The encampment will be set-up “Jamboree Style” in one centralized area, in the large open field opposite of the main Safari activity area. Webelos, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Venturers will all be camping together. The encampment will be divided up with main and side streets allowing access throughout the encampment.
All units are requested to register using the registration form (available inside Safari 2015 brochure), as soon as possible, but no later than the registration deadline of August 31, 2015. Registration forms will be used by the Safari Committee to assign actual campsites, based on each unit’s estimated number of participants. Finalized site assignments will be made by September 15. The areas will be staked out in the field for unit location. All location decisions of the Safari Committee are final.
Webelos Dens, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Venture Crews are expected to camp out the entire three days. Tiger and Cub Scouts will be day visitors on Saturday and Sunday, with special program activities geared specifically for them. Camping by Cub Scout packs can occur with proper adult participation in the family camping area. Please refer to the Vehicle Policy for specific information about set up and vehicles in camp. All units and attendees are required to observe the following Wizard Safari Encampment policies:
- Low-impact cooking: Propane, solar, charcoal, or other non-wood means of cooking are recommended because of scarcity of firewood and because of the limited time available for extensive meal preparation. Ground cooking fires are discouraged, but not prohibited. The National BSA Fuels Policy should be observed by all attendees.
- Open fires: Must follow good Scouting practices as outlined in the Boy Scout Handbook. Please do NOT bring firewood with you to camp. To avoid the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle, we ask units choosing to use ground fires to only use firewood gathered on Wizard Ranch property. Units should also provide their own fire rings made out of barrel sections or similar materials. The sod should also be removed from beneath the fire ring and replaced at the end of Safari.
- Campsite Inspections: The Safari committee realizes the size of the encampment and the amount of activities scheduled for the weekend and wants all to be able to participate without the worry of a formal inspection. Units should use good Scout camping practices for exposed ropes on tents and dining flies, along with safe practices for using axes and saws. Persons from the Safari Health and Safety committee will be around the sites looking for health and safety hazards and will ask units to correct these items immediately. Please work with these individuals when they visit your campsite.
Health & Safety
Units should bring medical forms with them for all Safari participants, as they would do on any unit camp out. These forms should be kept with the unit as per their normal camp out procedures. Units should also bring their own first aid kits and have kits for the patrols as they head out to do the Scout program on Saturday. There will be an EMS team on site for serious injury and police will be on the property directing traffic and general safety patrols.