Operation Bear Claw Camporee Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is it advisable to wait till September 1st to sign up?

A: NO.  Last year, over 50 youth in five Troops were turned away from Zombie Invasion Camporee on September 1st, when the early bird price expired, because they didn't register early.


Q: What does it cost to attend the Operation Bear Claw camporee?

A: Early Bird Fees: $20.00* per youth or adult participant if paid before September 1, 2011.
Pay after September 1st and fees increase to $30.00*


Q: What is this event all about?

A: That is TOP SECRET information.  If we told you, it wouldn't be a secret! 
Click here for a preliminary briefing.


Q: How Do We Register?

A: The Youth Registration for this event is closed.  We are still accepting adult and Event Staff registrations.
You can register in two ways:

Option 1: Pay Online

1. Download the Unit Signup packet & registration forms to begin the registration process.

2. Fill out the online registration form, and pay your registration fees via PayPal.

Option 2: Pay In Person

1. Download the Unit Signup packet & registration forms to complete your event registration.

2. Reminder, this event is limited to 325 youth participants on a first-come-first-serve basis, so don't wait till September to turn in your paperwork.

3. You are not fully registered until you submit your completed registration packet and pay your fees at the Pacific Harbors Council office in Tacoma by September 1, 2011 to complete the registration process, and qualify for the $20.00 early bird registration fee.

Registration packets received after September 1, 2011 are not guaranteed a space in this event, and the early-bird fee of $20.00 will increase to $30.00 per person.

Event Patches are available to only the first 325 paid attendees (scouts & adults).

Q: Are Webelos Cubs allowed to attend?

A: This event is geared towards Boy Scouts aged 11 to 17 years old.  Webelos II cubs may attend this event ONLY if they are hosted by a Boy Scout Troop, and participate as members of an established Boy Scout Patrol.


Q: Do we need to bring Firewood?
If you want to have a campfire at camp, you'll need to bring a few pieces of firewood for each patrol.


Q: Will the Trading Post be Open?

A: The Trading Post will be open during the afternoon on Saturday.  They have candy, peanut stuffed pretzels, beef jerky, pop and frozen pizza's, as well as Hahobas T-shirts, water bottles, knives, etc. for sale.

Q: What about Bear Claw T-Shirts?  How do we purchase them?

A: Each paid participant will receive an official Operation Bear Claw T-shirt with their registration.  You will need to provide your shirt sizes to the event coordinators prior to September 1, 2011.

For a limited time only, order your own Operation Bear Claw T-Shirt and Official Operation Bear Claw hat
Deadline to order is November 15, 2011.

Shipping is not included, items must be picked up at the Tacoma Scout Center, upon delivery.


Q: Is the event full?

A: Yes, registration closed on July 26, 2011, when we reached the full capacity of 325 Scouts for this event.  Don't wait till the last minute to register, over 50 Scouts were left on the waiting list for Zombie Invasion Camporee last year.


Q: My Troop didn't register in time, and we are on the waiting list.  When will we find out if we are going or not?

A: Once the event sells out, Troops with paid registrations will be placed on the waiting list, in the event of a cancellation.  Don't disappoint your Scouts, register early!


Q: Why is there a limit of 325 Scouts for this event?

A: The event Committee is limiting the number of participants to 325 youth in order to provide a better quality experience for the boys.  This is meant to address issues such as overcrowding at stations, missed opportunities to participate due to scheduling issues, and the ability to provide adequate volunteer staff to man the stations for a group of this size.


Q: What meals do our Troop need to provide?

A: Saturday breakfast and dinner, Sunday breakfast.  Saturday lunch will be provided.


Q: What time does the event start?

A: The event begins at 9:00 PM Friday, October 7, 2011.  Plan to arrive at camp between 6:00 and 8:00 PM.
Check out the Event Schedule, coming soon.


Q: Will there be training offered for Adult Leaders like last year?

A: Yes, District Executive Jim Blankenship will be teaching the "Introduction To Outdoor Leader's Skills" (IOLS) course again this year.  Make sure to check off the Adult Leader Training box when registering online.


Q: I need a new Signup packet, where can I get one?

A: Download a copy of the Troop Signup Packet here.

Download the Event Flyer


Q: Who is running this event?

A: Operation Bear Claw Event Coordinators:

John Ohlson - 253-380-4100
Cher Odell - 253-265-6205
Dennis Staples - 253-588-6418
John Allen 253-752-8505

Register Online Now!

*Pacific Harbors Council Event Refund Policy: To continue providing quality Scouting programs at affordable pricing, we have instituted the following refund policy for programs offered by the Pacific Harbors Council. 1. All cancellations and/or refund requests must be submitted in writing. 2. Refunds are based on the date the written request is received at the Council Office. 3. Requests received two weeks or more prior to an event will receive a full refund. 4. Requests received from 5 to 13 days before the event will receive a 50% refund. 5. No refunds are available 4 or fewer days prior to an event. Rev. 5/27/11

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