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Troop 574 meets at the Holy
Covenant United Methodist Church
1901 E. Peters Colony Rd.
Carrollton, Texas 75007



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Summer Camp 2018

July 1-7, 2018

Summer Camp for 2018 will be in Oklahoma at Camp Hale.

Cost:   Scouts $300 + MB fees (Hi-Adv is more)  / Adults $250 (incl travel)

Depart:   Sunday, July 1 at 8:00am

Return:   Saturday, July 7th 2:00pm

Consent Form:   Due before April 16th

Fees are due ASAP.

Camp Hale Web Site

Merit Badges and Fees


Louisiana Civil War Site Campout

April 13-16, 2018

Spend the weekend in Louisiana at a Civil War site viewing a re-enactment along with getting a history lesson in how the soldiers lived.

Cost:    $25 + money for lunch on return trip

Depart:  Friday at 6pm

Return:   Sunday afternoon  (1-2pm)

Consent Form:   Due March 26th


Camp James Ray Fishing Campout

March 02-04, 2018

Spend a peaceful weekend fishing, working on advancement and enjoying the great outdoors.

Cost:     $25 / person

Depart:  Friday at 6pm

Return:   Sunday at 9am

Consent Form:  DUE February 12, 2018


Valley View Christian Church Lock-In

February 10-11, 2018

Spend the night playing games, watching movies and Having Fun.

Cost:     $0 / person

Begin:  Saturday at 6pm

End:   Sunday at 9am

Consent Form:  DUE January 22, 2018


USS Lexington & Corpus Christi Bay

January 13-15, 2018

Spend the night onboard the USS Lexington exploring the ship and learning about it's history.  Enjoy movies and games.

Cost:     $80 / person

Depart:  Saturday morning

Return:   Monday afternoon

Consent Form:  DUE November 13, 2017

Itinerary Summary


Winter Camp

December 26-30, 2017

Winter Camp this year will be at Sid Richardson Scout Ranch.  Signup for merit badges and rank advancement.  There is an alternate program, "U.S. Cavalry Camp", for older scouts 13+ yrs.

Complete Health Forms REQUIRED!


$260 Winter Camp (food & lodging included) 

$245 - U.S. Cavalry Camp (food, lodging, & supplies included)

Troop Consent Form - DUE by December 4th

Registration Form & Information Flyer - DUE by December 4th

Please choose up to 8 merit badges number 1-8 in priority order.  We will try to get the best selection possible.

Longhorn Winter Camp Website

Astronomy Campout

January 28-29, 2017

The campout will take place at the Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus. (CSAC) The campus is run by the 3 Rivers Foundation and is located on Crowell, Texas.  

It would be great for if we can have as many Scouts as possible.  Like always in order to make this camp work we need adult participation.

The CSAC travel time is about 3 ½ to 4 hours. The current plan is to leave early on Saturday morning and return by mid-day on Sunday. This will be a short camp and it will focus on astronomy, but the CSAC offer opportunities for other merit badges.

The site will be hosting a Star Party. The theme is called Wonders of Winter.

On these Star Parties the campus have staff available to answer questions and provide information on the usage of the equipment. Some of the equipment are solar telescopes, a 30-inch reflecting and a 15-inch refractor telescope.

You can find more information about the site you can go to this at link;

Cost: $20 per person
Registration Form (DUE Jan 23)

Liability Release Form (REQUIRED)

Related FaceBook page



Summer Camp

June 24 - July 2, 2017

A week in the cool and refreshing Colorado Summer Camp of San Isabel Scout Ranch in Rye Colorado.

Due to the long traveling distance we will depart on Saturday (24th) and spend overnight on the way. 

There is an optional white-water rafting trip during the week. (MUST be 13 yrs by January 1st)


$375 / scout (includes transportation)

$300 / adult (includes transportation)

$45 optional white-water rafting

$50 non-refundable deposit due with reg.

Registration Form (due NOW)

Merit Badge Selections (due 4/10)

San Isabel Scout Ranch Summer Camp Info



Summer Camp 2016

June 12-18, 2016

Spend a relaxing week at Camp Arrowhead in Marshfield, Missouri working on merit badges and rank advancement as well as having a load of FUN!

