One of the most often told Scoutmaster Minutes deals with how Scout camp is like a miniature city. Indeed it is. Cities have roads, camp has trails. Cities have homes, camp has tents. Where a city has many laws, at Scofield we only have one.
A Scout is…Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent.
Scouts at camp are expected to live the Scout Law at all times. It is a challenge, but if it is practiced, it is the best law that we can live by.
As Scoutmasters, we expect you to instill the Scout Law in your Scouts. Many Scouts learn from the attitude of their leaders. Live the Oath and Law and show your Scouts, by example that it works. As a staff, dedicated to serve, we commit ourselves to live the Oath and Law. We will work to show Scouts and leaders that it is our way, and you can expect this from every staff member.
You should be aware that at camp each individual must meet a high standard to become a member of the Scofield Camp Staff. Besides the interviews and screening process, all of the staff agrees to live by the twelve points of the Scout Law. Many of the staff are Eagle Scouts; some are members of the Order of the Arrow. With our staff, we bring together for a few weeks out of the year an excellent representation of what Scouting is.
All campers and staff conduct should be measured against these guidelines. At camp, we cannot tolerate and will not permit activities which do not meet the criteria of standards set forth by the Oath and Law. We ask your cooperation and understanding as adults in helping us maintain high standards of moral and personal conduct at Scofield Scout Camp. Let’s do no less.
How To Get To Scofield Scout Camp
Scofield Scout Camp is located about 52 miles along Spanish Fork Canyon on US-6 and UT-96. Drive to Spanish Fork, Utah using I-15 (exit 258 if from the North or exit 257 from the South) and head East on US-6 toward Price for 43 miles. Turn right on UT-96 at the Scofield Reservoir State Park turn-off. Continue for 9 miles until you reach the reservoir.
At Madsen Bay Unit (the first marina), turn right and follow the signs to camp. The payment will end, but go through our gateway and continue to our parking area. Despite the dirt road, vehicles with good clearance will be adequate; a four-wheeled drive vehicle is not required.
For those using GPS navigation systems, the GPS coordinates to the Madsen Bay Unit exit are:
Longitude: 111° 8'7.32"W
In 1983, our gates opened to Scouts and adults eager to take advantage of the waterfront and all it had to offer. Duane Frandsen donated the land to the Utah National Parks Council so youth throughout the council would have the opportunity to have a great summer camp experience; the area is named Frandsen Scout Ranch for the man who donated the land. It currently hosts two camps—Scofield Scout Camp, and a high-adventure outpost area (currently unnamed). In the 29 years the camp’s been open, Scofield Scout Camp has evolved from an aquatics base, to a frontier base, and now has elements of both. The camp program includes shooting sports, nature, outdoor skills, and handicraft areas, in addition to the well-established aquatics program—which features recently gifted catamarans, and a number of other sailing vessels. Scofield is the only Utah National Parks Council camp that offers a central dining experience where all meals each day are prepared for participants if desired. The future of the camp is exciting. A new building is nearing completion that will offer a large conference room for training, several staff sleeping dorms, restroom and shower facilities, along with an expanded Trading Post.
Camp Phone & Mailing Address
Our camp telephone number is (435)448-9681 and our fax number is (435)448-9421 [please note that both are unattended until June 4 when “Staff Week” begins]. Phone calls will be received during normal business hours. If there are any difficulties reaching camp by phone, please contact the Council Service Center in Orem at (801)437-6222. We are unable to offer boys or adult leaders the opportunity to make long-distance calls from the office phone.
We encourage parents to send mail to their Scouts. All mail should be addressed as follows:
United States Postal Service:UPS:
Unit Number Unit Number
Scofield Scout Camp Scofield Scout Camp
HC 35 Box 212 Madsen Bay Unit
Helper, UT 84526 Scofield State Park, UT 84526
Each site has either a tarp-style canopy or a wooden pavilion with 1 or 2 picnic tables, a garbage bin, and water spigot. They don’t have a flag pole, a patrol box, bulletin board, firewood, fire pan, fire buckets, or a fire shovel. Few campsites can accommodate a cooking trailer, please contact us if this is required.
Sharing a Campsite
While troops are welcome to share their campsite with another troop, no campsite at Scofield is designated as a “shared” site. Troops are not required to share a site with an unknown troop and each campsite is specifically equipped as single troop sites. Units may join together in a campsite to help meet the two-deep leadership requirements. A ratio of 1 leader to 10 Scouts is strongly recommended. We certainly encourage more adults to attend camp. Refer to the “Camper Capacity per Campsite” chart on the next page for minimum and maximum participants per area; review the map on the previous page for campsite locations.
