Camping Rules

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
  • separate shower and bathroom facilities for respective genders
  • privacy - no peeking
  • married adults only in quarters
  • children only in quarters with parents or with other children
  • 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

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


All electronic diversions (phones, game devices, 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, we ditch out. You are welcome to decide to ditch out at any

point you feel the need, but please let the camping coordinator 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.

Duty Roster

Pack camping is a group activity, including meals. For a group this size

that means there will be a duty roster figured out for each meal. There's

plenty of hands to make this easy.


Unless otherwise noted, all meals are group meals. It may be that Friday

night meals may be on your own (brown bag). Information about individual

meal responsibility will be noted when a camping event is publicized.

What to Bring

The pack has the bulk of the gear (cookwear and serving) for the

group camp kitchen. Therefore what you need are personal items, namely the


  • 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 the campfire program
  • appropriate clothes for the weather
  • appropriate footwear
  • fishing gear (depending upon itinerary)
  • toiletries
  • flashlight. I recommend the kinds you wear on your head.

In Closing

I realize this sounds like a lot just for the simple act of going camping. However, camping with your family

and camping with 50+ boys under the auspices (and insurance) of BSA are not the same thing.