Adventure Day Camp and Overnight Week

Overview

July updates

We are very excited to offer Adventure Day Camp this summer.  Please review the following documents prior to coming to camp.

May 18 Update On Summer Camp Operations

The Mayflower Council’s Adventure Day Camp is a week-long camp experience for boys and girls completing grades 1 through 4.  The camp runs Monday to Friday for one full week, beginning each morning at 9:00 AM and ending in the afternoon, at 4:00 PM. Activities range from traditional Scouting Games and Achievement opportunities to Archery and BB instruction, Handicrafts, Nature, Sports, Fishing, Swimming, and Outdoor Camp Skills.

Extended day programs, sibling discounts available.

Our Adventure Day Camp is led by a trained Camp Director and Program Director who are certified by BSA’s National Camping School. Adventure Day Camp is inspected and certified by a Day Camp Visitation team approved by Boy Scouts of America and is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is accredited by the American Camp Association.  Our goal is to provide a safe, fun and exciting program to all our campers each week.

Adventure Day Camp

Mayflower Council Camp Information

Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of every camper. Our camps follow all safety and risk management guidelines set by the Boy Scouts of America, the local, state and federal boards of health. Camp Resolute is also accredited by the American Camp Association, a national camp organization that sets high standards for both the health and safety of campers and staff, and the delivery of quality programs.

As required by MA DPH 105 CMR 430:190 (C) and (D), our camps must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health. Parents may request copies of background checks, health care and discipline policies, as well as procedures for filing grievances.

American Camp Association (ACA) accreditation means that the Camp Resolute cares enough to undergo a thorough annual review of its operation—more than 250 standards from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. ACA collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross and other youth service agencies to assure that current practices reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. A health officer staffs the camps health lodge and a local physician is on call.

Medical Forms

Every adult and camper in camp MUST have a completely filled out medical form on file in the Health Lodge in order to stay at Camp.

  • Day Camp Medical Form    Very Important! Every camper must bring a completed medical form with them to the first day of camp. DO NOT MAIL THE MEDICAL FORM TO CAMP OR THE SCOUT OFFICE! – Physician signature not required.
  • Adventure Overnight Week Medical Form    Very Important! Every camper must bring a completed medical form with them to the first day of camp. DO NOT MAIL THE MEDICAL FORM TO CAMP OR THE SCOUT OFFICE! If your child is attending Adventure Day Camp, that medical form is NOT acceptable for AOW. AOW medical form requires a doctor’s signature.

All medical forms must be retained by camp and will not be returned, so please make any copies you might need for other activities. Units with Christian Scientist members will need to provide a special medical form, available here, pertaining to their faith’s medical policies.

Medications

State regulations cover the storage and dispensing of medications. All medication must come to camp in the original containers and be stored by the health officer in locked compartments in the camp health lodge. Exceptions to storage by the health officer are authorized for medications for treatment of allergies and asthma. Questions about these medications should be raised with the camp prior to the child’s arrival. To ensure a smooth transition, we recommend that your child continue the medications he needs during the school year at summer camp. If prescription medications are brought to camp, the container must have a pharmacy label showing the prescription number, patient’s name, date filled, physician’s name, name of medication and directions for use. This information must also be on the camp medical form. Any camper coming to camp with a prescription Epi-pen or inhaler must bring two of either, one for the health lodge and one for the unit. The health officer dispenses medication according to the directions. If a camper refuses to take prescribed medications, this refusal is documented in the health log and the parent/guardian is notified.

Health Care Consultant

The health care consultant (HCC) is a licensed physician. The HCC assists in the development of the camp’s health care policy; develops and signs written orders for the health care supervisor; and is available for consultation at all times. The health care consultant is not present at camp.

Health Officer

A health supervisor, who is at least 18 years of age and is present at the camp at all times. The health officer shall be a Massachusetts licensed physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse the health officer is, by regulation, present at the camp at all times and is, at a minimum, a Massachusetts licensed physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, or licensed practical nurse. The health care consultant authorizes the health officer to be in charge of health matters at camp on a day-to-day basis and to dispense medications.

Health Care Policy

Complete health care policy for our Camps is available to a parent or guardian upon request to Mayflower Council BSA, 2 Mount Royal Ave Suite 100, Marlborough MA 01752. 

