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					 Camp Brulé
 A Nationally Accredited WEBELOS & Boy Scout Resident Camp
 Operated by the Five Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America

Leaders Guide
Greetings Scouts & Scouters:
The 2011 Camp Brulé summer camp season will be one of our most exciting yet! While we intend to
continue most of the great camp traditions that Scouts and Scouters have told us they look forward to
each year, we will be implementing a few changes. Please take a moment to note these changes as they
will directly impact your camping experience. The Five Rivers Council Camping Committee strives to
make your summer camping experience great. The staff and volunteers work year round to make
improvements based upon feedback from campers and staff to make our camps the best ever. The Camp
Directors and Program Directors, as well as the professional and support staff of the council want your
experience to be on that you will remember for years to come.
Camp will run a full week with check in between 1:00PM and 3:00PM Sunday afternoon. Closing
campfire is Friday night. Reveille, flag ceremony, and breakfast will be at the usual times Saturday
morning and our formal program will be dismissed. Scouts will return to their campsite to finish
packing and for final site clean up. Merit badge blue cards will be ready for leaders to pick up at
Saturday breakfast. Please plan accordingly so that your Scouts can receive their full week at camp. By
10:00 a.m., all campers are to be checked out and on their way home.
One change this year will be the implementation of an online merit badge registration system to aid your
scouts in selecting merit badge options for their week. More information will be sent directly to the
person listed as your unit’s camping contact. Of course, there is much more to camp than earning merit
badges. We believe the basic building block for a successful troop is the Patrol Method. Many of the
daily activities will emphasize the patrol method. Each day the Senior Patrol Leaders will meet briefly
with the camp Program Director to plan camp wide activities. Units will be encouraged to plan and
execute at least one troop-wide activity while at camp; perhaps a hike, a canoe outing, a troop swim, a
troop shoot at the range or even a sports challenge with another troop. Use your collective imagination.
As you review this Leader Guide, we hope to continue receiving feedback and recommendations as we
strive to make each summer camp’s information and programs as well rounded as possible. Have a
great time!

Your friend at camp,
Ranger Joe

Table of Contents:                                                         • Garbage and Recycling
Registration Information         3    • Trading Post                       • Fuel Safety
 • Reservation Deposit & Fees         • Lost & Found                       • Restricted Area and Activities
 • Provisional Camping               First Aid & Medical Forms        7    • Taps
 • Second Week of Camp                • Medication Policy                  Pre Camp Information Meeting       10
 • Camping Sessions                  Injuries and Poison Ivy          8    Check In Day                       11
 • Required Leadership & Fees         • Special Needs                      • Emergency Procedures
Refund Policy                    4    • Standards of Conduct               • Blood Borne Pathogens
 • Visitors & Signing out of Camp     • Transportation and Parking         Camp Program & Blue Cards          12
 • Campsite Assignment Policy         • Uniform and Clothing               • Merit Badge Information
Campership Grants                5    • Alcohol, Drugs, & Fireworks        Merit Badge Pre-Requisites         13
 • Council Policy                     • Buddy System                       Special Programs                   14
 • Camp Staff                        What to Bring to Camp            9    Counselor In Training              15
• Camp Commissioner                   • Items to Leave at Home             Camp Summer Roster                 16
Camp Program Planning            6    • Discipline & Hazing                Provisional Camping Form           17
 • Mail & Telephone                   • Vesper Services                    Scout Early Release Form           18
 • Camp Facilities & Campsites       Quartermaster Supplies           10   Campership Form                    19
 • Dining Hall & Waiters              • Campsite Inspections               Directions to Camp Brulé           21
Restrooms & Shower Facilities 7       • Fishing                            Camp Map                           22

2011 Summer Camp Deposit & Fees
Reservations for the 2011 season require a $100 deposit. The form and deposit must be received and
receipted to hold a reservation. All reservations will be placed tentatively on the board for 2 weeks,
once that time is up with no deposit made, the unit will then be notified and removed from that campsite.
Since site deposits are applied to each year’s camp fees, a new deposit is required to reserve a week for
the following season. All reservations are on a first come, first served basis.

2011 Summer Camp & Payment Schedule
The 2011 Boy Scout Camp Fees are $300.00 Regular Fee and $275.00 Early Bird Fee. The Early Bird
Fee is available to units who have all their camp money turned into the Scout Shop by Wednesday,
June 1, 2011.

The 2011 WEBELOS Scout Camp Fees are $190.00 Regular Fee and $165.00 Early Bird Fee. The
Early Bird Fee is available to units who have all their camp money turned into the Scout Shop by
Wednesday, June 1, 2011.

Provisional Reservations – Scouts Not attending camp with Unit
Scouts who wish to attend camp without their unit are usually paired with another troop in camp. Scouts
who attend camp provisionally should pay their camp fees individually through the Council Service
Center using the Provisional Scout Camp Registration Form.

Second Week Of Camp
Any Scout may attend a second week at a Five Rivers Council Scout Camp for the reduced additional
week camp fee of $200.00. A Scout must fill out the Provisional Camper form to register for the 2nd
week of camp.

Camp Brulé will be in session during:

                           Boy Scout Resident Session 1 – July 10-16, 2011
                           Boy Scout Resident Session 2 – July 17-23, 2011
                           Boy Scout Resident Session 3 – July 24-30, 2011

                         WEBELOS Scout Resident Camp – August 4-7, 2011

Leader Fees
The Leader Fee is $65.00 per Adult per Boy Scout camp week. The Leader Fee is $40.00 Per Adult
per WEBELOS camp week. In an effort to minimize the increase in youth attendance fees we are
asking that each adult leader that is in camp for the full week pay the full week fee. If a leader is not
attending the entire week of camp, but sharing leadership on a day-to-day basis, each will be charged
$15.00 per 24 hour period. If a unit has a parent or leader visiting camp for less than 24 hours then
meal tickets are available for $4.00 Breakfast, $6.00 Lunch, and $8.00 Dinner.

