Durland Scout Reservation Rules and Procedures

Adult Leadership

In camp there must be at least 2 registered adult leaders or 1 registered leader and a parent of a participant, one of which must be 21 years of age or older. The suggested ratio is 1 leader for every 10 Boy Scouts. . The adult/scout ratio for Cub Scouts must be at least 1:2 for Cub Scouts and 1:3 for Webelos. 

Check in-Check out

Check in time is between 6 PM and 9 PM on Friday or anytime up to 4 PM on Saturday. Check out time is by 10 AM on Sunday. Camp closes at 11 a.m. unless part of a council program. Units MUST check out with the Ranger or Campmaster BEFORE leaving Camp. Failure to check out with the Ranger/Campmaster will result in a loss of your Damage Deposit.  Deposit checks are not kept on property and will be mailed back to units the week following your stay with us.

Artificial Fuels

Propane (Lp) gas and liquid fuel is permitted for use in lanterns and stoves, under adult supervision. Lanterns and stoves are to be used only outside-not in buildings or under canvas of any type. All artificial fuel must be stored with the Ranger/Campmaster. 


Camp Improvement

As a "Good Turn" to our camps, each unit is encouraged to schedule a 1+ hour camp improvement or conservation project. Units who work on a pre-arranged 8 hour service project with the Ranger will receive a free tent site.

Camp Ranger/Campmaster Corps

The Camp Ranger is available to lend assistance to your unit in many specific areas. They are responsible for care, maintenance and protection of the facility. While at camp you should follow his direction. The Campmaster Corp. assists the Ranger on the weekend and also provides certain program assistance for units.


Campsites are within defined areas and may be pre-assigned to meet the unit's needs. Sites are provided clean and are expected to be in "better condition than when you arrived" upon departure. All garbage is to be carried out with you when you leave. No standing trees are to be felled and "courtesy" piles of firewood are encouraged. Adjacent latrines must be kept clean and dumping of garbage within the latrine is prohibited. Security of the campsite and equipment is a unit responsibility at all times.


Cubs & Webelos Tent Camping

Cub Scouts are limited to one night camping. Webelos may camp two nights. The adult/scout ratio must be at least 1:2 for Cub Scouts and 1:3 for Webelos. Adhere to adult leader requirements stated in #1.


Damage to Equipment and Facilities

There is zero tolerance for vandalism and/or damage resulting from malicious intent and/or gross negligence. Any such actions will require that units be assessed full cost of restoration (i.e., materials & labor) and that when such damage assessment is made, further camp reservations be withheld until such levy is paid in full. In extreme instances law enforcement authorities will be notified.


Never allowed in latrines, washstands, at frost-free hydrants or where fresh drinking water is available.

Drinking Water

From designated sources only. The Ranger/Campmaster will inform you where to obtain drinking water.


Notify the Ranger in the event of any need for assistance. If it becomes necessary to contact police, fire or ambulance services do so by dialing 911. The street address for the Durland Scout Reservation is 1 Clear Lake Road, Putnam Valley, NY 10512. All cabins have a letter and number designation posted on the outside of the building by their front entrance.  

Emergency Telephones

The Ranger and Campmasters can be reached in case of emergency at (845) 526-2029. 



Co-ed camping is permitted. Explorer Posts and Venturing Crews must adhere to the policy of chaperones as outlined in National BSA manuals and literature.



Ground fires are almost always permitted. Use established fire rings. Do not build fires larger than necessary. Adequate water to extinguish your fire must be on hand at all times. Unattended fires must be extinguished and all fires must be completely extinguished prior to check-out.

Fireguard Plan

All camping units should observe the following:

  • Safe areas for fires to be selected & maintained.
  • No open flames under tarps or tents. No candles under tarps or in tents at any time.
  • All fires "dead out" at night or when left unattended.
  • Follow camp procedure, as outlined by Ranger, in a fire emergency.

First Aid

Simple cuts and scratches may be treated at the site under the supervision of an adult leader. Serious illness, injury or accident must be reported to the Ranger immediately. All Westchester-Putnam Council units are covered by accident insurance. Out-of-Council units should have their own insurance.



Scouts and Leaders can fish from the shore, or fishing docks. (Docks are available seasonally).



All garbage is to be carried out. There are no dumpsters on the property for unit use.


Hiking Trails

A wide range of trails are available for use by Scouts, Cub Scout families, leaders, and other groups on a day hike basis. Units are encouraged to use Durland's trails for day hikes but all units MUST check in and check out with the Campmaster so we know you are on the property and have safely exited.


Ice Skating

For safety reasons, always secure permission from the Ranger in advance. Ice rescue equipment must be on hand and a minimum of 4 persons involved at all times under the direct supervision of a responsible adult, age 21+ is required.

Prohibited in Camp

  • Fireworks, firearms, bows & arrows, sling shots, any oversize cutting device or any weapon considered dangerous or unlawful.
  • Pets, as a matter of health & safety considerations.
  • Snowmobiles, all-terrain type vehicles, trail bikes, motor-bikes.

Religious Services

Check with Ranger or Campmaster for availability and hours and location.

Trading Post

Durland Scout Reservation has a trading post stocked with camp souvenir items. Check with Ranger or Campmaster for availability and hours of operation.

Vehicles in Camp

Park in designated parking areas only. Trail and service roads are designated for specific use by camp and emergency vehicles only -- keep roads clear, please. Be prepared to carry all gear to your site.