Campers, families, and staff,
We are living through an unprecedented and concerning time. We genuinely hope that this email finds you and your family well. Your safety and the safety of our Scouts, families, volunteers, and employees are the Greater New York Council’s top priority.
As such, we have taken an active and informed approach in evaluating whether to operate summer camp this year. Since the start of this pandemic, we have been continuously monitoring the spread of Covid-19 and the government response in New York State, Sullivan County, New York City, and New Jersey. We have been consulting with state and local government officials, other camp professionals, as well as working with the Greater New York Council’s Crisis Management Committee, GNYC Risk Management, and Camping Committees to chart the best way forward for our camping programs this summer. Over the last two months, our camps have been cautiously coming back online in preparation for a summer opening, and our team has been working on health and safety practices, potential program adjustments, and sourcing supplies to operate the camps.
In the state of New York and New Jersey, it is not yet legal to operate day camps or sleep–away camps. The decision to issue youth camp licenses has been pushed, by the state governments, from the start of May to mid–May to the end of May. As of today, there is no decision on if youth camps can operate, and, if they can run, in what phase is it possible to open. Also, in recent weeks we have been following the rare inflammatory disease in children that may be linked to Covid-19, which could impact the health and safety of our campers, leaders, and staff.
We looked at the decision to open camp in three ways, is it legal to operate, is it safe to run and is it financially viable. After a thorough review, it is with a heavy heart that we inform you that we must suspend Scouts BSA Resident Camp programs at the Ten Mile River Scout Camps, as well as Cub Scout Resident Camp at John E. Reeves Cub World at Alpine Scout Camp, and Day Camp at Camp Pouch for the 2020 summer camp season. We know that camping is an integral part of every Scout’s experience, and this decision was not made lightly.
This decision was made by a dedicated group of volunteers, professionals, and camp leaders. We all agreed that we would like to hold summer camp; however, the restrictions and uncertainty are far too challenging to overcome.
However, based on current guidance from the state of New York and New Jersey, family camping at Ten Mile River Scout Camps and Alpine Scout Camp is allowed. We do plan to run Lakeside at Family Camp at Ten Mile River Scout Camps this summer, and there is space available. Information about family camping at Alpine Scout Camp will be available in the first week of June. Family camping is where a family can rent campsites or cabins and enjoy camp while socially distanced from others.
Our Ten Mile River Scout Camps team, as well as the team from John E. Reeves Cub World, want to keep the spirit of the camps alive this summer, online.
Using Camping Facilities this Summer
This summer Scouts BSA can participate in an online community through TMR GO. 4 Weeks of camp programming. Participating Scouts can chose to virtually attend interactive webinars and conferences on a variety of subjects relevant to Scouts BSA aged youth. Each day Scouts will receive a daily themed email drop with online content and videos to review. That themed subject matter will be discussed and expanded upon in an optional midday call where staff will lead the conversation, and explore the topic in depth.
Scouts can select for an assortment of online Merit Badges to Complete via Google Classrooms. This means Scouts do not have to log-in to attend virtual classes during the day but can work on Merit Badge requirements on their time with resources provided in a Google Classroom based on the curriculum implemented at Ten Mile River Scout Camps.
During the evenings Scouts in TMR GO can elect to join in a 7PM video chat based around Scouting subjects. Talk with Seabase, Philmont, and Jamboree participants about the High Adventure opportunities Scouting offers and how you can participate. Hear from recent Eagle Scouts about their trail to Eagle and get helpful insight and tips for your process. Learn from TMR Camp Staff members if working at Summer Camp might interest you.
This summer we want to encourage our Scouts to engage in safe and fun outdoor activities when possible. Our program will not feature mandatory meetings that keep Scouts locked to the computer screen but rather opportunities to engage with important subject matter and an avenue for the completion of Merit Badges and advancement that allows Scouts to complete requirements on their schedule.
Cub World Beyond
- Box with 4 Weeks of Activities (5+ Activities a Week)
- 20+ Activities/Crafts with clear instructions and support available
- Includes Multiple STEM Projects
- Weekly Live Q&A about Crafts/Activities
- Live Stream Videos Around Camp (Nature Hike’s, Camp Tours, and more!)
- Earn Multiple Pebble Patches (Included in Set)
- Includes Alpine Saturday Pass “Saturday Open Program Days” at Camp. Saturday’s this Fall & Spring