Required Unit Leadership
Units must maintain the minimum two-deep leadership at all times. Each unit must have a
minimum number of adults in camp at all times, one of whom must be over 21 (others must be 18 years
of age or older). In addition, one must be a registered leader. The BSA requires that at all registered
leaders have successfully completed Youth Protection Training for adults before attending summer
camp. If there are Scouts in the campsite, there needs to be an adult present in the site as well!

Refund Policy
To minimize the need for refunds, camp fee transfers are highly recommended and encouraged, but from
within the unit. Each unit is responsible for the tracking and processing of fees paid and to which Scout
they are associated. The Five Rivers Council Does Not associate a name with a paid camp fee until
the unit checks in at camp.

Requests for a refund received after the Early Bird payment deadline will be subject to a cancellation
fee. Leader fee refund requests after the week of camp are not available since the fee covers basic food
purchasing costs for the week.
Boy Scout Summer Camp Cancellation Fee is $150.00 per Scout. All refund requests must be
submitted in writing to the Five Rivers Council Service Center, located in the Arnot Mall, from the
family or unit by September 1st. Refund requests will not be accepted after the above date. Scouts
who are hired as Camp Staff, will receive a full refund of camper fees paid.

Visitors & Signing In and Out of Camp
Visitors are always welcome at camp; however, unit leaders and parents must coordinate their visits to
camp, prior to arrival. Anytime anyone, a visitor, leader, or camper, enters or leaves camp, they MUST
sign in or out at the Camp Office, 24 hours a day. Visitors must wear a wrist band while on camp
property. Visitor meal charges are per person and must be prepaid in the Trading Post.

Units with guests and parents planning to attend the closing Dinner on Friday evening must come to
Headquarters on check in day to purchase additional meals. The meal fee for children under 8 is free
– 8 and over is $8.00.

Unit leaders must have Written permission for any Scout to leave camp during their stay. Any Scout
leaving early for any reason, including a sporting event, must bring a completed Early Scout Release

Campsite Assignment Policies
Every council is responsible to provide the opportunity for as many Scouts as possible to come to camp.
This sometimes means we must place two (or more) units into one campsite for leadership requirements
and allotment of space in camp. This best serves the interests of our Scouting movement and allows for
greater camping opportunities.

Units that do not fill at least 80 percent of the rated campsite capacity may have another unit assigned to
share their campsite. Your cooperation and understanding is greatly appreciated.

Every Boy Scout camp must operate under BSA National Camping Standards, along with State and
Federal regulations. Whichever agency has the stricter standards those must be met. Units can make
specific campsite requests, but final placement is at the discretion of camp management. All questions
regarding summer camp procedures & policies should be directed to Karen Stark, Camping Division at

Camp Brulé Site Listing and Maximum Capacity
A camper is defined as either a Scout or Adult Leader. All campsites at Camp Brule’ (14 sites) will hold
18 campers. A maximum capacity of 18 means there are 9 tents on platforms with 2 cots per tent.
Camp Brule’ has “some” flexibility but Camp Ranger approval is required.

Brulé Campsites
Huron       18               Seneca         18
Shawnee     18               Mohawk         18
Mohigan     18               Oneida         18
Athabascan 18                Erie           18
Kiwanas     18

Any Five Rivers Council unit which has Scouts who honestly need financial assistance in order to attend
summer camp may apply for a Five Rivers Council Campership. You can obtain a Campership
Application from the Scout Shop, from the Forms Section of this Leader Guide, or from the Five Rivers
Council webpage:

Be advised, Camperships are not automatic! Scouts in need, will typically receive 10%-50% of the
Early Bird fee from the Council Campership Fund. Campership funding is partially dependant on
Friends of Scouting and other fundraising successes.

Individual accounts for each Scout should already be set up in your unit. The 9th point of the Scout Law
- “A Scout is Thrifty”. Scouts are expected to earn some of their summer camp fees by participating in
fundraising activities of the unit, like popcorn sales, as well as family support and unit support.

Return the completed Campership Application to the Scout Service Center no later than April 1st.
Campership requests will not be accepted after this date. Notification of a campership award will be
sent to the parents and unit leader before the Early Bird deadline with additional instructions and

Council Policy
It is the official policy of the Five Rivers Council, BSA, that membership shall be open to all youth and
adults without regard to race, religion, disability, or ethnic background. Camp Gorton is owned and
operated by the Five Rivers Council, BSA for the primary purpose of serving the young people within
its charted area. The camp is nationally accredited on an annual basis by the BSA and operated within
the rules, regulations and guidelines set forth by the Pennsylvania State Department of Health. Copies
of permits and inspections are available for review at the Five Rivers Council business office located at
244 West Water Street, Elmira, NY. The Five Rivers Council and its management directors of Camp
Gorton assure, as far as possible, a drug and alcohol free environment. The Five Rivers Council is an
equal opportunity employer.

The Camp Staff
The Five Rivers Council provides a trained summer camp staff. However, camp staff members will not
assume the leadership or programming role for your unit. Each camp staff works to coordinate the
needs of your Scouts and unit, which ultimately becomes the overall camp program.

