The Rules of the
Basically: The Scout Oath and Law
Every Scout and every Adult Leader must know that deliberate damage to camp property
may result in the person or persons responsible being immediately sent home without return
of fee in part or whole. The cost to replace damaged camp property may be included in the
unit's or individual's account. Best: Advise the Scouts and their parents at a unit
meeting prior to camp of this policy.
In accordance with BSA policy, each unit in camp must have at least two
adults in camp at all times. One must be a leader at least 21 years of age
and the other serves as an assistant who is at least 18 years of age.
Difficulties in locating leaders should be brought to the attention of the
Camp Administration well before going to camp. In cases where there is not
two deep leadership, the Camp Director will provide a staff member over 18
at an additional charge. Please advise the reservation office of any
leadership changes that take place during your week(s) in camp.
Every Adult must be trained in the BSA Youth Protection Program. If a
Troop leader (or any Adult Assistant) has not received such training, time
will be provided within the first twenty-four hours of arrival for an
introduction to youth protection training. Youth protection training is also
available on line here.
Each unit in camp must submit a roster of all persons (adult and
youth) in camp. Units are strongly encouraged to utilize the on-line
advancement registration system. If you use this system, you will be
required to input the roster information which will be submitted
electronically through our secure system. All adults must be
registered prior to attending camp so that we may run them through
the NY State Sexual Offender Registry as required by the Health
Scouts who wish to come to camp for additional weeks, or who belong to a troop that is not
coming to camp, are invited to come to Buckskin or Waubeeka as a provisional scout.
Qualified adult leadership is provided to help scouts get the most out of their time at
Read. To apply, complete and submit the application
form, available below, along with the deposit to the council office.
For more specific information see Individual Campers.
Troop Number and Community
Camp: (Buckskin, Waubeeka, Summit Base)
Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation
1377 Palisades Rd #1
Brant Lake, NY 12815
Due to the volume of mail and packages received at camp, the use of the
complete address above is important to ensure proper delivery. We will
attempt to return items received after a Scout leaves camp. Mail is delivered Monday through Saturday. Each troop has a mailbox in the Camp office
for incoming mail.
Each camp also has a mailbox for outgoing mail in the camp office. Stamps are available
for purchase in the Trading Post.
UPS is typically the fastest package delivery service to Read
During the camp season the telephone number for the Camp Waubeeka, Camp
Buckskin and Summit Base offices is 518-494-2250. A Scout cannot be brought
to these telephones when called. A message will be sent to his campsite. We
request that these calls me kept to a minimum. Pay phones for Scout’s to use
for outgoing calls are located on the Camp Buckskin and Camp Waubeeka office
porches. An adult leader must accompany any Scout who wants to use the pay
phone. Phones are off limits to Scouts after 9:00 PM.
Emergency or Camp business calls only may be made to the
reservation office at 518-494-2228. The camp fax number is
There is good Verizon cell phone service (1X and 3G) in much of Camp Waubeeka and in isolated spots in Camp Buckskin and Summit Base. We
recommend that leaders discourage their Scouts from bringing cell
phones to camp. Valuable cell phones may be accidentally lost or
stolen, can prove to be a distraction for you and your Scouts, and
detract from the peaceful outdoor environment at Read. Verizon
has a digital cell tower in Chestertown on Panther Mountain.
AT&T has some very minimal coverage
at Read although there are hot spots outside the
Reservation. Nextel/Sprint's coverage stops above Lake George
Wireless Internet access is available around each of the camp offices and at
the reservation office. As the entire reservation shares two DSL lines this service
is meant for lightweight use only. This service is provided as a courtesy to
our adult leaders. Scouts should not bring computers to camp.
All Scouts and adults must have a physical examination by a physician within the 12 months prior to
attending camp. All Scouts and leaders must send these forms to the Council Service Center at least two
weeks prior to your arrival at Read. The address is 41 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne, NY 10532.
Admission to camp is dependent on a satisfactory medical record. Those without a completed medical
cannot be permitted to take part in actvities until we have the form in our hands. Physicals must have
an immunization history, with inoculation dates, in order to be valid. PLEASE make certain parents sign
all Scout forms. By NY State law, all Scouts who attend camp for more than one week (seven nights or
more) are required to complete an additional form about meningitis.
Exam, Class 3 [PDF, 387K]
Letter and Acknowledgement Form [PDF, 186K]
Scanning Medical Forms
Last summer many troops scanned their medical forms before coming to camp and submitted them to uss
as an aid to our efforts to digitize all of the camp medicals. Your troop's assistance is appreciated in this
effort again this summer. If you would like to scan your forms, please make each person's form a PDF.
