Camping is one of the funnest experiences that a Scout can have. In order for everybody to have fun in a safe environment we follow the BSA guidelines for Family Camping.
Family camping is an outdoor experience,that involves Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, or Venturing program elements in overnight settings with two or more family members, including at least one BSA member of that family. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children, and Youth Protection policies apply.
Alcohol, Drugs and Controlled Substances
It is the policy of the Boy Scouts of America that the use of alcoholic beverages, drugs and controlled substances is not permitted at encampments or activities on property owned and/or operated by the Boy Scouts of America, or at any activity involving participation of youth members.
Adult leaders should support the attitude that they, as well as youths, are better off without tobacco in any form and may not allow the use of tobacco products at any BSA activity involving youth participants.
All Scouting functions, meetings, and activities should be conducted on a smoke-free basis, with smoking areas located at least 500 yards away from the activity.
Individual Camp Fires
Individual campfires are not permitted, we have one "Cracker Barrel" Bonfire usually on the second night of camping where the entire Pack participates.
NO ELECTRONICS while at the camp.
The purpose of our camping experiences is to give us an opportunity to commune with nature and each other. It is a time for us to get away from our normal ruts and routines. It is a time for playing games together, and enjoying conversation and laughter.
Buddy System and General Safety
No Scout is allowed to walk around the campsite by themselves. They must either have a parent or a fellow Scout with them at all times. Two-Deep Leadership must always be practiced. No non-related adult should be alone with a child. All Scouts must be on the campsite by sundown
Large enough for your family and your gear.
Most of us use Coleman tents that are around 10x12 feet with a center height of
72 inches, this is ideal for most families of 4-5. If you are buying a new tent, I suggest trying to set it up before you bring it on the camp out (if you have the time and space). It helps to know the basics of how to set it up, and to make sure all the parts are there.
Sleeping bag and a blanket per person.
For additional comfort, you might wish to bring a foam pad, air mattress or cot for underneath your sleeping gear, and a pillow.
3 days of clothing:
We must prepare for up to four weather conditions on a camp out: Hot, Cold, Wet, Dry. Depending on whether you’re the type of person that hardly ever gets cold, or gets cold once the temperature dips into the 70’s will determine how much clothing to bring.
Tip: To aid in keeping things dry, either use a Rubbermaid type bin for your clothes, or pack your stuff in zip lock bags. It can’t hurt to bring a few extra garbage bags for stowing wet gear in.
Try to pack one at least one large bath/beach towel per person. A beach towel has many uses: as a blanket on the ground (if sitting on the ground becomes necessary), as an additional blanket if it’s colder then you anticipated, scrunched up as an extra pillow. So you can see where a couple of extra towels couldn’t hurt to have along.
Sweater and or a Jacket
Rain Gear (Poncho)
Flashlight, Extra Batteries, and Extra Flashlight Bulbs and a Lantern (electric is fine)
Mess Kit or Plate and Cup No Disposable Paper or Plastic Products:
We try to practice leave no trace/minimal impact camping. All trash that we create MUST be hauled out by us. It is more environmentally efficient to wash and reuse our plates, utensils and cups RATHER than rely on disposable products like paper plates and/or plastic utensils and cups.
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Soap (bar soap, Purell type “no water” soap, and moist towelettes (Baby Wipes) are ALL handy!
Baby Powder (or Gold Bond type medicated powder)…nothing makes a camp out more miserable than experiencing “chafing.”
Pack and/or Cub Scout Hat…
hats are not just for adornment, they help protect the head and face from sun exposure.
The Class A uniform should be worn when traveling to and from all Cub Scout camp outs, and the class B field uniform should be worn all weekend for all activities. Class A uniform is usually worn for dinner and campfire ceremonies.
Quite frequently Leaders will do an activity that will require the use of their book; it’s always handy to have it along, just in case.
A word about snacks and drinks: The pack will provide drinking water throughout the day, and Bug Juice (kool-aid, Gatorade or lemonade) at meals. The menu will include snacks and desserts. Some people still like to bring some extra drinks and snacks, which is fine…HOWEVER, let me caution you: Most soft drinks (i.e. sodas) and snack chips have very high sodium levels, which can lead to dehydration…fruit like grapes and apples make better snacks when you’re out all day long. Also, it’s not a good idea to stash (or eat) extra food and drinks in your tent. Critters like raccoons and foxes can be very resourceful at accessing food when they are on the prowl.
The Following is a typical schedule. From this you can get a general idea of what a overall itinerary would be like on one of our camping trips would be like
2:00pm Leave to the Park
5:00pm Set up pack kitchen and campsite (Dens will camp together)
8:00pm Meeting with parents/den leaders
7:00am - 8:30am: Breakfast (WOLVES)
Breakfast Burritos – Eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, shredded cheese,
Salsa sauce, Torillas, Peanut butter/jelly, bread, fruits
9:00am - 9:30am: Opening Flag Ceremony (WOLVES) / CubMaster’s Brief (Class A)
10:00am - 11:30am: Pack Activity: Fishing Clinic
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch (WEBELOS)
Hamburger, hotdogs, buns, chips, ketchup, mustard
1:00pm - 2:00pm: Pack Activity: Scavenger Hunt
2:30pm - 3:30pm: Den Activities: Practice Skits, Songs, and Jokes for Bonfire
4:00pm - 5:00pm: Free Time (Afternoon games)
5:00pm – 6:30pm: Dinner (BEARS)
Taco in the bag – Doritos individual bags, ground beef, shredded cheese,
lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Pack Activity: Trail Walk/Sunset watch
8:00pm - 9:30pm: Cracker barrel (Tigers with Assistance)
10pm – ? Cracker barrel - Adults
7:00am - 8:30am: Breakfast (Tigers with assistance from Pack)
9:00am - 10:00am: Closing Flag Ceremony (WOLVES) / Scout’s Own (Class A)
10:00am - 11:00am Pack Activity: Kitchen and Campground Clean Up
11:00am - 12:00pm Pack Up - Cubmaster must inspect your area prior to dismissal.
***Please do not leave unless Cubmaster or Pack Committee Chair gives the okay that your area is cleaned up***