The Uniform at Camp
Why do Scouts have a uniform? A complete uniform gives a standard to be met, promotes group spirit and a sense of identity. It also designates equality from the start among members of the group. The field uniform is appropriate dress any time during the day and is the standard attire for camp check-in, camp-wide programs, flag ceremonies, campfires, and evening meals.Activity shirts may be worn during classes, camp activities, and personal time at camp.
Campers and leaders should strive to adhere to the dress code while attending camp. The dress code is very simple and easy to follow and is required if your troop desires to receive the Scofield Silver Honor Oar Award at the Friday evening campfire (see Chapter 4 for requirements). Demonstrate your troop’s spirit by being the best uniformed troop in camp. The code is as follows:
—Official or Field Uniform: A complete field uniform is defined as official BSA shirt, pants or shorts, belt and socks. A neckerchief and hat are optional.
Headgear: All troop members must wear the headgear chosen by vote of the troop/team.
Shirt and Neckwear: Official shirt (long- or short-sleeved) with green or orange shoulder loops. The unit may vote to wear a neckerchief, bolo tie, or no neckwear. In any case, the collar should be unbuttoned. The troop/team has the choice of wearing the neckerchief over the turned-under collar or under the open collar.
Pants/Shorts: Official BSA uniform pants or shorts.
Belt: Official BSA web belt with BSA insignia on buckle; or leather with Scout-related buckle of your choice.
Socks: Official BSA socks with official shorts or pants.
Shoes: Leather or canvas. Campers should bring the proper footwear for the proper activity. Sandals and other open-toed shoes should be worn only at the waterfront or walking to and from the showers.
—Activity Uniform: The activity uniform consists of a troop, camp, council, or BSA t-shirt with official pants/shorts, socks and belt.
Official camp t-shirts can be pre-ordered through the Utah National Parks Council prior to camp for $10 each. Troops can pre-order shirts until May 1, 2012; they will be available at camp check-in. Details and online ordering available at www.utahscouts.org/camps/preorder.
You can also buy non-customized camp t-shirts through the Trading Post during your week at camp, or create your own troop shirt using an approved licensed BSA vendor.
Scouts who cannot attend camp with their unit or want to attend another or different week, may come to camp by themselves as a provisional camper. The camp staff will offer the adult leadership for this special “troop” during the week. Provisional campers will be housed near the male staff area and will eat with the staff for their meals. The cost for the provisional program is higher than the regular camp fee because the camp is providing food and staff or other adults as troop leadership.Opportunities for this experience are offered each week and cost $213 per boy, $84 per adult. To register a boy or to obtain additional information, contact our Council Service Center at (801)437-6222.
A deposit is required to hold a group reservation and a camp site. The deposit for our Boy Scout resident camp is $250. All deposits are non-refundable.Based on the commitment a unit makes when placing a deposit, decisions are made and resources allocated that often result in expenditures that are not recoverable, hence our “No Refunds on Deposits Policy.” While deposits are non-refundable they are transferable from one camp to another camp during the same camping season.
Your deposit will be applied to your overall fees. At least 50% of all campers’ fees must be paid to theCouncil Service Center in Orem byApril 1, 2012. A unit that has not paid 50% by April 1 may have its campsite and reservation cancelled. Registrations made after April 1, 2012 will require a payment of at least 50% of all fees due. The remaining camp fees are due to the Council Service Center no later than four weeks prior to your unit’s camp arrival date. The number of campers on record four weeks prior to your date of attendance is the minimum number of campers that must be paid for. Please do not bring final payments to camp! Adjustments in numbers must be made by calling the Council Service Center at (801)437-6222.
Qualified refunds are made to units, not individuals, since fees are paid to the camp by the unit and not individuals. Camper fees are transferable up to the time of camp and are refundable when notice is given at least two weeks prior to the start of the program. Scouts leaving camp for any reason after spending the first day in camp are not eligible for a refund of any kind—no exceptions. All refunds must be agreed upon during the program in question. Requests for refunds must be in writing. Any and all refunds will be issued by check from the Council Service Center, and not from camp.
Early Bird Discount: Units who register for camp before January 31, 2012, will receive an automatic $10.00 discount per person. For the 2012 camp season groups must register by this date to receive this discount.
—Camp Dates for 2012:
Week 1: June 11 – 16 Week 2: June 18 – 23 Week 3: June 25 - 30
Week 4: July 2 – 7* Week 5: July 9 – 14 Week 6: July 16 – 21
Week 7: July 30 - Aug. 4
*includes 45-minute fireworks display over Scofield Reservoir
—Camp Dates for 2013:
Week 1: June 10 – 15 Week 2: June 17 – 22 Week 3: June 24 - 29
Week 4: July 8 – 13 Week 5: July 15 – 20 Week 6: July 29 – August 3
—2011 Camp Fees:
Youth (Out of Council) $159
Provisional Youth $213 (includes food plan)
Provisional Adult $84 (includes food plan)
Central Dining Food Plan $74 (per person)
Campsite Deposit $250 (non-refundable)
The Utah National Parks Council must commit financial resources to employ staff, purchase food and supplies, and to prepare for camping operations. Participants, therefore, are required to make a financial commitment to attend.
