Westchester-Putnam Council, BSA Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation
Parents' Guide


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What will my Scout do in Camp?
Your Scout will have an active, challenging and educational week or more at the Read Scout Reservation. Unless he is on a week-long trek, he will be living in a two person canvas tent erected on a wooden platform. Cots and mattresses are provided. He will be in a campsite with the rest of his troop.

Depending on his age, activities may include white water rafting, caving, rock climbing, rappelling, a slide for life over water, horse back riding, low and/or high ropes challenge course and water skiing. In addition, he will be working on Scouting advancement. Boys attending the Read Scout Reservation for the first time often enroll in our Dan Beard instruction. These are sessions designed to help new scouts learn and work toward earning their Tenderfoot, Second Class or First Class badges. Read also offers over thirty merit badges that are sure to challenge Scouts of any experience level.

He will also sleep. Lights out is at 10:00 each evening and boys start each day at 7:00 AM. In between, he will be having the time of his life in a tremendous setting with a caring, qualified staff.

Due to the sheer volume of phone calls which come into our camping office, often more than a hundred in an eight hour period, we ask that you attempt to use alternative methods of answering your questions before calling the Council Service Center. We cannot return every call in a timely matter.

  • www.wpcbsa.org - Our Web Site has extensive information on it including this guide and more.
  • Scoutmaster - Your troop’s Scoutmaster has the answer to many of your questions or concerns. In many cases he or she has attended Read in previous summers.
  • E-mail - The e-mail address of the camping office at the Council Service Center is campingwpcbsa.org. The Director of Support Services’ e-mail address is shammondswpcbsa.org.
  • Telephone - The Council Camping Department can be reached at (914) 773-1135, extension 233. Steve Hammonds, Director of Support Services, may be reached at (914) 773-1135 extension 225.
  • Mail - Our address is Westchester-Putnam Council, BSA, 41 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne, NY 10532.

Further Information for Parents

Getting to Read Scout Reservations, Council Transportation options

Equipment Checklist

Camp Fee Information

General Camp Information including mailing address and medical form information

Advancement: Merit badges and Dan Beard

Camp Buckskin Merit Badge Schedule

Camp Waubeeka Merit Badge Schedule

Out of Camp Permission form 

Medical Form 

Meningitis Letter and Acknowledgement Form   Required for Scouts staying in camp for more than 1 week.

Parents' Guide Packet 


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