Care of Mildly Ill Campers

Each camper or staff member is responsible for reporting any signs of illness to the health officer (HO), who assesses each situation. The HO may administer over-the-counter medications he/she believes are warranted if they are authorized by the parent/guardian. If the HO determines the child should be sent home or seen by the health care consultant, he/she informs the reservation director and arrangements are made. In both situations, the parent/guardian is contacted as soon as possible.

Care of Campers who have an Illness/Accident at Camp

Parents/guardians will be notified as soon as possible should a camper be taken to the doctor’s office/hospital for an injury or health condition and if medication has been prescribed by the camp’s health care consultant. The health officer or reservation director will notify parents/guardians of any persistent conditions or ailments. Parents/guardians should notify their doctor and health care provider of any health condition or accident/injury occurring at camp for follow-up visits and billing purposes.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

At the request of the Department of Public Health we are providing this fact sheet on Meningococcal disease here.  Campers attending a resident camp are not considered to be at an increased risk. The United States Centers for Disease Control, Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Mayflower Council encourage everyone to be safe outdoors. Diseases associated with ticks and mosquitoes are growing threats in Massachusetts. When outdoors, please take necessary precautions as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control.

CDC Camping Health & Safety

CDC EEE Info

CDC Tick

Our camps must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health.

Discipline

Campers attending our Camps are expected to maintain appropriate behavior at all times. Respect for all members of the camp community and camp facilities is expected at all times. All discipline shall have as its intent the modification of behavior to within acceptable parameters. Discipline shall be limited to counseling, close supervision/monitoring, and restriction from selected activities. At no time will discipline be administered by a staff member under 18 years of age unless the actions in question pose a safety hazard to the offender or another individual. Then action appropriate to remedy the situation may be employed. Discipline shall be constructive or educational in nature, and may include such measures as diversion, separation from problem situations, talking with the camper about the situation, or praise for appropriate behavior.

Prohibitions:

  • Corporal punishment, including spanking, is prohibited;
  • No camper shall be subjected to cruel or severe punishment, humiliation, or verbal abuse;
  • No camper shall be denied food or shelter as a form of punishment;
  • No child shall be punished for soiling, wetting or not using the toilet.

The reservation director reserves the right to dismiss a camper when, in the director’s judgment, the camper’s behavior interferes with the rights of others, prevents the smooth functioning of a group or activity, or violates the camp’s principles of conduct.

Christian’s Law

In accordance with Massachusetts Law, our Camps screen campers for swim levels on the first day of camp and provides Coast Guard approved lifejackets for non-swimmers if they choose to wear them. You must inform the camp if you require your camper to wear a lifejacket during swimming activities. If parents wish to send along their own lifejackets they need to conform with the law as stated below. Note: Campers are screened in our pond and don’t wear a lifejacket during the screening.

(a) MGL c 111 Section 127A1/2. (a) The department of public health shall adopt rules or regulations requiring municipal and recreational programs and camps for minor children under its jurisdiction to have a system in place to have Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices of Type I, II or III available to non-swimmers and at-risk swimmers who will be present in a swimming or diving area, excluding swimming pools, wading pools and other artificial bodies of water.

(b) A determination shall be made of each minor’s swimming ability at the first swimming session at municipal and recreational programs and camps in order to identify and classify non-swimmers and at-risk swimmers. Minors attending a municipal or recreational program or camp shall then be confined to swimming areas consistent with the limits of their swimming skills or to swimming areas requiring lesser skills than those for which they have been classified.

(c) No municipal or recreational program or camp for minor children shall refuse, decline or otherwise prohibit a parent, guardian or person with custody of a minor from providing a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device of Type I, II or III to such municipal or recreational program or camp to be used by the minor for the duration of the minor’s attendance at such camp.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to your frequently asked questions about Adventure Day Camp.

How do I confirm what weeks my camper is enrolled in?

The email receipt you receive after you complete your registration is the only confirmation you will receive. No further email confirmations will be sent. You will receive an email approximately 1 week prior to your 1st day with final instructions.  Scroll to the bottom to see dates selected as well as shirt size, transportation, etc.

Can I add busing or extended day program after I register for camp?

You can add either of these after your initial registration by emailing us at info@cubscoutcamps.org.

Does my child need a medical form?

Every child attending Adventure Day Camp is required to bring a BSA Health and Medical Record, parts A & B to camp with them on the first day (DO NOT mail it to camp). Click here to obtain a copy. These forms must be retained by camp and will not be returned, please keep a copy at home for use at other activities. Campers who must take medication while at camp must also have their parent complete an authorization to administer medication form.

