Caving (Sign up before camp using Online
Eagle Cave at Chimney Mountain in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area, about sixty miles
from Read Reservation, is the largest wild cave in the Adirondacks. Participation is
limited to mature Scouts, at least fourteen years of age, and their leaders. The activity
requires basic knowledge of rock climbing and rappelling. Group size including adults: no
more than twelve persons. Payment of the fee accompanied by the parent/guardian signed
permission slip (available below) must be received at the Council Service
Center at least one week in advance of the Troop's arrival at Camp.
Scheduled for each Wednesday, the timing of these trips is dependent upon
the number of cavers signed up for this activity. (The time in the cave will
be the same for each group.) The first group will leave Read Scout
Reservation by council Yukon immediately after breakfast and return to Read
about 5:00 PM. Lunch is provided; the second group will leave Read at about
2:00 PM and return to Camp at about 10:00 PM after having had dinner at a
restaurant in Indian Lake hamlet (cost of meals included in the fee).
Each participant should have the items noted on the equipment
list, below. Trips will be led by a professional licensed Adirondack guide.
A minimum of five people is needed to operate the trip. These five can be
from a combination of units.
Cost in 2013: $45.00 per person, youth or adult.
- Personal medical form (from the Health Officer)
- Hiking boots
- One pair of shorts
- An extra T shirt
- One pair of long pants
- One sweat shirt or light jacket
- One water bottle or canteen filled with water
- day pack
- A personal flashlight
Meet the challenges of rapids on the swift flowing Sacandaga River, at Lake
Luzerne (Rt. 9N). The outfitter is Wild Waters Outdoor Center. Cost in 2013: $20.00 per person, payable in advance
to Read Reservation. Units must provide their own transportation for this activity. Permission slip (available below) is required for each Scout.
Whitewater Rafting is a half day program . Two deep leadership with one
leader at least 21 years of age is required. We encourage you to sign up at
one of the leader’s meetings or utilizing our web site. Reservations must
be made with the Camp Director at the time of the leaders’ meeting the
evening of the first day in Camp. Pre-registered units should also confirm
their arrangements and number participating at that time. Detailed paper
work and necessary instructions will also be supplied.
The rafting outfitter uses ten person rafts; six persons take turns paddling with
directions from the raft guide. If there are ten or more persons from your unit, the adult
leader goes free. The leader from your unit is responsible to maintain proper discipline
throughout this activity.
It is important to plan appropriately to arrive on time for the rafting
experience. All participants must have
some type of shoes they can wear in the water and that will stay on.
(Prior registration recommended)
A week of high adventure programs for youth
14 or older. This program is a huge hit with all who participated. The
program takes place afternoons, Monday through Thursday. The group
hikes into the Pharaoh Wilderness and camps Thursday evening to return
to Summit Base Friday morning. Actvities include rock climbing on
larger walls than we offer in camp, kayaking and hiking. Group size is
limited to 8; register early! This
program can be found in the
advancement section of our online
Complete details on the Adirondack Challenge program can be found here.
Brant Lake Canoeing
(No prior registration needed)
Spend a day paddling on 6-mile long Brant Lake, eating lunch on the water. Transportation
and canoes as available. Cost: flat charge of $25.00 for groups of up to 14 persons. Unit
leadership must meet the BSA Standards for "Safety Afloat", publication #7368.
Most of the shoreline of Brant Lake is private. Thus, put-in and pick-up locations are
limited. Reservations must be made with the Camp Director at the time of the Leaders
Meeting in the evening of the first day the unit is in camp.
Backpacking (No prior registration needed)
Summit Base can help outfit your troop for an overnight (or longer) backpacking trip into
the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness area. New York State Health Department rules apply. See
below: Standards for Day or Overnight Hiking Trips Out of
Camp for leadership requirements. Cost in 2012: Food, fresh or trail - $5 per
person, per meal (trail food subject to availability, several months notice
requested). Reservations must be made with Summit Base as early as
possibly. Bring your own tents, stoves, cooking equipment, etc. Summit
Base can also assist with securing necessary permits - these should be
applied for at least a month prior to the planned trip. Contact Summit
Base: infosummitbase.com or
Standards for Day
or Overnight Hiking Trips Out of Camp
- At least two (2) deep adult leadership is required. One adult must be at least 21 years
of age. An adult is 18 years or age or older. At least one (1) adult experienced in
leading a Scout hike must be included.
- At least one (1) adult leader must be certified in American Red
Cross Responding to Emergencies or the equivalent. A first aid kit must
be carried. There must be two leaders who have current certification in
ARC CPR for the Professional Rescuer or the equivalent.
- If swimming is to be part of the program, the leaders must be trained in the BSA Safe
Swim Defense Program. At least one (1) lifeguard 17 years of age or older certified in
American Red Cross Lifeguarding or the equivalent, must be provided for every 15 swimmers.
The ratio of leaders and lifeguards to swimmers shall not be less than 1:10.
- The individual members of the hiking group should be properly equipped with all of the
necessary articles for the trip, considering weather and all other conditions. Map and
compass are essential. Adequate water supply for each person is necessary. If overnight,
supplies to treat available water must be provided. Depending upon distance and scope of
the activity, equipment and supplies to be carried may require emergency food, raingear,
small flashlights, additional clothing. "Strike Anywhere" matches are essential
to any trip in the Forest Preserve. Leader must carry a whistle. (Consult the Scout
Handbook and the Fieldbook for other items).
- Information in the Camp's check-out log must include the names of youth and adults,
their ages, time of departure, time of return. Prior notice to and the approval by the
Camp Director is required. Logging back into camp is as important as logging out.
- If the trip out of camp involves the use of a motor vehicle, all of the BSA standards
pertaining to such use must be followed. Also, the log must include the vehicle license