CAMP HENSON INFORMATION PACKET
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CAMP AND MORE...
UNIT AND LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENTS
Two registered adult leaders, or one adult leader and a parent of a participating Scout, one of whom must be at least 21 years of age or older are required for the entire time on all trips and outings.
One of the primary goals of the Cub Scouting program is to strengthen parent‑son relationships. A parent is encouraged to attend with their son. There should be a minimum of one adult leader for every 4 boys.
For the protection of campers they may not leave camp without parental permission. Leaders should be aware of a boy's need to be out of camp in advance, if possible. Leaders should also know the person taking the boy out of camp.
Leaders occasionally must be absent from camp. BE SURE that another adult from your unit is present to cover for the period of absence.
CHECKING OUTAND IN ‑ ALL PERSONS, Scouts, leaders, and visitors must check out (or in) of camp on the Sign Out/In Log in the Administration Building.
Visitors are welcome in camp. If meals are desired, the unit must make reservations with the camp clerk 24 hours in advance and must pay for the visitor's meals.
The Trading Post carries many items of equipment, pamphlets, booklets, and other Scouting related merchandise. In addition, toothpaste, soap, pencils, writing paper, post cards, craft supplies, soda and fruit juices are available. Candy and ice cream will also be available for sale in the evenings.
A limit of two candy bars and one ice cream per camper per evening visit will be enforced. Fresh fruit, fruit juices, and soft drinks will be available during all Trading Post "open" hours.
The trading Post is open every day. The hours are posted in camp.
Each unit must pick up its own mail at the Administration Building. Outgoing mail leaves camp at about 9 a.m. daily.
Please address all incoming mail to:
Henson Scout Reservation
5700 Nanticoke Road
Seaford, DE 19973
Scouts are not permitted to use the camp phone except in the case of an extreme emergency. Incoming calls should be of the utmost importance and will require locating a Scout or leader. A call back number must be left. A pay phone is located at the Trading Post.
CAMP FACILITIES AND EQUIPTMENT
Henson Scout Reservation will provide each den site with enough 8'xlO' canvas wall tents to house the entire den in one location. Tents are erected over wooden floorboards and include two canvas cots per tent. Each tent site will also be provided with a dining tarp and picnic table for den activities. Every campsite has an enclosed pit‑type latrine and water supply for personal hygiene. There are also modern sanitary facilities and showers centrally located throughout the camp.
Upon arrival your Program Specialist will assist you with an inventory of your site. Be sure to check ALL equipment carefully before you sign the inventory form. You are then responsible for the items on the inventory. Loss or damage to equipment will be charged to you at the end of the camp period. Note carefully any damage that may exist when you move in. If the camp cannot replace an item, make note of it on the inventory form.
A bulletin board is provided for each camp den.
You may wish to bring some items of your own with you, particularly if they relate specifically to your den program. Some suggested items are included on the What To Bring list in the appendix of this guide.
A few words about camp facilities—The camp is like a small city with many problems: water supply, sewage, garbage disposal, fire‑fighting, policing, food supply, housing, etc. Latrines are designed for disposai of human waste only. They are NOT garbage cans or trash disposal places. They were not designed to digest cans, foam products, or bottles.
DINNING HALL FOOD SERVICE
All campers will eat cafeteria style in our camp dining hall. Henson Scout Reservation is well known for it's excellent meals. The Henson Dining Hall is a modern building with a full size commercial kitchen and food storage facility. An atmosphere of fun and excitement is created at each meal in this wonderful facility. Each den will be assigned a table area for all meals. Staff members and program specialists eat with campers everyday! Dens will be responsible for the cleanliness of their assigned table and the area surrounding it. The dining hall steward and camp staff will conduct the meals, and lead fun songs, skits and cheers at each meal. The dining hall is also the place to catch up on all the latest program updates.
