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.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

2014 Camp Schedule

Hot off the digital press, it's the 2014 Blue Ridge DSA Mini Camp schedule of events! Although we may have a few minor tweaks, this should be close to the final version. What would Dog Scout Camp be without a little IMPROV?

Highlights of electives this year include Agility, Scent Discrimination and Scent Hurdle Racing (for the advanced sniffers), and Rally-FrEe. We'll also have the full complement of Trails, Water (including Dock Diving and Water Retrieve), and Shaping activities. And no camping experience is complete without s'mores 'round the campfire before turning in for the night. Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Save the Date: Blue Ridge Mini Camp 2014

Mark your calendars! This year's Blue Ridge Mini Camp will run from Tuesday, August 12 until noon on Saturday, August 16 and will once again be held at the scenic 4-H Camp in Swanton, Maryland. More details coming soon!
Download 2014 Registration Form
Download 2014 Health Form
This year's activities will include: 
  • Testing for the Dog Scout merit badge and title
  • Agility
  • Scent Discrimination
  • Scent Hurdle Racing
  • Rally FrEe
  • Obedience Activities: Shaping, Clicker Training
  • Trails Activities: Hiking and Canine Backpacking
  • Water Activities: teaching dogs to Swim, Kayak/Canoe, and Water Retrieve
  • Campfires, S'mores, and Campfire songs
  • Arfs and Crafts (cool dog-related craft projects)
  • Fun and Games

Trail Activities:

After breakfast, we start off with a morning hike led by our Trail Master, Chantal Wagner. By the third day of hiking we have worked up to a 3-mile hike. Earning the backpacking, hiking or both merit badges during our four-day Mini Camp is very achievable. Check out some photos from last year's trail activities.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

2013 Camp Schedule

The final(ish) schedule is ready for our 2013 Blue Ridge DSA Mini Camp!

Final locations for each activity are still to-be-determined, and we may have some tweaks, but this should be pretty close.  Highlights of electives this year will include Wilderness Search & Rescue, the debut of *brand new* Rally-FrEe badges, Letterboxing, and Lure Coursing (*lure coursing is dependent upon weather.)  And of course the full complement of Trails, Water, and Shaping activities, and all the fun camp stuff like s'mores and campfires.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, November 26, 2012

2013 Mini Camp!

Just a quick note to let you know that registration for the 2013 Blue Ridge DSA Mini Camp will be opening soon! 

Dates for next year will be July 3-7, 2013. 

More details will follow, with a few changes here and there.

We're changing up the schedule a bit based on feedback from last year.  We'll begin on Wednesday around lunchtime, and we'll cover most of our Orientation & Safety briefings, along with a few games to keep you and your dog awake and entertained. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will be full days, with lots of opportunities for hands-on work with your dog from dawn to dusk.  Sunday we will have an awards brunch, you'll check out and pay your camp tabs, and then "hug out" - and then you can be on your way to travel back home.

We had a wonderful time last year, and are so pleased to hear how many campers are looking forward to returning this year for our second Blue Ridge Mini Camp.  We look forward to seeing old friends, along with some new faces!