Should my child bring a lunch?

Each child is expected to provide their own lunch. The lunch should be brown bag style. We do not have access to on-site refrigeration, it is strongly recommended not to use any mayonnaise products in your child’s lunch. Please do not bring coolers. Plenty of water will be provided during the days activities. Campers also have the option to order a bag lunch from the camp for a nominal fee.  Place your order for lunch.

What should I pack for my child’s week at camp?

All of the equipment needed for the various activities that campers will take part in during the day is provided. Campers will only need to bring a few items with them each morning. Please make sure that all personal items are labeled with your camper’s name and hometown. This makes it much easier to identify lost items. What To Bring /What Not To Bring

What is the Friday Family BBQ & Campfire?

Each Friday afternoon there will be a family BBQ and campfire. Because of the family BBQ & Campfire, there is NO bus service on Friday afternoon.   Our menu has a southern flair – pulled pork, mac and cheese, corn bread, chicken, and we will still have hot dogs for the kids as well as a vegetarian option.  The camp program day will conclude on Friday at 4:30pm.   The BBQ is free for all day campers and our volunteers. We encourage you to come as a family to see your son or daughters skit and enjoy our camp’s atmosphere. There will be time for you to tour the camp with your family from 4:30 to 5:30pm, the cook-out will begin at 5:30pm; our flag lowering ceremony will be at 6:15pm immediately followed by the campfire.  Adults $9.00, Child over 4 years – $7.00, children under 4 – Free.

What if my child needs medication?

All medication must be turned in to the camp health officer upon arrival at camp. It must be in its original packaging with the original prescription label in tact. Authorization to administer medication must be given by signing the appropriate section of the camp medical form. Medications may only be administered by the camp health officer. Exceptions may be made for asthma inhalers and similar medications at the discretion of the camp health officer. Medicines can be sent with the camper on Monday and picked up by the parent on Friday.

What is the camp’s No-Show/Dismissal policy?

Parents are requested to contact the camp at 978-779-5514 or email info@cubscoutcamps.org in the event that your camper will not be able to attend camp for one or more days. The camp staff will not release a camper into the custody of any person except the parent or legal guardians whose names appear on the camp medical form without written, notarized authorization from the parent or legal guardian. If your camper is signed-up for bus transportation and is getting a ride home from another parent including a volunteer staff member we must receive that request in writing.  DO NOT CALL RESIDENT CAMP WITH ABSENCES – 978-779-2777 – their admin starts later than we do at day camp – it causes us undue worry!

What do I do if I need to pick my camper up early from camp?

We ask that you contact the camp at 978-779-5514 in advance by telephone or in writing. This will allow minimal disruption to our program. For the safety of our campers, any early dismissals must be before 3:30pm to minimize the volume of moving vehicles in the parking lot while loading campers onto busses.

Where is the camp located and where can I find directions?

The camp is located at 129 Hudson Road in Bolton, Massachusetts. E. Paul Robsham Scout Reservation is owned and operated by the Mayflower Council. For directions to camp from anywhere click here.

What if it rains?

We will continue all activities, unless there is severe weather in the area. Make sure your camper has all his or her rain gear in case.

Can I volunteer?

Yes, but you must check off on the registration that you are interested in volunteering.  We consider only those with paid in full registrations as of May 1.  Volunteers will receive a refund of the base camp fee and will only be responsible for the cost of busing (if selected).

My camper has a friend or sibling who isn’t a Scout, can he or she come?

Sign them up! They will be added to our Learning for Life program roster. About 25% of our campers are non-Scouts.

What if I can’t afford camp and can’t volunteer?

Camperships are available, link to application can be found on the “Forms” Tab.  This is a very important step.  Once approved, we will issue you a coupon code for the value of your campership, but you will need to complete the online registration.

Do you have snack time?

We have no special time set aside for snack but, your camper may bring a snack and eat it at anytime or during den time. Please pack it separately from lunch.

How many campers are in a den?

10-12

Will my camper receive awards?

All campers will receive a report of activities and accomplishments for the week.  Those who are Scouts can turn in to their leader for recognition.  You will receive a printout with your picture at the end of the week.

If I volunteer can I bring my other children?

No, we do not have accommodations.

Can I visit camp before I sign-up?