HEALTH AND SAFTETY
A Health Lodge is available at camp. The Health Lodge can handle most minor illnesses or injuries. ALL illnesses and injuries must be brought to the attention of the Health Lodge as soon as detected. If further medical attention is required, Scouts and adults will be seen by the Camp Physician or taken to the local hospital.
It is the responsibility of unit leaders to process all charges for medical expenses through the unit's insurance policy, to have the expenses paid by the unit leader, or to have the expenses billed to the patient's family.
All campers and adults must use the Buddy System at all times. A minimum of two individuals should remain together at all times.
DAILY CAMPSITE INSPECTIONS
Campsite inspections are done daily by your camp commissioner using the report form found in the appendix of this guide. Units meeting clean camp standards during their stay will be presented a Clean Camp Award at the closing ceremony.
DAILY PERSONAL INSPECTIONS
It is the responsibility of the unit leader to determine, by observation and questioning, the health of each camper each morning before breakfast. Send any campers with problems to the camp Health Officer as instructed during the camp check‑in process.
Personal cleanliness is the number one item in the prevention of illness. substitute for soap and hot water. Hot showers are located near each campsite; be sure that every camper stays clean. Showers should be taken daily, preferably before bedtime, and a tick inspection made by each camper.
Separate indoor shower facilities are available for all campers. Adults are not permitted to shower with Scouts. All adults must use the adult facilities and all boys must use the youth facilities
A non‑aerosol insect repellent is recommended to reduce the likelihood of mosquito and tick bites. Aerosol insect repellents are extremely flammable and therefore can be dangerous. Insect netting is available for sale on a limited basis in the camp trading post. A limited supply of netting support poles are available for loan, however we suggest you bring your own.
All prescription and non‑prescription medications must be stored under lock and key during camp attendance. Medications must be controlled and administered by the camp Health Officer or the Unit Leader. The default position of the camp will be to collect medications and administer them in the camp first aid office unless other arrangements are requested by the unit leader. Campsite lock boxes for medicines are available from the camp Health Officer.
Shoes must be worn at all times, except while swimming. Old sneakers or shoes MUST BE WORN WHILE BOATING. Aqua socks are not acceptable.
Smoking is prohibited in camp except in designated areas. Designated areas are currently outdoors without youth present. Don't permit smoking by youth. Observe NO SMOKING signs in all buildings in camp.
Some areas of camp require extra caution. Parts of the trail system pass through potentially swampy areas. If hikers come to a spot that looks doubtful, the ground should be tested prior to putting full weight on it. Scouts must be cautioned to remain on the marked trails and to use the buddy system at all times. Hikers must check with camp headquarters prior to hiking trails.
In the interest of safety and limiting wear and tear on the camp services roads:
All vehicles must be properly licensed and insured. All drivers must have a valid driver's license Vehicles CANNOT be driven to the campsites. Special arrangements can be made for handicapped individuals and for transporting heavy troop equipment. All vehicles must be parked at the main parking lot. All wheeled sleeping/camping type vehicles are restricted from use as housing. Absolutely no passengers may be transported in any location in a vehicle that does not have a seat belt installed by the manufacturer for the purpose of passenger safety. Del‑Mar‑Va Council is not responsible for damage to vehicles parked in camp.
Alcoholic beverages of all kinds are prohibited. Violators of this policy will be asked to leave camp.
Fireworks are prohibited in camp and for safety reasons are subject to confiscation on sight. Violators may be asked to leave camp.
Firearms and Airguns
Firearms and airguns are prohibited in camp except when used in a properly supervised program on the BB Range.
Due to the possible danger of rabies infection from wild animals in camp and the danger that pets may become lost in unfamiliar surroundings, bringing pets to camp is prohibited. Exceptions will be made for leader dogs for the blind and the deaf.
These knives are not needed for the Scout camping program and therefore are not permitted.
Possession or usage of illegal (i.e., other than labeled prescription or non‑prescription drugs) is prohibited. Violators will be asked to leave camp.
