climbing Committee manages the construction and operation of all low or high elements, COPE or Climbing programs on natural or artificial surfaces, and all certified personnel, training and staffing for all related programs.

CAMP HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE

The Camp Health & Safety Committee works with the OPC as well as the Risk Management Committee of the wider Council operations.  This committee has primary oversight of safe health practices, equipment and facilities for any Scout programming related to summer camp and large-scale activities.  Basic functions include identifying health & safety resources, national trends and related BSA stances, standard operating procedures for medication dispensation and proper administration of the council’s medical standing orders, promoting personal health and fitness and storage of medical records and archives.

SHOOTING SPORTS COMMITTEE

The Shooting Sports Committee has overall responsibility for all local Council shooting activities in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, Sea Scouting and Exploring.  This includes identification of currently certified Range Safety Officers (RSOs) and Instructors, written code and compliance and standard operating procedures at all shooting range locations, offering firearms and range training programs and specialized care and handling of firearms and other related infrastructure and equipment.

SUMMER CAMP PROMOTION COMMITTEE

The Summer Camp Promotion Committee has responsibility for providing pertinent information regarding upcoming summer camp programs as well as managing the facilitation of Unit promotions.  This committee will provide District, Order of the Arrow or Camp Staff the current information to present as well as provide customized support to Units who are not camping or not camping at a nationally accepted level.

TRADING POST & RETAIL COMMITTEE

The Trading Post & Retail Committee has responsibility for all infrastructure and standing operating procedures related to merchandising and sale of products at any camp or large-scale council activity or event.  This committee recruits, trains and supervises qualified personnel who will oversee retail operations as well make recommendations for equipment and items for sale which are beneficial to customers of all backgrounds and needs.

OUTDOOR PROGRAM COMMITTEE

NameCommitteeEmail
Clayton ColeCamp Operations & Outdoor Program Chairman
Andrew RichardsonAPEX Chairman
Andrew RichardsonOA Lodge Advisor
Dennis LivoliAquatics Chairman
Ron KlemarczykConservation Chairman
Sam RushiaCOPE & Climbing Chairman
TBDCamp Health & Safety Chairman
Larry DuvalShooting Sports Chairman
TBDKitchen & Commissary Operations Chairman
TBDTrading Post & Retail Operations Chairman
Steve SpazianiCamp Promotion Chairman
Mark DecoteauCouncil Vice President of Program
Mark CallahanCamping Director
General InquiriesCamping Department

OUTDOOR PROGRAM COMMITTEES

  • Camp Operations & Outdoor Program
  • APEX
  • Aquatics Committee
  • Conservation Committee
  • COPE & Climbing Committee
  • Camp Health & Safety Committee
  • Shooting Sports Committee
  • Summer Camp Promotion Committee

CONTACT

Mark Decoteau
Vice President of Program
P:  603-254-8303
E:  troop56sctmaster@hotmail.com

Clayton Cole
Outdoor Program Chair
P:  603-425-7446
E:  clayton.cole@gmail.com

Mark Callahan
Staff Advisor
P:  603-625-6431, Ext. 105
E:  mark.callahan@scouting.org

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