Volunteers are the core of any nonprofit organization. It is this way with Scouting BSA and it is “the only way” with the Friends of Treasure Island. Since “the rebirth of the national treasure” that is Treasure Island, a core group of dedicated volunteers spearheaded this effort, in an operating alliance with Haubert Outdoor Oriented Adventure Hospitality (HOOAH), LLC and Treasure Island Outfitters (TIO), LLC. While we still have much to do to continue to improve the infrastructure and facilities of the island as a whole, TI is open for Scouts BSA unit camping and events, Family Camping as well as public activities. We need more volunteers to continue this effort and here is where YOU come in. Read on and volunteer today.
In order to complete the mission of FTI, we need a camp staff. You must apply and be accepted to become a member of the all-volunteer, weekend Treasure Island Camp Staff (TICS).
A solid core of Camp Staff is required only during the scheduled weekends for camping and workdays and is critical in order to support and supervise the Scouts BSA operation. For those familiar with TI summer camp staff operations, the weekend staff performs Quartermaster Crew functions with more supervisory responsibility and, at some future point, may also include some program functions. Camp Staff members must commit to weekends during our scheduled season. Arrival is on Friday night and departure on Sunday afternoon. TICS members must bring everything they need, to include food, for the weekend.
The TICS will:
- Manage and support activities during Scouts BSA weekend functions.
- Commit to selected weekend staffing as a requirement for membership.
- Commit to cross training in order to create a high performing staff.
The TICS core competencies include:
- Operate and staff camp during Scouts BSA events, camping weekends, and other activity weekends.
- Provide camp facilities management, leadership, and support of all weekend BSA operations or functions.
- Provide, when required, leadership for conservation / service projects, and program management staff.
- Conduct opening and closing weekends to prep and close TIC for the program year
The TICS is an exclusive opportunity for YOU to be a part of “the rebirth of a national treasure”. If this is something that you want to do apply today to join our team.
We have a good core group of our faithful Abiding Warriors but we sure need more help if you can spare some time for some “cheerful service”.
FTI invites any individual, Scouter or not, who would like to volunteer during our scheduled Workdays to come to Treasure Island. Workday Volunteers have the option to come up for the day or camp over Friday – Sunday, free. To make a reservation check our reservation calendar to the right and then RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Why RSVP? Because all day Workday Volunteers get lunch for free. Units camping must provide their own meals.
Workday Volunteers have the same opportunity to earn the Volunteer patch, see criteria below in the FTI VOLUNTEER CAMPAIGN AND RECOGNITION PROGRAM.
WHO: Anyone who would like to work. We have work projects for all ages and skill levels.
WHAT: Work in rustic conditions.
- For arrival on Friday (if camping) check-in begins at 5:00 PM and ends at 8:00 PM.
- For arrival on Saturday check-in begins at check-in begins at 7:30 AM ends at 8:00 AM. Work as long as you can. The barge runs both directions.
WHERE: “Dear Ole Treasure Isle…that Camp along the Delaware”. 575 River Road, Pipersville PA 18947. Parking is located in the lot next to the Ranger House off River Road (PA Route 32).
RAIN OR SHINE! If the river will not cooperate, we will make the call 48 hours before arrival via email and Facebook.
PERSONAL GEAR: Bring snacks, water bottle; wet weather gear; bug spray; sunscreen; and proper personal protective gear (PPE) if bringing and running a chainsaw (FTI provides gas and bar oil). Gloves and work boots highly recommended. If you bring it and do not need it, you are covered. If you need it and did not bring it, you are out of luck.
FTI Volunteer Service Recognition Program
FTI encourages all Scouts and Scouters who camp on historic Treasure Island to dedicate a portion of their time toward a service or conservation project. Service is not a requirement and never mandatory for no cost camping but we certainly encourage it as you have the opportunity to earn a free patch. FTI implemented a recognition program for Workday Volunteers and campers to honor the service rendered to restore and maintain Treasure Island. FTI tracks the service hours but encourages, the unit, individual campers, and Workday Volunteers to do so also.
FTI Volunteer Service Recognition Program Criteria
Individual Recognition Program:
Scouts and Scouters who render five (5) or more hours of service to Treasure Island will receive a FTI Volunteer patch for their service. FTI the unit and attendee track hours. Once a Scout or Scouter has completed an additional ten (10) or more hours, they receive a rocker for their Volunteer center patch denoting “10 Hours of Service”.
If a Scout or Scouter has donated 50 or more cumulative hours, they will receive a rocker for their Volunteer center patch denoting “50 Hours of Service”. If a dedicated Scout or Scouter has donated 100 or more cumulative hours, they will receive a rocker for their Volunteer center patch denoting “100 Hours of Service”.
Scouts and Scouters with an additional “100 Hours of Service” receive rockers as they accumulate that service time at Treasure Island. If a Scout or Scouter achieves a full round of 100 hour rockers, totaling 500 or more hours of service, they will automatically be entered into the Lifetime membership program, and receive a Founder’s patch.
Recognition will either be provided at the end of the work weekend or shortly thereafter by mail to the participating unit.
Unit Service Recognition Program:
Recognition of units providing service on Treasure Island will be via a Service Recognition Board, erected on Treasure Island. This Service Board will look much like a Rank Advancement board found in many Troops and organized in accordance with the metals of Scouting:
Tin: 100+ Hours: John Voelker once wrote, “…only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness; because bourbon out of an old tin cup tastes better out there…” Of course, Treasure Island is an alcohol-free facility during Scouts BSA events, but we cannot help but agree with the sentiment.
Aluminum: 250+ Hours: This is one of the most important metals in Scouting! We find aluminum in pots, pans, pack frames, utensils, and even colanders.
Bronze: 500+ Hours: Trophies and challenge coins, plaques, and statues…all of these come in bronze. Is your unit up to the challenge of 500 hours?
Gold: 750+ Hours: Gold is a color integral to multiple levels of Scouting. In Cub Scouts, the two primary colors are Blue and Gold. The blue stands for truth and spirituality, steadfast loyalty, and the sky above. The gold stands for warm sunlight, good cheer, and happiness. Every rank in Boy Scouts from Tenderfoot to Life contains Gold.
Silver: 1,000+ Hours: Silver is also a color that finds roots in both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. From the Silver arrow points that began in the Wolf year to the Silver coins that are minted for special Boy Scout gifts. Silver is also the color used for some of Scouting’s highest achievements – Eagle Rank, Silver Palms, Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, and the Silver Buffalo. There was even a Silver Fawn award!
Titanium: 1,500+ Hours: Titanium has the highest strength to weight ratio of any metal and used in some of the finest gear for high adventure treks when weight constraints play a vital role in the success and enjoyment of the trip. Treasure Island’s rustic setting is the perfect place for a gear shakedown.
Submitting the required information for the Individual Service Recognition Program provides all of the data needed to track your Units combined service hours to Treasure Island.
Who are we?
Friends of Treasure Island was created to ensure that the magic of Treasure Island (TI) will be able to be experienced for untold thousands of Scouts in the future.
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