Occasionally, it may be necessary to shift or rearrange certain program plans so that we may
accommodate the largest number of campers. We will try to keep you informed of all changes. You
should refer to our council website frequently for pre-camp changes at

The Camp Commissioner and Assistants
The Camp Commissioner and assistants are the units’ first resource contact and serve as the liaison
between each unit and camp. The Commissioner will answer questions, help with scheduling, solve
problems, help with site supplies, listen, and just be a friendly face.
Camp Program Planning for your Unit
Activities and events exist for older Scouts, first year Scouts and everything in between. In addition,
program opportunities are available for whole units as well as patrols or dens. It is recommended that
each unit use this guide to develop their camp program based on their needs and on what the camp has to
offer. Specific information about Boy Scout and WEBELOS proposed program information is available
in the Brulé Program Guide at

Mailing Address
Incoming mail is placed in a unit mailbox located in the Camp Office. Incoming mail should be
addressed as follows:

Camp Brulé
Scout’s Name
Unit Number/Campsite (make sure all your Scouts know this)
2559 North Street
Forksville, PA 18616

Outgoing mail should be placed in the mailbox at the Camp Office. Mail received after a unit departs
camp will be returned to sender.

Camp Phone Number & Policies
Campers may be contacted at camp IN AN EMERGENCY. When calling to leave a message for a
camper, please be sure to include the unit number and campsite as part of the message. Cell phone
service is very limited. Contact Phone Number is 570-924-3478. In an emergency, if no answer is
received on the office number Camp Brulé’s Ranger, Joe Roupp can be reached at – 570-924-3001. A
pay telephone is provided at Camp Brule’ for the convenience of campers. It is located near the Health
Office. A unit leader must accompany all campers under the age of 18. As a courtesy, phone calls
should be limited to no more than 5 to 7 minutes.

Camp Facilities
Camp Brulé provides a wide range of facilities which include supervised boating and swimming areas,
shooting sports ranges, Nature Lodge, Craft Lodge, outdoor skills area, and Project C.O.P.E. with a
climbing tower, and much more. Camp Brulé unit campsites include 2 person wall tents on wooden
platforms, bunks, a picnic table, bulletin board, flagpole, and campfire area, latrine, as well as site
maintenance and campfire tools. Camp Brulé units are encouraged to bring their own campsite cooking
equipment for a Thursday night cookout. Lanterns, wood tools, “rainy day” program equipment, and
other such items may be brought that will make each units stay at camp more enjoyable for their Scouts.

The Dining Hall
The host and waiter system is used at camp in preparation of each meal. Seating arrangements are made
with your unit during check-in. Plan to have at least one staff guest at each of your tables each meal.
Unit leaders are responsible for the supervision of their tables and to ensure the host/waiter system is
being correctly used.

Waiters report to the Dining Hall 15 minutes prior to each meal. At that time, they will receive
directions from the Dining Hall Steward. Waiter duty schedules should be set up among all your Scouts
Restroom and Shower Facilities
Camp Brulé has central male and female restrooms with individual warm shower facilities. In order to
keep these areas clean and neat, units will be scheduled to clean these facilities daily.

The Camp Trading Post
The Trading Post is open most of the day, except during meals and siesta. We make every effort to
provide campers with a stocked Trading Post that contains camp souvenirs, craft projects, Boy Scout
supplies and of course, snacks!

Lost and Found
Lost and found articles can be left at, or picked up from the Camp Office during normal program hours.
At the end of the camping season, unclaimed items are sent to the Arnot Mall Scout Service Center. If
they are not claimed by September 15, 2011 they will no longer be available.

First Aid Building
Our First Aid facility is staffed 24 hours a day by certified medical personnel during the summer camp
operating season.

Health Forms and Medical Requirements
Every year, a new BSA Medical Form must be submitted for every youth and adult staying at camp. A
family physicians form may be attached, but does not replace the information listed on the BSA form.

Unit Leaders should review these forms before turning them in. Specifically, check for doctor signature,
current parent signature, all immunization dates, insurance info, emergency contact names & numbers,
etc. Adults must have an annual physical exam with a doctor’s signature. Make a copy of all
medical forms since they are kept on file in the Health Office during camp. Do not turn in originals!
Medical forms are returned to the unit on check out day.

Medication Lock Boxes
At camp, each unit will be issued a cable and lock box for use in its campsite as needed. All medication
brought to camp by Scouts and Leaders of a non-refrigerated and non-injection type, must be
collected, stored, issued and logged by the unit leader in their campsite. All medications must first
be brought to the Health Lodge. At the Leader’s meeting, following training; you’ll receive your lock
box and cable. The cable must be used to secure the box to the floor of the unit leader’s platform. One
unit leader is responsible for the daily logging and supervision of medication for Scouts and leaders
according to the medication time schedule on the prescription bottle. The lock box, cable and log are to
be returned to the Health Lodge on the last day of camp in exchange for the unit’s medical forms.

Prescribed Medication
All prescribed medications must be in their original container with the legible prescription label of
dosage, name, doctor and pharmacy. All medication must be brought to the Health Lodge during check-
in. Scouts may not possess or administer any over the counter medication without doctor’s order.
Treatment of ailments is available at the Health Lodge as per our Standing Orders. Over the counter
medications must be listed on the Over the Counter Medication Form to be administered. Scouts and
Leaders may carry inhalers and bee sting kits.
Injuries at Camp & Poison Ivy
All injuries must be reported to the Health Officer and logged. In the case of serious injuries or illness,
do not move the victim! If you are trained in First Aid, begin first aid and have someone contact the
nearest staff member.

Poison Ivy is an annual problem. Please make sure to work with your Scouts so they can identify poison
ivy and know how to avoid it. If you would like, a member of the Nature Staff would be glad to work
with your unit regarding this matter.

