Westchester-Putnam Council, BSA Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation
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The Rules of the Reservation
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.


Troop Leadership
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.


Troop Rosters
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 Department.


Individual Campers
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.

Individual Camper Application

For more specific information see Individual Campers.

Mailing address:

Scout Name:
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 Scout Reservation.


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 Waubeeka office porch. 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 518-494-7099.

Cell Phones
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 Village.


Internet Access
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.


Medical Information

Medical Exams
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 (preferably electronically) to the Council Service Center at least two weeks prior to your arrival at Read. Admission to camp is dependent on a satisfactory medical record. Those without a completed medical cannot be permitted to take part in activities unless we have the form. 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 ights or more) are required to complete an additional form about meningitis.

Medical Exam, Class 3
Medications permission form
Meningitis Letter and Acknowledgement Form

Scanning Medical Forms
Please make each person's form an individual PDF. Label each file with Troop #, Community, Last Name, First Name. For example : 1CarmelSmithJohn. We are currently finalizing a new, more secure upload arrangement. Details for how to upload will be sent to troops by June 1. Please do not send scanned forms before we inform you of this new process. Thank you for your help as we work to make emergency response time quicker for your Scouts.

Health Lodge
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.

Emergency Contacts
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 camp.

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 claim.
  • 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.


Special Needs
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.


Parking/Automobile Use
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 camp roads.

No one may ride in the back of a pick-up truck, or in/on a trailer under any circumstances.


Leaving Camp
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.

Permission Slip 

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 restaurants.

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.


Firearms/Archery Equipment
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 camp.

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 turn in.


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 ingredients.

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


Camp Quartermaster
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 Camp Buckskin.


Religious Services
Ecumenical services are available during each week at camp. Further details will be available at camp.


Troop Pictures
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 recreation.

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.


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