STANDARDS FOR PRIVACY
Male and female participants are required to have separate sleeping facilities i.e. a separate room or tent. No youth may stay in the tent of an adult other than his parent/guardian. Legally marrIed couples may share the " same quarters. Adult leadership needs to respect the privacy of youth members in situations such as changing into swimsuits and taking showers, and intrude only to the extent that health and safety require. Leaders must also protect their own privacy in similar situations. The posted hours for adult male use of the outdoor showers must be observed. Use the buddy system for latrine use by having another person wait outside the entrance, or use an "occupied"/"unoccupied" sign.
AQUATIC CLASSIFICATION POLICY
At your first visit to the pool, Scouts and leaders will take a swimming test to determine their aquatic classification. Everyone will be classified into one of three ability groups: I ) Non‑Swimmer; 2) Beginner; 3) Swimmer.
To qualify as a Beginner Swimmer a Scout or leader must: jump feet first into water over his head, surface, level off and swim at least 50 feet.
To qualify as a Swimmer a Scout or leader must: jump feet first into water over his head, surface, level off and swim at least 75 yards in a strong manner using strokes indicated by the instructor, swim an additional 25 yards using the elementary backstroke and rest in the water for one minute using minimum of motion.
Everyone must take the swim test to use the pool or other aquatic facilities.
All Swimming must be done in the pool.
All unit leaders must attend safe Swim Defense Training and the assigned practice completed. The pool facilities can be made available for units with qualified, trained, leadership to operate their own Pack swim by scheduling with the Aquatics Director.
A Daily Camp Program plan will be prepared by the 3 4 camp staff for each camp den in attendance. The program plan will contain specific information on activity periods & location as well as information about campwide activities. Activity periods may be in any one of seven different program areas including nature, swimming, handicraft, campcratt, enrichment, and sports, for all campers, and archery and BB shooting for Webelos. Your Program Specialist will provide you with a copy of this plan and assist you in finding the activities.
The camp program has been developed with the needs of boys in mind. If your Scouts have a specific program request or need, please bring it to the attention of the Camp Director. We will do our best to accommodate requests. Our primary goal is to present a program that meets the needs of your boys and promotes the aims of Scouting.
DEN TIME AND LEADER’S RESPONSIBILITY
Each den schedule will also include time for dens to invent their own program. This den time can be used for planning and practicing campfire program, a hike, a fishing trip, or any other activity, as facilities and equipment allow. Your Program Specialist will be glad to assist with any materials or instruction that you may need.
There is also a 45‑minute rest period after lunch each day. No program activities will be open during this time and your Program Specialist will not be available to you. This time is to be spent quietly in your campsite, resting for the afternoon activities.
RESOURCES AND ADVANCEMENT
Standard Cub and Webelos program resources such as Cub Program Helps, Cub How To Book, and the Wolf, Bear and Webelos Books are all available in camp to use as program planning tools, and have been used extensively by the staff in developing the camp program. As usual with Cub and Webelos Scouting, a good imagination, natural curiosity, and the proper emphasis on the Cub Scout motto to "Do Your Best", are the best resources for an outstanding program.
The portion of your program developed by the camp staff is designed so that each camper will have the opportunity to accomplish certain activities in their individual advancement program. Den leaders and parents should be prepared to make a record of these activities, and/or record them directly into each Scout's handbook. An outline of requirements that may be covered will be provided to leaders at the beginning of your stay. The camp staff, however, will do no formal advancement record keeping.
The Webelos program activities have been designed to accommodate the A two‑year Webelos program.
Advancement opportunities and program features have been developed with this in mind. If you have a group of second year Webelos that is large enough to function as a camp den on it's own, or you would like to group with another small group of second year Webelos so that they may receive this special programming, please be sure to bring it to the attention of the Camp Director so that the proper may take place.