Campers with Special Needs
Scouts or adults who have special needs due to physical or mental challenges will be accommodated to
the best of our ability. Please be sure to let the Camp Office know as soon as possible of any special
needs your scouts, leaders, or parent have.

Those with special dietary needs will be accommodated to the best of our abilities. Advance notice is
required related to food needs. Please provide specific written needs prior to arrival.

Camp Standards of Conduct
The law of camp is found in the 12 points of the Scout Law. Unit leaders are responsible for supervision
of the Scouts they’ve brought to camp.

Early Arrival, Transportation and Parking
No Scout may be dropped off at camp without a Unit Leader or parent present. Early arrivals are
unacceptable, so plan accordingly. Transportation to and from camp is the responsibility of each unit.
Upon arrival to camp, all vehicles must be parked in the main parking lot. Scouts and leaders carry their
gear to their campsites or use one of the carts. No one is allowed to ride on trailers or in the back of
trucks. Drivers who break this rule will be asked to leave camp immediately.

Uniform and Clothing
Each Scout and leader should have a complete uniform for their week in camp, including official BSA
pants / shorts, belt, socks, and uniform shirt. Scouts respond best to a good example and leaders are
encouraged to set a good example by wearing a full uniform. Scouts and leaders with inappropriate
clothing will be asked to change. The uniform is to be worn at breakfast and the evening meal and when
attending a chapel service. All campers are to wear closed-toe footwear at all times. Leaders must
enforce this role in their campsites. Bare feet are not allowed in camp except when on the waterfront,
and here aqua socks or water shoes are encouraged.

Alcohol, Drugs, Fireworks and Tobacco
These items are of course illegal for Scouts to posses, and are against BSA regulations for leaders.
Anyone caught in possession of any unlawful item will be immediately dismissed from camp and the
local Sheriff will be contacted. Smoking is discouraged, but if necessary adults may partake in
designated areas only, and never within view of a Scout.

The Buddy System
Scouts should never travel alone in camp! It is every unit leader’s responsibility to ensure that everyone
in your unit is using the buddy system effectively.

What to Bring To Camp – Typical Items
Backpack or Footlocker
Sleeping bag or sheets, blanket and pillow & pad
Full Scout Uniform
Comfortable walking / hiking shoes and sneakers
Underwear (shirt & shorts) & socks – 7 pairs
Extra clothing (shorts, pants, shirts) – 2 to 3 sets
Cap or hat & cool weather jacket
Swimsuit & towel (at least 2 towels)
Swimshoes or Aqua Socks recommended
Flashlight with extra bulb and batteries
Canteen / water bottle
Rain gear
Bath / hand towel, wash cloth, and shower shoes
Soap & shampoo
Toothbrush &toothpaste
Brush / comb
Personal First Aid Kit
Spending money for trading post, souvenirs, etc.
 Boy Scouts interested in taking waterfront merit badges (swimming, lifesaving, rowing or canoeing)
 or the BSA Lifeguard training should bring long trousers, a long sleeved button down shirt, and a pair
 of old sneakers to fulfill certain requirements. Old items are suggested.

For Advancement
Merit Badge Pamphlets, BSA Handbook and Fieldbook, pens, pencils, paper, past Merit Badge partials,
Merit Badge projects (pre-required – started and completed).

Optional Items
Fishing gear, camera, bug repellent (non-aerosol), musical instrument, religious literature, 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, personal CB radios, cell phones, and
aerosol cans of any type. The camp will not take responsibility for lost or stolen items.

Discipline and Hazing
Normally, discipline of a camper is the responsibility of the unit leader in charge at camp. However, all
serious discipline problems must be reported to the Camp Director immediately. Under no circumstance
shall a camper be deprived of food, isolated, subjected to corporal punishment, physical exercise, or
verbally abused as a means of punishment. Initiations or hazing of any Scout or adult is strictly
prohibited. Raiding of other campsites or program areas is strictly prohibited and will result in those
responsible being removed from camp immediately.

Vesper Services
An organized non-denominational vesper service is conducted at least once during each camp week. All
program and business areas of camp will be closed during these services. The chapel is also available
for units or individuals who wish to provide their own services during the week.
Quartermaster Supplies
Basic campsite tools and equipment are available for loan to units.

Campsite Inspections
In an effort to help teach Scouts good camping habits, and to provide for the health and safety of camp,
daily campsite inspections will occur.

Fishing is a great activity but can also be a dangerous one. Scouts must use the “buddy system” when
fishing. Check with the Nature Lodge for approved fishing areas in camp.

Garbage and Recycling
Campsite trash must be brought down to the dumpster nightly. This helps keep unwanted animals
out of campsites. Also, please separate the items that can be recycled from your trash and place them in
the proper bins located by the dining hall.

Fuel Safety
Liquid fuels must be used with care and only by adults, while in camp. All fuels must be locked up
at all times except when needed to refuel a lantern or stove. No flames in tents is a standard camp
policy. Only battery operated lights or glow sticks are allowed in tents.

Restricted Areas and Activities
Swimming is only allowed in the waterfront area, and only when the area is open and under staff
supervision. Scouts are not allowed on any activity that is over 6 feet off the ground. Any unit projects
such as monkey bridges must be approved by the Program Director, Camp Commissioner, or Camp
Director. Dangerous and off limit areas will be pointed out during the camp tour on check-in day.
Please help us ensure your Scouts safety by enforcing these rules.

Taps-All Quiet
To be considerate of other campers, observe the camp policy of being in your campsite by 10:00 p.m.
and all quiet by 10:30 p.m.

