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Council Camps Reopen On July 1 For Tent Camping

The Council’s Camping Committee and Executive Committee have determined those activities that can take place this summer at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation, Camp Conewago, and Camp Tuckahoe in the absence of our usual summer camp programs.

All Council Camps Reopen on July 1 For Tent Camping

Currently, all six counties in our Council area are in the “green” phase of Governor Wolf’s plan to open Pennsylvania. With that being the current situation, we can reopen Hidden Valley, Conewago, and Tuckahoe for short-term camping by units and Scouting families.

At Hidden Valley and Tuckahoe, up to a maximum of 250 campers will be permitted at any given time, with no more than 25 campers per campsite.  At Conewago, up to 25 campers per campsite will be allowed, with no more than 175 total campers permitted on site.

Link to Guidelines for Unit Meetings and Activities in Green Phase

Units and Scouting families can make campsite reservations at all three camps using our Tentaroo online reservation system.  Individuals will first need to create a personal profile in Tentaroo to make a reservation.

The fee for campsite reservations by in-council units and Scouting families is $15 per night per campsite.  This new structure represents a change to the Council’s fees for campsite reservations.

When checking in at camp, units will be required to provide a roster of all participants.  This roster must include contact information for all participants.  Additionally, unit leaders will be responsible for collecting a personal COVID Screening Questionnaire for each participant, which includes a temperature check taken just before departure.  The check-in process at camp will include a review of these questionnaires, with the unit retaining the forms afterward.

All units and families must follow all Boy Scouts of America, PA Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control guidelines while at camp.  These guidelines include, but are not limited, to not having a fever higher than 100.4 degrees, observing good hand hygiene, social distancing, wearing face coverings, sanitation, and cleaning of your campsite.

All campers are required to review the following guidelines:

BSA Restart Scouting Checklist

Centers for Disease Control Guidelines for Youth and Summer Camps

New Birth of Freedom Council Camp Rules

All buildings and shower facilities at the camps remain closed indefinitely, due to cleaning and sanitation requirements. A single restroom with flush toilets will be open at each camp. Stays longer than three nights will not be permitted. No cabins will be available for rental. Participants must bring unit’s and personal tents with them to camp.  Units are to stay together and not to mix with other units to help minimize the possible spread of COVID-19 in camp settings. Families at camp are also to stay together and not mix with others at camp.  Units and families are to travel through camp as a group.

All camp program areas will be closed unless a specialty program is scheduled. Units and families will need to plan their activities and bring the necessary equipment to those activities. Fishing and hiking are permitted, but swimming, boating, shooting sports, biking, and climbing are not approved activities.

Cooking is limited to propane stoves, charcoal grills, or over open campfires. The use of chainsaws or other power tools is not permitted. Flames are not allowed inside any tent. Campfires must be small, attended at all times, and fully extinguished when not in use.

Foodservice, medical staff, and the sale of merchandise will not be available at the camps. If a camper is injured, or if anyone develops COVID symptoms or other illnesses while at camp, please report these incidents to the Camp Ranger. When returning home, campers should avoid contact with high-risk individuals who might be more susceptible to the COVID virus for 14 days.

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