See also Transportation in Camp for schedule of operation of camp vehicle tranporation within the reservation.
Summit Base (Signup before camp
using Online Registrations)
Summit Base, one of the three camps at the Read Scout Reservation, offers a program of
activities for all Scouts and their leaders. As these are very popular, registering for a
Summit event well before camp is strongly encouraged.Use our website for registration. It is suggested that you
contact the Camping Department or preferably view the online schedule
before sending in the form to confirm that the times you desire are available.
Please pay close attention to participant requirements.
Some program offerings are:
Zip Line: A favorite activity involving a slide for life down a steel
cable that ends with a refreshing plunge into Lester Pond. A great activity right after
rock climbing or a hike up Mt. Stevens. All Scouts who have passed the swimmers test may
participate in groups of up to 25.
Indoor Climbing Wall: The indoor wall was added a few
years ago so that groups scheduled to climb would not be disappointed by
rain. It has also become an evening favorite and, in addition, is an
excellent experience for young Scouts that will prepare them for climbing
and rappelling outdoors. Scouts are harnessed and belayed at all times while
on the wall. All Scouts may participate. Maximum group size is 15.
Rock climbing and rappelling: Gives the Scouts the chance to climb and
rappel (30 ft on Stevens Mountain) under the direct supervision and belay of a climbing
instructor. All Scouts may participate in groups of up to 10. Evening
sessions are not available during weeks five and six due to the daylight
Climbing Tower: A new climbing tower is planned to be ready for use this summer. The
climbing faces will challenge all ages and experience levels. In the case of rain, the indoor
wall will be utilized. Scouts are harnessed and belayed at all times while on the tower or
wall. All Scouts may participate. Maximum group size is 15.
COPE Low Course: (Low Ropes Course) Elements of the COPE Course that involve both group interaction to solve
problems and personal challenge. Groups work together to complete each element and
help/spot each other. National Council regulations permit all Scouts to participate in
groups of up to 12. The minimum number of Scouts is 5. The time period of ninety minutes generally allows groups to complete
from two to four events.
Project COPE High Course:
Our fabulous High COPE Course is
now a 3‐afternoon experience! We recently changed the program
to better suit the needs of older scouts in your troop still interested
in staying at camp. Designed to develop leadership qualities and
foster cooperation among scouts, our 3‐afternoon COPE course will
challenge your scout physically and mentally.
Scouts who participate will spend Tuesday‐Thursday from 2‐5 PM at
the Low Course to build leadership, trust, and communication; at
the climbing tower where they will learn basic climbing knots and
team‐belaying; and at the High Course where they will finish strong
on the more individually challenging elements 30 feet in the air.
Scouts must be 13 by January 1 of the current year and participate in all three
afternoon sessions. There is a minimum group size of 5. We
encourage scouts to sign‐up provisionally.
New High Course Elements are planned for this summer!
See also our Rock Climbing opportunties in the fall season!
Outpost Camping in
Read Scout Reservation (No prior registration needed)
- No special leadership qualification
- No extra fee
There are three Outpost campsites in the Northwest undeveloped section of Read Scout
Reservation suitable for overnight camping. These are undeveloped sites; no water, no
latrines, just woods and fields. If you wish your troop to experience an overnight under
those conditions but without disturbance to your elected morning and afternoon activities,
this program will fill your needs.
Your unit and your Scouts will require your own equipment to outfit your troop (except
for food which we will supply) just as you would ordinarily do on a troop overnight. If
your choice is cooking over wood fires, there is ample dead wood available. Each outpost
site is at the most no more than a thirty minute hike from the center of Camp Buckskin or
Camp Waubeeka. (See requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class related to
overnight camping.) You would have time to complete your breakfast cleanup and be back for
your unit's morning activity program.
Reservations must be made with the Camp Director 24 hours in advance.
Horse Trail Rides
(Sign up before camp)
Trail rides through the northern section of the reservation are offered from the Farmhouse horse facility. Rides last an hour and the cost is $13.00 per participant. There
will be horses to accommodate eight persons on each ride. Prior registration for the rides
is recommended using online registration.
See also Horsemanship Merit Badge.
Caving In Camp
(No prior registration needed)
Camp Waubeeka hosts a series of underground caves; a dry cave, and one that involves near
complete submersion in water to get through. They were formed as the river that runs
through the valley went underground and eroded the soil around the bedrock. The Nature
program areas in both Camp Buckskin and Camp Waubeeka lead groups through one or both of
these caves depending on the group's preference. Scouts get a basic introduction to
spelunking going through the two small caves. Shoes that can get wet and a flashlight
(preferably waterproof) are required. Groups can sign up in the respective ecology areas
upon arrival at camp. These caves are considerably smaller from those experienced during
the High Adventure Caving trips but still
provide a good caving introduction. Limit of 20 people in one group in
order to get everyone through in one and a half hours.
Leaders are encouraged to participate in the camp as much as they desire. They are even
welcome to participate in merit badge classes. There are several activities geared to
- Safe Swim and Safety Afloat instruction will be conducted at the waterfront during one
evening during the camp week. This will be coordinated at the first day leaders' meeting.
- Scoutmaster's Shoot (open to all leaders) are held on several afternoons during the
week. Will be announced.
- Leaders' Meetings are held opening day at 4:30 p.m. and Monday - Friday at 10:00 a.m.
with the camp administration in Camp Buckskin. They are held after Sunday night campfires
and then as scheduled in Camp Waubeeka. Problems will be resolved and questions will be
answered. Coffee and goodies will be served.
Senior Patrol Leader
Senior Patrol Leaders will be important in the planning of the camp program during the
week. They will bring the ideas of the Scouts to the meetings to plan the program.
Meetings for the SPL's will be held opening day at 7:00 p.m. and Monday - Friday before
lunch in Camp Buckskin. Meeting schedules will be announced opening day in Camp Waubeeka.
It is important for all SPL's to attend, as important material is often handed out at
Activities (No prior registration needed)
Each program area has a wide variety of troop/patrol activities available. The following
list by department is only a suggestion; other ideas can be arranged.
Troop boat or swim
Dutch Oven Cooking
Reflector Oven Cooking
Tin Can Cooking
Ecology and Conservation
Plant ID Trail
Target Shooting **
**For Scouts 12 years of age and older only in accordance with New York State law.
Hikes: The Scoutcraft department will help plan and lead almost any type of hike. The
opportunities for patrol and troop hikes in and around Camp are almost unlimited.
Overnighters for older Scouts are a possibility; see Overnight Backpacking for more information.
Order of the Arrow
The Order of the Arrow is an honor camping group of Scouts selected by
members of their troops. A Brotherhood Quest will be conducted each week for
Ordeal members eligible from within Ktemaque Lodge. There will also be a
weekly ice cream social and troop visitations.