Cost:    $400 / scout,   $285 / adult

Scouts Deposit Due:  $35 due by Monday, February 29th

Balance Due: Monday, May 2nd -> Scouts $365, Adults $285

Depart:  Sunday, June 12th at 5:00am

Return: Saturday, June 18th at about 6:00pm

Consent Form Due:  Monday, February 29th (early registration deadline with the camp)

Consent Form

Merit Badge Selections 

Camp Constantin (Canoeing MB)

March 18 - 20

Travel to Camp Constantin and work on canoeing merit badge as well as other camping-related merit badges and rank advancements.

Cost:  $20

Consent Form




Sea Base High Adventure 2015

June 27 - July 3

Attend the Florida Sea Base Bahamas High Adventure camp.

Cost:     $782 plus airfare & spending $ (passport required)

Consent Form


Summer Camp 2015

June 13 - 21

This year we will attend summer camp at the cool Colorado Camp Alexander Scout camp.

Fees:    $435 + MB Fees (Scouts)

             $350 (Adults)

             $78 (optional White Water Rafting Trip on Friday)

Consent Form

Summer Camp Adult Leader Form

Rafting Trip Form


New Scout Campout 2015

May 15 - 17

Location:  Thomas Lake House

This is our annual orientation campout for new scouts and parents to get acquainted with Troop 574 and for the Troop Scouts to WELCOME the new membersr.

New Scouts will work with their patrols to camp and cook as well as get some advancement requirements signed off.

Parents will enjoy the relaxed environment at the Thomas Lake house and will get to know the Troop adult leadership and how the Troop is run.  You will also get a much better understanding on how to help your son get the most from Scouting.

May 15th 6:00pm : Troop Leadership depart HCUMC to setup

May 16th 8:00am : New Scouts & Families depart HCUMC

                      (Eat breakfast before departure)

Return:  May 17th around noon


Cost:             $20 / person

Signup Form

Directions to Thomas Lakehouse


Webelos Woods 2015

April 17 - 19

Location:  Camp Wisdom


Biking & Wilderness Survival Campout

March 21 - 22

Fun campout including cycling merit badge requirements and Wilderness Survival.



Sea Base Spring Break

March 8 - 14

This is a High Adventure trip to Sea Base Florida / Bahamas.  Scouts must be age 14+ or completing 8th grade.  Passport is required.  Crew size is very limited.

Registration Form



Laser Tag Campout

February 21-22

This is a fun laser tag game campout.

Cost $30

Consent Form


Troop Advancement Day

February 14th

This is a GREAT opportunity to finish out partial merit badges or to get started on some Eagle-Required merit badges.

Merit Badges Being Offered:

Early Session (08:00 - 10:00):




Emergency Preparation

Second Session (10:00 - 12:00):

Space Exploration:  A rocket build and launch

Family Life

Climbing:  The purpose of this offering is to allow the 9 scouts that started this merit badge 2 years ago to complete it.  It will take place at the climbing  silos in Old Downtown Carrollton.


Special Session (01:00pm):

Cycling: "Classroom" work followed with a 10-mile ride at 2:00pm.

Sign-up sheets are available starting at the February 2 meeting. None of these offerings is a complete merit badge. The purpose of Advancement Day is to assist the scouts that have started these merit badges to complete the merit badge or allow a scout needing a merit badge to get started and make a plan for completing it.

ADULT ASSISTANCE IS MANDATORY!! These merit badges can only be offered if we have adults willing to work with our scouts. In order to comply with the BSA requirement of two-deep leadership, we must have adult assistance. If you are willing to assist with any of the merit badges being offered, please let me know (Kim Brown). The only special training needed is on-line Youth Protection Training. Again, Troop Advancement Day is for the benefit of your son and can only happen with your assistance.

Also occurring on Advancement Day is a troop trailer inventory/clean out. We are asking each scout that attends a merit badge at Advancement Day to commit to working at least 2 hours on the trailer inventory/clean out.

Aquatics Campout

August 8-10

Plans are to depart at 6:30pm Friday.  Location will be Lake Murray, Oklahoma OR if lake levels are up then we will use the Thomas' Lake House.  Activities include hiking, swimming, and possibly boating.

Requires completion of BSA Swim Test (scouts & adults).

