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Adult Leadership
In camp there must be at least 2 registered adult leaders or 1 registered leader and a parent of a participant, one of which must be 21 years of age or older. The suggested ratio is 1 leader for every 10 Boy Scouts.

Check in/Check out
Check in time is between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday or anytime up to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Check out time is by 2 p.m. on Sunday. Before leaving camp, units must check out with Ranger or Campmaster who will inspect your area. Failure to checkout with Ranger will result in loss of damage deposit.

Drinking Water
From designated sources only. The Ranger will inform you where to obtain drinking water.

Camp Ranger
The Camp Ranger is available to lend assistance to your unit in many specific areas. He is also responsible for care, maintenance and protection of the facility, and while in camp you should follow his directions. Get to know the Ranger--you will find that cooperation will provide many benefits. In facilities with Campmasters, the Campmaster Corps assists the Ranger and also provides certain program assistance for units.

Campsites
They are within defined areas and may be preassigned to meet the unit's needs. Sites are provided clean and are expected to be in "better condition than when you arrived" upon departure. All garbage is to be carried out or left at a central designated point in accordance with individual facility instructions. No standing trees are to be felled without specific Ranger permission and "courtesy" piles of firewood are encouraged. Adjacent latrines must be kept clean and dumping of garbage within the latrine is prohibited. Security of the campsite and equipment is a unit responsibility at all times.

Fireguard Plan
All camping units should observe the following:

  • Safe areas for fires to be selected & maintained.
  • No open flames under tarps or tents. No candles under tarps or in tents at any time.
  • All fires "dead out" at night or when left unattended.
  • Follow camp procedure, as outlined by Ranger, in a fire emergency.

Artificial Fuels
Propane (lp) gas and liquid fuel, under adult supervision is permitted if stored with Ranger and used in lanterns or stoves outdoors, not in buildings or under canvas.

First Aid
Simple cuts and scratches may be treated at the site under the supervision of an adult leader. Serious illness, injury or accident must be reported to the Ranger immediately. All Westchester-Putnam Council units are covered by accident insurance. Out-of-council units should have their own insurance.

Hiking Trails
A wide range of trails are available for use of Scouts, Cubs, families, leaders and other groups on a day hike basis. Make arrangements with Camp Ranger.

Camp Improvement
As a "Good Turn" to our camps, each unit is encouraged to schedule a 1+ hour camp improvement or conservation project.

Fishing
Scouts & leaders can fish from the shore.

Ice Skating
For safety reasons, secure Ranger permission in advance, always. Ice rescue equipment must be on hand and a minimum of 4 persons involved at all times under the direct supervision of a responsible adult, age 21+ is required.

Wood Tools
Scout knives, axes & saws are a valuable part of the scout program. They must not be used to cause scarring of trees, building, tent platforms, or to inflict other damage.

Vehicles in Camp
Park in designated parking areas only. Trail and service roads are designated for specific use by camp and emergency vehicles -- keep roads clear, please. Be prepared to carry all gear to your site. Clear Lake has road sites.

Prohibited in Camp

  • Fireworks, firearms, bows & arrows, sling shots, any oversize cutting device or any weapon considered dangerous or unlawful.
  • Pets, as a matter of health & safety considerations.
  • Snowmobiles, all-terrain type vehicles, trail bikes, motor-bikes.

Damage to Equipment and Facilities
The policy of the Westchester-Putnam Council requires that units be assessed full cost of restoration (i.e., materials & labor) for any vandalism, malicious damage, and/or gross negligence; and that when such damage assessment is made, further camp reservations be withheld until such levy is paid in full.

Trading Post
Durland Scout Reservation has a trading post stocked with camp souvenir items. Check with Ranger or Campmaster for availability and hours open on weekends.

Religious Services
Check with Ranger or Campmaster for availability and hours and location.

Cubs/Webelos Camping
Cub Scouts are limited to one night camping trips. Webelos may camp two nights. A minimum of two adults must be in camp with the unit and one adult must be at least 21 years of age. The adult/boy ratio must be at least 1:2 for Cub Scouts and 1:3 for Webelos Scouts.

Venturing
Venturing co-ed camping is permitted. Co-ed Venturing Crews must adhere to the policy of chaperones as outlined in National B.S.A. Venturing manuals and literature.

Dishwashing
Never allowed in latrines, washstands, at frost-free hydrants or where fresh drinking water is available.

Emergency Telephones

  • Durland Scout Reservation: The Ranger and Campmasters can be reached in case of emergency at (845) 526-2029. 
  • Read Scout Reservation: The Ranger can be reached in case of emergency at (518) 494-2246.

Emergencies
Local & state authorities work with the Rangers in predetermined procedures for emergencies such as medical, rescue, lost person, fire & peach actions. Alert the Ranger as soon as practical for help with any problems.

 

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