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Read Activities Out of Camp

High Adventure Caving (Sign up before camp using Online Registrations)

Eagle Cave at Chimney Mountain in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area, about sixty miles from Read Reservation, is the largest wild cave in the Adirondacks. Participation is limited to mature Scouts, at least fourteen years of age, and their leaders. Participants must be in good physical condition and have basic knowledge of rock climbing and rappelling. The entrance to the cave is relatively small; if you wear a men’s size XL shirt or larger, you may not be able to enter the cave system. Group size including adults: no more than 10 persons. Payment of the fee of $50.00 accompanied by the parent/ guardian signed permission slip below must be brought to camp and presented to the staff prior to the activity.

Scheduled for each Wednesday, the timing of these trips is dependent upon the number of cavers signed up for this activity. (The time in the cave can vary by group.) The first group will leave camp immediately after breakfast and return to Read about 5:00 PM. The second group will leave Read at about 2:00 PM and return to Camp at about 10:00 PM.  Troops must provide their own transportation.

Each participant should have the items noted on the equipment list, below. Trips will be led by professional certified guides. Cost: $50.00 per person, youth or adult. A minimum of five people is needed to operate the trip. These five can be from a combination of units.

Permission Slip 

Equipment List

Personal medical form (from the Health Officer)
Hiking boots
One pair of shorts
An extra T shirt
One pair of long pants
One sweat shirt or light jacket
One water bottle or canteen filled with water
Day pack
A personal flashlight 


Whitewater Rafting
Meet the challenges of rapids on the swift-flowing Sacandaga River, at Lake Luzerne (Rt. 9N). Expected cost is $25.00 per person. Troops must provide their own transportation for this activity. The permission slip below is required for each Scout.

Whitewater Rafting is a half-day program. Two-deep leadership with one leader at least 21 years of age is required. The leader from your troop is responsible to maintain proper discipline throughout this activity. We encourage you to register online for this activity. Reservations must be made no later than Sunday of the week you arrive in camp. Detailed instructions will be provided during check-in at camp. It is important to plan appropriately for an on-time arrival at the rafting outfitter. All participants must have some type of shoes that will stay on in the water.

The rafting outfitter uses ten person rafts; six persons take turns paddling with directions from the raft guide. The leader from your unit is responsible to maintain proper discipline throughout this activity.

Permission Slip

Adirondack Challenge (Prior registration recommended)
A week of high adventure programs for youth 14 and older. This provisional program is a huge hit with all who participate, as scouts are able to sample a variety of high adventure activities in amazing settings throughout the Adirondacks, while getting to know their peers from other troops. The program takes place Monday through Thursday afternoons, starting between 1pm and 2pm each day.

The group will hike into the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness or to the top of one of the nearby summits, and camp Thursday evening, returning to Summit Base Friday morning. Activities include rock climbing out of camp on large natural walls in the renowned Chapel Pond Canyon and High Peak region, kayaking on Lake George or Brant Lake, mountain biking, hiking, and camping.

The maximum number of scouts in this program each week is 6 to be comprised of a variety of different troops. A lottery system will be used for registrations this activity.  Scouts must be able to participate in all parts of the weekly program, be swimmers and meet height/ weight standards for high adventure activities as explained in Part C of the BSA Medical Form for camp to register. Fee of $25 covers meals, guides, transportation, and occasional gear if needed (eg. compressible sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack). Please have scouts come prepared for all types of activities. This program can be found in the advancement section of our online registration system.

Adirondack Challenge Program Guide

Permission Slip

Brant Lake Canoeing (No prior registration needed)
Spend a day paddling on 6-mile long Brant Lake, eating lunch on the water. Transportation and canoes are available on a limited basis. Cost: flat charge of $30.00 for groups of up to 14 persons. Unit leadership must meet the BSA Standards for "Safety Afloat", publication #7368. Most of the shoreline of Brant Lake is private. Thus, put-in and pick-up locations are limited. Reservations must be made with the Camp Director at the time of the Leaders Meeting in the evening of the first day the unit is in camp.

Overnight Backpacking (No prior registration needed)
Summit Base can help outfit your troop for an overnight (or longer) backpacking trip into the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness area. New York State Health Department rules apply. See below: Standards for Day or Overnight Hiking Trips Out of Camp for leadership requirements. Cost in 2018: Food, fresh or trail - $10 per person, per meal (trail food subject to availability, several months notice requested).  Reservations must be made with Summit Base as early as possibly. Bring your own tents, stoves, cooking equipment, etc.  Summit Base can also assist with securing necessary permits - these should be applied for at least a month prior to the planned trip.  Contact or 914-449-2612.

Standards for Day or Overnight Hiking Trips Out of Camp

At least two (2) deep adult leadership is required. One adult must be at least 21 years of age. An adult is 18 years or age or older. At least one (1) adult experienced in leading a Scout hike must be included.
At least one (1) adult leader must be certified in American Red Cross Responding to Emergencies or the equivalent. A first aid kit must be carried. There must be two leaders who have current certification in ARC CPR for the Professional Rescuer or the equivalent, as per the DOH.

The individual members of the hiking group should be properly equipped with all of the necessary articles for the trip, considering weather and all other conditions. Map and compass are essential. Adequate water supply for each person is necessary. If overnight, supplies to treat available water must be provided. Depending upon distance and scope of the activity, equipment and supplies to be carried may require emergency food, raingear, small flashlights, additional clothing. "Strike Anywhere" matches are essential to any trip in the Forest Preserve. Leader must carry a whistle. (Consult the Scout Handbook and the Fieldbook for other items).

Leaders should review proposed trip details with the Trek coordinator to ensure DOH guidelines are followed and proper equipment needs are met. 

Information in the Camp's check-out log must include the names of youth and adults, their ages, time of departure, time of return. Prior notice to and the approval by the Camp Director is required. Logging back into camp is as important as logging out.

If the trip out of camp involves the use of a motor vehicle, all of the BSA standards pertaining to such use must be followed. Also, the log must include the vehicle license number.


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