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By Tom Chlupsa
Heading out on a trail ride

Activities Overview
The Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation is a unique mixture of advancement and high adventure activities. For your boys to enjoy both, activities must be carefully reviewed and scheduled.

Read offers two types of activities - those that take place in camp and those that occur outside of the reservation. Please pay particular attention to any additional charges, transportation availability, reservation requirements and age standards.  This information is available in the detail section for each activity or in the summary chart, below.


Scheduling of Activities and Merit Badges

  • A troop cannot participate in all of the Read activities and have boys complete advancement during their time at camp.
  • We suggest you pick a few favorite activities and register at the Leaders’ meetings in March.  Registration after that time can be done by authorized units using the Unit Reservation system.
  • Distribute your Troop’s activity schedule to your Scouts at least three to five weeks before coming to camp. We have schedule cards you may choose to use. They are available through the Service Center or you can download them from here.
  • Assist your boys in filling in a reasonable merit badge or rank advancement schedule.
  • Come to camp with their schedules completed and have a great time!

By Tom Chlupsa
Giant's Ladder on the COPE course

Reservation Procedures, Receipts, Cancellation and Leadership
Reservation Procedures
Reservations for all activities will be first accepted at the first Scoutmaster’s Orientation Meeting and, then, using the Unit Reservation system.  Registering for all activities as soon as possible will help ensure your boys have ample opportunity to participate.

Current Activity Reservations 

Reservation Procedures


Reservation Cancellations
In spite of all your planning, occasionally circumstances dictate that you must reschedule or cancel an activity reservation. In fairness to other units who may desire to take advantage of an opening or outside vendors who have a cost associated with your time, all cancellations must be made at least twenty-four hours prior to your scheduled activity at the Read Central Office. If a unit does not cancel an in-camp activity at least twenty-four hours in advance, a fee of $25.00 will be charged. If a unit does not cancel an out-of-camp activity at least twenty-four hours in advance, the charge will be assessed through the vendor of the activity and may be the full cost of the scheduled activity. 

If an emergency should arise within less than 24 hours of your scheduled activity, please inform the reservation office immediately.

Adult Leadership
All groups participating in an activity must be under the supervision of an adult leader. All off-camp activities such as whitewater rafting require two-deep adult leadership.

Out of Camp Permission Form

Standards for Day or Overnight Hiking Trips Out of Camp

 


Summary of Read Activities

ACTIVITY

IN/OUT OF CAMP

REGISTER BEFORE CAMP?

MINIMUM AGE

ADDITIONAL FEE

MAX. GROUP SIZE

Rock Climbing & Rappelling

In Camp

Yes

None

None

10

Climbing Tower

In Camp

Yes

None

None

15

Adirondack Challenge

In and Out of Camp

Yes

14

None

8

Indoor Climbing Wall

In Camp

Yes

None

None

15

Zip Line

In Camp

Yes

None-swimmer

None

25

Low COPE

In Camp

Yes

None

None

12

Horse Trail Rides

In Camp

Yes

None

$13/hour per person

8

Chimney Mountain Caving

Out of Camp

Yes

14

$45

12

Whitewater Rafting

Out of Camp

Yes

None

$20

None

Outpost Camping on Read

In Camp

No

None

None

None

Caving at Waubeeka

In Camp

No

None

None

20

COPE High Course

In Camp

No

13 as of Jan 1 of current year

None

None

Troop Aquatic Events

In Camp

No

None

None

None

Troop Shoots

In Camp

No

12 for Rifle / 13 for shotgun

Ammunition for shotgun

None

Brant Lake Canoeing

Out of Camp

No

None

$25/group

14

Overnight Backpacking

Out of Camp

No

None

$4 per person per meal

none

 

 

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