Welcome to Treasure Valley Scout Reservation
Arrival & Check-In
Youth Protection Reminder
All persons over the age of 18 staying in camp must be registered members of the BSA and complete Youth Protection Training.
Pre-Camp Orientation Meetings
Session of Camp
Pre-Camp Orientation Meeting
July 3 – July 9
July 10 – July 16
July 17 – July 23
July 24 – July 30
July 31 – August 6
Merit Badge Information
The merit badges are not first come first serve. The admin team will be working closely together to ensure Scouts get as many of their first choices as possible. The Merit Badge form does need to be submitted at least 2 weeks before attending camp, and unit leaders will be given a spreadsheet that lists what badges individual Scouts have been assigned one week prior to attending.
Adventure Block Information
Adventure Block is our patrol-based program. This block runs from 1:30-2:30 and is designed to get patrols working together or competing in various camp activities that they may not have the opportunity to throughout the week. Each individual patrol in the troop should submit a separate sign-up form.
Please use the Adventure Blocklist to decide which activities your patrols would like to take part in. Where possible, patrols should not be less than 6 kids. Like the merit badge sign-ups, please complete these at least 2 weeks prior to attending.
Admin will work hard to use mostly first choices. Units will be notified one week prior to final schedules.
2021 Leaders Meetings
Summer Camp COVID Mitigation Measures
Updated May 19, 2021
A taskforce of volunteers, Scouting professionals, camp administrators, and health professionals have collaborated to establish the following mitigation measures for Heart of New England Council residential summer camp programs during the summer of 2021. These measures have been developed with input from the CDC recommendations and requirements from State Public Health Departments. As we have all become accustomed to over the last year, these plans will continue to to be updated as guidelines and recommendations evolve.
The CDC Summer Camp Guidelines highly recommend all eligible participants (age 12 and older) at camp be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Being vaccinated helps to reduce the probability of serious illness and hospitalization. Anyone fully vaccinated (or within 90-days of being positive with COVID) who may be considered a close contact will not have to be diagnostic tested and/or leave camp. Everyone who has received their vaccination is asked to include proof with their camp medical form.
During the week prior to camp, Scouts and leaders will be asked to self-monitor how they are feeling. In alignment with CDC recommendations, anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness are asked not to arrive at camp. Camp medical staff will utilize a screening process for all campers and adults upon their arrival at camp.
Check in day is an exciting time at camp. Scouts are eager to see friends and set up camp. This year, check-in will be highly structured including designated unit arrival times to reduce large gatherings, arrival screening procedures, pre-camp orientations for Scouts and parents, and program selection before arrival.
We want campers to know the expectations of how to be responsible camp citizens. Our camps will utilize a number of methods to educate Scouts and leaders before their arrival at camp, when they arrive, and during their week of camp. All adults and campers coming to camp will be asked to complete a short orientation training before leaving home. Signage from the CDC and Public Health Departments will be used around camp to reinforce expectations and promote social distancing.
Scout camp is an amazing opportunity for Scouts to meet people from outside their unit and town. In line with CDC recommendations, when we are indoors or lots of Scouts are gathered in an area that is not conducive to social distancing, we’ll ask that face coverings be worn. Individuals and units who choose to wear a face covering at other times are welcome to do so. Attendees should prepare to bring to camp multiple face coverings.
Each day, unit leaders will complete a health check-in with everyone in the unit to see how they are feeling. Camp medical staff will use this to help identify the public health of the camp community.
In line with CDC recommendations, social distancing will be practiced regardless of mask wearing. Camp staff will develop methods unique to each camp and program area to help promote social distancing between Scouts in different units. When participants are not able to socially distance or wear masks, program sign in/out systems will help to facilitate any contract tracing (if needed).
Our camps will restrict any non-essential visitors from coming to camp. Parents, friends, alumni, and others will not be permitted to be on camp property during the week except for essential purposes. Essential visitors will be screened at check-in, wear face coverings, and practice social distancing with members of the camp.
Scouts will be permitted to sleep two people to a platform tent permitted they sleep head-to-toe. Units who wish to sleep one person to a tent have the option to. Extra tenting accommodations must be approved by the camp director in advance of arrival and meet all BSA and state requirements.
Upon arrival, all unvaccinated individuals will be provided the option to have an optional rapid antigen test administered. This service will be conducted in a private setting by the camp medical staff and be confidential. In the event someone begins to exhibit symptoms or is determined to be a close contact, the camp health officers will be conducting a rapid test. An addendum to the medical form will be shared to provide parental consent to any diagnostic testing. Scouts who do not have parental consent will be required to leave camp if they show symptoms.