Pre-Camp Informational Meeting for Leaders
Available for adult leaders and Troop Senior Patrol Leaders, this meeting will provide you with all the
information your unit needs for final camp planning. Key Staff members will be on hand to answer your
questions, and each unit should arrange to send at least one representative to the Pre-Camp meeting.
The Pre-Camp Leaders meeting dates this year are:
Wednesday – July 6, 2011
Wednesday – July 13, 2011
Wednesday – July 20, 2011
You’re invited to attend the evening meal before the meeting. Meal tickets are available at the Trading
Post. Directions to Camp Brulé can be found in the back of this guide. Please RSVP to the Camp
Director if you’re planning on attending on Wednesday night. Evening meal starts at 6:00 p.m. with the
Leader’s Meeting starting at 7:00 p.m.

Please bring with you a complete roster of Scouts and adult leaders attending camp. A list of Scouts and
leaders with special medical or dietary needs and list of any questions or concerns you might have.

Check-In Day
Check in begins Sunday at 1:00 PM for Boy Scout Summer Camp. Units will not be checked in early!

FIRST stop at the Camp Office. Your site guide will greet you and act as your guide through:
   1. Administrative Check In.
   2. Medical Check – bring all prescribed medication
   3. Dining Hall Orientation and Seat Assignments
   4. Swim Tests – required of all who wish to go swimming or boating.
   5. Camp Tour

Emergency Procedures in Camp
The best defense against any emergency is preparedness. Being prepared by understanding camp
policies and practices is the adult leader’s responsibility. The health and safety of everyone in camp is
our primary concern. Each leader must know what to do in an emergency. Please become very familiar
with the contents of this section.

In an emergency, the following should remain foremost in our minds:
    1. Notify the nearest staff member immediately.
    2. Do not make any premature decisions or give any instructions or information unless relayed to
       you by the Camp Director or designee.
    3. Above all remain calm. Set the proper frame of mind to avoid panic.
    4. At camp, a “siren” emergency is only initiated or ended by the Camp Director or designee. Not
       all emergencies are camp-wide. Only the Camp Director can determine that.
    5. Unless it is a life threatening emergency, the Camp Director must be consulted before an
       ambulance may be called.

Reporting an emergency is critical and the following steps should be followed:
   1. Take all steps to ensure that further injury or potentially dangerous situations have been dealt
   2. Report the emergency to the nearest staff member.
   3. Give a very clear and calm report of who, what, where, when, how, etc.
                        When the Alarm Sounds
All Campers report immediately to the parade field. If any Scout or leader is not accounted for,
then their name and last know location must be noted and reported to the staff member in charge.

Note: Due to the remote locations, campers at the Shooting Sports Ranges or C.O.P.E. Course
will be kept at the range/course rather than sent back to their campsite during an emergency.


Blood Borne Pathogens
All units are encouraged to take precautions when it comes to blood borne pathogens. When treating a
wound, the first aid responder should wear latex gloves. All contaminated materials (gauze pads,
clothing, etc.) should be set aside so the Camp Health Officer can properly dispose of them. Surfaces
that have been contaminated (tables, cots, etc.) will need to be disinfected by the Health Officer. For
more information and training in blood borne pathogens, please talk to the Health Officer when you
arrive in camp.

The Camp Program
The Five Rivers Council offers a wide range of program opportunities for all Scouts to enjoy. While
Scouting advancement makes up an important part of the summer camp experience, other activities are
equally important for Scouts to develop into better adults. As you read through the following pages,
please keep these points in mind:
    • A camp program is limited only by the unit’s leader’s encouragement and imagination!
    • For a unit to get the most out of summer camp, they need to plan before arriving.
    • A unit’s summer camp program should be aimed at meeting the needs of the unit, the patrol and
        the individual Scout.
    • To get the most out of summer camp, weeklong adult leadership is most helpful.

Merit Badge Blue Cards
Blue cards should be completed by the scout interested in taking the merit badge. The Scoutmaster’s
signature is required on the first section of all blue cards, and Scouts must submit all blue cards at the
first session of a merit badge. The Provisional Scoutmaster will be authorized to sign blue cards for
Scouts attending without their unit. Completed cards will be distributed to Scoutmasters. The Area
Directors and Program Director will be available to discuss any problems or answer questions. It is the
responsibility of Scoutmasters to ensure they have ALL blue cards before leaving camp. Cards will be
available to pickup on Saturday morning!

Merit Badge Counselors
All Merit Badge Counselors are trained and qualified as such and serve under the direct supervision of
the Program Director. All Merit Badge Counselors are 18 years of age or older. Merit Badge
Instructors are camp staff members under the age of 18. Recognized Merit Badge Counselors at camp
may not necessarily be recognized counselors in the community, but all are fully qualified instructors
and are approved by the Council Advancement Committee.

Partial Merit Badges versus Completed Merit Badges
Scouts must complete all requirements of a merit badge in order to receive the badge. Any requirement
or portion of a requirement not completed at camp results in a “Partial Completion”. The remaining
requirements to be completed will be indicated on the blue card. Partial merit badges will typically be
honored at camp from previous years. When a Scout approaches a Merit Badge Counselor back home,
the counselor May or May Not, accept the requirements that have been completed. The Scout should
be prepared to demonstrate his knowledge in the completed requirements as they are typically reviewed.

Only registered Merit Badge Counselors or instructors may work with Scouts. Scoutmasters are not
eligible or authorized to grant completion of a partial merit badge from summer camp, unless they are a
registered Merit Badge Counselor for that badge.