A camp staff member (Program Specialist) will be assigned to each Den. His job is to provide information and to assist with program at some of the program areas. The primary responsibility for leadership, however, belongs to the adult leaders with each den. Your Program Specialist will review the schedule with the den leadership and is charged with the responsibility for keeping the den's activities on schedule. A high level of cooperation among the Program Specialist and the den leadership is essential to insure that each Scout receives the best possible outdoor experience.
A Den Chief is a boy of Boy Scout age that serves as a mentor to Cub Scouts. A Den Chief serves as an assistant to the leadership of the den and as a role model for younger boys.
If your den operates through the year with a Den Chief, you should bring him to camp with you. If you have not considered the possibility of using a Den Chief, you may want to contact a local Scoutrnaster and ask if he would recommend a Scout for the job.
DAILY RETREAT AND UNIFORMS
Any Scout with a uniform is expected to wear it to the daily retreat ceremony and the dinner meal. A uniform need not necessarily be the official uniform of the Boy Scouts of America. Many Cub Scouts do not have the official uniform or may have outgrown it prior to entering another phase of the program next fall. If your Scout's do not have an official uniform, a Cub Scout, or Summer Camp T‑Shirt make a good substitute. The more alike all the members of a den are dressed the more impressive their showing at the campwide ceremonies. In all cases clothing must be chosen in good taste and the spirit of Scouting.
A campwide ceremonial flag lowering will occur daily in front of the Administration Building. Individual units also encouraged to make use of the flag pole in their campsite daily with an appropriate flag raising and lowering ceremony.
LEADERSHIP AND SETTING THE TONE
Each area of program varies in the degree of leadership participation required. The level of cooperation and enthusiasm of unit leadership is vital to the success of your boys. Remember, boys look to adults to Set The Example. If you are excited and enthusiastic about the program, your boys are sure to have a wonderful experience.
ACCIDENT OR ILLNESS
In the event of serious accident or illness, the following procedure is to be followed:
If additional assistance is required belore transporting, or if emergency transportation is needed, call the ambulance. Phone numbers are posted at all phones.
Administer First Aid within the limits of your qualifications. Send for the Camp Health Officers or Campmaster and for any additional help available in camp.
If the injury or illness is of a less serious nature, have the unit transport the individual to the hospital or doctor. Have an adult accompany the individual.
Instruct the accompanying adult to report back to camp headquarters on the extent of the problem. Remind them that the expenses are the responsibility of the individual or unit.
• Completely fill out a Report of Incident recording all information required and file it with the Camp Director.
IN CASE OF FATALITY
Immediately inform the Camp Director. In his absence contact the Scout Executive. Have available all information requested on the Report of Incident form.
Do not discuss the incident with anyone other than the Camp Director or Scout Executive. The Council Scout Executive or his designee will release all media information.
FIRE, EARTHQUAKE, CHEM1CAL SPILL, OR OTHER DISASTER
Immediately upon learning that there is a fire or other incident in camp, the following procedure is to be followed.
Notify the Camp Director, Campmaster, Camp Ranger or a member of the Camp Staff.
The Camp siren will be sounded for 3 minutes for all campers to return to their campsites. The Camp Director, Camp Ranger of Campmaster will direct fire fighting efforts until relieved by the fire department.
The Program Director or Campmaster is to remain at headquarters and all other staff members will report to the fire scene and work as directed by the Camp Director or Camp Ranger.
UNITS WILL DO THE FOLLOWING:
Once all are present or accounted for, send a pair of runners to headquarters to report and to receive instructions.
Prepare to evacuate camp. Units remain in their campsite until issued further instructions.
The "all clear signal" is a 15 second blast of the camp siren.
Whenever a camper is reported missing, the following procedure is to be followed:
Notify the Camp Director, or Camp Ranger who will take charge.
Have all members of the unit from which the person is missing report to their campsite.