The deposit collected at registration time is non-refundable. Refunds of fees paid for individuals or units requested at least two weeks before camp will be fully granted (less any deposit). No refunds are given if a registration is canceled or the number of attendees is reduced within two weeks of your scheduled arrival date at camp. No refunds will be given for "no-shows" at camp.
Who Pays For Camps?
Boys’ fees pay only a portion of the total expense of camp. They pay only the expenses directly related to them and their week at camp. Major expenses such as building and facility maintenance, new equipment purchases and new additions to program areas are provided by the Utah National Parks Council from sources such as Friends of Scouting, special events, and direct donations.
The Guide to Safe Scouting
By attending Scofield Scout Camp at Frandsen Scout Ranch you agree to abide by all rules, regulations, and standards of the Boy Scouts of America, Utah National Parks Council, and Scofield Scout Camp. BSA national standards are found in the Guide to Safe Scouting (GSS)—March 2011 VERSION—
www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34416.pdf or you may purchase this publication at your local Scout Shop.
An adult in your unit is required to have a copy in their possession at camp and to have read it. We recommend every unit leader review the material. Many of our rules and regulations are in place to comply with this document. Those who fail to meet the standards set forth by the GSS will be disciplined by the National Council and may permanently lose their Scouting membership. Policies specific to the Utah National Parks Council and/or our camp are included in this publication.
A Word about Campfires, Firewood & Fuel
There is definitely something very memorable about a campout that includes nights relaxing around a campfire swapping stories and keeping your feet warm. Campfires can also be useful in a program setting to allow for a particular mood or spirit to help emphasize the values of Scouting or create inspirational moments with your youth.
The following campfire scenarios will be allowed at Scofield this summer:
—Natural Fuel (Wood) Campfire: Current camp plans allow for units to have an open fire in campsites (a change from council policy since 2001). Fires must be contained in a fire pan or fire barrel. The fire should be between 5” to 18” off the ground and must never be left unattended. An evening campfire must be out cold before retiring for the night. Cold ashes must be bagged and thrown away, not dumped on the ground in the campsite. Wood and tinder cannot be gathered at camp so units must plan to bring their own materials.
—Charcoal Briquettes: Same as wood fires. Must be lit and contained in a fire barrel or Dutch Oven table that is at least 5” off the ground. Spent ashes must be bagged and thrown away.
—Propane or other contained fuel: Always appropriate in any form. Scofield Scout Camp is in a high-desert climate with low annual rainfall and dry conditions. During the summer, danger from possible wildfire is always very high and must be taken very seriously. When severe dry conditions exist, camp officials will take necessary steps to ensure fire safety measures are in place. Everyone in camp should feel a responsibility for fire prevention. Extra propane cylinders and cans of liquid must be stored in a locked camp fuel shed.Under no circumstances are they to be stored in the campsite. The fuel shed is accessed through the Camp Ranger. Bring empty fuel containers to your Commissioner for disposal. Do not place in or near fires. Empty fuel containers will explode if heated and should never be put in campfires or with burnable trash.
As drought and extra dry conditions strike the Carbon area, the Forest Service may place a ban on all natural fires and charcoal briquettes. If a ban is put into place during the summer it will not be lifted for any reason (including inclement weather) until after the summer is over. If a fire ban exists and you rely on a fire for meal preparation, you may schedule a time to use the camp ovens which cook by convection heat and cooks similarly to charcoal. Camp management will make every effort to keep unit leaders informed of fire restrictions prior to their arrival at camp.
Other Items to Review… —2-way Radios: Walkie-talkies and other two-way radios are allowed in camp; however we ask that you make sure your Scouts conduct themselves in a courteous manner. Ensure you and your Scouts are not using channels 1 or 2; they are staff channels. —All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs): Three- or four-wheeled motorized recreational cycles are not allowed in camp except under special permission granted by the camp director; helmets are required and speed limit followed.
—Mountain Bikes: Because of the large number of Scouts and Leaders attending camp, mountain bikes are not encourage in camp. We do not have bike racks or secure places for parking/storage; leave them at home. —Buddy Rule: Every participant should be paired with one or two other Scouts for the week. The buddies should stay together and watch out for each other. Leaders need to help enforce this rule. The buddy system is a way of Scouting. While at camp, all Scouts are encouraged to use the buddy system in all activities. When two Scouts attend merit badge classes and other events together, they can provide support and encouragement to each other. There is also added safety in participating in camp activities as buddies.