Label the file with Troop #, Community, Last Name, First Name. For example : 1CarmelSmithJohn.
Scanned forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your help as we work to make
emergency response time quicker for your Scouts.
The Read Scout Reservation has a fully equipped Health Lodge to
provide first aid. The Reservation is staffed 24 hours a day by
qualified health personnel. All injuries, no matter how small, should
be reported to the Health Lodge or to your Camp Office. Persons with
serious injuries or illnesses requiring hospitalization will be sent
or transported to the Hudson Headwaters Health Centers or the Glens Falls Hospital. The camp has an
advance agreement for treatment at both locations.
Each person, youth or adult, who uses any medication, prescription or
non-prescription, must ensure that they bring enough to camp for
their entire stay. All medications must be in their original
containers. While at camp, all medications must be held by the camp
health officer and will be disbursed by qualified medical personnel.
Emergency medication, such as heart medication, inhalers and bee
sting pens can be held by individuals. Please ensure that your Scouts bring all of their normal medications to camp. A week
at camp is not the time to experiment with not taking medications.
The adult leaders going to camp must familiarize themselves with each youth's medical. Camp leaders
must be familiar with any allergies or special health conditions. Ensure that they are marked clearly on
each Scout's medical form.
Be sure to obtain at least three emergency contact names and phone
numbers for each of your Scouts. Keep these contacts with you in case
the Scout’s parent or primary contact cannot be reached. Please
obtain phone numbers that will be valid during the Scout’s time in
Blood Borne Pathogens
All units are encouraged to take precautions when dealing with blood
born pathogens. Gloves should be worn whenever a wound is treated.
All contaminated materials should be set to the side to be properly
disposed of by the camp health officer. Surfaces that have been
contaminated are to be disinfected by the camp health officer.
Our council carries accident and health insurance, through Health Special
Risk, Inc. (HSR), on each scout
and adult leader. The cost is included in the camping fees. Out of council units must
provide their own accident and health insurance.
In the event a scout needs medical attention by an outside health care provider, all
fees and bills should be handled in the following manner:
- Complete a claim form (available from Camp Health Officer or Council Camping Secretary)
from HSR and submit it along with the health care provider's itemized billing
statement IMMEDIATELY. HSR will automatically pay the first $300.00 on every
- Then, for claims exceeding $300.00, submit the outstanding bills to the
parent/guardian's private health insurance.
- After the parent/guardian's insurance has paid their maximum limit, the remainder of the
outstanding balance (if any) can be submitted to HSR as a continuation of the
original claim. You must provide an explanation of paid benefits from the
parent/guardian's insurance along with the claim. Although the claim is originally
submitted to HSR, the parent' guardian's health insurance is considered
primary. HSR will only make payment on claims over $300.00 after proof of
payment from the primary carrier is presented.
It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure that their son's claim (if
any) is submitted and satisfied. Please do not ask the health care providers to forward
claim information or additional bills to the Council or Camp. In the event there are
difficulties with a claim, you may contact the Camping Secretary at the Council for
information and assistance: (914) 773-1135 ext 233.
Scouts or adults who have special needs due to a physical or mental disability will be accommodated to
the best of our ability. Please inform the reservation office as soon as possible of any special needs or
equipment. Scouts or leaders who need special diets due to medical or religious requirements will be accommodated
if at all possible. Please send specific instructions to the Reservation Director at least a week
before you attend camp so we can special order the needed food items. Please include a list of what can
be eaten by the Scout or Leader.
There is a designated parking areas in each camp. At Waubeeka, it is across the road from the retreat field
and across from Cascade camp site. At Buckskin, it is on the corner of the retreat field, across the road from
the Ecology area. Personal automobiles are prohibited from campsites and program areas. Any request to
drive into a camp site or program area for health reasons must be submitted to the Reservation Director in
writing. See Buckskin Camp Map, Waubeeka Camp Map.
The speed limit on camp roads is 15 MPH.
Seatbelts must be worn by all vehicle occupants at all times. This includes when on
No one may ride in the back of a pick-up truck, or in/on a trailer under any
Anyone leaving camp during the scheduled camp session must sign out in their respective
camp office. A sign out log will be kept in each office. A scout may not leave camp with
anyone other than the unit leader or his parent or guardian, unless written permission is
provided by the parent/guardian. This form is available below.
