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Unit Camping Available at Alpine Starting October 2nd

updated- October 30th, 2020

As Scouters conducting our programs safely remains our top priority. We will continue to explore ways to conduct programs but will always prioritize the safety of our participants.

Limited out of State Unit Camping Allowed


In New York State an outright ban on youth organization camping remains in effect. Units may not organize overnight activities within the state of New York but may conduct day activities. The Greater New York Councils leadership team, as well as leadership from councils across New York are advocating for the state to allow unit camping. If there is a change to New York State policy, any updated information will be communicated.


At this time, Unit Camping at William H. Pouch Scout Camp and Ten Mile River Scout Camps is prohibited by the state of New York. Family Camping is currently available at Ten Mile River Scout Camps, Alpine Scout Camp and will soon be available at William H. Pouch Scout Camp.


Alpine Scout Camp, in Alpine NJ, is open for unit camping reservations starting October 2nd.


Unit Camping is allowed in states as long as the trip meets the following criteria:

1) Youth camping is not prohibited by the state where the unit will camp.

2) The state of New York does not have a travel / quarantine restriction on the state that the unit is camping or would travel through to get to the camp location.

3) The state where unit camping will take place does not have a travel restriction for those traveling from New York.

4) A unit must have an approved unit restart plan and the plan must include charter organization approval for unit camping and travel.

5) GNYC units must follow the “GNYC Guidelines for Unit Camping” when conducting overnight events. The unit may set more stringent safety guidelines.

Any and all youth camping must be directly supervised by their parent or guardian

  • Any Scouting unit or group camping must remain under the New Jersey 25 person gathering limit in each campsite.

This means that scouting units can continue to camp at the Alpine Scout Camp as long as every youth is directly supervised by their parent or guardian for the entirety of the trip. 

6) The location where the unit will camp must be able to meet the facility requirements of the “GNYC Guidelines for Unit Camping.” The unit is responsible for ensuring that facility requirements are in place.

7) Cub Scout Packs may camp at a facility  operated by a Boy Scouts of America Council if the location meets criteria 1-3 and the unit is in agreement with criteria 4-6.  Pack leadership must request approval to camp at any non-BSA location by sending an email to covid19@nycscouting.org.

8) Scouts BSA troops may camp at any location and conduct overnight activities as long as criteria 1-6 are followed.

9) Please review the GNYC Unit Camping Policies and Procedures, before planning your trip (download the .pdf document attached at the bottom of this page)


Carpooling Allowed with Restrictions

1) At least two adults must be in the vehicle when transporting youth from different households.

2) Face coverings are required to be worn in the vehicle when individuals from different households are present.

3) One person per row of seats, unless from the same household.

4) Occupancy of the vehicle should not be more than 50% capacity of the vehicle. Capacity of the vehicle is determined by the number of functioning seat belts.

5) When possible, vehicle windows should be down to allow air flow. Air conditioning should not be set to recirculate interior air.

6) All occupants should wash hands prior to entering the vehicle. If not possible to wash hands, hand sanitizer may be used.

7) Touch points in the vehicle should be sanitized before individuals enter the vehicle for travel. Sanitization supplies should be safely stored but available for individuals to sanitize after the trip.

8) Temperature checks must be taken of all participants prior to each time they entering the vehicle and again when they arrive at the destination. Once traveling, or after arriving at the destination, if an individual has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, the entire vehicle must return to their homes to self isolate and may not participate in the activity.

Book a stay at Alpine: https://campreservation.com/640/Camps/555

Chris Guarniere

Director of Support Service

Greater New York Councils, BSA