Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A glimpse at the past ...

We've prepared this video compilation of photos from past camps to help those of you on the fence who are trying to decide whether Blue Ridge Mini Camp is for you. We hope to see many repeat campers and new faces, too, at this year's event. Enjoy the show!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Hot off the digital press!

Wondering what a typical day at Blue Ridge Mini Camp will look like? We leave nothing to chance. From the morning wake up call of Reveille until the sound of Taps, your day is planned and packed with activities. We've even scheduled a mid-day siesta for you to recharge your batteries. 

Although we may have a few minor tweaks, the schedule of activities is pretty close to final. Highlights of electives this year include Weight Pulling, Cani-Cross, K-9 Fitness, First Aid, Search and Rescue, and Scent Hurdle Racing. We'll also have the full complement of Trails, Water (including Dock Diving and Water Retrieve), and Shaping activities focused on Obedience. Each day ends with camaraderie  'round the campfire before turning in for the night.

Schedule of Activities (click to enlarge)

How much or how little you choose to participate in is up to you. No one is going to bully you — except for maybe Thelma Lou or Roger.

Dog Scout Bullies Thelma Lou and Roger

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Registration for BRMC 2015 is now open!

Registration for BRMC 2015 is now open! Don't delay, get your check in the mail today. Our Early Bird Deadline for current DSA Troop members is only available until April 15. Unlike preparing your income tax form, filling out our registration form is simple and painless. And think about the return you'll get. Five fun-filled days spent in the beautiful mountains of Western Maryland packed with activities designed for you and your dog.

Download a copy of the BRMC 2015 Registration Form
Download a copy of the BRMC 2015 Health Form
Questions? Contact Linkey Green at linkeyg@embarqmail.com.

 Newman chillin' because his 2015 reservation is already made!


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Save the date for BRMC 2015!

Mark your calendars! This year's Blue Ridge Mini Camp will run from Check-in on Monday evening, August 10 until noon on Saturday, August 15 and will once again be held at the scenic 4-H Camp in Swanton, Maryland.

New activities this year will include:
  • Weight Pulling
  • K-9 Fitness
  • Cani-Cross 
Although your dog is not going to leave Mini Camp a member of the International Iron Dog Club, earning the weight pulling badge is achievable.  As this album of weight pulling images shows, any size or breed of dog (with the correct equipment) can participate in the sport.


As in past years, we'll be offering:
  • Training and Testing for the Dog Scout merit badge and title 
  • Obedience Activities: Art, Band, Freestyle, Tricks and other Obedience Skills taught by Shaping and Clicker Training 
  • Trail Activities: Hiking and Canine Backpacking 
  • Water Activities: Teaching dogs to Swim, Kayak/Canoeing, Dock Diving and Water Retrieving
  • Arts and Crafts (cool dog-related craft projects) 

Other badge activities will include: 
  • Search and Rescue
  • Scent Hurdle Racing
  • K-9 First Aid

And no camp is complete without S'mores 'round the campfire.

Contact Linkey to reserve your spot today. More details coming soon!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Tee Time

Thought you might enjoy seeing this year's t-shirt design highlighting our agility activities, including the first ever doggy pole vaulting!


T-shirts are made by Gildan Ultra Cotton in Caroline Blue. Go Tar Heels!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Sink or Swim?

If you're on the fence about whether to register for Blue Ridge Mini Camp, these photos taken last summer at the water might help you decide. In addition to the three hours of daily scheduled water time, many K-9 campers make time for additional swimming throughout the week.


Reminder: Early bird registration ends April 30! 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Early Bird Deadline Extended

Tick tock. Tick tock.

Perhaps you were planning to take advantage of the reduced rate, early bird registration offer for Blue Ridge Mini Camp, but time got away from you. Well, you're in luck. We've extended the Early Bird Registration Deadline from April 15 until April 30, but time is running out so don't delay. Put your check in the mail today. Checks should be made payable to "DSA Troop 161" and sent to Linkey Green at 32 Chelsea Lane, Carlisle, PA 17015.