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COOL CAMP


CAMP LA-NO-CHE C E NT R AL F LOR I DA COU NC IL


EAT YOUR HEART OUT, Fisher-Price. The “power wheels” at Camp La-No-Che aren’t some child’s toy. These all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, pack real horsepower. The camp, about 75 minutes north of


Orlando, was one of a handful selected to run a pilot ATV program two years ago. ATVs have long been banned from Scout use outside of council camps, but the BSA asked several councils to gauge older Scouts’ interest in high-octane activities


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like ATVs and personal watercraft (which La-No-Che also tested). The response for both offerings was


overwhelmingly positive. “We call it pro- gressive program planning because other Scouts see it when they’re there at 12, 13, 14 years old, and they say, ‘Hey, we want to come back and participate,’” said Matt Ragan, director of support services for the Central Florida Council. Safety, of course, comes first. So


SCOUTING ¿ NOVEMBER•DECEMBER 2012


La-No-Che trains all Scouts using ATV Safety Institute curriculum. Then Scouts hop on for a ride they won’t forget—and one they will tell friends about. Post- program interviews revealed that 98 percent of ATV participants planned to brag about their experiences to friends. Can you say recruitment? Of course, there’s more to La-No-Che


than ATVs. The council camp features a host of excellent aquatics, Scoutcraft,


shooting, ecology, Native American, high-adventure, and outdoorsman activi- ties. Translation: There’s a ton more to do here than your Scouts can pack into a week. Plan a visit for next summer at cflscouting.org/lanoche. ¿


FIND MORE Scouting spots at our Guide to Cool Camps: scoutingmagazine. org/coolcamps.


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