Summer Camp FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions
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Day Camp

Resident Camp

Safety in Camp

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Q: What are the dates of Summer Camp in 2018?

A: Resident Camp is August 5-10 and Day Camp is August 13-17.

Q: What is the cost of Resident Camp vs. Day Camp?

A: A $50 deposit per named Scout camper is due no later than March 1, 2018. If paid in full by May 1, 2018, the fee will be $415 for Resident Camp and $250 for Day Camp. Reservations made after May 1, 2015 will be parents responsibility and can possibly incur a $50 Late Fee. Reservations will be made as a contingent by Krista Kennedy. Do not register yourself.

Q: Are the fees refundable?

A: The Connecticut Rivers Council must commit financial resources to purchase equipment, hire staff, and otherwise prepare to provide the high quality programs in our camps they have come to be
expected. Participants therefore must also make a financial commitment to attend. Refund requests made before June 15th will be for the amount paid minus $50. Requests after June 15th will be for
the amount paid minus $75. All requests for refund consideration are to be in writing and sent either in the form of a letter to: CT Rivers Council, Attn: Jim Waters, 60 Darlin St, East Hartford,
CT 06108 or email Jim.

Q: What is the difference between Resident Camp vs. Day Camp?

A: Resident camp is a 6 day, 5 night experience whereas Day Camp is a 5 day experience.

Q: What rank do you think should attend Resident Camp over Day Camp?

A: Day camp is suited well for Scouts ranks Wolf through Webelos or Scouts entering second to fifth grade. Resident camp is suited better for older Scouts, mainly Webelos or Scouts entering
fourth or fifth grade, or younger Scouts accompanied by a parent.

Q: When and where should we go to sign up? 

A: Sign up by clicking here and filling out the online form once available. Your $50 deposit is due no later than March 1st. Please make checks payable to Pack 23 and send to TBD. Final Payment is due no later than May 1, 2015. Reservations reserved

Q: Will financial assistance be available?

A: The Connecticut Rivers Council will continue to award camperships to assist Scouts in need of funds to attend camp who might not otherwise do so. The annual campership fund is limited and fluctuates from year to year. Similar to Webelos crossovers and new Scouts, campership Scouts will also be afforded the lowest possible rate to attend camp. The unit process for paying for these Scouts is to be determined. To apply, click here.

Q: I’d like to attend camp with my son. How does this work?

A: We encourage parent participation for summer camp activities. Our adult volunteers or Scouters as we like to call them, they are essential to the success of the experience. In your role as a Scouter however, you are a Scouter first and a parent second. You have more scouts to serve than just your child. There’s a corollary there as you don’t make things more difficult for your son because you are there. So when you are a Scouter, let your child be a scout and when you are a parent let you son be your son. Know the difference between the two roles and try not to switch between them while at camp, and you son and the other scouts will have a successful experience.

Q: What does a day at Day Camp look like?

A: Scouts arrive at Camp around 8:00 am each morning. Parents and Adult Volunteers are briefed on the days activities, and any questions about the schedule are answered at a Leader meeting. Scouts will then congregate for Parade and a song. Then they will move to their first station of the day which begins around 9:15 am. Each station consumes an hour of the day, with about 6 sessions happening each day with an hour for lunch. Lunch is a bag lunch brought from home. Scouts will partake in BB gun shooting, archery, swimming, crafts, bouldering, nature, and scoutcraft throughout the week, with swimming, BB gun and archery happening each day. The day completes with Parade again at 5:15.

Q: Do I need to drop off my son at Camp Workcoeman each day?

A: Families usually coordinate a car pool schedule during the week to alleviate each parent driving their son to camp. We ask for at least three chaperone’s per day for the day campers. These parents will also car pool some of the scouts to camp with them. There may be a need for additional drivers depending on the number of scouts that attend.

Q: What awards will my son earn while at Day Camp?

A: The purpose is not advancement. If advancement happens as part of fun engaging program, great!  But it is not the focus of day camp.

Q: Who chaperone’s my Scout?

A: At least two registered leaders must attend per the BSA guidelines of Youth Protection. Additional adults, and/or register Boy Scout Den Chiefs can assist in the leadership duties during the week.

Q: What awards will my Scout work on while at Resident Camp?

A: Webelos II’s will be working on activity pins that are not required for Arrow of Light. Webelos I’s will be working on Adventure Pins not required for their Webelos Badge. Bear Scouts will be working on Adventure Loop Electives. Specifics as to which requirements will be made available in the Spring.

Q: What is the meal plan like?