Fees:    $35

Consent Form due July 28th


Destination Adventure 2014

July 19-26

Tentative plans are to depart Carrollton on Saturday morning for Galveston for some beach camping, off-shore fishing, Alamo Mission trail hike, Guadalupe River float, Austin scavenger hunt, cave exploration and other exciting activities and surprises.

There is no minimum age limit.  You can work on merit badges and advancement AND have FUN!

Cost:  $265

Adult Contact:  Kimberly Brown

Consent Form:   Due NOW


Canoeing Campout

April 25 - 27

Since this is a water-based activity, all participants MUST have passed the BSA Swim Test within the 12 months of this campout. (Scouts & Adults). We will plan to schedule a time to take this test before the Campout for those that need to take it.

Cost: $50 / person

Departure: 4/25 6:00 pm

Return: 4/27 about noon

Consent Form (DUE April 14th)

Canoeing Merit Badge Information

Canoeing Merit Badge Worksheet



2015 Sea Base Bahamas Adventure

June 27 - July 3 (2015)

We have a tentative reservation for the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base in the Summer of 2015.

The crew is scheduled to arrive on Saturday, June 27, 2015 and depart on Friday, July 3rd.  The Crew can accommodate up to 12 Members.  The base price for this adventure is $781.25 per Crew Member.  This does NOT include airfare or incidentals.   A $100 deposit is DUE with your registration form (March 10, 2014).  The early commitment is due in order to confirm our reservation.

The total cost is expected to be about $2000 per person.  A US Passport will be required to enter the Bahamas!

Please read the Bahamas Adventure brochure for the specifics of the trip.  BE AWARE of the specific requirements about physical fitness and the BSA Swim Test.

Contact Blake Deatherage (Troop 574 Programs Chair) for more information.

Cost:   $781.25 + Airfare & Spending Money

$100.00 Due 3/10/2014

$340.25 Due 9/15/2014

$341.00 Due 3/15/2015

Payments are non-refundable but may be transferred to a replacement crew member.

Signup Consent Form

Bahamas Adventure Brochure

Seabase Health Forms (new)


2014 Horsemanship Campout

March 29 - 30

Our horsemanship overnight camp out will be held on the weekend of March 29th. It will be held at Hopper Ranch in Aubrey TX. ( Scouts will depart early on Saturday 29th from HCUMC and return mid-day on Sunday 30th . Please make a note in your calendar.

We will camp on the Ranch premises and cook three meals. The Troop Committee is looking forward to have as many parents and scouts as possible attending this overnight camp, so "gather your cowboy hats, your lassoes and come on over!"

Ranch owners and merit badge counselors will be on hand to help scouts complete Horsemanship Merit Badge requirements.

Please complete the forms below and bring them to our next troop meeting with payment. Dead line to turn in papers is March 3rd.


Scouts:  $30 (MB training, camping & food)

Adults:  $15 (camping & food)

Bring protective helmet (bike type)

Consent Form

Liability Release Form


2014 Philmont Trek

June 24 - July 7, 2014

Philmont is a Scouting High Adventure program of strenuous backpacking in the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains near Cimarron, NM.

This trek consists of up to 12 Scouters including 3-4 adults.  The backpacking expedition will be for 12 days.

Cost is $1175 plus some additional $ for training.

Fee Schedule:

1/21/2013:  Deposit of $125

6/1/2013:  $375 payment

1/1/2014:  $375 payment

4/1/2014:  $300 payment

All payments are non-refundable but may be transferred to another scouter if you must cancel.

Philmont Contract

Philmont Consent form

Philmont Health Forms (new)

2014 Summer Camp

June 15 - 21

Summer camp will be within the Circle Ten council this year at Camp Constantin / Jack D. Furst Aquatic Base.

Merit Badge registrations open March 1st so get your registration information in EARLY in order to get your primary choices.

Departure:  Sunday, June 15 at 10:00am

Return: Saturday, June 21 around noon

Fees:  Scouts: $260 Plus Merit Badge Fees (if any)

Adults:  $105

Consent Forms Due:  March 24th with $120 payment

Balance of payment due by May 12th.

Consent Form and additional information / Forms


2014 Advancement Day

March 1st 9am - 1pm

We will be offering Advancement Day on Saturday, March 1 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Sign up will be available at the February 24 meeting or you can reply to this e-mail. SIGN UP IS REQUIRED.

