Need To Know
Transportation to Camp
Transportation to and from our Camp Riverhawk is the responsibility of each parent or family. Many times, parents are working and have difficulty with this, so we encourage you to reach out to the other parents in your home-Pack to car-pool. However, please ensure that your child’s transportation information is updated with the camp staff as we will not release your child to anyone not indicated on the paperwork. This is not up for negotiation as your child’s safety is our primary concern!
The activities at Camp Riverhawk are designed to proceed rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, please follow the inclement weather policy that should have been distributed before your arrival at camp. We have procedures in place to continue camp in inclement weather (following BSA’s guidelines for Safe Scouting), but your knowledge of how we handle inclement weather will ease any concern you have. Shelters are used to ensure the safety of every camper; that is our #1 priority!
Every adult leader, and youth staff members (regardless of age) attending Camp Riverhawk are required to attend one of the training and orientation classes found in the Training area of this site or communicated to you when you volunteered for camp. These training opportunities allows our administrative staff to orient you to how camp operates, what to prepare for with the children, and how to handle various situations while at camp. In addition, there are many levels of rules and regulations that everyone must follow and we don’t want people showing up to camp not knowing this vital information. Lastly, Den Leaders have the opportunity to collect their Scout’s camp t-shirts and den assignments so that they may begin communicating with parents immediately.
Camp Set-Up & Tear-down
We NEED as many parents as we can possibly get to assist with Camp Set-Up (weekend before camp starts) and Camp Tear-Down (the evening that camp ends). As you can imagine, Camp Riverhawk takes an immense amount of work to set up and tear down. The more people we are able to get to help with both set-up and tear-down, the faster the process will go and it will ensure that camp is successful! We absolutely need your help to make the camp a success so please come help us. If you aren’t a skilled laborer, we also need help delivering goods to various stations, creating and hanging signs, marking parking and activity areas, etc. There is something for EVERYONE to do.
If you chose to help with either set-up or tear-down, please look for announcements from the camp regarding both. Set-up usually occurs between 10am until we are done over the weekend immediately preceding the camp and tear-down usually starts directly after camp ends on Friday until all of our camp items are stowed in our sea container. As with camp attendance, it is recommended that you bring a lunch with you along with drinks and snacks.
All adult volunteers and camp aids are required to attend training for Camp Riverhawk prior to taking the lead in their elected roles at camp. Please take a look at the training section of this website to learn more about this process and to see what dates are available for training this year.
Sunscreen & Bug Spray
Each child is responsible for having sunscreen and insect repellent applied to them prior to being dropped off at camp each morning. This is a precaution against allergic reactions. If they wish to bring some to camp, it must be brought to the Medical Staff each morning in a zip-lock bag with the child’s name clearly written on it, applied at the Medical Area, and picked up each afternoon.
The only frustrating thing for Scouts at Camp Riverhawk is how often they are reminded to drink water. Don’t be surprised if your child tells you, “they make me drink water all day!” Scouts have access to water at every station throughout their day and are made to take a drink at, and sometimes between, activity area.
All families attending camp are required to attend one of the Orientation Dates the weekend before camp. This is also where you will be able to pick up your camp t-shirts and den assignments. Each Scout is required to wear the official camp t-shirt every day. This identifies them as being a part of camp and we can easily see them from a distance. We advise that every participant wear an older pair of sneakers (with socks) daily due to the amount of walking involved at the camp. There are no sandals or Crocs allowed in camp due to the possibility of injury! Please know that anyone wearing open-toed shoes or Crocs will be asked to leave camp until the appropriate footwear is provided.
Each Cub Scout is responsible for providing their own lunch, snack, and drink for the lunch time period. It is advised that each Scout pack their lunch inside a labeled, one gallon zip-lock bag with an ice pack to keep it cool. Some people choose to freeze a bottle of water and store it in with their lunch, but please note that they don’t always thaw in time for lunch. Den Leaders will provide a cooler at your meeting area for the storage of ONLY their Den’s lunches. We encourage you to coordinate within your Den as to providing ice for the cooler. Camp Riverhawk does not supply ice for individual Den coolers. All Den Leaders and volunteer parents are required to bring their lunch on the day they attend camp.
Our Tiger Program has the same mission as the rest of the Scouting program, but is simple, extremely flexible and a great way to introduce first-grade aged Scouts to Camp Riverhawk . These younger Scouts are able to attend camp with their parents (on-site) and participate in an enhanced program that encourages them to learn and explore through hands-on, high-energy activities, while still incorporating age appropriate down time in the schedule. Adult guardians are required to volunteer each day that these young Scouts attend Camp Riverhawk. The Tiger program is offered Wednesday and Thursday. Tiger Scouts can participate in "Kids Korner" for the rest of the week if their parents are all-week volunteers.
Awards at Camp
The goal of Camp Riverhawk isn’t just fun; it’s advancement! While at camp, your Scout will have the opportunity to work on many advancement requirements at every level of rank within the Cub Scout program. Please be sure to visit the Advancement section of this website to see what they have accomplished. IT IS UP TO YOU to communicate this list of achievements back to your home-Pack’s advancement chairperson.
Prescription Medication Requirements
If medication must be administered during Camp Riverhawk, the following is REQUIRED:
In the original prescription bottle with a Pharmacy Label that has the Child’s Name and Date of Birth, and clear directions regarding dosage and time of dosage.
Must be hand delivered by the family adult who will sign in the controlled medicine with the Medic in Admin before camp.
Must be picked up from the Medic in Admin and signed out by the family adult by the close of Camp Riverhawk on Friday afternoon.