A: Typical breakfast meals are pancakes, eggs, waffle and french toast sticks. Cereal, Milk, Juice and water is also available as well as fresh fruit and yogurt most mornings. Lunches are typically cold cuts, grilled cheese, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets. Each meal is usually complimented by a starch and a fruit and/or vegetable. Dinner can be chicken fajitas, chili, grilled pork chops or chicken, or Pasta with meatballs. Salad is also served along with potatoes, rolls, applesauce and vegetables. Dessert is made available after lunch and dinner. No nuts are served, though PB&J is served as an alternative to the daily lunch offering.

Q: What should my Scout bring to camp?

A: Scouts should plan for a full week of fun at scout camp. Scouts are expected to bring their Complete Scout Uniform on a hanger. They should also bring Comfortable Hiking Shoes or Sneakers, just no open toed shoes. Scouts can use water shoes at the waterfront and in the showers. You should also pack extra shorts, pants, and two swim trunks. Several T-shirts and a sweatshirt are encouraged, as well as daily change of Underwear and Socks. A raincoat or poncho is suggested as well. Pajamas should be packed as well.

A Sleeping Bag is preferred as temperatures can dip at night. Scouts should bring their pillow as a mosquito net and PVC pipes and zip ties to hold it in place. This is a must as the bunks are on open platforms. Scouts should also bring a Flashlight with extra batteries and some spending cash for the Trading Post. Toiletries should include a toothbrush and toothpaste, comb or brush and soap and shampoo. Scouts should pack their gear in large duffle bags, or a foot locker which can be more secure and used as a table within the tent.

Q: What is a good storage locker to purchase for my scout’s gear?

A: Instead of using duffle bags, and a good investment if you believe your son will stay in scouting would be to purchase a foot locker. There are various types, including the Sterilite 1842 Foot Locker. This medium sized foot locker provides your scout with enough storage for their week at camp, while providing the space for their clothing and other supplies. The dimensions are perfect as the trunk is the right height to slide under the bunk when not in use. The trunk can also double as a table for scouts to play card games on.

Q: Does my Scout sleep in a tent or in a cabin?

A: Scouts will sleep in a tent on an elevated platform. The tent is fully waterproof and provides them shelter at night. The sturdy platform provides a strong footing for tent bunks.

Q: Does my Scout have access to running water or a shower?

A: Yes, plenty of clean drinking water is available through the camp site. Bathroom and shower facilities are on site as well.

Q: If I go to resident camp with my son, do I bunk in the same tent?

A: You can but it’s encouraged that your son bunks with other scouts. We will do out best to ensure even numbers or request a leaders tent that can sleep 3 scouts. This however is up to the Camp
to decide which pack get’s the benefit of the leaders tent.

Q: Do both men and women sleep in the same tent?

A: No, Tents are by gender, even if a husband and wife attend.

Q: Can my son bring a cell phone to call home if he gets lonely?

A: No, It’s recommended that scouts don’t call home. Calling home using causes the scout to become more homesick. Instead the Pack leaders keep the scouts engaged so that they don’t even think of home. Some parents write letters, or provide care packages that their scout can open each day while they are at camp. Suggested items are snacks, a couple dollars for the trading post, and words of encouragement to help them while they are away.

Q: Are medical staff available?

A: Yes, Medical Staff is at the camp 24 hours a day. They are equipped with beds in case your scout gets sick and needs to stay within the medical hut or until you can come and pick them up. Additionally, every scout is expected to have a health form filled out, located here, and brought to the camp orientation session held later this fall. All prescriptions will be housed at the Medical Center. Pack 23 leaders will escort the scouts down to the medical center for each days dose.

Q: My son is a basic swimmer. How can I be assured his safety in the water?

A: The waterfront is staffed by Certified Lifeguards and Waterfront Staff. Pack leaders all help out on the docks by using 15 foot poles that scouts can hold onto if they get tired in the water. The water front is broken up into three areas and all scouts are administered a swim test when they begin camp. Each of the three areas are classified by the type of swimmer that can go in. Basic, Intermediate, and Strong swimmers will be classified into each of these areas. Only the strongest swimmers are allowed in the large area with swim platform to ensure aquatic safety.

Q: What if my son becomes ill the week before camp?

A: Please watch your scout the week before for illnesses. The last thing you want to do is send your scout to camp if they are presenting with an illness the week before camp. Simply notify Pack leadership and we’ll work to see if we can get a refund for their week at camp.

Q: What if my son becomes ill while at camp?

A: Medical staff is present at all times at camp. If your son becomes ill while at camp he will be escorted to the Medical Lodge by two scout leaders, where they will be assessed by the medical staff. If the illness requires them to leave camp you will be notified to come to pickup your son to bring him home. The adult leadership will take care of his gear, and if your scout is able to return for part of the week, they are welcome to do so.