Quapaw Area Council Camp Policies
Gus Blass Scout Reservation is guided by the Scout Oath and the twelve points of the Scout Law. All camp participants are expected to live by these principles. Behavior which does not meet the high standards of the Scout Oath and Law is unacceptable. All campers and leaders are asked for their cooperation in helping to maintain these high standards of moral and personal behavior. The following rules have been established for the health and safety of all Scouts, adult leaders, camp staff, and visitors.
Quapaw Area Council camping guidelines state:
- 2-Deep Leadership is required at all times.
- Open-toed shoes(sandals, Tevas, Chacos, etc.) are not allowed except at the pool/shower areas. Scouts must wear closed-toe shoes when walking to or from these areas.
- No flames in tents! All bulk flammable fuels must be stored in the fuel box provided at the camp.
- No weapons, firearms, ammunition or any parts of such at camp. Camp Rockefeller provides all necessary shooting equipment and ammunition.
- Tobacco use is prohibited by youth campers or adults in the presence of youth campers and is not allowed in any structure, tent, or building. Smokers are also reminded of the ever-present fire danger!
- Vehicles must be parked in the main parking lot at the bottom of the Camp Rockefeller entrance hill. If more information is needed, please consult the Camp Director.
- All ATVs are prohibited from use by Scouts and adult leaders.
- Posted speed limit of 10 MPH MUST be obeyed.
- No one may ride in the back of a truck or on a trailer.
- RVs are not allowed.
- Pets are not allowed in Camp.
- Only those persons authorized by the Quapaw Area Council Camp Director or Camp Ranger may operate power tools or equipment on the Gus Blass Scout Reservation.
- All personnel arriving at camp or leaving camp must check in and out at the Camp Administration building.
- Leaders and Scouts arriving or leaving the Reservation during the week MUST check in and out at the Camp Administration building. Scouts are permitted to leave prior to the normal departure day only with a parent or a signed permission slip.
- All youth and adults MUST shower and change clothes separately. Separate hot shower facilities are provided for youth, male adults, and female adults. Youth are defined as less than 18 years of age.
- Adults are defined as over 17 years of age.
- Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs are not allowed on camp property. Possession or use of these on The Gus Blass Scout Reservation property will lead to dismissal from the Summer Camp Program without benefit of refund. State and Federal law mandates incidents of this nature be turned over to the proper authorities.
- Fireworks of all types are prohibited on the Gus Blass Scout Reservation.
- Mobile devices are not allowed during classes.
- Youth Protection Guidelines will be strictly adhered to at all times and any violations of these guidelines must be reported immediately. Everyone’s vigilance is necessary to provide a safe camp for everyone.
- Sale of Products-The selling of products to other individuals outside of one’s own unit is prohibited.
- Vehicles in Camp– For the safety of all involved, and to meet BSA National Standards, all vehicles must be parked in the Camp Rockefeller parking lot and not driven around camp. The only exceptions are for official camp service vehicles. Please advise leaders, parents, and visitors of this policy. Also, campers, RVs, pop-up trailers and similar are not permitted.
- Golf Carts For Those With Mobility Impairments
Adults leading in scout camping programs at Quapaw Area Council Camps and events may use only council supplied golf carts when the use does not put the participant or others at risk and when the need for use is documented as stated below. Use of any motorized vehicles at camping facilities must conform to rules and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America.
Policy: Adults leading or participating in camping programs at Quapaw Area Council camps and events may use golf cart type vehicles when there is a physical need documented by the adult’s physician. The conveyance can be operated safely and does not put the participant or others at risk. Use of any motorized vehicles at camping facilities must conform to rules and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America and be approved in advance by the Camp Director or Camp Ranger. The Camp Director or Camp Ranger has the authority to immediately revoke the permit for any violations of the procedures or for any safety concerns.
- Golf cart type vehicles (small, gas or electric powered vehicles, typically open) may be used on Quapaw Area Council camps by medically certified adults. The adult must be certified healthy enough to participate in activities at camp but limited by mobility. A state issued disabled parking tag or plate or a physician note will be accepted as certification.
- Utility, All Terrain, or modified vehicles are not authorized for use by participants at Quapaw Area Council camps.
- All vehicles must be in good working order and both the vehicle and the operator must be registered with the Camp Director or Camp Ranger upon arrival. Proof of vehicle and operator insurance and a completed Release of Liability form will be required as part of this registration process and before a camp permit (windshield card or tag) will be issued. Issuance of the permit is for a specific adult using a specific vehicle and does not grant permission for multiple drivers or vehicles. Repair services will not be available at Quapaw Area Council camps or provided by Quapaw Area Council personnel.
- Adults must provide the vehicle themselves and must be able to drive it, refuel it, and remove it from camp in a safe and legal fashion. No vehicles will be provided by the Council except as required for camping operations.
- Refueling or recharging must be coordinated with the Camp Director or Camp Ranger and must be done in a safe manner. Fuel must be stored according to existing rules. Recharging must be done in a safe manner and at an approved location.
- For adult participants who use a golf cart type vehicle at camp, the following standards apply.
- The vehicle may be gas or electric, though gas is preferred;
- The vehicle must be equipped with a working fire extinguisher;
- The vehicle must be equipped with an operational lock or locking mechanism to prevent unauthorized use. The locking mechanisms must be used when the vehicle is not in operation by the certified adult;
- The vehicle must be operated in a safe manner at all times. Special attention and vigilance must be given in high traffic areas and situations, and all posted rules and speed limits obeyed;
- No youth members may ride in the cart unless it is used in an emergency situation;
- Vehicles may operate only on roads. Use on trails, unpaved, or gravel surfaces is prohibited except in emergency situations;
- Adult passengers must be seated in a seat and seatbelts used if equipped. No one may ride standing or sitting in a cargo area or baggage rack;
- The vehicle will be operated in a safe manner observing posted warning notices and following any instruction provided by the Camp Director or Ranger;
- Vehicles may be operated after dark if equipped with working headlights;
- Vehicle operation should not interrupt or spoil the experience of any Scout or participant, or program presentation such as campfires, flag ceremonies, etc.
- Failure to follow these rules or others issued by the Camp Director or Camp Ranger will result in the revocation of the users operating permit.
Vehicles and permits may be issued by the Camp Director or Ranger for use by non-medical certified adults when vehicles are needed for legitimate camp business. All other rules apply in these situations.
Failure to follow these rules will result in the revocation of the user’s operating permit.
Vehicles and permits may be issued by the Camp Administration for use by non-medical certified adults when vehicles are needed for legitimate camp business. All other rules apply in these situations.