Merit Badge Advance Preparation
Several merit badges offered at camp require some advance preparation. Scouts should bring materials
for completed requirements or partial cards to camp. Merit Badge Counselors will collect any
completed written work during their first merit badge class. No Scout should come to camp without
knowing beforehand what merit badges he plans to take, what the requirements are and which
requirements should be completed prior to camp.

Merit Badge Conflicts
The staff will make every effort to accommodate conflicts in the merit badge schedule. The staff must
be made aware of these potential problems no later than Sunday evening. Scouts come to camp for
many years, so Scoutmasters should make an advancement program outline for each Scout that not only
fits into the current published schedule, but also fits the Scout’s future.

Suggested Merit Badges
Scoutmasters should work with individual Scouts to develop their advancement plan. Scouts should not
take badges too difficult for them such as Environmental Science their first year at camp. Too many
badges or too difficult a badge leads to partials. Partials lead to disappointed Scouts, which leads to
drop-outs. Our recommendations are available in the Camp Brulé Program Guide and as follows:

1st Year – Primary focus should be on the Tenderfoot, Second, and First Class skills. Camp Brule’ has
the Dan Beard program for the first year camper.

2nd & 3rd Year – First Aid Merit Badge – take a merit badge each session. Take Camping Merit Badge
before Wilderness Survival. Take the Canoeing or Rowing Merit Badge before Lifesaving.

4th Year + - Take advanced Merit Badge sessions. Participate in older Scout program such as C.O.P.E.
and challenging Merit Badges like Shotgun or Orienteering.

Aquatic Merit Badge Pre-Requisites
Canoeing           Swimmer Classification – Older Scout
Lifesaving         Swimmer Classification – Older Scout, Need Swimming Merit Badge (Must be 14)
Rowing             Swimmer Classification – 2nd Yr +
Swimming           Good 1st Year Camper MB
Small Boat         Swimmer Classification and Specific Requirements
Sailing            (Sailing experience highly recommended)
Kayaking BSA       Swimmer Classification – Older Scout (Not A MB)

Outdoor Skills Merit Badge Pre-Requisites
Camping             Specific Requirements, average MB difficulty (Camping work & hours must be done prior to camp)
Emergency Preparedness     First Aid MB and Specific Requirements – Older Scout
First Aid           No Pre-Req.
Orienteering        No Pre-Req. – Average Difficulty (Higher levels of compass & Map knowledge)
Pioneering          No Pre-Req. – 2nd Yr.+ Scout MB (Working knowledge of ropes, knots & lashing)
Wilderness Survival Specific Requirements – average MB difficulty (Camping MB highly recommended)

Craft Lodge Merit Badge Pre-Requisites
Art          No Pre-Req. – good 1st Year MB
Architecture Specific Requirements – good 1st Year MB
Basketry     No Pre-Req. – good 1st Year MB
Leatherwork No Pre-Req. – good 1st Year MB
Painting     No Pre-Req. – average MB difficulty
Woodcarving No Pre-Req. – average MB Difficulty       (Totin’ Chip required)

Shooting Sports Merit Badge Pre-Requisites
Archery    No Pre-Req. – average MB difficulty (Time consuming for target score requirements)
Rifle      No Pre-Req. – Older Scout MB (must be 12 years old & Prior shooting exp. Helpful – time consuming)
Shotgun    No Pre-Req. – Older Scout MB – (Suggest Rifle MB first & Prior shooting exp. Helpful – time consuming)

Ecology Merit Badge Pre-Requisites
Astronomy             Average MB difficulty (Need to schedule time for stargazing at camp)
Environmental Science No Pre-Req. – older Scout MB (Very time consuming for observations, experiments and reports)
Fishing               No Pre-Req. – good 1st year camper MB (Need to self schedule time for fishing)
Fish & Wildlife       Specific Requirements – Older Scout MB
Mammal Study          No Pre-Req. – good 1st Yr Camper MB
Soil & Water Consv. No Pre-Req. – average MB difficulty
Space Exploration     No Pre-Req. – good 1st Yr. Camper MB
Weather               Specific Requirements – good 1st Year Camper MB

Special Program Activities and Areas
Service Projects – Service projects may be carried out at camp with the approval of the unit leader and
related camp personnel. Eagle Service projects cannot be done to benefit the B.S.A.

Aquatics – Unit swims, unit boating, Mile Swim, BSA Lifeguard, Snorkeling BSA, Instructional Swim,
unit Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat, and Polar Bear Swim.

BSA Lifeguard – This award is the highest award offered by the BSA for waterfront skills. Scouts and
leaders hoping to complete this award at camp must come to camp with a current CPR certification. The
patch is worn on the bathing suit. Plan on 30+ hours of work at the lake.

Mile Swim – A national award given to Scouts who swim a full mile without stopping. See the
Aquatics Director on Sunday to get a training schedule. The patch is worn on the bathing trunks and is
available for purchase at the Trading Post or Council Scout Shop.

Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat – Every unit should have at least one adult that hold up-to-date
Safe Swim Defense Certification. The Waterfront Staff will conduct an instructional session during the
week. Certificates are valid for two years and awarded to units free of charge.

Shooting Sports – Open shooting for rifle and shotgun, instructional shooting, unit shoots, NRA
contests, and black powder may be available. Unit archery shoots available as well.

Outdoor Skills – Tote ‘n’ Chip, Fire ‘n’ Chit, Paul Bunyan Axe Award, cooking demos, matchless
fires, rope making and instructional tying and lashing, cross country compass courses, wilderness
survival tips, basic compass work, low-impact camping, large pioneering projects, and camp gadget
making may be available.

