Summer Camp 2016

Read Scout Reservation

We will be leaving for Read Scout Reservation on Sunday, July 17 and returning on Saturday, July 23.  We will be leaving by bus from the parking lot at Route 79 and School Road West (Marlboro Post Office). Please be in the parking lot NO LATER THAN 7:30 AM.  Please be sure to bring a bag lunch and snack (no peanuts, peanut butter, etc) for the bus ride.

Medical Forms

Medicals are due on May 20th. We cannot stress enough the importance of getting the medical forms completed and submitted on time.  Why the importance? We want to ensure they are completed properly and you may not have sufficient time to get corrections made if they are not submitted by the deadline.

Read Scout Reservation, or any other BSA Summer Camp, will not allow anyone with an incomplete or missing medical form to stay at camp.  We also need sufficient time to review the forms and return them to you for correction if there is missing information.  We cannot stress enough that everyone, adults and scouts, sleeping overnight at Read Scout Reservation needs to submit an original and a copy of the BSA medical form (parts A, B, and C) to the Scoutmaster.  It is also highly recommended that you maintain a copy of the complete medical for your record.

On the form be certain to read everything! Complete every line. If something is not applicable, mark it N/A.  Make sure that the doctor, the parents, and the scout signs in all appropriate areas.  Be certain any prescription medications used are recorded and that the medication is sent to camp in the original container along with the corresponding Prescription Medication Form.

Please follow all of the instructions listed below.
Troop Specific Instructions for Annual Health & Medical Form
  1. Complete sections A & B and have a doctor complete section C as per the instructions on the form. Any incomplete medicals will be returned.
  2. Do not attach a separate Immunization record. Fill the information in on the form.
  3. Photocopy the front and back of your Insurance card. (preferably on one page). A separate copy must be included with each application (adults, scouts, siblings all must have their own copy)
  4. Make two (2) copies of the entire form including the Insurance Card. Bring the original and one (1) copy to any Troop meeting between now and May 20th. Keep the other copy for your records.
  5. Do not email your application.
Medications for Summer Camp
  1. Any prescription medication sent to camp must be in the original container.
  2. All medication must be in a ziplock bag with the Scout’s name, Troop 101, and Onondaga (campsite name) printed on it.
  3. Include instructions on a post card. Instructions should contain dosage and times to be taken.
  4. Complete the medical form carefully and answer the question concerning non-prescription medicine otherwise we cannot provide aspirin/tylenol/etc.
BSA Medical

Accommodations at Camp

Scouts and Adults will camp in typical Boy Scout canvas tents, which are set atop wooden platforms. These tents are provided and already set up. In each tent, there are two steel spring cots for your comfort. It is recommended that each camper bring some type of closed foam sleeping pad to place between the cot and his sleeping bag. Cot springs may puncture air mattresses. For this reason, they are not recommended. Cardboard is also often used between the cot springs and sleeping pad or sleeping bag.

Mail and Packages

To ease the flow of mail in camp it is essential that you use the proper address. In addition to the Scout’s name, the NEXT MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON THE ENVELOPE IS HIS TROOP NUMBER. Please ask use the address listed below:

 Scout Name:
Troop 101
Camp: Buckskin
Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation
1377 Palisades Road #1
Brant Lake, New York  12815

Scout’s enjoy receiving mail, we suggest you send your first package the Thursday prior to leaving for camp. We also suggest limiting the snacks you send. Most are not eaten. If you want to send snacks they should be limited to no more than 1,000 calories that can be shared with their friends. Money for the trading post is more often appreciated by the Scouts so they can buy an ice cream or cold drink.

Contacting Scouts or Leaders

Scout’s are not permitted to make or receive calls while at camp (this includes texting). Cell Phones are not permitted. Please do not send them. This is very important when we are helping Scout’s who are homesick.

If you are unable to contact the Scoutmaster in the event of an emergency you can also contact the camp at 518‐494‐2228. For non-emergencies please check the Facebook page.  We will be posting pictures and general information when we can.