Come out to our Adventure Day Camp on Saturday April 25  from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm for a fun, informative Open House! Meet our staff, play games, and see how camp operates on a day-to day-basis. You may also email the camp director to set up a tour.

Does my camper have to swim if he or she doesn’t know how?

We do encourage all campers to go in the water.  Our staff will help with swim lessons.  All campers take a swim test on the first day of camp to check their ability.

What if I have special concerns?

It is our goal to make sure each camper has the best experience possible. Please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your needs!

Does the Camp have insurance?

Mayflower Council maintains an insurance policy which covers all Scouts while at camp. This policy is an excess policy, which means that benefits are paid in excess of the benefits paid by any other insurance which the individual or group may have. To summarize, if your Scout is injured at camp, your personal insurance becomes primary for coverage with the camp insurance picking up any remaining amount. If no other insurance is available, the council’s policy will cover expenses.

What is your camps discrimination policy?

The programs of the Mayflower Council are available to all boys and girls without regard to race, color, religion, disability, or national origin. Any youth member may attend any age appropriate camp conducted within the council.

What if I have other questions that weren’t answered here?

Why wonder…call us! Questions about our camps can be emailed to info@cubscoutcamps.org or contact the Mayflower Council Service Center, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. 508-872-6551. During the camp season please contact the camp directly: 978-779-5514.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to your frequently asked questions about Adventure Overnight Week.

What type of leadership is provided?

Campsites will have a minimum of two leaders at all times during their week in camp. “Two deep leadership” is not only a requirement of National BSA, it makes sense as it provides for continued campsite leadership should it become necessary for one leader to address an “emergency” situation. National requirements state that one adult must be 21 years of age or older, and additional leaders must be at least 18. Anyone planning to spend the night must have a current health form on file in the Health Lodge and have cleared a CORI background check prior to their arrival at camp.
The camp staff is an experienced group of Scouts and Scouters who choose to give back to Scouting what Scouting has given them. They provide a summer camp residential program for 5 weeks of Scout camp. An Area Director hired by the Camp Administration because of their experience and expertise directs every program area. There is an on-site health facility staffed with a health officer. All applicable staff has been trained at the National Camping School run by the Boy Scouts of America and all camp policies follow the national guidelines.

At what time and how do we check-in?

Campers assemble in the camp parking lot at 1:00 PM. on Sunday. The camp gate will remain closed until 1:00 to give the staff time to prepare for your arrival. Vehicles should be parked in the designated parking areas only.

Do we need to provide a medical form?

Every Scout and Adult staying in camp must have a BSA Health and Medical Record filled out completely and signed by a doctor. This form must be brought to camp on the first day (DO NOT mail it to camp). The medical form no longer allows attaching another physical exam (ie: sports physical) to the BSA medical form. The physician’s signature must be on the BSA form to be valid. There are absolutely no exceptions to this requirement. These forms must be retained by camp, and will not be returned, so keep a copy at home for use at other activities. Please make certain that both the parent’s signatures and physician’s signature sections are filled out. Campers who must take medication while at camp must also have their parent complete an authorization to administer medication form.

Upon arrival in camp, the Camp Health Officer will review the information on your son or daughters form with you and collect any medications he or she has brought. All medications must be in their original containers with a valid/current prescription label that bears the name of the drug, the dosages, the name of the prescribing physician, and the name of the individual for whom the drug was prescribed. This information must also be on the BSA Health and Medical Record. Containers with more than one drug, or which are marked, or which do not have a valid label will NOT be accepted. The Camp Health Officer will dispense medications at the prescribed times.

When is visitor’s day and the family BBQ?

We wish to invite families to join us for Wednesday’s closing activities. Wednesday evening is for parents and visitors. Parents and visitors (please leave pets at home) are invited to the camp after 4:00 p.m. to share the Wednesday evening closing activities with their campers. This is where your son or daughter gets a chance to show off some of the songs he or she has learned during the week and receive some hard earned recognition for their campsite’s efforts. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Trading Post on Sunday during Check-In. Campers and volunteers in camp are free. All parents are encouraged to attend as your camper will be glad to see you and share their experiences of the week with you.

Are photos available?

A photo of your camper’s Den is a great souvenir of camp! A color 8″ x 10″ photo is included with your online registration.

Does my Camper need to bring a uniform?