Check with the unit leadership to determine if anyone else is missing with him, or if the camper might have gone home. Determine where the person was last seen. Thoroughly check all tents, cabins, bunks, and latrines. Check the waterfront areas. Are there any boats missing?
If the person is still missing, sound the camp alarm, returning all units to their campsites. Have each unit check to be sure that all of their campers are present or accounted for, and check to see if the missing person is visiting their unit. Have each unit thoroughly check their campsite. Have each unit send a pair of runners to headquarters to report the results of the search and to relay instructions back to the unit.
If the person is still missing, the Camp Director or Camp Ranger will notify the Director of Camping and Activities or the Scout Executive. Institute a search of the camp roads and trails, using the Camp Ranger, Camp Staff. and any available leaders over the age of 18 who are thoroughly familiar with the camp. Search the camp using a line‑abreast pattern and by areas as determined on a map. Campers may be used for this but only in daylight and only when two adults supervise each group of campers. Search one area at a time, one side to the other, and then move on to the next area.
If at this point the camper can still not be located, request the assistance of the Maryland State Police. Assist the police as requested, and follow their directions exactly. Refer the news media to the Director of Camping and Activities or his designee.
• Completely fill out a Report of Incident form.
In the event of an impending severe storm, the following procedure will be followed:
If forecasts indicate the advisability, and sufficient time is available, the camp is to be evacuated in an orderly fashion. This will require a minimum of thirty minutes advance notice, and preferably an hour. The Camp Director, Camp Ranger pr Campmaster will consult with the Director of Camping before ordering an evacuation. If time will not allow an evacuation, proceed as below.
Have all units check to be certain that all campers are present or accounted for.
Instruct all campers to secure their personal gear under their bunks.
Secure all unit gear.
Units report to the Dining Hall.
The Lost Bather procedure is similar to the Lost Person Procedure in that the same alarm will be used and the staff will report to headquarters.
When it has been determined that a boater or swimmer is missing the following procedure will be initiated:
The aquatics staff calls out the Scout's name to see if he answers.
If no answer, the aquatics staff determines where the Scout was last seen.
The area is quickly scanned. If the Scout is still missing, the aquatics staff send all Scouts back to their unit site.
The Aquatics Director is notified. He will assign a staff member to go to the missing Scout's campsite and verify their camper inventory.
. The Camp Director is notified.
As the above occurs the Aquatics staff organizes and begins a water search.
The general camp alarm will sound.
• All staff members report to headquarters by the nearest phone.
All Scouts return to their campsite. Staff will report as requested at their call.
The Camp Director will notify EMS and command all other aspects of the search.
The Camping and Activities Director will be notified. All media requests will be referred to the Camping and Activities Director or his designee.
ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD ABUSE
Report of child abuse may assume many forms. Disclosure of abuse situations may be accidental or purposeful.
Observation by a third party Physical injury to the child
An accidental disclosure usually brings on a crisis because none of the participants are prepared to have the secret of abuse revealed. Immediate intervention appropriately follows this type of disclosure.
A child may want to share the secret of sexual activity.
A child may want to escape or modify the physical or emotional pressure accompanying the abuse.
A child may be illustrated by the social restraints placed upon him by the sexual relationship.
The most important thing to remember is that ALL REPORTS MUST BE IMMEDIATELY FORWARDED TO THE CAMP DIRECTOR. Initial reports may be oral, but any oral report must be documented in writing at the earliest possible time.
In cases involving allegations of sexual abuse against an individual from outside the Council, the Scout Executive of the Council in which the alleged abuser resides is responsible for implementing the proper further procedures.
All allegations should be kept strictly confidential, with as few people involved and as little discussion about the matter as possible.
No state requires that the Camp Director or other reporting individual have proof that the abuse has occurred prior to making the report ‑ only that it is suspected. SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE MUST BE REPORTED AS SOON AS IT IS SUSPECTED. Failure to do so may result in criminal or civil penalties.
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