Youth Protection Guidelines for Camping Accommodations
Please note that when housing both male and female campers, separate rooms with a wall and door must be booked for each gender. Youth and adults of a single gender should also be separated by at least a temporary barrier within the same facility. See the Accommodations section on the Guide to Safe Scouting website.
Policies for Safety and Vandalism
The volunteers and staff of the Lake Erie Council have put the following policies in place to provide a safe camping experience to all campers. These are in accordance with Federal and State Laws as well the Policies of the Boy Scouts of America. Remember, our youth and our camps are in your care.
To prevent misunderstandings, you and every other group using the facilities of the Lake Erie Council are required to read and commit to these policies, as well as those outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting.
- No alcoholic beverage of any kind may be possessed or consumed
- No illegal drugs including marijuana
- Firearms, archery equipment, paint ball guns, and etc. are not permitted
- 10 MPH speed limit; All passengers must be in a seat with a seatbelt
- No riding on the outside of vehicles or in the beds of pick-up trucks
- Parking in designated areas only, not along roads or next to cabins. (If you get stuck while in an unauthorized area, it will be your responsiblility to get your vehicle unstuck or towed)
- Campers must be in their sites and quiet between 11:00 pm and 7:00 am
- No vandalism to any camp property, building, wildlife or trees
- No unauthorized swimming or boating activities are allowed
- To prohibit child abuse; no initiations, hazing, or harassment will be tolerated
- Follow the Camp Code of Conduct.
I understand as unit leader that it is my responsibility to review these policies and the Camp Code of Conduct with every group member on or before arrival at camp.
Failure to follow these policies, including being found in off limit areas or engaging in prohibited activities will result in the immediate removal of any member of the group or the entire group. ILLEGAL activities will be reported to the proper Law Enforcement agency. We understand we will be charged for any loss or damage caused by group members. We agree to pay any and all such charges, which will include labor and materials.
Barriers to Abuse
- Two-deep leadership on all outings required. Two registered adult leaders, or one registered leader and a parent of a participating Scout or other adult, one of whom must be 21 years of age or older, are required for all trips and outings. There are a few instances, such as patrol activities, when the presence of adult leaders is not required and adult leadership may be limited to training and guidance of the patrol leadership. With the proper training, guidance, and approval by the troop leaders, the patrol can conduct day hikes and service projects. Appropriate adult leadership must be present for all overnight Scouting activities; coed overnight activities—even those including parent and child—require male and female adult leaders, both of whom must be 21 years of age or older, and one of whom must be a registered member of the BSA. The chartered organization is responsible for ensuring that sufficient leadership is provided for all activities.
- One-on-one contact between adults and Scouts prohibited. One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is not permitted. In situations that require personal conferences, such as a Scoutmaster’s conference, the meeting is to be conducted in view of other adults and youths.
- Separate accommodations for adults and Scouts required. When camping, no youth is permitted to sleep in the tent of an adult other than his or her own parent or guardian. Councils are strongly encouraged to have separate shower and latrine facilities for females. When separate facilities are not available, separate times for male and female use should be scheduled and posted for showers. Likewise, youth and adults must shower at different times.
- Privacy of youth respected. Adult leaders must respect the privacy of youth members in situations such as changing clothes and taking showers at camp, and intrude only to the extent that health and safety require. Adults must protect their own privacy in similar situations.
- Inappropriate use of cameras, imaging, or digital devices prohibited. While most campers and leaders use cameras and other imaging devices responsibly, it has become very easy to invade the privacy of individuals. It is inappropriate to use any device capable of recording or transmitting visual images in shower houses, restrooms, or other areas where privacy is expected by participants.
- No secret organizations. The Boy Scouts of America does not recognize any secret organizations as part of its program. All aspects of the Scouting program are open to observation by parents and leaders.
- No hazing. Physical hazing and initiations are prohibited and may not be included as part of any Scouting activity.
- No bullying. Verbal, physical, and cyber bullying are prohibited in Scouting.
- Youth leadership monitored by adult leaders. Adult leaders must monitor and guide the leadership techniques used by youth leaders and ensure that BSA policies are followed.
- Discipline must be constructive. Discipline used in Scouting should be constructive and reflect Scouting’s values. Corporal punishment is never permitted.
- Appropriate attire for all activities. Proper clothing for activities is required. For example, skinny-dipping or revealing bathing suits are not appropriate in Scouting.
- Members are responsible for acting in accordance with the Scout Oath and Scout Law. All members of the Boy Scouts of America are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the principles set forth in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Physical violence, theft, verbal insults, drugs, and alcohol have no place in the Scouting program and may result in the revocation of a Scout’s membership
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All groups must check in with the Camp Hosts. Check in time is no earlier than 6:00 pm on Fridays. The Camp Hosts are located at the reception center in Camp McIntosh.
The Camp Hosts are expecting a unit roster at time of check in. At that time, you will review the camp policies and make any final arrangements for program activities. You will also select a check out time so the Ranger or Camp Host can review the facility prior to your departure on Sunday.
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The Unit or group is to arrange for check-out by the Camp Hosts prior to leaving camp. All visitors should leave camp by 10am on Sunday morning. The Camp Host, the Senior Patrol Leader and adult leader will inspect the facility, noting any damage evident since check-in, and arrangements made for repair. The unit is officially released from obligation after the facilities are checked by the Camp Ranger on the following Monday.
It is appreciated that you leave the property in similar or better condition than when you arrived.
Refund Policy of the Lake Erie Council
Lake Erie Council provides Council programs, high adventure camps and other camping experiences to the Scouts and leaders in its service area. These opportunities require Council staff to send deposits to the sponsoring camp, acquire needed supplies and produce mailings to campers and others so the Council sponsored experiences are rewarding and convenient for the Scouts and leaders in our Council. Fees are usually paid in advance of the event and to ensure the Council can provide the best service to the Scouts the following refund policies will apply. Participants are not considered registered for any event/activity until payment in full has been received.
Facility Reservation Fees Facility reservation fees are final. Refunds may be granted only if a cancellation is brought to a Council employee’s attention. Individuals/Groups that cancel their reservations 14 days or more prior to the arrival date will receive a refund of the total rental fee less a 15% administrative service charge. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the arrival date. Any/all refund requests must be made within 14 days of the reservation date.
To quote Robert Baden-Powell, "Leave this world a little better than you found it."
All units / groups / visitors are responsible for leaving all equipment and facilities in a clean and orderly condition. Failure to do so may result in additional charges, which must be paid within 30 days of the use date. Your group will be charged for damage to facilities.
If you need additional cleaning supplies, please contact your Camp Hosts.