The primary purpose of Advancement Day is to assist the scouts in completing merit badges he has already started. Each scout signing up for a merit badge is expected to have obtained and read the merit badge pamphlet prior to Advancement Day and to have his copy of the worksheet as complete as possible. The offering on the March 1 Advancement Day is as follows:

Citizenship in the Community (Partial)

Communications (Partial)

Fingerprinting (Complete)

Music: The Music merit badge can be completed on Advancement Day if either the Scout has been in a musical group for 6 months or he completes requirement 3b ahead of time.

Cooking: The Cooking merit badge can be completed on Advancement Day if the Scout does the work Mr. Faulkner suggests ahead of time and purchases and brings the cooking supplies needed to cook meals.

CPR class: Mr. McHard will be offering CPR. There is a fee of $20 for scouts for the Red Cross certified CPR class. Remember, LISD has initiated a CPR certification requirement for graduation. ANYONE can take the CPR class. If you have a LISD junior or senior that needs CPR certification, this may be a good chance for your student to get that certification.

First Aid: Mr. McHard will be present teaching the CPR class. Therefore, he will be available before and after class to sign off on First Aid work a scout has done at home.

Scoutmaster Conference: If anyone of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class or First Class rank needs a Scoutmaster conference to “rank up”, we MAY be able to arrange a Scoutmaster Conference on Advancement Day. Advanced notice is REQUIRED.

Advancement Day will take place at Holy Covenant UMC. Please note NO refreshments will be provided. As a scout is prepared, it is suggested each scout bring a water bottle and snack.

Also, in connection with Advancement Day, the troop will be performing an inventory and reorganization of the troop trailer and shed immediately following Advancement Day activities at 1:00. Unless excused by Mr. Lutz, all incoming and outgoing Quartermasters need to assist in order to obtain leadership credit for their time as Quartermaster. All Scouts are encouraged to help whether or not they attend Advancement Day. The more who show up, the faster we can complete the job.

Kimberly A. Brown

2013 Astronomy Campout

November 9-10

A one-night campout to view the stars and planets at the 3 Rivers Foundation Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus.

We have 2 Webelos Dens that are planning to camp with us.

Cost:  $30 per person

Consent form is due:  October 28th

Consent Form

Release Form


2013 Destination Adventure

June 23rd - 29th

Week long camping trip with Canoeing at Caddo Lake, Barksdale AFB, Fort Humbug and Water Park in Shreveport, LA., Old Washington, tower, Mid American Museum and Bath House row in Hot Springs, AR, Witewater Rafting in Broken Bow, OK, and end with a relaxing day of swimming and eating fried pies in Davis, OK.

This will be a very active trip and a lot of FUN !!!  Each destination has a lot to do, many related to water to help with the heat.

This event is open to scouts of all ages, (adults too!).

Cost:   $250 (approximate cost)  Final to be determined after trip plans.

Deposit:  $50 due with consent form

Consent Form                DUE May 27th


2013 New Scout Campout

May 17th - 19th

This is a VERY IMPORTANT CAMPOUT for our new families and older scouts alike. We strongly encourage EVERY new scout to be there, with at least one parent. The campout is May 17-19th; only leadership will head out on Friday, May 17th; most scouts (including all new scouts) and their parents should come with the troop on the morning of Saturday, May 18th. The troop will leave from the church at 7:30am on Saturday.  The campout is at the home of the Hull family on Lake Ray Roberts. We will return to the church on Sunday by approximately 11a.m.

 Daytime activities for the scouts are geared towards helping the boys learn about Boy Scouts, our troop, and earn additional requirements for advancement. While they are busy, new parents will also be oriented to the mechanics of the Troop. It is a golden opportunity to ask questions -- any and all of them -- and a chance for us to get to know one another and find out more about your son

Cost:   $25 per person

Consent Form -  Due April 13th

Map and directions to Hull Lake House

Camping Gear Recommendations


Biking Campout

February 15-17, 2013

Enjoy the fresh outdoors at Lake Ray Roberts.  Activities include fishing, riding bike trails, hiking trails, good food and friends.

There will also be opportunities for completing advancement requirements.

You must provide your own bike and fishing gear.

If you will be biking, BSA rules require a bike helmet.  Be sure that your bike is ready  You should also consider bringing any tools / supplies for repairs such as a flat tire.  Don't forget your CamelBak (water pack).

