Transatlantic Council, Boy Scouts of America
Omaha Beach Camporee
25-27 April 2014
LATEST NEWS FEBRUARY 21, 2014
The Saturday 26 April program has changed to:
||Prayer for Peace, Ecumenical Service, Unveiling of the Peace Bell at the Bayeux Cathedral, (not a change)
| 3 p.m.
||Campfire, St. Laurent sur Mer, on Omaha Beach
||Multi-media presentation, Messengers of Peace, Program St. Laurent Sur Mer
||Dinner at Vierville sur Mer
||Eagle Reception Vierville sur Mer
| 9:30 p.m.
||Fireworks Vierville sur Mer
Based on several requests from Packs, we will incorporate the Arrow of Light into the Crossover at the Saturday afternoon campfire. Not every Scout who crosses over normally receives the Arrow of Light, please give each Scout an index card that says Arrow of Light that he can exchange for an Arrow of Light badge. Every youth crossing over will receive a special Normandy crossover patch (regardless if they are in our council or not). The goal with this is to have Webelos to commit on Omaha Beach to being Scouts and to continue along the Scouting trail.
Metal Objects & Hiking
Please tell your youth if they are hiking on the beach to not touch and to report any metal objects. Although the beaches are usually in pristine condition, the tides can bring dangerous debris along the beach. It doesn't happen often but please be prepared! Also when hiking along portions of Omaha Beach please refrain from walking in the dunes, brush area as those are critical areas to prevent erosion. That is mainly found in the Colleville Area of Omaha Beach.
Normandy Staff Application
Leader's Guide Version 2.0 (Updated 1/27/14)
PowerPoint Concerning Normandy (Given at the Annual Conference)
Watch this youtube video about Normandy
Deroulement de Programme (francais)
Indicate what activities your group would like to do (you can change) but this will allow us to notify museums, and properly prepare the number of places we need at events like the Prayer for Peace at the Bayeux Cathedral.
with Museums and Points of Interest and Links (we are located in Port en Bessin)
Three companies have buses available to support our units at the Normandy event. If your unit is doing the same activities it may make sense to hire a bus for a day or two days rather than driving x number of cars. Parking for many of the events will be tight. Also for those driving back it provides a bit of time not behind the wheel before the journey home.
Although the prices will be different, these companies could also transport you from Paris
04/25/14 395€ : one bus of 55 seats – 7.2€/person 550€ : one bus of 78 seats – 7€/p
04/26/14 495€ : 55 seats – 9€ 550€ : 78 setas – 7€/p
Autocar Perier - 04/25/14 646€ : 49 seats – 13.2€/p 04/26//14 674€ : 49 seats – 13.7€/p
What makes this event special:
- Open to Scouts from all over the world, from all associations
- Formal opening of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy
- Recognized as a French National and Regional Event supporting youth and cultural heritage
- The best opportunity for all of us to work together to petition UNESCO to preserve the beaches for the future
- Largest gathering ever of American Scouting families in Europe
- Recognition of World War II Veterans with the Legion of Honor
- A Focus on common scouting values as Messengers of Peace
- An opportunity to be recognized for personal accomplishments
- An opportunity to experience a turning point in 20th century history and to remember those who sacrificed so much for freedom and liberty
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. We are also welcoming Scouts and their families from any country. We look forward to the participation of French, British, German, Polish, Canadian Scouts. We also would like to welcome our Scouts and families participating in the United States Girl Scouts Overseas-North Atlantic
If you are involved in Scouting in any country and wish to participate you are welcome!
Our theme is Messengers of Peace, and we are gathering as many youth and leaders to share a message of peace, looking to the future while remembering those who sacrificed so much so we can stand together today as friends.
Dates : The actual camporee dates are Friday the 25th to Sunday the 27th of April but the campground
is open to participants before and after those dates. The formal program will begin on the evening of
the 25th and end by 10:30 a.m. on Sunday the 27th.
Fees : Per Person (ages 5+)
|Two nights camping (Friday/Saturday)includes all program costs
| Each extra night camping
| Registration fee for non-camping/or camping off-site
| Unit Registration Fee includes wreath for Sunday ceremony and unit recognition items
| Unit Fee (no wreath, no recognition items)
Refunds: All refunds are subject to a 10% administrative charge and will be made after the Normandy event. If you handle funds internally, there is no charge
For example: You register 15 people to camp and then cancel 3 people before the event, and then add 3 people so your total remains 15, there is no charge as long as the unit handles the collection of fees and reimbursement of those who canceled. If Transatlantic Council reimburses the 3 people who canceled after the event, the reimbursement will be minus 10% administration fees.
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 partnerships with nearby campgrounds in the
event we exceed the campground capacity. The campground besides being the largest in the area, is
also the best camp site in Lower Normandy.
