Camp Waubeeka

Camp Waubeeka Overview
Camp Waubeeka of Read Scout Reservation is the finest patrol cooking camp in the Northeast. Waubeeka presents the traditional Scout camp that has additional benefits for troops and patrols. Offering a wide variety of traditional advancement programs and the benefits of the Summit high adventure activities, a week at Waubeeka is a true adventure for your Scouts. Our pledge to you is to do everything in our power to ensure that your Scouts have a camp experience they will always treasure. 

Camp Waubeeka Map

Advancement Schedule

The First Day in Camp
Check-in will be at the McIntyre Pavilion beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Business Manager will check over the unit's roster and payment records. 

Units (with Leaders) will be allowed to enter Camp beginning at 1:00 p.m. The unit should make plans to arrive together, along with their Leader.

Please see Parking Information.

Camp Orientation
A staff guide will meet your troop upon your arrival in camp. He will accompany you to your troop site. With the senior patrol leader and the scoutmaster, the site guide will inspect the campsite equipment.

A camp orientation will then be conducted by the site guide. Before leaving the site, each Scout and Leader should have changed into swimming gear and have his medical form and any medication.

Medical Recheck
There will be a medical recheck at the Waterfront prior to any swim tests. The health officer or his designee will review all medical forms and any medication. Buddy tags will be issued at this time. Your guide will bring these to the waterfront.

If any child or adult has any special needs due to medical or physical disabilities, please notify the Health Officer and Camp Director immediately upon medical check.

Swim Check
A swim check will take place at the waterfront. Buddy tags will be kept at the waterfront. Several waterfront rules will be explained by the staff. Each scout should understand these rules. These rules will be enforced by the waterfront staff throughout the week.

Camp Tour
A camp tour will follow the swim check. Everyone in the troop should participate in this tour even if they are veterans of the camp. Each of the program areas visited will have a staff member who will explain the program and answer any questions. Troops should sign up for troop activities offered at the various program areas during the camp tour.

Sunday dinner will be campwide Bar-B-Que served by the staff at the Waubeeka handicraft shelter at 6:00 p.m.

Formal retreat will be held at 7:15 p.m. on the parade field. Class A uniform is expected; troop and patrol flags are welcome.

Merit Badge Sign-up
Merit badge sign-up will be held in the McIntyre Pavilion beginning at 7:00. Instructions for badge sign-up will be given at retreat. All Scouts badges should have been registered here well before coming to camp. 

It is critical that you have a schedule made out with each boy before coming to camp. The advancement system on the internet will allow you to print out a master schedule for your troop. Simply make note of any changes or additions before Sunday evening. Please be aware that some very popular badges may have limitations on the number of scouts that can be instructed properly and safely. If a badge is over booked, a system has been established where a troop gets a boy in the class for every so many Scouts in Camp. The ratio is established based on the demand for the badge. Badges that may be limited include archery, rifle shooting, small boat sailing, climbing, shotgun shooting and horsemanship.

Opening Campfire
The opening campfire is the final event of the day. It will begin at 8:45 p.m. at the campfire ring. The campfire is put on by the staff and the entire staff will be introduced at this time.

Leaders' Meeting
A unit leaders meeting will take place after the campfire on the front porch of the Camp Office. It is essential that at least one adult leader from each Troop attend. If supervision of your Troop site is needed due to a leader’s attendance at this meeting, let us know at check-in and an adult staff member will be assigned to the campsite. New camp opportunities, as well as other important information will be discussed.

Taps is at 10:00 p.m. Everyone should be back in their campsites and getting ready for the next day.

Daily Themes

Tuesday of each week - Counselor-In-Training Day: CIT's will run retreat on this day.
Wednesday of each week - Order of the Arrow Day: OA members are encouraged to wear OA T-shirts during the day, and their sashes to retreat.
Rainy Day Program
The regularly scheduled camp program continues, rain or shine. The waterfront program may need to be adjusted in the case of an electrical storm, but everything else operates as normal.

Additional program options may be added during open program periods in the handicrafts shelter, as needed. Announcements will be made as necessary.

Other Programs

Waubeeka Award criteria will be distributed at the Scoutmasters’ Meeting (Sunday night).
Scavenger Hunt will be distributed at the Sunday SM/SPL meeting.
Camp site inspections: Guidelines will be given Sunday evening at the Scoutmasters’ Meeting.
Troop competitions: Guidelines will be given Sunday evening at the Scoutmasters’ Meeting.

There will be other special campwide programs and activities within the individual program areas.There are sure to be other special campwide programs and activities within the individual program areas.

Camp Newspaper
The camp daily newspaper will be distributed each day at breakfast. Updates on program happenings as well as important inspection information will be contained in the newspaper. Leaders should post the newspaper on their bulletin boards.

Trading Post
Camp Waubeeka's Trading Post is located at the back of the commissary. The opening and closing schedule may vary depending on Camp-wide activities, but it's generally open from 9am to 9pm, closing for meal times:

Opening Day:
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Closing Day:
After retreat until 11:00 a.m.

We have excellent camp stores in both Camp Buckskin and Camp Waubeeka. Inventory in both has been significantly expanded and we accept credit cards in both locations.

Each Trading Post is stocked with an assortment of patches, cups, merit badge pamphlets, Scouting supplies, camp T‐shirts, soda, and various other items. No candy will be sold just before meals. There is no specific amount of money a Scout should bring to camp, but on the average, Scouts spend between $25 and $40, in addition to the purchase of supplies for merit badges.

Flag Ceremonies
Camp Waubeeka holds retreat at 6:45 p.m. daily.

Camp Waubeeka has a shower house between the Wolfjaw and Sunrise campsites.

A shower cleaning schedule will be posted. Please adhere to this to keep these facilities clean!

Trash Separation
Trash must be separated for recycling per local laws. Further details will be available here in late spring and from your Commissioner when you arrive in camp.

Campsite Inspection
Campsite inspection will be conducted daily by your Commissioner. Each troop will be responsible for a specific area of camp to clean as well. Specific details will be distributed at the opening day leaders meeting.


Camp Waubeeka meal times:

Pickup Serve
Breakfast 6:45 a.m. 8:00 a.m.
Lunch 11:45 a.m. 12:15 p.m.
Dinner 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Full Class "A" uniform is requested at all dinners, except the "Weekly Theme" day.

Please note that the first served meal for Troops arriving Sunday is dinner. Sunday brunch is not included in the camp fee. Any unit wishing to make special arrangements for extra meals must contact the Reservation Office by Thursday of the previous week.

A quiet period will be observed in Waubeeka after lunch until 1:45 p.m.