Camp Rules

ACA Camp Lake Sebago

Rules and Regulations

2019 Season

 ACA Camp SB2 Rules and Regulations 2019 Season

1. Welcome

ACA Camp SB2 on Lake Sebago, Harriman State Park, is unique in offering ACA members an opportunity to engage in paddlesport in a setting rich in both natural and manmade resources. We encourage you to visit and use the facilities. While members and guests do use the camp at their own risk, certain agreed-upon rules and regulations will promote and enhance the well-being of anyone visiting the camp.

Therefore, to a) encourage paddlesport, b) enhance and promote the safety, well-being and enjoyment of each individual in the use of the camp, c) preserve and protect the camp’s natural and manmade resources for current and future generations, and d) comply with applicable federal, state and local regulations, the Camp Committee of the Atlantic Division of the American Canoe Association hereby establishes the following rules and regulations to govern the conduct of ACA members and guests during their stay at ACA Camp SB2.

2. Camp Director

The camp director is a ready source of information and assistance for members and guests. The Camp Committee is pleased to have as this season’s Camp Director Linda Peterson. Her cabin is C-525 and is located near the pavilion. The camp director supervises on all camp matters. The camp director approves all camp events, programs, races and group activities. Anyone wishing to hold an event, program, race or group activity at the camp must obtain permission from the camp director by applying one month in advance.

3. Season

ACA Camp SB2’s season extends from May 1st through October 15th of each year. Boating is not allowed in the off-season.  Anyone on camp property during the off-season without prior permission is trespassing. State Park Police will remove and may fine such individuals. Members may also lose camp privileges.

4. Members and Guests

Any ACA member in good standing may use the camp, subject to the camp rules and fees.  ACA adult members may bring guests into camp. A guest is defined as any non-ACA member.  The same guest may only utilize the camp for one day or for one overnight and then will need to join the ACA in order to visit camp a second time or in order to stay any additional overnights.  Prior ACA members may not be considered guests.  Members are responsible for their guests’ behavior. Members wishing to bring more than six guests must obtain prior permission from the camp director.  For each guest there is a $20 per calendar day daily fee for adults and a $10 per calendar day daily fee for minors.  All guests must see camp director upon arrival. 

  The camp accepts no responsibility for supervision of minors. Any individual thirteen and under must be always accompanied by a parent or a responsible adult. Non-members visiting without an ACA host member must first obtain permission from the camp director.

Pets are not allowed in camp. Seeing-eye dogs are allowed. Please see the camp director for any questions. 

5. Entrance Procedures

ACA members are responsible for bringing their membership cards. Entrance to the camp is via the cable gate located on Seven Lakes Drive. The cable gate must be kept locked at all times.  Immediately upon arrival everyone must register at the pavilion or main parking lot. Everyone entering camp for the first time each season must sign the current season’s waiver.  Every member and guest, including all minors, must have a signed waiver on file.

Daily use fees are charged for the May 1st through October 15th camp season. Fees must be paid upon arrival, unless the member has already purchased a season pass. Fees should be placed in the envelope provided and placed in the box located at the pavilion, unless otherwise instructed by the camp director. Fee envelope information must be completely filled out for the fee to be properly processed.

Anyone staying overnight must re-register at the pavilion each morning so that an accurate daily camp census is maintained.

The camp director or designee is available to assist members and guests with filling out registration information, paying daily use fees, obtaining season passes, filling out waivers, and filling out ACA membership applications.

6. Enjoying and Preserving the Camp’s Resources

Fires are only permitted in pre-approved fireplaces or on camping stoves. A responsible adult must attend to the fire at all times. Sand or water should be kept near approved fireplaces for extinguishing fires. Ground fires are prohibited.  Fishing is permitted except from the swimming dock. Fishing is subject to the regulations of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  Individuals are responsible for throwing out their trash in the green dumpster located in the main parking area. Littering is prohibited. Dish washing at the lake or latrine is prohibited.  Disturbing animal or plant life is prohibited. Cutting down any vegetation is prohibited. Changes to docks, paths, roads, parking areas, buildings, or any facility are prohibited without prior written permission from the camp committee. Members and guests should respect the rights and privacy of others and shall maintain quiet between the hours of 10 pm and 7 am.

7. Overnight Stay

Those wishing to stay overnight must use an assigned cabin, tent platform or the designated camping area. This is arranged through the Rental Cabins Committee or by permission of the camp director.  Overnight sleeping is prohibited in cars, vehicles or any public facilities or rooms. Overnight sleeping on any dock is prohibited.

8. Boating Regulations

The camp does not supply boats or equipment. Clubs, members and guests may bring their own boats and boating equipment to camp, subject to camp rules and regulations. Boats are to be stored above ground on assigned racks as designated by the camp director.  All boats stored in camp must have an “ACA” insignia or “ACA SB2” in three-inch high letters affixed to the exterior.  There must be one PFD in the boat for each person in the boat. Any individual under the age of sixteen must wear a PFD while in any boat.   Any individual under the age of thirteen near the waterfront or on a dock must be accompanied by a parent or a responsible adult.  Docks must be kept free of boats, paddles and personal property except when launching or recovering boats.  Launching or recovering boats is only allowed from an ACA camp dock. Boats are not to be fastened to or placed upon the swimming float. Boats may be launched from any dock except the main swimming area, with one exception: handicapped individuals may secure their boats to the swimming dock while swimming, with the prior approval of the camp director. Otherwise, boats are prohibited from the swimming area.  Wind surfing is prohibited. Boating after dark is prohibited. Gasoline engines are prohibited.

9. Swimming Regulations

Swimming is only permitted during supervised swim periods. Supervised swim periods are supervised by either a) a certified lifeguard or b) two responsible adults, one of whom must remain on the swim dock to monitor water activities. The supervising adults must be obeyed.  Minors must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.  Swimming is only allowed in the designated swimming area or in the crib area. Diving is only allowed from the float or the end of the swimming dock.

Swimming alone or at night is prohibited. Members and guests must exercise care in and around the swimming dock. Running and horseplay are not allowed.  Children less than eighteen years of age must, without exception, pass a deep-water swimming test before they will be allowed in the deep water. The swimming test is given by the lifeguard on duty. Children who successfully complete the swimming test will have their names recorded in the swim book.  The use of PFDs, the use of inflatable water devices including tubes, rafts or inflatable swimming aids, and the use of skin diving equipment including masks, fins and snorkels are prohibited. Swim goggles are permitted.  Swimming is not allowed from any boat.  Fishing and boating are not permitted from the main swimming dock. Food, beverages, soap and shampoo are not permitted near the swimming dock.

Failure to follow the swimming regulations may result in penalties including loss of swimming privileges or suspension of camp privileges. 

10. Vehicles

Vehicles must obey the posted five-mile-an-hour speed limit.  Vehicles may only be parked in designated parking areas. Your vehicle must be parked completely off the blacktop road when in camp.  Boat trailers may be stored in an area designated by the camp director. Mobile campers are only permitted with the advance permission of the camp director.  The camp director has the authority to direct traffic and parking as needed for the good of the camp.

11. Prohibited Activities

Hunting and the carrying of firearms, air guns, slingshots, bows and arrows, or harpoon-type equipment are not allowed.  ACA members and guests are not allowed to enter the grounds or swimming areas of neighboring camps.  Bicycles, roller skates, rollerblades and skateboards may not be used at the pavilion. Bicycling is allowed in other areas provided that the bike operator and any passenger are wearing helmets.

12. Penalties

Infractions of rules may result in suspension of camp privileges by the camp director and fines and/or arrest by the Park Police