Totin’ Chip & Fire ‘n’ Chit – Popular among new Scouts, since it grants them the privilege of using
“woods tools” or building fires. Unit leaders and senior Scouts may become instructors for these awards
and train Scouts in their units during summer camp or on short-term camping trips. See the Outdoor
Skills Director.

Paul Bunyan Award – Refer to the Scout Handbook for requirements. The award recognizes advanced
axemanship. Scouts can apply for this award at the Outdoor Skill area.
Craft Lodge – Boondoggle projects, neckerchief slides, leather projects, basket weaving, general art,
craft contests, wood-leather-basketry and metal project instruction, and special demonstrations.

Ecology – Nature trails and hikes, animal and plant ID, conservation projects, edible feast, care for the
animals, tracking, star gazing, World Conservation Award and fishing.

Brulé Extra Programs
Project C.O.P.E. & Climbing Tower – low and high elements, initiative games, rappelling and climbing
merit badge. C.O.P.E. Knot – given to each participant who completes C.O.P.E., this figure eight knot
is worn on the Scout shirt looped around the front right pocket.

C.I.T. – Counselor In Training
The C.I.T. or Counselor in Training Program is designed to give Scouts at least 15 years of age the
opportunity for training to become a future staff member. New positions in camp are often filled with
successful trainees from this program.

Scouts are placed in different program areas each week, as well as having an opportunity to work on
their own advancement. The Program Director evaluates Scout’s progress and assists in his personal

CIT’s are treated the same as the other members of staff. This program is a wonderful opportunity for
the best Scouts in any unit to receive valuable personal training to bring back to the unit. All ambitious
Scouts are encouraged to apply. Based on recommendations from other staff members, unit leaders, and
parental approval, some Scouts may be asked if they would like to remain for another week in camp as a
C.I.T. Should they choose to do so, CIT’s must fill out all employment paperwork prior to returning to

                {Copy as needed! To be filed with first payment - Not the deposit!}

Distribution:                Required of ALL Out-of-Council Units

Camp Office                  Council Insurance Company: ________________________________
Health Lodge
Waterfront                   Policy Number: ____________________________________________

For Camp Brulé:
             é               Unit Type:    Troop # _______      or     Crew # _______

District Name: _________________________          Council Name: ___________________________

Circle Camp Week:            #1            #2            #3

Assigned Campsite: _________________________             # of Youth: _____    # of Adults: _____

___ Yes!        We understand we must receive approval to exceed the site capacity and if
                approved, are required to bring our own additional tents to meet our needs.
In-camp primary unit leader: ______________________________            Unit Position: __________
Secondary in-camp unit leader: ____________________________            Unit Position: __________
Youth Protection trained leader: ___________________________           Unit Position: __________

     Camper Name             Y = Youth     Area Code and      Camp    Rank or     Age as     Med.
Ratio: 1 Adult to 8 Youth    A = Adult      Home Phone        Years   Position   of 1 Jan.   Form
Ad                             Adult
Ad                                Adult

           Copy as needed for additional youth and adults!            Page ___ of ___

You can go to summer camp even if your Troop isn’t! How about a 2nd week of summer camp? Just fill out the form and
                                         mail it back to the Scout Shop.

                                 2011 Individual Boy Scout Camper Registration Form

Name ________________________________________________________

Address ______________________________ City/State ________________

Home Phone __________________ Email ____________ DOB: __________

Troop __________ District ____________________ Council _____________

Current Rank: ________ Leadership Position __________________________

Camp Attending: ___ Brule’ ____ Gorton ___ C.O.P.E. (must be 13 by 1/1/11)

Camp Week: ____________________________________________________________

___ Yes, I’ll bring the required BSA Medical Form to Camp with me
___ My BSA Medical Form is attached.

Parent/Guardian Signature _________________________________________

Check your Scout Fee: ___ 2nd Week Camp Fee of $200.00

Check Your Payment Option: ____ Cash ___ Check
____ Credit Card ___________________________ Exp. _________

Merit Badge selections will be held on Sunday after sign-in. Please make sure that you have enough blue cards with you.

Return to: Five Rivers Council, Provisional Camping
           3300 Chambers Road - Suite 5190
           Horseheads, NY 14845

                         Five Rivers Council Summer Camp
                                 SCOUT EARLY RELEASE FORM

This form is used in the event a Scout will need to leave camp, for any reason, prior to the
scheduled end of his session.

The below named Scout is authorized to depart camp earlier than scheduled by his Troop.
Additionally, the below named individual is the person authorized to pick up my Scout/s.

Date and Time of Release: _______________________________________________________

Name of Scout: ________________________________________________________________

Mailing Address: ______________________________________________________________

City/State/Zip: ________________________________________________________________

Home Telephone No: ____________________            Troop: _____     Council: _______________

Authorized Release to - Individuals Name: ________________________________________

Mailing Address: ______________________________________________________________

City/State/Zip: ________________________________________________________________

Home Telephone No: ___________________            Work Telephone No: __________________

Parent’s Printed Name: _________________________________________________________

Parent’s Signature: ____________________________           Work Phone: __________________

        ***************************On Site Verification*****************************

Before leaving Camp, Scouts must check-out with their unit leader and the camp office.
Signature of Unit Leader                                                           Date
Signature of Camp Director                                                          Date
    (Keep original for use at time of release. Give authorized individual a photocopy if requested.)

Five Rivers Council                                                               Boy Scouts of America

                       This application must be filled out Completely by Scouts’ parents, signed by
                       their scout leader, and received at the Mall Service Center by Friday,
                       April 1, 2011, to be considered. All information is kept strictly confidential.
                       Allocation of campership funds occurs between the middle of May & the
                       Early Bird deadline. A credit will be applied under the Scout’s name for the
                       particular camp he is registering for. Campership funds are not transferable.

