Transatlantic Council, Boy Scouts of America


Invites You To The Omaha Beach Camporee


21-23 April, 2017


Who may attend: Any registered member of the Boy Scouts of America in any council and their family. Especially welcome are any family members who may have served in World War II. There is no wait list; everyone who would like to come will be welcomed. Excellent for all, also for Donors, and Council Benefactors

Dates: The actual camporee dates are Friday the 21st to Sunday the 23rd of April but the campground is open to participants before and after those dates. The formal program will begin on the evening of the 21st and end by 10:30 a.m. on Sunday the 23rd

Fees:     It is still too soon for us to provide the definitive cost for the event. We are just beginning to firm up programming, and organize contracts. Also since almost all the costs are in Euro, and we convert to dollars we do delay in setting up the cost. In 2014, we charged $60 per person for two nights camping that included camp site fees, program, patch etc. There was an additional charge per extra night (but less than $25 per night as we would just be collecting site fees). There are a limited number of bungalows available that hold 4 to 8 people that will be available in September 2016. We also book a nearby hotel (Mercure Omaha Beach) and for those participating in event s but staying off site the fee in 2014 was $35 to cover the costs of hosting the event and the Saturday evening dinner.

Camp Site: We have a partnership with Camping Port’land in Port en Bessin, near Bayeux and about 10 kms (6 miles) from Omaha Beach. We also will have a partnerships with Camping Omaha Beach in Vierville.  

http://www.camping-portland.com/web/the_campsite.html   

http://www.camping-omaha-beach.fr/en/ 

Both sites are reserved for our event and cannot be booked independently of our event.

Program:  The program combines large group activities with personal discovery in and around the landmarks of Normandy. The program may evolve as we continue to prepare for next year.

Friday: VIP Reception at Ste. Honorine des Pertes from 3 to 5 p.m. This is in a community hall just off the main road (D 513) that links Camping Omaha Beach and Camping Port’land. Meet key BSA leaders, photo opportunity

Registration, the Scout Shop and also a WW II replica camp will also be at this site. The replica camp will have activities that youth may also participate in.

Saturday: 6:36 AM Ecumenical Service at St. Laurent, Messengers of Peace Program at the time the first soldiers landed on Omaha Beach (optional), followed by French pastries and hot drinks

                3:30 P.M Camp Fire on Omaha Beach

                                         Arrow of Light Ceremony/Webelos Cross Over

                                         Wood Badge Ceremony

                                         Adams Award (Eagle Project Recognition)

                                         Order of the Arrow Call Out

                                         Recognition of Local Scouts and Visiting Scouting Groups

                                         Eagle Scout Court of Honor

Note: Visiting US contingents, and individuals are welcomed to participate in all ceremonies as appropriate.                           

The Camp Fire will be followed by a paella dinner and Messengers of Peace exchange between Scouts of all countries participating in this event.

8 p.m. Eagle Scout Reception at Ste Honorine des Pertes open to all Eagle Scouts present

11 p.m. Fireworks          

Sunday: 9 a.m.. Closing Ceremony at the US Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer (in place by 08:45) for 9 a.m. start

What our Council can do:

  1. Provide a step by step leader’s guide once the budget and program are firmly established (Spring 2016). We use the 1.0, .2.0 method as we expand upon the on-line guide
  2. Provide practical advice on participation
  3. If you are traveling from outside our council, we can help recommend places and put you also in touch with leaders and councils that participated in 2014 from the US.
  4. Welcome you warmly, and help with any on-site problems

What is difficult for our Council:

  1. Arrange transportation from airports, and locally. There is not a good regional network of public transportation so units would need to procure local transportation. US tour companies sometimes have partners for local charter companies. We can make some recommendations but we do not have a partnership. You need to have transportation.
  2. Arrange hotels and book hotels. Most of the events are near Bayeux, Omaha Beach (Saint Laurent sur Mer, Colleville sur Mer…Google Earth gives a great overview).  Caen is about 45 minutes away (largest city) but Bayeux area has a fair number of hotels
  3. Provide camping gear. Omaha Beach is far for our units and nearly every unit participates. We may be able to come up with a small amount of gear but we would not be able to outfit a contingent.
  4. Control the weather, we have actually studied weather patterns and have selected the weekend most likely historically to have good weather but that is no guarantee that it won’t storm all weekend and like good Scouts we will be prepared but that does affect the experience.

This is an outstanding event and a weekend that youth (especially older youth) and adults will remember for the rest of their lives.

Interested in participating and not in Transatlantic Council, please do and let us know so we can add you to the mailing list:program@tac-bsa.org  and on our new website (when up) at www.tac-bsa.org/Normandy