Each unit is required to have at least two adult leaders in camp during the entire week at camp, and one of these two adults must be at least 21 years old. Leaders may rotate, as needed, as long as this "two deep" leadership requirement is maintained 24-hours a day.
Under the crew system of camping, the unit leader is in charge of the crew at all times. Oranization and discipline are the responsibilities of the unit leader. The camp staff will work with the leader as advisors, and will provide an environment in which the crew can grow into a better organized, better prepared, and more independent organization.
Experience shows that having at least one of the unit's leaders stay at camp for the entire week provides a stable environment.
Everyone attending camp must have an annual health history (attested by parents/guardians if under 18) with an attached copy of a completed physician-conducted medical exam given less than 36 months ago. The BSA Class 1 and 2 medical form should be used. No Venturer or Explorer will be admitted to camp without a completed medical form.
Adult leaders over 40 must complete the BSA Class 3 medical form, which includes a physician-conducted medical exam given within 12 months.
Adults are asked to use discreation when using tobacco products and should avoid using them in the presence of campers. Smoking is not permitted in camp buildings nor is the use of tobacco products by those under the age of 18 allowed.
Alcohol and illegal drugs are not permitted on camp property. All medications must be turned in (in their original container) to the camp health officer on Sunday, at check-in, to be placed under lock and key in order to comply with BSA policy.
Firearms and ammunition are avaiable at the camp for use in the Shooting Sports area. Personal bows, shotguns, and rifles brought to camp must be registered and turned in to the Shooting Sports Instructor or Camp Director upon arrival at camp. Camp is not responsible for loss or damage to firearms. No outside ammunition is allowed at camp. Personal bows, shotguns, and rifles are not encouraged to be brought to camp.
No One On One Contact
One on one contact between adults and youth is not permitted. In situations that require a personal conference, the meeting is to be conducted in view of others.
Adult leaders must respect the privacy of youth members in situations such as changing into swimming suits or taking showers at camp and intrude only to the extent that health and safety requires. They must also protect their own safety in similar situations.
When camping, no youth is permitted to sleep in the tent of any adult other than his or her own parent or guardian.
At no time may male and female youth be permitted to fraternize. Anyone violating this rule will be sent home.
Parking And Vehicle Use In Camp
All personal vehicles must be kept in the camp parking lot. Ranger Quest organizers will have one vehicle available for transportation of materials needed for activities and events. Camp Birch strives to preserve the natural beauty of camp and keep the property looking like a Scout camp. Please do not drive your vehicle in camp.
Thursday evening is a special time when visitors and guests are invited to camp. Visitors are encouraged to come to camp after 5:00 p. m. on Thursday. Guest meal tickets are available during the week for $5.00 each. Parents and guests are expected to park in the camp parking lot and follow all camp rules during their stay. Visitors must leave camp after the camp fire.
Visitors at any other time must check in at the Camp office prior to going into camp to meet with the person or unit they are meeting.
Telephone And Mail
The Camp emergency phone number is (937) 767-1751 and is to be used only for camp business or emergencies. A pay phone is located outside of the Dining Hall for your convience. Parents and others should remember that this is a camp and it is not possible to locate campers or leaders at a moment's notice. Mail is delivered daily to Camp and should be addressed with the Venturers or Explorers name and unit number. Our summer camp address is:
4023 Swimming Pool Road
Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387
The Venturing/Explorer and Scout uniform is encouraged, but optional.
Anyone, Venturer, Explorer, or leader, who leaves camp property, must check out with the Camp office. If a Venturer or Explorer leaves camp, he or she must be checked out to either his or her unit leader or parent/guardian.
Adult leaders are encouraged to assist or participate in all the activities and events.