Camp directors will work with cooks and food service staff to develop plans to socially distance units during meal times. Multiple locations may be used to spread out units and will include separate distribution points to eliminate long lines. Food will be served in a cafeteria and grab-n-go style while still maintaining the high quality of food our camps are known for.
- Scouts or leaders who exhibit symptoms or test positive during their week of camp and consent to rapid testing will be issued a pro-rated refund based on the number of meals already consumed.
- Anyone who begins to exhibit symptoms and does not consent to rapid testing will not receive a refund.
- Any close contacts determined during camp will be issued a pro-rated refund based on the number of meals already consumed if they are sent home.
- Scouts and leaders who have tested positive for COVID-19 or deemed to be a close contact by a public health authority prior to their arrival at camp will be issued a full refund.
What to Expect While Living at Camp
Treasure Valley Scout Reservation strives to immerse Scouts in the outdoor experience. Campers live in canvas wall tents on wooden platforms. Each camper has a cot and mattress. There are no screens in the tents so mosquito netting is strongly recommended. Scouts should supply their own sheets and blanket, or sleeping bag and pillow. Each tent sleeps two Scouts. Tent assignments are left to the discretion of the individual troop. Footlockers, trunks, suitcases and backpacks are all appropriate for packing.
All meal service for campers at Boy Scout Resident Camp is held at the East Camp Dining Pavilion. Each meal at camp begins with a grace, and is closed with a song and the long-standing Treasure Valley tradition of Gung-Ho, a series of calls and responses, chants, and songs. Meaning “Work Together”, Gung-Ho was a cheer brought back to camp by staff members serving in World War II, to get the camp back into the spirit of the day after a meal. SPLs may be asked to provide a grace, song, or skit leader for a meal. BSA Field Uniforms are worn for dinner.
Our in-house kitchen staff are flexible and can accommodate those who have dietary restrictions. All menus are approved by a dietician, and alternative options such as cereals and PB&J are always available.
Treasure Valley Scout Reservation and the Heart of New England Council, Inc. comply with all Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations pertaining to Recreational Camps and are licensed by the Oakham Board of Health. All camping programs at TVSR employ full time health professionals that are licensed by and meet all requirements of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Our health lodge provides temporary care of sick or injured campers, leaders, and staff. A resident health officer is always on duty, and a physician is always on call. There will be a schedule made to instruct all regarding medication and proper protocol. Campers should seek the nearest staff member immediately if in need of first-aid.
To ensure that the camp nurse is aware of the medical needs of every camper, we require that youth and adults submit a completed medical form showing evidence of a physical exam by a licensed health care practitioner within the last 12 months.
The camp health officer will hold and dispense ALL medications, including OTC medications except for inhalers and Epinephrine Auto-Injectors as dictated by the Scout’s physician.
Each adult age 18 and older, staying in camp for the week, must be registered with the BSA and complete the BSA’s Youth Protection and be a registered member.
The camp staff are trained in specific procedures involving emergencies in camp.
See the camp Leader’s Guide for more detail.
Resident Camp is designed to allow Scouts to have an unforgettable week. Balancing fun, adventure, and achievement through Treasure Valley’s innovative outdoorsmanship, patrol-centered programs, and exciting special activities and events.
Merit badges are super important to Scouts! But there’s so much more to camp. A Scout or a Troop could come to Treasure Valley and design their own program for an entire week, using TVSR’s resources, not take a single Merit Badge, and still not do all there is to do at camp!
Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding, Swimming, Snorkeling, COPE, Climbing, Shooting Sports, Nature Hikes, TVSR Chickens, Brown Sea Island Adventure, and special camp-wide games are just a few of the open-program or special activities offered at camp! And no matter what you’re doing.. don’t forget to stop by The Post, TVSR’s general store!
Evenings are jam packed with exciting special activities being put on by various program areas including the infamous swamp romp, or the dutch-oven deep-fry.
See the camp Leader’s Guide for details on the program offerings this summer.
The Treasure Valley Staff is fully committed to including all Scouts in every aspect of the summer camp program. Often, meeting the needs of all campers requires minor adaptations of our facilities, staffing and instructional plans. Special menus, one-on-one instruction, accessible campsites, individual counseling and other provisions are available for Scouts or leaders because of physical disabilities, learning disabilities, medical conditions, dietary requirements, religious practices or other special needs.
Unit leaders should contact the Camp Director well in advance to outline the specific needs of Scouts and leaders in their troops.