We are also reserving open areas like sport fields and caravan parking areas in Port en Bessin that will be created into camping areas that are near Camping Port'land
1800-2000 VIP Reception at Camping Port’land with an opportunity for all participants to meet and greet
key BSA Scouters, Normandy patrons, World War II Veterans. Open to all youth and leaders regardless of where you are staying
2100-???? Venturing Reception at Camping Port'land. Open to Venture Crews and their equivalent in our guest's scouting organizations. This is an opportunity to meet with youth your own age and also to organize any group activities or gatherings during the course of the weekend. You will be responsible for the Messenger of Peace banner that will be presented at the Ceremony on Saturday.
10:00 Prayer for Peace at the Bayeux Cathedral. This is an ecumenical service in the first city liberated on D-Day. Our Scouts will unveil for the first time a bell designed like the Liberty Bell that is the Bell for Peace and Freedom. It will be displayed after our ceremony and then placed in the carillon on June 6th.
We will also be looking for about 50 people to travel to Bayeux to help pick the tulips that we will be using on Sunday to place on the graves of the soldiers buried at the US Cemetery.
1500 Saint Laurent Sur Mer
Near the National Guard Monument, and on the edge of Omaha Beach we will have our recognition campfire
We will present the Arrow of Light Award and Webelos Cross Over Ceremony conducted by the Black Eagle Lodge Ceremonies Team
We will present the Wood Badge Recognition to adults who have completed Wood Badge
We will conduct an Order of the Arrow Call Out Ceremony by the Namassakett Chapter, Black Eagle Lodge
Special Guest Remarks
We will conduct a High Court of Honor to present, Venturing Silver Awards, Girl Scout Gold Awards, and the Eagle Scout Award
1630 The formal ceremony for the camporee along with our guests and friends in Normandy. This multi-media ceremony is being created by famed French cinematographer Daniel Charpentier. M. Charpentier provided the opening ceremony for the 60th D-Day Anniversary. Visit his website to see a sample of what we can expect.
We will have the following themes at this ceremony
"On this spot"
"They were only 18 years old"
Recognition of Veterans with the Legion of Honor, the highest award the French government can bestow for service to the country
Save these Beaches, our petition to UNESCO to declare the D-Day Beaches a World Heritage Site
Messengers of Peace, a reaffirmation of our common values, our commitment to build a better future based on preserving our resources and recognition of our common humanity.
It will be followed by a dinner for our Scouts and Distinguished Guests served in Vierville sur Mer.
The committee will choose between a hot meal (paella) . This is included in the registration fee and a ticket will be issued for each meal as part of your packet.
We are looking to close the campfire with a fireworks over Omaha Beach during high tide.
Sunday: 9 a.m.... Closing Ceremony at the US Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer
Wreath Laying Ceremony
Grave site individual ceremonies
The bungalows are filled and we have a wait list. We do understand that although a bungalow costs as much as a hotel that for many families these are preferable to having a hotel room(s). If you would like to be on the wait list or would like us to make a reservation on your behalf please use this form.
If you would like to see the layout of the various bungalows in Camping Port'land link here
As a note, we work to fit everyone into the space they reserved so you cannot request to have a specific bungalow (well you can request but we are not able to support the request).
Each bungalow has...refrigerator, stove, microwave, shower, bathroom, blankets, pillow but you need to bring towels and bed linens and pillow cases (square pillow cases). A limited number of linens are available at a supplemental charge to paid on site to the campground. There is no Towel Service and towels cannot be provided
Based on the great job done by everyone during our previous camporees, we are not charged a deposit for the bungalow. However, if you do damage the bungalow you will be billed for the damage. If you find that there was damage before you arrived please inform the registration staff and the campground staff.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Our service project for this weekend has already begun. We are working to have the Landing Beaches (all five) declared a World Heritage Site. This will help prevent future development. Our goal is that future generations will also be able to visit the beaches as they are today and experience the same feelings you have standing there and remembering.
If you would like to contribute to the drive and help us to cover the costs of mounting the campaign, you can support us at http://save-our-D-Day-Beaches.kintera.org/Scouting With each contribution of $10 or more you will receive a special Normandy pin
Memorial for Peace, Caen
This is an outstanding museum and well worth the trip to Caen (about 30 minutes from Port en Bessin). This museum does an excellent job of documenting what led to World War II, World War II and the aftermath.
The museum is normally about 20 Euros per person and for our weekend has reduced its fees to 5 Euros for pre-reservations. Also if we know the approximate age of the youth in the group we can inform the museum and depending on the size and demand can work to provide age appropriate activities. The key though is pre-reservation and that can be done at: http://tac-bsa.kintera.org/peace-museum
As we develop other partnerships in Bayeux, Saint Mere-Eglise, Colleville, Saint Laurent, we will provide all the discount information.
This is an outstanding event and a weekend that youth (especially older youth) and adults will
remember for the rest of their lives.