Statement regarding Camp Rockefeller Scouts BSA Resident Camp (Summer Camp)
The safety of our Scouting Family is our top priority. After a very in-depth review of the State directives for operating overnight camps, the recommendation from our Council Health and Safety committee and our Camping Task force is to cancel Camp Rockefeller Scouts BSA Resident Camp due to concern over Covid-19 and the limitations that it places on our ability to provide a safe and quality program.
These committees were comprised of top health and safety experts, physicians, camping volunteers and supported by your Vice President of Program, Program Staff and Scout Executive. The Quapaw Area Council volunteer and staff leadership have cancelled all Council and District-level in-person, overnight camps and activities through August 1, 2020. The decision will be continually evaluated over the summer months and any change will be communicated.
This includes Scouts BSA Resident Camp at Camp Rockefeller.
However, because we do not want our Scouts to spend the summer without opportunities to have a fun camp experience and make to progress in their advancement, our volunteer and professional staff has been working diligently to create an exciting hybrid camp experience that will allow Scouts to enjoy the magic of summer camp while remaining safe at home or other safe location.
Camp Rockefeller Mystery Camp gives Scouts the opportunity to connect with camp and their favorite Camp Rockefeller staff members, interact with each other, attend advancement classes including our highly-rated first-year camper program ROCKS, enjoy campfires and, new this year, participate in a camp-wide mystery game that will challenge their deductive skills. We really think it’s going to be a great experience and, because we have reduced food and other costs at camp, we can offer it at a lower price. Mystery Camp registration will be $145 with an Early Bird rate of $125 if paid by June 25. The camp will be held July 19-24. For more details, see the Leader’s Guide or visit CampRockefeller.org.
For those currently registered to attend Camp Rockefeller, once you have determined what the scouts in your troop want to do please email the Council Program Director, Butch Walker, at Butch.Walker@Scouting.org and let him know the following regarding your registration:
- Which of your Scouts would like their registration transferred to Mystery Camp (with any overpayment to be refunded). Of course, additional Scouts are encouraged to register.
- Which of your Scouts would like their registration transferred to Camp Rockefeller 2021 – locking in the 2020 camp fees for 2021.
- Which of your Scouts would like a full refund.
Again, we regret that conditions have not allowed us to offer the kind of safe and quality live, on-camp program that we have become accustomed to. However, we are committed to delivering a great hybrid camp experience through Mystery Camp and hope that you will join us.
Information will come out soon on re-scheduled Cub Scout Day Camps in late July and the first of August.
Thank you for your understanding during these difficult times. We look forward to serving you at Camp Rockefeller as soon as possible.
Questions and Answers
Q: Will units be allowed to camp at the Short Term locations at Camp Rockefeller?
A: Our Council properties remain open for Unit camping in accordance with all government guidelines and reservations can be placed by completing the Short Term Camping Application found at www.quapawbsa.org/qac-forms and submitting it to the Council Office at 3220 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 72202 – 501-664-4780 at least two weeks in advance.
The State directives can be found at https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/covid-19-health-guidances.
Q: Will the same classes be offered during Mystery Camp?
A: Many of the same classes will be offered during Mystery Camp, though there are obviously other classes that simply cannot be offered in this format. However, while class offerings are still being finalized, we expect to offer at least 35 merit badges/advancement classes. Class registration will open on June 15 at 8 am.
Q: My kids have been in virtual school for the last two months. Will this be like that?
A: We are doing everything we can to make this experience feel more like camp and less like virtual school. We are planning to a format that will allow each scout to move at their own pace as they complete their requirements. They will not be asked to spend endless hours sitting in front of a Zoom screen. While there will be some interactive video calls, much of the content will be offered using short video clips and then giving them the opportunity to respond with their own video. Plus, there will be interactive games offered that allow them to connect with their friends and have some camp fun!
That being said, Youth Protection is always a primary concern so proper adult supervision will be required as well as Youth Protection Training for all assisting adults, including parents.
Q: What equipment will I need for Mystery Camp?
A: Mystery Camp requires access to a computer or smartphone device that has Internet access and bandwidth sufficient to stream video. It also will require a camera for submitting videos of your requirement completion. If you do not have access to this minimum equipment, contact your troop leadership to see if there are resources available to help your scout be able to participate.