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Summer Camp Updates: May 26, 2021

by | May 27, 2021 | Adventures, COVID-19, Cub Scouts, Featured, News, Scouts BSA, Summer Camp, Webinars | 0 comments

Be Prepared to Get Back to Camp!

Summer Camp 2021 will look a bit different this year, but we are confident we’ll get back to camp!  In this webinar, our Camping Team shares the latest contingency plans to help you and your Scouts safely enjoy Summer Camp this coming year. Please note: details shared here are subject to change. We expect to update this content as needed but please watch your email for additional updates and further details. 

Watch the May 26th Webinar

Listen to the Webinar

Please note the following “best practices” and next steps:

  • Out of State Troops/Packs – 
  • Plan for illness and possible early return home…not by air.
  • Monitor travel restrictions w/airlines, bus, etc.
  • Early arrivals possible – if more than 250 miles away, ONLY with pre-arrangement, $75.
    • Make sure current unit leaders are listed on pack/troop reservation. Add people to our communication list with this form.  CAMP CONTACT FORM
    • Confirm attendance and adjust numbers on Tentaroo (enter names of youth/adults online roster). Invite youth to attend summer camp (opportunity to re-enroll)
    • Collect and turn in $100/Scout by March 1 (Cub Camp deadline – May 1)
    • Communicate with your Pack/Troop parents so they know what’s up and you hear their concerns
    • Plan to attend next webinars, monitor monthly emailed updates
    • Have parents complete and submit special needs/scholarship applications. LEARN MORE
    • Invite adults and older youth to serve on camp staff. Staff can volunteer for a week or two, or be paid for an entire summer. LEARN MORE
    • Keep an eye on local vaccination schedules
  • Out of State Troops/Packs – 
    • Plan for illness and possible early return home…not by air.
    • Monitor travel restrictions w/airlines, bus, etc.
    • Early arrivals possible – if more than 250 miles away, ONLY with pre-arrangement, $75.
Important Deadlines & Incentives

Pay in full by June 1st 2021

  • If you pay in full you will get a “Special Swag Bag”
  • Swag Bag will have a gift certificate for the trading post.
    • You can use to partially pay for a shirt, hat, knife, food
    • We are filling the bag with many fun keepsakes including mask, hand sanitizer and other items.

We chose this tactic because we wanted to extend the deadline, provide more flexibility and simplify our logistics.

Unit/Cohort Overview
  • Starts before you leave home!
  • Cohort size – 10-12
  • Adults Cohort with Scouts & do not count toward Cohort count
  • Cohorts share sleeping area, eating area
  • Masks, physical distancing conducted throughout camp
Food Service
  • If dining hall style:
    • Assigned tables by Cohort.  (Everyone must be 6 feet apart)
    • Food will be pre-plated
    • Lower capacity, increase air flow/spacing
    • Masks worn when not seated at the table
    • Areas will be sanitized between uses
  • In site meals and/or cooking at Camp Baldwin – little to no changes
  • Hand washing (leader enforced) prior to all meals
  • Cub Scouts remain in assigned groups for all activities and meals.
    • Packs attending together will be kept together.
  • Attend each area as a cohort on a schedule
  • Equipment cleaning between cohorts
  • Merit badge offerings limited 
  • No campwide activities (flag, campfire, games)
  • No off-camp outings. (Post-camp activities are allowed.)
Prescreening & Testing

No pre-arrival tests will be required.  Instead, please follow the following pre-, during- and post-camp procedures:

  • Pre-camp self quarantine for 14 days:
    • Do low risk activities only before arrival. (Mask, small groups, social distancing)
    • Monitor your symptoms.
    • No contact with infected individuals. 
  • Leaders to screen everyone prior to attending camp. 
  • Camp will do screening upon arrival.
  • Encourage vaccination, especially for those at higher risk
  • Daily campsite health checks – LOG REQUIRED
  • Post camp quarantine and reporting


Refund Policy for Cancellations, No-Shows

On or before March 1: The $10 initial deposit per Scout is non– refundable.

Between March 1 and two weeks prior to camp: The initial deposit and commitment payment are forfeited for each Scout whose reservation is cancelled, for a total of $100 per Scout.

Within two weeks of camp: No refunds are granted unless:

  • The Scout’s family moves out of council
  • There is a death or serious illness in the Scout’s immediate family that requires his attendance
  • The Scout becomes ill and is therefore unable to attend camp

If a refund is granted, the initial deposit and commitment payment will be forfeited (a total of $100) for that Scout.

What if someone gets sick?
  • The sick individual is quarantined until a COVID test may be completed.
    • Camp will Provide Rapid Test.
  • Individuals in their Cohort will reduce interactions with others and stay masked even when outdoors.
  • If COVID test is negative, then Cohort can resume normal functions.
  • An individual will remain quarantined until symptoms subside.
  • If a COVID test is positive, then follow COVID infection protocols.
    • The County Department of Health will be notified.
    • Infected Individual will be isolated.
    • Based on Department of Health direction, efforts will be made to remove infected individual from camp.
    • Contact tracing will be completed and notification will be made to those who may have had contact.
    • The Cohort will be quarantined & restricted from participating in the program until cleared by the County Department of Health.
    • Follow instructions from Health Dept.
What are the Sleeping Arrangements?

Scouts will sleep head-to-toe without masks within their cohort. (Typically within two-person three-sided adirondacks.) 

Units can also bring their own tents. 

We recommend all units bring a 2-3 tents as backup. #BePrepared

Which programs are closed?
  • Climbing
  • Blacksmithing
  • Welding
  • Lifesaving Skills
  • Adult Training
  • Campwide Flag
  • Campwide Campfires
  • Roaming around camp outside of cohort. (within reason)
  • Remote Programs: whitewater, windsurf, kayak…
Potential Changes

We are preparing for a multitude of options should rules and recommendations change for summer camp including:

  • Patrol-based models
  • Reduced capacity
  • Campsite meals (we prepare, you prepare)
  • Adult support of cleaning/program
  • Merit badge prerequisites taught online before camp
  • Experiential models – i.e. Desert Island scenario…Treasure Island mystery 
Which programs/activites are open?
  • Aquatics areas: swimming, boating
  • Shooting sports
  • Horseback riding (Butte Creek & Camp Baldwin)
  • Hiking
  • Biking (Scouts BSA camps only)
  • Cooking
  • Compass course
  • Games
  • Nature
  • Trail to First Class
  • Woodworking & activities

Plus stargazing, tide pools at the coast, hanging out with friends, competitions and possible adventures like treasure hunts and escape rooms. (More coming soon.)


Scouts BSA: How it Works

Nature staff are counselors in a variety of merit badges beyone what we offer. Your cohort may choose additional advancement opportunities. Here’s how it works:

A staff member or members will greet your Cohort.

They will be with you (Socially Distant) the entire time.

Cohort will declare which merit badge(s) they wish to work on. (Pick from a list).

Staff will provide resources to best help Scouts complete the merit badge.

Alternate Activities will be made available.

TTFC will happen wherever possible.

Cub Scouts: How it Works

Two rotating schedules.

Camp Den will arrive in a program area

Staff will direct the program and adults will help Cubs.

Similar activities will happen as have seen in the past.

Staff must not have close contact with Scouts.

Sign up programs by camp dens may be available during open times.

Campfires and evening activities end in camp sites each night.


Which Merit Badges will be available?

 Below is our current working assumption but some may not be available at every camp:

  • Archery
  • Art
  • Astronomy
  • Basketry
  • Camping
  • Communications
  • Cooking
  • Electricity/Electronics
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Environmental Science
  • First Aid
  • Fish & Wildlife
  • Fishing
  • Forestry
  • Game Design
  • Geocaching
  • Kayaking
  • Leatherwork
  • Mammals
  • Oceanography
  • Orienteering
  • Pioneering
  • Radio
  • Rifle
  • Robotics
  • Rowing
  • Swimming
  • Trail to First Class
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Woodcarving
How Will Scouts BSA Programs Work?

Remember: advancement is only one of eight important methods of Scouting, troops should prepare to help us deliver on the other seven, especially: the patrol method, participation in outdoor programs, adult association,  leadership development, and personal growth.


  1. Scouts are unlikely to earn more than four complete merit badges at camp, but between the cohort’s adult leaders and camp staff will have outstanding support for those advancement experiences and activities that are available.   
  2. Merit badge offerings are limited this summer due to smaller staffs and functioning within COVID guidelines.
  3. The style of instruction this summer is called “modified open program,” similar to that used by many camps where staff and cohort adults are available in the program areas to coach merit badges and TTFC activities appropriate to the program area.
  4. Instead of fixed classes of 30-50 scouts listening to the instructor for one hour a day, 12 or fewer scouts can be coached on their independent work by one counselor and adult leaders. One staff member to a cohort is a much smaller ratio than we normally experience at camp, giving Scouts advantages in personal attention and independence.
  5. When your cohort comes to a most program areas (exceptions of bikes, rifle, archery, and waterfront), they will be able to work semi-independently on a short menu of merit badges and TTFC requirements with a counselor coaching their progress, OR participate alternative activities we have prepared.
  6. Before and between their two visits to an area, Scouts can work independently to complete requirements so they can demonstrate what they know to their counselor when they visit the area. Cohort adults can and should assist where they are qualified. Scouts can plan ahead by printing and working on merit badge worksheets to guide their work if that is helpful to them.

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