It is strongly suggested that the Official Scouts BSA Shirt be worn by all campers and adults during the evening meal, flag ceremonies, formal retreats, and den photographs. Scout shorts or pants are also recommended attire. Campers should leave at home their colors, pins, or other items, which can easily be lost or mixed up with those of someone else. No camper will be denied summer camp due to lack of uniform. Many of our campers are not registered with the Boy Scouts of America.  During the day, campers should wear light-weight shirts and shorts and/or bathing suits as the weather dictates. Uniforms are not required for daytime activities.

How is the program structured?

Each Camper is assigned to a den. During the day the Den’s tour the camp in search of adventure in the Program Areas. Each program area has activities planned with their targets on fun and some on advancement for the Cub and Camper Adventures.

Can I send my camper mail?

While your camper is at camp, you can send him/her mail by writing to the following address:
Camper’s Name/Campsite Camp Resolute 75 Hudson Road Bolton, MA 01740
Note: To ensure that your camper gets his or her mail before they leave, send it before they arrive at camp!

Is there a trading post my camper can visit?

Camp Resolute maintains a well-stocked camp store to serve everyone who is staying, or just visiting, in camp. Items include Scout literature, camp T-shirts, patches, mugs, cold drinks, snacks, and toiletries

Does my camper need to bring money to camp?

A modest amount of spending money may be left for your camper to use at the Trading Post during the week. The amount of money you send to camp with your camper is an individual matter between you and your son or daughter.

Are pocket knives allowed at AOW?

Pocket knives are a part of Scouting and an important tool for use in the outdoors. However, it is very important that campers be taught to use and handle them safely and properly. To accomplish this objective we have implemented the following pocket knife policy and training program:

All knives will be collected at registration. Parents will be asked to remind their campers about the importance of using pocket knives properly and in following the rules of camp. Any pocket knife found in a campers possession, which was not collected during registration, will be taken from the Scout and returned per discretion of the campsite leader. A pocket knife handling and safety clinic will be held in the Scoutcraft area on Monday after which the Scout may use the knife during supervised activities only. After that, the knife will be taken away from any camper who misuses or mishandles the knife, at the discretion of the campsite leader(s).

What is AOW Plus?

AOW Plus includes the four days at Adventure Overnight Week, August 2-5, and two days at Adventure Day Camp, August 6-7. A full week of programs for your camper for only $100 more! If your camper will be participating in AOW Plus, optional bus transportation or extended day program are available for a nominal fee for the two days at Adventure Day Camp. Please note that there is no bus service on Friday afternoon due to the family BBQ & campfire at the Adventure Day Camp.

Does the camp have insurance?

Mayflower Council maintains an insurance policy which covers all Scouts while at camp. This policy is an excess policy, which means that benefits are paid in excess of the benefits paid by any other insurance which the individual or group may have. To summarize, if your Scout is injured at camp, your personal insurance becomes primary for coverage with the camp insurance picking up any remaining amount. If no other insurance is available, the council’s policy will cover expenses.

What is your camps discrimination policy?

The programs of the Mayflower Council are available to all boys and girls without regard to race, color, religion, disability, or national origin. Any youth member may attend any age appropriate camp conducted within the council.

Campership applications have been extended until June 20th.

The Mayflower Council operates a campership fund to provide financial assistance to deserving campers who would otherwise not be able to afford attendance at its camps. As good stewards of the money generously donated to this fund by concerned individuals, foundations and others, the Mayflower Council acts in complete confidence and exercises careful judgement when awarding camperships.

In order to give as many camperships as possible, it is the policy of the Mayflower Council not to give 100% camperships and to only give camperships for one week at camp. Each family is expected to share part of the expense of camp. The amount granted is made on the basis of need and availability of funds.

To apply for a campership, the below application must be submitted no later than June 1, 2020. The committee will be meeting to distribute available funds on a rolling basis beginning in early spring. The earlier an application is submitted, the better chance the applicant has of receiving assistance. There is no guarantee of campership awards and applications will not be accepted after June 1, 2020.

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Refund Policy Update – May 6, 2020:  There is no risk for families and units of losing money by signing up for Mayflower Camps now. In the event that camp does not open or has a shortened season due to COVID-19 and your troop or campers are unable to attend during your scheduled time, all camp fees paid will be refunded. This full refund also extends to families that sign their children up for summer camp and it is not canceled but at that time of camp do not feel comfortable sending them.

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