Check-in at summer camp consists of several steps.  There is usually a safety talk and a tour of the camp.  Part of the check-in process will be submitting the medicals to the nurse.  Following this we will be heading to the lake for a Swim test.  Please pack your swim trunks, a towel, and your swim shoes on the top of your bag or have your swim trunks on when arriving to camp.  Please notice we said swim shoes, no open-toed shoes or sandals are permitted at camp.

Swim Test

All participants, Scouts and Adults, will be required to participate in a Swim Test.  Each participant will be classified into one of three classifications: Swimmer, Beginner, or Non-Swimmer.


  • Jump feet first into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming.
  • Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: side, breast, trudgen, or crawl. Swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke.
  • The 100 yards must be completed without stops and must include at least one sharp turn.
  • Rest by floating…Long enough to demonstrate ability to rest when exhausted.


  • Jump feet first into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming.
  • Swim 25 feet on the surface.
  • Stop, turn, and resume swimming back to the starting place.


  • Did not complete either of the swimming tests.

Troop Bank

We will have an Adult act as the Troop Bank at camp.  This means every Scout that brings money to camp MUST put it in an envelope with his name and the amount clearly printed on the outside.  Scouts are not permitted to keep money in their tents.  We would recommend $2-3 per day for snacks plus any money you wish to provide for souvenirs such as patches, hats, etc.  Please provide the snack money in $1 bills.  This process helps control issues of lost money, spending excessive amounts on junk food, etc.

Merit Badge and Advancement

Scouts will be working on their Advancement while at camp.  Scout Handbooks are a must!  Even though they will be covering Advancement topics during the day they must still show their Patrol Leader or an Troop Instructor that they understand and have mastered the skill before it is signed off in their books.  Camp Staff will not sign your Handbook.

New Boy Scouts will all be attending the Buckskin Camper program. It is a full day program intended specifically for first year Scouts. This program will place Scouts in a Patrol for the week and allow them to get hands on training in a wide variety of Scouting skills while learning rank requirements for all ranks. Scouts will also have the opportunity to earn two Merit Badges.

Merit Badge kits and books can be purchased at the Scout Shop or at camp. We would recommend purchasing any required kits and the Merit Badge Books prior to arriving at camp.

Other Activities

On Thursday night we will be holding Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader Elections for next year.

Evenings will include camp wide activities, Troop swims, and activities in our campsite.


The Official Boy Scout uniform in its entirety is expected for special ceremonies or religious observances. Troop Class B uniforms will be worn at all other times. The Troop Class B uniform consists of a scouting or plain T-shirt, scout pants, scout belt, and scout socks. No open-toed shoes are allowed in camp. Sneakers and/or boots should be worn in camp.

  • Packing Equipment
  • Daypack
  • Duffle Bag or Backpack
  • Sleeping bag or sheets, blanket and pillow & closed cell foam pad
  • Full Class A Scout Uniform (Shirt, shorts/pants, belt, Scout pants, & Scout socks)
  • Comfortable walking / hiking shoes and sneakers
  • Underwear & Scout socks – 7+ pairs
  • Class B T-shirt – 7
  • Scout shorts – 2-3
  • Cap or hat & cool weather jacket
  • Swimsuit & towel (at least 2 towels)
  • Aqua Socks (recommended) or Swimshoes
  • Watch
  • Flashlight with extra bulb and batteries
  • Water bottle
  • Rain gear
  • Bath / hand towel, wash cloth, and shower shoes
  • Soap & shampoo
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Brush / comb
  • Personal First Aid Kit

Optional Items – Fishing gear (necessary if you are taking Fishing Merit Badge), camera, bug repellent (non-aerosol), sunscreen, battery-powered alarm clock, personal cot.

Items to Leave At Home – Fireworks, ammunition, guns, bows, sheath knives, camouflage and military clothing, valuables, radio boom box or CD players, motorized or remote controlled toys, cell phones, and aerosol cans of any type. The Troop and camp will not take responsibility for lost or stolen items.