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Camping Rules and FAQ

Pack 200 sponsors family camping trips.
Parents, guardians, and siblings are all welcome to camp with us.

  • Because this is family camping, we encourage families to set up their tents near families from any of their dens or ranks.

Camping Purposes

The Pack camping program has been developed for the following goals in mind:

  • To provide each Cub Scout the opportunity to learn to work with others.
  • To instill each Cub Scout an appreciation of nature and become comfortable with the great outdoors.
  • To prepare each Cub Scout to become a Boy Scout.
  • Because it is fun!

BSA Rules and Safety

In addition to the rules of whatever facility we are camping at, all Cub Scout camping is conducted in full accordance with the Guide to Safe Scouting (hereafter referred to as the GSS).

Some of the highlights you need to be aware of include the following:

  • Two-deep leadership at all times
  • Medical forms on hand for all participants
  • Married adults only in quarters or tents
  • Children only in quarters or tents with parents or with other children
  • No one should enter anyone else’s tent for any reason
  • There must be an Adult partner with each Cub Scout
  • Adults only manage camp stoves, lanterns, fire, etc.
  • Buddy system – no lone rangers!
  • Leave no trace
  • Smoking must be not only in designated areas, but out of sight from scouts
  • Shoes at all times.
    These must cover the entire foot (i.e., no sandals, crocs, flip-flops, or bare feet)
  • No pets
  • Alcoholic beverages are strictly forbidden
  • No firearms, bows or ammunition
  • No sheath knives are permitted in camp
  • Knife handling-Cubs can carry a knife if they have earned and carry the Whittling Chip
  • Trash – Each person is responsible for taking trash either home or to the designated area

You are welcome to read the GSS in it’s entirety online at:

http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/GSS/toc.aspx

Conduct

All electronic diversions (Music players, Game consoles, etc.) are to be left at home. Please limit cell phone use to what is needed.  We’re here to enjoy the outdoors.

There may be other groups at this camp while we are there, and we want them to have the best impression of scouting possible.

Inclement Weather

We always have a weather radio with us when camping.  If bad weather is coming, pack leadership will make the call on staying or going. You are welcome to decide to ditch out at any point you feel the need, but please let your den leader know before you leave camp.

Our goal in pack camping is to provide a fun, positive, outdoor experience for the entire family, such that there is excitement about the next event.  As such, we’ll camp if there is light precipitation or intermittent rain, but won’t (knowingly) camp in extreme weather.

Meals

Unless otherwise noted, all meals are done at the den or family level.  After the Saturday night camp fire, the Pack will provide s’mores fixins’, please have a stick ready.  Friday night meals are be on your own (either stopping on the way down or brown bag). Information about individual meal responsibility will be noted when a camping event is publicized.

What to Bring

The pack does not have any camping gear (cookware and serving).  It will be den or family responsibility to bring cookware, food stuffs, drinks, plates, and silverware. Therefore, what you need are personal items, namely the following:

  • Good attitude
  • A tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow and camping mattress (if you so desire)
  • Any needed medications (must be administered by parents)
  • Something to sit on (lawn chair)
  • A rain poncho (there are some really cheap ones out there at wal-mart)
  • Class B uniform (pack T-shirt) for most activities
  • Class A uniform for Cub o’ Rees, not on Pack camping trips
  • Appropriate clothes for the weather
  • Appropriate footwear
  • Fishing gear (depending upon itinerary)
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight.  The pack recommends the kinds you wear on your head.

In Closing

We realize this sounds like a lot just for the simple act of going camping.  However, camping with your family and camping with under the auspices (and insurance) of BSA are not the same thing.