The ninth point of the Scout Law is “A Scout is Thrifty.” Through parent and unit education,
training, and direction Scouts are encouraged and expected to earn a portion of their camp fees.

TO THE CUBMASTER, SCOUTMASTER OR ADVISOR: Through fundraising activities
at both the Council and Unit level, Scouts earn money for deposit into their own individual unit
account which is typically used toward summer camp fees or other activities. This is a key
element of Pack, Troop or Crew operations and is highly encouraged as a useful tool for teaching
Part I - Personal Information - Please TYPE or PRINT

Scout's Name: ___________________________________              Age: _____      Rank: ____________
   Pack        Troop       Crew     Unit #: __________         District: _______________________

Mailing Address: ___________________________________________________________________

City/State/Zip: _____________________________________________________________________

Home Phone: _________________________              Parent Name(s): ___________________________
Camp Attending:           Cub Scout Day Camps                  WEBELOS Resident Camps
 {Select One}             Gorton - Boy Scout Camp              Brule’ - Boy Scout Camp
Other Camp Experience:            Non-Scout Camp          Non-Summer Camp               Unit Trip
                                  Music Camp              Religious Camp                Sports Camp
Part 2 - Family and Financial Information - REQUIRED!

# of Adults: _____      # of children: _____     # of children attending camp this summer: _____

Gross Family Income:         Under $15,000               $15,000 - $24,999         $25,000 - $49,999
                             $50,000 - $74,999           $75,000 - $99,999         Over $100,000

The above information is correct and accurate: __________________________________________
                                                     Signature of Parent or Guardian

       Please complete BOTH SIDES of this form before Submitting to:
                       Five Rivers Council, BSA Attn: Campership Committee
                                   3300 Chambers Road, Suite 5190
                                     Horseheads, NY 14845-5190
Additional Parent Comments or Extenuating Circumstances for Consideration

Camperships are NOT AUTOMATIC! They are intended to help those Scouts who would not
otherwise have any summer camp experience. Camperships are awarded based on financial need
for an amount between 10% and no more than 50% of the Early Bird Registration Fee.

Part 3 - Unit Leader Certification & Additional Funding

This Scout has been an active member for:      ___ Years and ___ Months

The parent/s has been an active member/s for ___ Years & ___ Months as: ____________________
In 2010, this Scout Participated in:
   Popcorn Fundraiser & earned $ ________ in his account for camp.
   Unit Fundraiser & has earned $ ________ in his account for camp.
Did your Scout’s unit support the 2010 Friends of Scouting campaign?               Yes    No
Did your Scout’s unit support the 2011 Friends of Scouting campaign?               Yes    No

$                 Total Camp Fee
$                 Scout’s Share of the Camp Fee (Popcorn Sale, Fundraising, Chartered Partner, etc.)
$                 Family’s Share of the Camp Fee
$                 Funding from within the Unit or additional sources

$               Amount Requested for Campership Grant - Maximum 50% of discount fee
Maximum amount that can be requested for a campership grant:
Cub Scout Day Camp $ 32.50, WEBELOS Resident Camp $82.50, Boy Scout Summer Resident Camp $137.50

Unit Leader Comments: _____________________________________________________________

Unit Leader Signature: _____________________________             Date: _________________________

Come join the Fun and Adventure of Scouting, Lets Get ALL of our kids to Camp in 2011!

                     For Council Camping Committee and Office Use Only!

Date Application Received: _______________                Response Sent On: _______________

Campership Status: ___ Not Approved ___ On Hold             ___ Additional Info Needed
                   ___ Approved for: $ _______ to attend _____________________________

Directions to Camp Brulé, near Shunk and Forksville, PA.

Directions from Corning/Painted Post and West:
Take US 15 South from US 15/NY 17 interchange approximately 28 miles to second Mansfield, PA exit
    at US 6.
Make a left onto US 6 and travel East through Mansfield into Troy, PA, approximately 18 miles.
In Troy, at the intersection of US 6 and PA 14, make a right onto PA 14 South.
Directions Continue below in “Directions from Troy, PA”

Directions from Elmira/Horseheads:
At intersection of NY 328 and NY/PA 14, take 14 South approximately 21.6 miles into Troy, PA.
In Troy, at the intersection of US 6 and PA 14, make a left and continue on PA 14 South.
Directions continue below in “Directions from Troy, PA”

Directions from Troy, PA:
Travel approximately 10.7 miles into Canton on PA 14 South.
In Canton, at the intersection of PA 14 and PA 414, make a left onto PA 414 East and travel 1/10th mile
    to intersection with PA 154 South.
Make a right onto PA 154 South and travel 14.4 miles through Shunk to intersection with county road
    4008 (marked with Camp Brule sign).
Make a left onto county road 4008 and travel 1.8 miles to intersection with Lake Road on the left and
    Camp Brule entrance.

Directions from Waverly, NY and East:
From the junction of NY 17 & US 220 in Waverly, NY, travel approximately 38½ miles South to the
    junction of US 220 and PA 87. This intersection is approximately 1 mile south of Dushore, PA.
Turn right onto PA 87 and travel approximately 10½ miles to the junction of PA 87 & county road 4011,
    which is located just before Millview, PA.
Turn right on to county road 4011, North, and travel approximately 4 ½ miles to the junction of county
    road 4011 and county road 4016 in Hugos Corners.
At that intersection turn left. Travel approximately 1 mile to the junction of North Road - T 419. Turn
    right on to North Road.
Travel approximately 3 miles on North Road (T 419) to the camp entrance on the right.


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