Summer Camp Promotional Video
Forms, guides, promotional literature and additional resources may be downloaded from our Resource Bank.
Summer Camp Dates
- Week 1: June 28 – July 4
- Week 2: July 5 – July 11
- Week 3: July 12 – July 18
- Week 4: July 19 – July 25
- Week 5: July 26 – August 1
Individual Program Rates
- Youth: $270 (If Paid in Full by 6/1)
- Adult: $100
- Early Discount: (Youth): $20 Off ($25 deposit by 2/24 AND Paid In Full by 4/1)
- Sibling Discount: $10 Off Per Sibling (Same Week)
- Additional Week Discount: (Youth Only): $20 Off Additional Weeks Attended
- First Free Adult: Register 3 – 7 Youth & Earn 1 Free Adult ($100-value)
- Second Free Adult: Register 8+ Youth & Earn 2nd Free Adult ($200-value)
- Early Unit Registration: Groups that make deposits for 8+ youth by 12/31 receive a $100 discount applied towards final balance. Actual camp attendance must be at least 8-Scout youth. (This discount may only be applied to youth campers.)
- Late Fee (Youth Only): $25 (If Not Paid In Full By 6/1)
Serving Your Whole Troop
Our goal is to provide challenging and rewarding programs for every member of your troop, and to enhance your troop operations throughout the year. Take a look at what we have to offer you.
For New Scouts
The original Brownsea Island is located in Poole Harbour, England and was the site of World Scouting’s founding event. From August 1-8, 1907 Lt. Gen. Robert Baden- Powell and Major Kenneth McLaren took 21-boys from lower, middle, and upper-class families camping as an experiment for his book, Scouting for Boys. Baden-Powell’s revolutionary idea was to teach camping, observation, woodcraft, chivalry, life saving, and patriotism. Fundamentally, the purpose was to teach young men to “be prepared” and to realize that their station in life was not confined to the Edwardian class system.
At Pipsico the Brownsea Island program area is designed to welcome new boys to Boy Scouts (wether they have recently crossed-over from Cub Scouts or just joined a Boy Scout troop). The program’s purpose is to teach Scouts about the patrol method, Troop organization, being prepared, resourcefulness, and skills for Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks.
Pipsico’s Brownsea Island program is a week-long either all morning or all afternoon. On Thursday night, Scouts spend the night at an outpost camp. At the end of the week Scouts are provided with a list of requirements they worked on during their stay.
NOTE: Scouts participating in this program should bring a backpack and small tent with them for their outpost experience, as well as, their Boy Scout Handbook. It is also recommended that they bring a compass (available for sale at the Trading Post).
For All Scouts
We continue to offer one of the most extensive merit badge programs you can find! Pipsico offers approximately 60-merit badges during summer camp. These are available in the Resource Bank, along with the merit badge schedule. Some Scouts will be encouraged by their units to take as many merit badges as possible. While this is a unit decision, experience shows that trying to learn six new skills at the same time is difficult, especially when some merit badges require a number of additional hours of work or practice. Accordingly, a Scout who works on six merit badges will learn how to get by with the least amount of work, rather than actually learning ski l l s . We recommend that , before camp, Scoutmasters hold a conference with each Scouts to assist them in setting realistic goals. Scouts should be encouraged to allow time for the proper completion of merit badges. The underlying purpose of these programs is to expose Scouts to new activities/studies that may positively impact character values, connect the practical application of material learned in school, to develop career or hobby interests and to learn new ways of having fun.
We have developed our merit badge schedule based on the demand of past years. We do, however, reserve the right to adjust the schedule to meet demand and therefore all units must register for merit badges before camp, using the schedules and sign-up forms located in the Resource Bank no later than June 3rd. Some of our sessions have maximum numbers to ensure teaching quality, so if a unit does not sign-up for merit badges before camp, there is a chance that their Scouts will not be able to work on some merit badges. Please note that if units sign up for merit badges before camp, they do not need to rush to arrive first! Once a Scout is signed up for a merit badge we assume that he has Scoutmaster approval to work on that badge. We will only approve requirements completed at camp. In cases where a Scout comes to camp with a partial merit badge, a unit leader needs to provide the area director with proof of the requirements that have already been completed. The proof can either be a “blue card” showing the completed requirements or a signed statement listing the completed requirements.
Prerequisites – Some merit badges offered in camp may require some work either before, or after, camp in order to complete the merit badge. These requirements are shown in the notes column in the listing of merit badges in the leader’s guide (See Resource Bank). In addition, there are some merit badges with prerequisites, which may include the completion of the BSA Swim Test, a rank or a merit badge. Where this is the case the prerequisite must be completed before a Scout starts working on the merit badge. There will not be any exceptions to this rule.
To help make summer camp an exciting destination for every member of your troop, we offer a number of programs aimed at Scouts 14 and older, OR who are 13 and have completed the 8th grade. These programs are run through our James River Adventure Base. More information on these programs can be found here.
We believe you should get as much out of camp as your Scouts. We have a broad range of programs especially for adults. We have adult training sessions, and a variety of special activities. A sure way to grow in Scouting is to earn the Awesome Leader Award. Those who earn this coveted recognition will come away from camp with new insight and incomparable memories. Leaders are encouraged to visit the program areas to learn and observe but we do ask that you stay behind the proverbial picture frame as a spectator. If you have expertise to offer in a particular area feel free to offer a hand in between program sessions. Staff will welcome an extra set of eyes, ears, and hands. This is especially true in the Brownsea Island program, where you are ultimately responsible to certify that your Scouts have met the advancement requirements.
Have you been too busy to get the training you need? Did you bring along some new leaders or adult volunteers you hope will take a more active role in troop leadership? Then take advantage of our wide selection of training while you’re with us! Here’s some of what we offer:
- Fast Start
- Scoutmaster Specific
- Youth Protection
- Safe Swim Defense
- Safety Afloat
- Climb on Safely
- Leave No Trace
- Trek Safely
- Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
Most of these sessions are approximately one hour each. In addition to regularly scheduled training, our staff will be glad to work with your leaders one-on-one.