Cost:    $40 per person

Trail Map

Consent Form


Climbing Merit Badge & Sleep-In

January 18-19, 2013

Rock climbing and movie night! The adventure begins at 8 pm -12 am at The North Texas Outdoor Pursuit Center in downtown Carrollton (the silos). We’ll be rock climbing, for fun &/or Merit Badge, with overnight at HCUMC. Pizza will be served at midnight and a simple breakfast will be served Saturday morning.

Depart from HCUMC at 7:30pm 1/18/2013

Return home from HCUMC at 9:00am 1/19

Consent form & payment due 1/14/2013.

NTOPC Release Form (2 pages)

Consent Form

Summer Camp 2013

July 21 - 27th, 2013

Summer Camp at Camp Alexander in Colorado is an exciting opportunity for Scouts and Adults to see some beautiful mountains, learn new Scout skills, and have a week full of fun!

Basic Summer Camp Fee:    $325 + Merit Badge / Activity fees

High Adventure Camp Fee:  $455

Details on Summer Camp

Consent Form (due 12/3 with $50 deposit)

Merit Badge Selections


Winter Camp 2012

December 26-31st, 2012

Winter Camp at Trevor Rees-Jones Scout Camp is a camping event designed for Boy Scout Troops which includes advancement opportunities and special fun activities. The event is staffed by Circle Ten Council’s Mikanakawa Lodge of the Order of the Arrow. Campers will have the opportunity to earn merit badges and rank advancement requirements for TFC, compete against other units, learn new Scout skills, and have a week full of fun!

Fees:    $100 + Merit Badge / Activity fees

Depart:  HCUMC December 26th at 3:00pm (bring sack dinner)

Return:  HCUMC December 31st at Noon

Details on Merit Badges and Activities

Consent Form (due 11/26 with $)


Troop Garage Sale

August 29th, 2012  6:00am - 2:00pm

HCUMC Parking Lot

Dear Troop,

It's time for the Troop 574 Garage Sale so clean out your garages, closets and storage rooms!!!

Troop 574 will be having a garage sale on September 29, 2012 at the Holy Covenant Church. If you are interested in participating in the garage sale please let LaTina Harris know as soon as possible. All proceeds from this garage sale will go to the Troop to help with the expenses the Troop may have to ensure a great scouting program. We will need some volunteers, adult and boys, to work the garage sale too. Any boys who work at the sale will be compensated for the time they worked based on sales and applied to Scout Accounts. We will set up at 6:00 a.m. and cleanup at 1:00 p.m. to finish by 2:00 p.m.

If there are any questions, please contact LaTina Harris at 256-483-8725 or send email to WaysAndMeans at


LaTina Harris

Service Project for HCUMC Preschool

Sunday August 12th, 4 - 6pm

Dear Troop,

The pre-school of our charter organization, Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, has asked for our help. They need us to move sand gravel from piles near the parking lot into the church's playground.
HCUMC does so much for the troop, so please plan to help Sunday (August 12th) from 4 to 6 pm. 

We need to make sure we have plenty of help. So please send an email if you can help.   (

Also, please let me know if you can bring a wheelbarrow and/or shovel. Also, please let me know if you can bring 5-gallon plastic buckets with a handle (like a Home Depot "Homer bucket").  With a lot of help, we can get this done in less than 2 hrs.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours in Scouting,
Mr. Lutz


2012 Aquatics Campout

August 3rd - 5th

Spend a GREAT weekend on Lake Tawakoni at the Thomas Lake House.  The scouts will camp in tents on the property and enjoy great food and water activities including boating, skiing, wake boarding, tubing and swimming.

This is a great relaxing time for the adults to attend, too.

Depart Friday, August 3rd at 6:00pm from HCUMC.

Return about noon on Sunday, August 5th to HCUMC.

Be sure to bring sun screen and insect repellent.

Consent Form  (due by July 26th)  (7/30 for Philmont crews)

Driving Directions to Thomas Lake House

Overview Map to Thomas Lake House

Map details of last few miles to Thomas Lake House




2012 Summer Camp

June 10th - 16th

Join in the fun as Troop 574 heads to the Ozarks in eastern Arkansas for a Summer Camp to remember.  The Troop will be leaving for the 465 mile drive to camp on June 10th and returning home June 16th.

