Camping is an integral part of Scouting. It is a wonderful experience for children (especially from our urban environment) to go out and explore their world, get filthy, set up a tent (and try to figure out why they can’t get that one part to straighten out), avoid a pack of raccoons, cook some food over a fire, figure out how to have fun in the rain when you can’t run inside, telling stories, singing songs, and roasting marshmallows in front of a campfire, and performing service projects to make the place we stay better than we found it. Your Scouts will never sleep as well as they do after a full day of playing and working outside. Pack 901 goes on a minimum of one family camping trip per year. The amount of camping trips we take depends on whether or not we have a Camping Chair, and how much work that person does.
There are also additional camping opportunities for Webelos and those who participate in BSA camps.
For our family camping trip, everyone in the family is invited, including siblings.
Webelos are invited on Boy Scout Troop camping trips. These trips are for the Webelos Scout, their parent or guardian and/or Webelos Den Leader.
There are many camp options through the BSA.
Camps take place year-round at various places.
Some camps are just for the day and some are overnight.
Overnight camps can be for just the Scout, the Scout and a registered Leader, or the Scout and his family. See the "Twilight Camps" & "BSA Camps" tabs on the left for more details.
For Pack 901’s family camping trips, there are rules in place to ensure the safety of our children. These rules include the following:
Ø ALL Registered Leaders must have a current Youth Protection Training certificate on file with the Pack and Council. Youth Protection Training teaches Leaders about the requirements for being alone with children, bullying, incident reporting, and more. We strongly encourage all parents to take this training as well. It can be taken online for free at myscouting.org. This training includes the rule of Two-Deep Leadership. This means that there must be two Registered Leaders with the scouts at all times. No Leader is allowed to be with a Scout out of eyesight of other Leaders.
Ø BSA Parts A & B Medical Forms must be on file for each Scout. These will be taken on camping trips.
Ø NO alcohol is allowed on Scout camping trips or outings/field trips. You may not bring alcohol or drink it. You may not drink alcohol after the Scouts are asleep. We are there at the service of the children and are there to ensure their well-being. If someone brings alcohol on a Scout camping trip or outing/field trip, they will be asked to leave immediately. If someone brings alcohol to a BSA campground or another facility that prohibits alcohol - they ENTIRE PACK will have to leave and all fees forfeited. The person who brought the alcohol will then have to reimburse the fees paid by the Pack as well as reimburse the supplies and any fees paid by the families who attended the trip.
Ø NO cigarette smoking is allowed on Scout camping trips or outings/field trips. You may not smoke in the presence of the Scouts. This includes smoking anywhere where the Scouts could inhale the smoke – not just out of sight.
Ø At least one Registered Leader that has taken Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) Training must be present for the entire camping trip. If none of the attending Registered Leaders are currently trained in BALOO, the trip will be cancelled. If the Registered Leader currently trained in BALOO must come late to the camping trip or leave early, the camping trip must be shortened accordingly. We strongly encourage our Registered Leaders to take this training.
Ø At least one Registered Leader that has taken Weather Hazards Training and has a current certificate on file must be present for the entire camping trip. If none of the attending Registered Leaders are currently trained in Weather Hazards, the trip will be cancelled. If the Registered Leader currently trained in Weather Hazards must come late to the camping trip or leave early, the camping trip must be shortened accordingly. We strongly encourage our Registered Leaders to take this training.
Ø Scouts may only sleep with their parents, guardians, or other Scouts. If a Scout comes on a trip without his parent or guardian, he must sleep in his own tent or in a tent with other Scouts. They may not sleep in a tent with an adult that is not their parent or guardian.
For more information about how the BSA works to keep your children safe, please read the BSA’s Guide to Safe Scouting:
Updates from May 2013: