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Astronomy Camp Out October 2019

 Who: All Scouts and Parents of Troop 494
What:  Astronomy Themed Campout put on by the Minnesota Astronomical Society 

Where: Baylor County Regional Park and the Eagle Lake Observatories,
             located 70 miles or 1 hour 15 minutes West of the Twin Cities
           We have reserved 5 primitive campsites there in the park. FYI
           Each site is allowed a maximum of 8 people and/or a max of 2 tents. 
Address:    10755 County Road 33
             Young America, MN 55397

When: Friday, October 4th  until  Sunday, October 6th 
          Scouts will be dropped off at their homes prior to noon on Sunday.

Why?  Because we're scouts and it's what we do to have fun! 
  There are very large telescopes and opportunities to view the day sky starting at 1 p.m. through them as well as the night sky later. This is a rich and valuable opportunity to soak up some Astronomical Knowledge and work on your merit badge requirements. There will also be various speakers scheduled starting at 1:30pm and on the hour until about 9 p.m. Weather permitting there will be stargazing. 
(Copied from the Minnesota Astronomical Society webpage RE: Eagle Lake Observatory)

  • Two observatories with more than a dozen of the finest amateur telescopes available to view through.
  • Real-time video viewing capabilities for lunar, planetary and deep-sky viewing.
  • Solar filters allow safe viewing of the Sun’s surface, sunspots and solar prominences.
  • Mounted 15×80 binoculars for the ultimate “wide-field” stargazing experience.
  • A heated classroom to take the chill out of the cool fall nights.
  • Electrical outlets on the outside of the buildings for those who bring their own scopes.
  • Paved handicap parking adjacent to the wheelchair accessible observatory.

Cost:  $25 per attendee, Scout or Adult. 

Departure:  Meet at Otter Lake Elementary at 5:30pm on Friday, Oct. 4th.
                  Eat Supper before arriving. Convoy will depart at 5:45pm

Return:  Scouts will be dropped off at their homes prior to noon Sunday Oct. 6th.

 Friday Night Cracker Barrel

 Saturday Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner + Dessert
 Sunday Breakfast

Weather and Camp packing list:

 Be Prepared scouts! Check the weather forecast the week of! 

Scouts should bring:

Complete changes of clothes and extra socks

3 pairs of socks

3 underwear

2 pair shorts and/or 2 pairs pants

2 shirt651s

Sweatshirt or lightweight jacket 

Closed toe shoes or

Hiking Boots

Sleeping clothes 

Rain Gear

Sleeping bag


Sleeping pad



Mess kit, cup, knife, fork and spoon (plastic recommended) 

Water bottle

Backpack or duffel bag

Plastic bag for wet clothes

Scout book

Smellables (personal hygiene): 


Soap and washcloth

Sunscreen and bug spray 

Personal medication

Any Questions or Concerns please feel free to call or text Steve Kringle at
651-528-9422 or email me at: