Fall Camping

Pine Tree Education and Environmental Center

December 7-9

Give To Den Leader by 11/20:

If you RSVP, we're buying the food & paying for the campsite.You owe the money, even if you do not show.Your Scout may not participate in any meetings or activities until payment is made.Don't make us be the bad guys, please.

Camp Arrivals

    • Experienced Campers: Fri, 12/7, 6:00pm
    • Everyone Else: Sat, 12/8, 9:00am

Camp Departures

    • Sun, 12/9, about 10:00am - after...
      • all Pack gear is packed and loaded
      • campsite is left better than found

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:

  • Accomodations
    • Fully enclosed cabin
    • Shared sleeping room with 6 bunk beds (sleeps 12)
      • Bunk + Mattress only. You supply linens or sleeping bag.
    • Flush toilet
  • Food & Drink
    • Bug Juice (Kool-Aid), Mediocre Coffee, Tap Water
    • Friday
      • Campfire Snack
    • Saturday
      • B'fast - TBD
      • Lunch - TBD
      • Dinner - TBD
      • Campfire Snack
    • Sunday
      • B'fast - TBD

What you should bring:

  • Dinner on Friday (better: eat before you go!)
  • Pillow & Linens / Sleeping Bag
  • 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

F.A.Q.

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. Also, all children must be accompanied by their legal guardian. If there is a reason this cannot happen, please talk to a leader to see about making arrangements.

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