—Fireworks: Fireworks are strictly forbidden at camp under all circumstances. Please report any sightings of fireworks to staff immediately. We are located in a desert and fire is a serious threat to camp and everyone in it.
—Axes & Knives: Hatchets and axes are to be kept and used in the troop’s axe yard. Adult leaders are responsible for ensuring their youth use these tools correctly. If knives are misused in any way, leaders and staff have the authority to confiscate the item for the camp’s duration.
During the 2010 camp season, 65 Scouts required medical services off-site to receive stitches—not from using a knife with the Woodcarving Merit Badge, but from pocketknife injuries that occurred in the boy’s campsite as a result of carelessness or horseplay! In all cases, the Scoutmasters were required to transport their youth with another person to the hospital an hour away and wait with the injured boy while medical attention was obtained; this resulted in much lost time and frustration.
—Firearms, Bows & Arrows, etc: Do not bring any type of firearms, archery equipment or projectile devices to camp.
—Trees: Do not cut any live tree (both carving and harvesting of wood). Cutting or damaging trees could result in a fine. In addition, be aware of where you are placing tents, personal gear, patrol totes, etc. as many young sapling trees are growing in your campsite. Placing items on these plants result in their growth set-back or ultimate demise.
—Staff Concerns: Conflicts between campers from different troops will be resolved by the adult leaders of the units involved, with the assistance of camp managementif needed. Conflicts between staff and campers will be resolved by camp management and unit leaders. Serious problems may require troops to leave camp, certain individuals to leave camp, or the dismissal of staff members.
—Personal Conduct & Camp Discipline: We expect all campers to maintain the highest level of behavior.
Scout leaders are responsible for the conduct of their boys.
Foul language, dirty jokes and fighting are not allowed.
Pornographic materials are not in keeping with the Scout Oath. Those with these items will be asked to leave. This also applies to using camp Wi-Fi Internet access and viewing inappropriate websites.
Gambling is not permitted.
—Personal Property: The Camp cannot be responsible for your personal property. Anything that you bring to camp that may get lost, stolen or damaged is your responsibility. We encourage you not to bring anything valuable to camp. Youth especially should leave all electronic items at home.
—Theft: The best way to stop theft is to not let it happen. Keep items locked in your vehicle, out of sight. Thefts usually occur during program time when most Scouts are working on merit badges. Please ensure your Scouts are where they should be for the benefit of all.
Any case of theft will be turned over to the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office to investigate—this includes shoplifting any item from the Trading Post (regardless of product cost)! —Pets: Do not bring any pets from home to camp. Do not take any pets from camp to your home.
—Wildlife: Do not attempt to handle snakes, spiders, skunks, chipmunks or any other wild critters at camp. In most cases, if you leave them alone, they will leave you alone.
—Smoking: The legal age in the State of Utah for the consumption of tobacco products is 19. The use of tobacco by anyone under this age will not be permitted at camp. For those adults that would like to smoke, the designated smoking area is the upper parking lot.
—Alcohol & Controlled Substances: Concerning alcohol, the Guide to Safe Scouting states “The Boy Scouts of America prohibits the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances at encampments or activities on property owned and/or operated by the Boy Scouts of America, or at any activity involving participation of youth members.”
A Word about Camp Visitors
Visits by family members are welcome at camp. However, overnight accommodations are not available. The Madsen Bay Unit of Scofield State Park is 1.5 miles from camp and has campsites available to reserve. Parents should understand that their Scout will be involved in a busy schedule. Surprise visits may find their son on a hike or canoe trip and not accessible for some time. We encourage them not to remove their Scout from the camp programs for an extended period of time. All visitors must check in with headquarters immediately upon arriving at camp and check-out before leaving. They will be given a visitor pass to use while in camp.
Security & Camper Identification
All individuals on camp property will wear a different colored wrist band to identify they have checked in with the camp’s Health Officer. The following distinctions will be made:
Adult & Youth participants
Participants with a “no publicity” statement on their Annual Health & Medical Record
Participants with a life-threatening allergy (bee-stings or food—such as peanuts)
Note: actual colors will be indicated during the registration check-in process so you can know the difference in bands. Any visitor to camp will be given a pass to wear around their neck while on property. These must be obtained from the Health Officer/Medical Office when first arriving to camp and returned as they are leaving.
As you go about camp if you find a person without a wrist band or neck lanyard please notify a staff member as this may be a non-authorized person.
If bands are lost or torn, a replacement can be obtained by visiting the Health Officer.