Fall Camping & Shooting Sports

Pine Tree Education & Environmental Center

October 13-15

Give to Den Leader by 10/6:

Just Shooting?

  • Arrive: Sat, 10/14, 12:45pm
  • Depart: Sat, 10/14, 3:00pm

Camp Arrivals

    • Experienced Campers: Fri, 10/13, 6:00pm
    • Everyone Else: Sat, 10/14, 9:00am

** Late arrivals may miss Shooting Sports **

Camp Departures

    • Sun, 10/15, about 10:00am - after...
      • all Pack gear is packed and loaded
      • campsites are left better than they were found

Shooting Sports

Scouts will be taught the parts of a bow, arrow, and BB gun. They will be given step-by-step, hands-on instruction on safe use. Safety gear will be issued to every participant. The range is supervised and operated by a certified Range Master. Targets will be standard bulls-eye targets, and will never be an animal, person, or representation thereof.

Scouts will go to each of the two stations - Archery and BB Guns - with their Den, at a designated time. Sessions will last 45-60 minutes, including instruction. Expect to fire three arrows and three BBs. Shooting-only participants will be assigned to the 1:00pm and 2:00pm time slots for archery and BBs. A schedule will be posted at camp.

All persons must strictly obey instructions given by the Range Master. Failure to do so will result in being ejected from the range.

Lion Cubs (Kindergarteners) may not participate.

If time allows, siblings in Grades 1-5 will be assigned to a "Sibling Den". Older siblings are encouraged to join a Boy Scout Troop or Venture Crew (co-ed) to experience age-appropriate shooting events.

If you have concerns about your Scout participating in a shooting event, please contact the Cubmaster, Mr. Garriel, who also happens to be a certified Range Master.

Many Hands Make Light Work

A Scout is Helpful. Be the example that others follow. The path to happiness is to give happiness to others... but if that doesn't work, try doing the dishes. Everyone is expected to pitch-in and help. Camp is not a hotel. Camp is not a restaurant. There will be a duty sheet. Please take on some of these duties or anything you see that needs work. Have youths help you with those tasks. Just please, please, please - help. Nothing chaps a volunteer's hide more than him/her giving all he's/she's got while others sit around and comment.

What's Provided:

  • Food & Drink
    • Bug Juice (Kool-Aid), Mediocre Coffee, Tap Water
    • Friday
      • Campfire Snack
    • Saturday
      • B'fast - TBD (Oatmeal, Pop Tarts?)
      • Lunch - TBD (Hot Dogs, PB& J, Chips?)
      • Dinner - TBD. (Tacos, Corn?)
      • Campfire Snack
    • Sunday
      • B'fast - TBD (Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage?)
  • Campground "Amenities"
    • Port-a-Potty, maybe Flush Toilets, but a significant distance away
    • A covered pavilion (for meal service)
    • Saturday Evening turn down service... Ask me to turn down your sleeping bag and I'll turn you down. Thanks, I'll be here all week.

What you should bring:

  • Dinner on Friday (better: eat before you go!)
  • Tent
  • Ground Cloth / Plastic (for under tent)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Cot, Air Mattress or Sleeping Pad
  • Insect Repellent (better: 100% DEET bug spray)
  • A backpack with The Six Cub Scout Essentials
    • Flashlight
    • Personal First Aid Kit
    • Hat / Sunscreen
    • Whistle (in case of you are lost)
    • High-calorie snack (trail mix)
    • Bottled Water, or a bottle to hold water
  • Appropriate Clothes, plus...
    • Cub Scout Uniform ("Class A")
    • Cub Scout Activity Shirt ("Class B")
    • Poncho or raincoat
  • Chair (lawn/camp chair)
  • Personal Hygiene Gear / Toiletries


Can we come for just the Shooting Sports and not camp?

Yes. Technically, Pack 184 is camping. Garden State Council is holding a Shooting Sports event (safety guidelines dictate this). We really want you to experience camp, but if you only want to participate in Shooting Sports, you may. Arrive by 12:45pm. Depart at approximately 3:00pm after last shooting session. The cost for "Just Shooting" is $5 per participant.

Can my Scout skip Shooting Sports?

Yes, but please take the time to discuss with a leader. Shooting opportunities for Cub Scouts are very limited, and often are a highlight of Scouting that is remembered for a lifetime. Shooting Sports are free for all eligible campers, time and age permitting.

Why are Shooting Sports free for campers, but "Just Shooting" is $5?

Partly to spread facility rental fees across all users, but mostly because a nominal fee is a simple way to discourage no-shows from taking spots on a very limited schedule/resource.

Why is Friday only open to "experienced campers?"

We cannot arrive at camp until 6:00pm. That leaves less than 30 minutes before sunset to meet with the camp master, unload Pack gear, unload personal gear, setup lanterns, camp kitchen, first aid station, and fire station. Once those tasks are completed, we can then begin setting up our personal tents and sleeping bags. Novice campers often have trouble setting up tents, and even in good weather it is very difficult and frustrating to figure that out in the dark.

Can we "camp" for the day, but not stay overnight?

Yes, but... part of the personal growth your Scout will experience is from actually camping overnight. Talk with other parents or a leader about what concerns you may have. We've all "been there" at some time or another. If you still wish to just stay the day, plan on staying until about 10:00pm for a full experience. There is no discount for day "camping".

