Planning on attending a Scout Camp next year? Here are 29 rules that you need to know.
1. No sheath knives
2. No knives may be used by Scouts unless they have earned the Totin’ Chip card, which they must have with them. Folding or multipurpose knives must be lockable.
3. No axes or saws may be used by Scouts unless they have earned the Totin’Chip card. They must have the card with them. These tools must be used under adult supervision at all times and in an ax yard. scouts must have permission from the Scoutmaster before they use any woods tool.
4. No rock throwing of any kind.
5. No firearms or ammunition.
6. No fireworks of any kind.
7. No drugs or alcoholic beverages.
8. No smoking: Scouts are prohibited and parents are asked to do it out of sight of the Scouts.
9. No one may leave the campsite without the permission of the Scoutmaster.
10. Excessive noise is not permitted.
11. No aerosol cans are permitted.
12. No gadgets are to be constructed without the permission of the Scoutmaster.
13. No scandals or clogs; hiking boots must be worn at all times.
14. Tents are for sleeping only.
15. No urinating in or around the campsite! That is what the outhouse is for!
16. No radios, televisions, video games, cellphones, schoolbooks, or PDAs are permitted, except for adults.
17. No food or drinks are permitted outside of mealtimes, except those purchased at the camp trading post.
18. Scouts must stay out of other troops’ campsites.
19. Scouts are not permitted to enter program areas unless supervised by a staff member.
20. Scouts will use the buddy system for all activities at camp.
21. Running is not permitted.
22. Tree climbing is not permitted.
23. Scouts will move from activity to activity quietly and in a single-file line.
24. Campfires are allowed only when the Scouts have earned the Firem’n Chit card and must have the card with them. Adults leader permission must be secured before starting a fire. The fire must be confined to the established fire ring and under adult supervision at all times.
25. Playing cards are not permitted.
26. Playing in water is not permitted.
27. The cutting of live trees is not permitted – any fallen wood found on the ground may be gathered for campfires and cookouts with the permission of the Scoutmaster.
28. Scouts cannot sleep in tents with adults, even with their parents or guardians.
29. Two-deep leadership is required at all times and during all activities with the youth.
Following these rules will help you to get the most out of Scout camp. For more information see the Council’s website.
Author: Bob Gowans | Camp Director, Utah National Parks Council