Read Activities

 Activities Overview

The Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation is a unique mixture of advancement and high adventure activities. For your boys to enjoy both, activities must be carefully reviewed and scheduled.

Read offers two types of activities - those that take place in camp and those that occur outside of the reservation. Please pay particular attention to any additional charges, transportation availability, reservation requirements and age standards.  This information is available in the detail section for each activity or in the summary chart, below.


Scheduling of Activities and Merit Badges

  • A troop cannot participate in all of the Read activities and have boys complete advancement during their time at camp.
  • We suggest you pick a few favorite activities and register at the Leaders’ meetings in March.  Registration after that time can be done by authorized units using the Unit ReservationExternal Link system.
  • Distribute your Troop’s activity schedule to your Scouts at least three to five weeks before coming to camp. 
  • Assist your boys in filling in a reasonable merit badge or rank advancement schedule.
  • Come to camp with their schedules completed and have a great time!



Reservation Procedures, Receipts, Cancellation and Leadership
Reservation Procedures 
Reservations for all activities will be first accepted at the first Scoutmaster’s Orientation Meeting and, then, using the Unit ReservationExternal Link system.  Registering for all activities as soon as possible will help ensure your boys have ample opportunity to participate.

Current Activity Reservations 

Reservation Procedures

Reservation Cancellations
In spite of all your planning, occasionally circumstances dictate that you must reschedule or cancel an activity reservation. In fairness to other units who may desire to take advantage of an opening or outside vendors who have a cost associated with your time, all cancellations must be made at least twenty-four hours prior to your scheduled activity at the Read Central Office. If a unit does not cancel an in-camp activity at least twenty-four hours in advance, a fee of $25.00 will be charged. If a unit does not cancel an out-of-camp activity at least twenty-four hours in advance, the charge will be assessed through the vendor of the activity and may be the full cost of the scheduled activity. 

If an emergency should arise within less than 24 hours of your scheduled activity, please inform the reservation office immediately.

Adult Leadership
All groups participating in an activity must be under the supervision of an adult leader. All off-camp activities such as whitewater rafting require two-deep adult leadership.

 Out of Camp Permission Form

 


Summary of Read Activities

 

ACTIVITY

 

IN/OUT OF CAMP

 

REGISTER BEFORE CAMP?

 

MINIMUM AGE

 

ADDITIONAL FEE

 

MAX. GROUP SIZE

Aquatic EventsIn CampNoNoneNoneNone

 

Rock Climbing & Rappelling

 

In Camp

 

Yes

 

None

 

None

 

10

Climbing Tower

In Camp

Yes

None

None

15

 

Adirondack Challenge

 

In and Out of Camp

 

Yes

 

14

 

$25

 

6

 

Climbing Tower

 

In Camp

 

Yes

 

None

 

None

 

15

 

Zip Line

 

In Camp

 

Yes

 

None-swimmer

 

None

 

25

 

COPE, Low Course

 

In Camp

 

Yes

 

None

 

None

 

12

Mountain BikingIn CampYes12$5 10
Mountain Biking, InstructionalIn CampYes12None8

 

Horse Trail Rides

 

In Camp

 

Yes

 

None

 

$20

 

8

 

Chimney Mountain Caving

 

Out of Camp

 

Yes

 

14

 

$50

 

12

 

Whitewater Rafting

 

Out of Camp

 

Yes

 

None

 

$22

 

None

 

Outpost Camping on Read

 

In Camp

 

No

 

None

 

None

 

None

Operation NighthawkIn CampNo15None16

 

Caving at Waubeeka

 

In Camp

 

No

 

None

 

None

 

20

 

COPE High Course

 

In Camp

 

No

 

13 as of Jan 1 of current year

 

None

10

 

Troop Aquatic Events

 

In Camp

 

No

 

None

 

None

 

None

 

Troop Shoots

 

In Camp

 

No

 

12 for Rifle
13 for shotgun

 

Ammunition for shotgun

 

None

 

Brant Lake Canoeing

 

Out of Camp

 

No

 

None

 

$25/group

 

14

 

Overnight Backpacking

 

Out of Camp

 

No

 

None

 

$5 per person per meal

 

none