Great news! With the recent announcement by the governor relaxing restrictions on outdoor gatherings and encouraging people to participate in outdoor activities, it is with great excitement that we are opening registration again for Cittafest to those that haven't signed up but want to. If you previously signed up, you need only to show up as your registration is still good. For those that would like to attend but got shut out due to the state's restrictions, you have until midnight on Friday, April 9 to sign up.
Welcome to the information page for the 1st annual Citta Scout Fest! This one-day event was created to promote fun, fellowship, and to offer an awesome scouting only flea market for all units within Jersey Shore Council. All levels of scouting are invited. No advancement opportunities, no merit badges, no structured program. Just a fun day out to be had by all in attendance. Read on to see how the day will work. I hope you will join us for our inaugural debut of Citta Scout Fest!
You may sign up online at the website above or in person at either of the Council Service Centers utilizing the registration sheet available at one of the kiosks. We ask you to register all attending from your unit as a group to cut down on paperwork and processing. Registration will be $5 per person for all in attendance with optional shooting sports available for an additional $5 per cub scout age youth and $5 per person per shooting event for all others. Upon registering, you will have the opportunity to select if you will be hosting a table(s) at the flea market, entering the chili cook-off, and how many will be utilizing the shooting sports options. There will be no food option available, so please plan accordingly.
When signing up make sure to have all your adult and youth names available and which elective activities they are going to participate in. If you plan to pariticpate in the following activities(explained below) please make sure to select them in the classes section under every participant in the registration:
Scouting Flea Market
3D Action Archery
Cowboy Action Shooting
SCOUTING FLEA MARKET- Must Signup in classes
Bring your excess unit or personal scouting gear to sell or barter with other units or scouters within the council. Each registrant will have an allotted space on the parade field along with up to two tables. No unit may have more than two spaces or four tables. Spots are first come, first served. This is a great opportunity to buy, sell or trade some gently used gear at an affordable price. It’s a win-win for scouting! So clean out those attics, trailers sheds, or wherever you are storing that gear and sign up for a space when you register. All items being offered must be within the scouting realm. We ask that you bring your own tables and chairs if possible. We do have some tables for use, but in a limited number. Please let us know if you will be needing tables. Any leftover items must be removed from camp property at the end of the day. You may arrive as early as 7:30 AM to check in and set up your spot. The flea market will run from 9AM to 12PM.
CHILI COOKOFF- Must Signup in classes
All who opt to enter the chili cook-off will be assigned a space in camp upon check in to prepare your finest chili. There is no additional fee to enter. You will have a fire ring and fire wood available to use. Any other supplies or gear needed will be your responsibility. Trophies and bragging rights will be awarded to our top chefs at closing ceremony at 5 PM. Your covered bowl-sized entry must be turned in by 4:30 PM to the judge’s station along with a list of ingredients for allergen purposes. Any leftover chili can be served to your own unit if you so choose. The location of the judge’s station will be announced that day. There will be three categories of judging for the best chili:
- 10 years old and under (the scout(s) must be involved in the entire process)
- 11-18 year olds (must be prepared and cooked only by the youth)
- Over 18 year olds (no restrictions)
There are so many units out there that make a great chili. It’s time to see whose chili will be crowned CItta Scout Fest’s best of the best during this fun and friendly competition.
With your very affordable $5 admission, you will have the opportunity to utilize Citta Scout Reservation for any of the following activities:
- Camp wide scavenger hunt with prizes for the winners
- Fishing at the lake (bring your own gear)
- Hiking the Citta or Wells Mills property on one of the many trails available (buddy system is mandatory along with letting an adult know where you plan to hike)
- Low COPE activities (team building based games and activities)
- Campfires in sites
- Unit games on the parade field (after 12PM)
- Fellowship with other units and scouters in the Council
- Scouting Flea Market
- And so much more
We encourage all in attendance to learn about and utilize one or more of the many activities Citta has to offer. If you haven’t been in a while, we have done many improvement projects over the past few years. Come check them all out!
OPTIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS- Must Signup in classes
For Cub Scout age youth that opt for the additional $5 fee, our shooting sports instructors will have the bb range and the wrist rocket range open for their use from 12:30PM to 4:30PM. You must select a time block on the registration form and be on time for the safety talk at the beginning of each block of time. You may select one time block for each range for your $5 fee. Colored wristbands will be given out at check in to allow entry to the range. Anyone not wearing a wristband will be asked to leave the range area. Safety talks and instruction will be given before any shooting commences. You may not bring your own firearm.
For all other scouters that are not Cub Scouts (adults included) that opt for the additional $5 fee per shooting event, our shooting sports instructors will open the shotgun range for trap shooting, the brand new 3D action archery range from 12:30PM to 4:30PM. For those over 14, the cowboy action range will also be available from 10AM to 12PM. You must select a time block on the registration form and be on time for the safety talk at the beginning of each block of time. Colored wristbands will be given out at check in to allow entry to the range. Anyone not wearing a wristband will be asked to leave the range area.
3D Action Archery Course- Must Signup in classes
Your group of up to 4 youth and 1 adult will be given all the equipment needed for this course. Please allow approximately 2 hours to complete it, as it is multiple stations over a mile long walking trail. The last group will leave at 2:30PM to ensure enough time to complete the course. All groups must have at least one adult with them for supervision. (Supervising adults do not need to pay the additional fee) You do not need to be an expert archer to try out this new and exciting course but it is asked that you be somewhat familiar with archery equipment, as no instruction will be given while on the course. You may not bring your own equipment.
Shotgun Range- Must Signup in classes
You will be given all equipment needed to shoot. You have the option of a 20-gauge or 12-gauge single shot shotgun. You will have the opportunity to shoot 5 rounds at flying clay targets. This will ensure everyone that wants to shoot will have an opportunity to do so. You must select a time block on the registration form and be on time for the safety talk at the beginning of each block of time. Safety talks and instruction will be given before any shooting commences. You may not bring your own firearm.
Cowboy Action Range- Must Signup in classes
In addition to the other ranges, those scouters over the age of 14 can opt to participate in the Citta town of Deadwood’s cowboy action range. Shotgun, rifle, and pistol all will be utilized in our exclusive Wild West setting while shooting at targets from open windows. Instructors will be on hand to walk you through this unique opportunity. Cowboy action will only be open from 10AM to 12PM during the flea market so the instructors will have the opportunity to run the other ranges for the afternoon. You must select a time block on the registration form and be on time for the safety talk at the beginning of each block of time. Colored wristbands will be given out at check in to allow entry to the range. Anyone not wearing a wristband will be asked to leave the range area. Safety talks and instruction will be given before any shooting commences. You may not bring your own firearms.
If you are dropping off your scout for the day, make sure you utilize the one-way entrance and exit in camp. Follow the signs. If you are parking, use the main parking lot and please park as close together as possible to conserve space. Check in will be at the pavilion in that parking lot.
Upon arrival and before you leave the parking lot area, you MUST check in at the pavilion. We need to have an accurate accounting of who will be in camp and we will have wristbands, spots for the flea market, and camp area assignments for the chili cook-off that you will need. If you arrive at camp after the check in station has closed, you must check in at the camp office. If you need to leave for any reason, you must check out at the camp office and back in if you are returning. Please help us adhere to these rules, as we need to have as accurate of a head count as possible in the event of an emergency.
All social distancing guidelines mandated by the state will be in effect while at camp. Please adhere to the directions of camp personnel upon check in. Maintain 6 feet apart when possible. Wear a mask if you cannot maintain that distance. If you are feeling ill or have been around someone who has contracted COVID, please stay home. Temperature checks will be administered upon check in.
Enjoy the day! This event is held entirely outdoors. Please dress accordingly. As this is the first event we have ever done like this, please feel free to help us improve the day should we want to do this again by offering your feedback (positive or negative) to either myself or any of the staff volunteering to help run it. All questions prior to the event can be directed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you there!
Citta Scout Fest Chair