Parents and other family members are welcome to visit camp. Visitors
are required to report to the Reservation Central Office to obtain a visitor’s
badge. The reservation does not
provide overnight family accommodations; arrangements should be made at a local motel.
Visitors may be served meals in camp. Meal reservations should be made in advance. See Tourist Information for information on local accommodations and
Guest Meal Fees:
- Breakfast: $3.00
- Lunch: $4.00
- Dinner: $5.00
- Additional Overnight: $8.00
To ensure that there is enough food at each meal, please inform
the Reservation Office two or three days before expected visitors arrive.
Due to the number of campers, seating for visitors may be limited at
some meals, particularly Sunday evenings.
Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or illegal use of prescription drugs are not permitted
in camp. Anyone found to be in possession of or under the influence of such will be asked
to leave camp.
Legal prescription drugs will be stored at the health lodge.
Personal .22 rifles and archery equipment are permitted in camp only if they are locked up
after use at the range or in the camp office. Personal ammunition is not permitted in
Under no circumstances are handguns permitted in camp.
Other Prohibited Items
In addition to items outlined above, the following items are prohibited in camp: sheath
knives, aerosol bug spray, pets, fireworks, and chain saws.
Each camp observes taps at 10:00 p.m. All scouts should be in their sites and ready to
The scouts' own flashlights furnish all of the light that is necessary. No open flames of
any type are permitted in any tent. (This includes smoking!)
Adult leaders may use propane, liquid fuel or electric lanterns out of doors.
See your commissioner regarding camp equipment. Available equipment includes rope for
pioneering projects, tools for conservation and service projects, footballs, soccer balls,
and much more.
The camp has hand-crank ice-cream makers. There is a fee of $10.00 per batch for
If your troop wishes to have an outpost experience, you may wish to bring extra
equipment, such as trail tents. We may be able to furnish you with cook kits and chef
tools. Dehydrated trail foods are available at an additional cost; 48 hours notice is
required for these. See Outpost Camping.
Suggested Equipment List
Various supplies, including latrine cleaning materials, toilet paper, trash bags, etc. are
available from the quartermaster. Tools and equipment for projects are also available from
the quartermaster. In Waubeeka the quartermaster's room is in the Commissary. Contact your commissioner to utilize this equipment in
Ecumenical services are available during each week at camp. Further details will be
available at camp.
Troop pictures will be taken on Monday of each week. The photographer will
be in Waubeeka at 11:45 A.M. and in Buckskin immediately following lunch.
The price for 8” X 10” color Troop photo will be $6.00. It is suggested
that troops collect money prior to coming to camp. Scheduling and ordering
will take place at the time that the picture is taken. Troops will pay the
photographer directly with a troop check or cash. Personal checks will
not be accepted.
The Aims and Methods of Scout Camping
Camping is the great outdoor adventure of Scouting. As a Scout becomes at home in the
outdoors he unconsciously absorbs some of the greatness of nature itself--the stillness of
the forest, the merriment of the mountain stream, the breadth of the ocean, the freedom of
the sky, the clearness of the wind, the beauty of the sunset. In working with nature to
help provide his food and comfort, the Scout learns some of the skills; resourcefulness
and self-reliance of the pioneer. The woods, the streams, the trails and the wild
creatures that inhabit them become his friends and the outdoors a lifelong source of
It is in this spirit that Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation presents its outdoor
opportunities; the woods and lake become the Scout's home during his stay. His unit
leaders and the staff help him to appreciate and understand his new home. Their efforts
urge the Scout to confront and overcome the challenges of the great outdoors and all that
is within. This process, the program of the camp, is provided by the camp staff, and the
unit leaders incorporate into their own unit's activities. The staff, therefore, provide
counseling, instruction, coaching and supervision. The staff and leaders work together to
ensure that the program meets these requirements.
Within the camp environment the needs of the Scout are important. Experience has shown
that the patrol method provides the best means to accomplish this goal. The patrol
relationships provide the Scout with the best opportunity to learn team cooperation and to
develop a deep sense of loyalty. This is where a Scout learns to live in a democracy for
the patrol is a small democratic group within the larger troop. Leaders are strongly
encouraged to organize their troops in this fashion. Many of the camp activities are
planned based on the patrol method.
While preparing the unit's program it should always be remembered that Scout Camping is
more than fun in the woods. It provides the place, the people and the program that can
achieve the purposes of Scouting. Scout camping can make a difference--a difference in
youth, in troops, in people, in communities, in the nation and in the world.