Can my family leave for a prior commitment (e.g., soccer game)?

If you need to leave on Saturday for another commitment, you may, but you must sign-out on the roster. If you leave without signing out, an emergency search and rescue may be initiated. There are sirens and lots and lots of paperwork involved. MAKE SURE YOU SIGN OUT!

Can I leave my kids with you?

No, you can't leave your kids with us at camp. Cub Scout camping is Family Camping. If you need to step out for a brief moment, please see a leader and discuss the situation.

Can I leave early on Sunday?

Only if you want everyone else grumbling about you not pitching in! You should plan on helping break down camp and leaving when the group is dismissed. That's usually about 10:00am.

Can I bring my extended family?

Use your best judgement. There's a story about one trip, many years ago that was used as a family reunion. Bring your family; be considerate of the purpose of the trip. You decide who you should bring.

Can I have a visitor?

Preferably not, but it depends. Ideally, visitors are known in advance, on the roster, and have a medical form completed. In reality, sometimes you need someone to drop something off that you forgot, or maybe a parent wants to snap a picture of their son at camp, etc.. Please limit visitors to 1 hour or less, and to those who are well-known to others. Mom is fine; "My cousin's best friend's roommate" should not visit. All visitors must sign in/out on the camp roster.

Someone in my family has special dietary needs. Can you accommodate them? Can we get a discount?

No. Our "restaurant" operates for one day. We buy the food on the same day that we're loading & unloading all of the Pack's camping gear. Food shopping has to be simple, affordable, and fast. We make what's on the menu, and that's it. If you want to bring your own food, you may cook it in our makeshift camp kitchen. Please be mindful that it's a very small kitchen, and you should give priority use to the large group meal preparation.

What's the deal with bathrooms?

Scout Camps (e.g., Pine Hill, Pine Tree, Grice, Roosevelt, Citta) typically have port-a-potties near the site, and flush toilets in a distant building; plan on bringing a flashlight and walking at least a few hundred feet for a flush toilet. Other non-Scout campgrounds may have more primitive facilities (pit toilets / outhouse).

Can different families share a tent? Can youths have "sleepovers"?

No. All persons in a tent must be from one family group. Never enter another family's tent. Never invite someone into your tent. See statement on Youth Protection below.

Can I borrow camping gear?

If you need to borrow camping gear, you may be able to borrow some from a friendly Boy Scout Troop. We can introduce you to the Troop leaders, but you are ultimately responsible for the arrangements.

Who can carry a pocket knife?

Knives may be carried only by adults and by Cub Scouts who have earned their Whittling Chip (Bears & Webelos). Knives should be appropriate for the task. For all camping trips, that means a folding pocket knife. Boy Scouts who have their Totin' Chip may carry knives. Girl Scouts may carry knives with appropriate documentation from their Troop. Other youths may never carry knives. Irresponsible knife usage may result in temporary confiscation of knife.

Can I smoke?

All camps are smoke-free. Just take a short walk to the parking lot, away from the kids, and be mindful of forest fires.

Can I bring alcohol?

No Alcohol. Very strictly enforced. Don't bring it. You will be kicked out of camp.

Important Information - Youth Protection

This is not legal-ese. Read it. Understand it. Ask questions if you have them.

As we embark on another camping trip, you should be aware of the youth protection training that all of our registered leaders have taken. Please refer to the youth protection guide that is in every Scout Handbook for detailed information on BSA's policies. As your Scout earns this year's rank, you will be asked to review and sign this for one of his rank requirements. Please do so earnestly, as each of our leaders do.

Key Points to remember for this trip:

  • Two-Deep Leadership - No child is ever to be alone with just one adult (unless it's his/her parent).
  • One-on-one contact between adults and youths is prohibited.
  • Tents are to be shared by family members only.
    • Tents are a private space. NEVER enter someone else's tent.
    • Youths may not have a "sleepover" in another family's tent.
    • These rules apply to EVERYONE, youths and adults.
  • Showers & Bathrooms
    • Whenever possible, separate shower and latrine facilities should be provided for male/female adults and male/female youth. If separate facilities are not available, separate shower times should be scheduled and posted.
  • No hazing
  • No bullying
  • No secret organizations
  • Leaders are trained to...
    • Recognize that anyone could be a molester
    • Respond when someone is doing something that goes against your gut or against safety guidelines
    • Report attempted or actual molestation of any activity that you think is wrong to a parent or other trusted adult.
  • Mandatory Report of Child Abuse - All persons involved in Scouting shall report to local authorities any good-faith suspicion or belief that any child is or has been physically or sexually abused, physically or emotionally neglected, exposed to any form of violence or threat, exposed to any form of sexual exploitation, including the possession, manufacture, or distribution of child pornography, online solicitation, enticement, or showing of obscene material. You may not abdicate this reporting responsibility to any other person.
    • If in immediate danger, call 911.
    • Then call 1-877-NJ ABUSE (1-877-652-2873)
    • Then call Garden State Council's Scout Executive, Kevin Bishop - 609.261.5850 x218
    • Finally, file BSA's standard reporting form with Council - http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/680-676_WEB.pdf