Camp Osage is located 130 miles NW of Memphis, Tennessee on the banks of the South Fork River. Camp food is served in a dining hall and swimming is in the river.  48 merit badges are offered plus COPE and Mountain Man. There are many other activities the scouts can do during open periods.

Cost:   $300  ($140 due May 7, $160 + program fees due June 4)

More details and signup form

Summer Camp Merit Badge List

Suggested Equipment list



2012 New Scout Campout

May 4th - 6th

This is a VERY IMPORTANT CAMPOUT for our new families and older scouts alike. We strongly encourage EVERY new scout to be there, with at least one parent. The campout is May 4-6th; only leadership will head out on Friday, May 4th; most scouts (including all new scouts) and their parents should come with the troop on the morning of Saturday, May 5th. The troop will leave from the church at 7am on Saturday.  The campout is at the home of the Hull family on Lake Ray Roberts. We will return to the church on Sunday by approximately 11a.m.

 Daytime activities for the scouts are geared towards helping the boys learn about Boy Scouts, our troop, and earn additional requirements for advancement. While they are busy, new parents will also be oriented to the mechanics of the Troop. Roy Atwood has an excellent presentation designed to help new parents understand how things work in Boy Scouts in general (and how it is different from Cub Scouts), how we do things in our troop, and ways to encourage and guide your son through scouting. It is a golden opportunity to ask questions -- any and all of them -- and a chance for us to get to know one another and find out more about your son

Cost:   $20 per person

Consent Form -  Due April 30th

Map and directions to Hull Lake House

Camping Gear Recommendations

Also, this year it is VERY IMPORTANT to bring STRONG INSECT REPELLENT.  We have been alerted that due to the mild winter, chiggers are a problem.

Here is some additional information:

Beware of Chiggers - They Bite!
Chigger Bite Prevention
You can avoid most chigger bites by simply bringing a face cloth with you when you into chigger-infested territory and wiping your ankles, calves, backs of your knees and inner thighs every once in a while with the face cloth. Mosquito repellant also repels chiggers, so it's a good idea to douse yourself with repellant before you go anywhere there might be chiggers. Take a warm, soapy bath immediately after you are exposed to chiggers and any remaining chiggers will be washed away and any fresh chigger bites will be soothed before the itching can get too bad. (or when camping, rinse off with a hose!)
Chiggers 101
Chiggers are the tiny larvae of chigger mites. When the chiggers are larvae, they feast on animals and humans; when they are grown chigger mites, they only eat from soil and vegetation.
Chiggers attach themselves to your skin and then use an enzyme in their saliva to break down your skin cells so that they can suck the cells up. The enzyme causes your skin cells to dissolve, while cells surrounding those dissolved cells harden to form a straw through which the larvae sucks up cells. Chiggers eat for a while and then move rapidly from one part of your skin to the next. Contrary to folklore, chiggers do not burrow under your skin; they are easily removed with a quick brush of your skin.
Chigger Bite Treatment
Prevention is the best way to deal with chigger bites, but what if you already have them? Since chigger bites don't start to itch until about an hour after you've been bitten, it can be tough to prevent and terrible to deal with once that itching begins. Anyone who has experienced chigger bites knows how badly you want to find a solution for the intolerable itching. People have been known to do desperate things to relieve themselves from the maddening itch of chigger bites, including such popular home and natural remedies as painting the bites with nail polish, dipping the affected areas in flea dip and dousing themselves with vinegar.
If you've taken a warm soapy bath, you no longer have any chiggers on you, so the itching you are feeling is due to the enzyme injected into your skin, not because you have any bugs on you or in your skin. This is why the flea dip and nail polish ideas are not good ideas - if anything, you'll just irritate your skin more. Most home cures for chigger bites are based on the untrue premise that there are bugs under your skin that you must expose, smother, or kill; most of these remedies will damage your skin without providing relief.

What you need to do is sooth your itching skin while your body figures out how to deal with the enzyme the chigger injected, in some cases days to weeks. Use topical analgesics, diaper rash cream and triple antibiotic ointments to prevent a secondary infection due to scratching. This is one of those situations where scratching really will make the itching worse, so use oral pain killers in addition to topical numbing agents and resist scratching as much as possible.




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