Scout Troops in Camp

In planning for girls being with us in camp from this point forward, the camping committee has had discussions on several topics of how to address privacy concerns. To help assure that youth and adults of both genders are protected we will use the following guidelines at Camp Raven Knob:
 
1. Guide to Safe Scouting: The camp will closely follow the policies set forth in the current Guide to Safe Scouting. We would strongly encourage parents, leaders and youth members to carefully read the guide and to discuss it prior to coming to camp. 
 
2. Campsite Etiquette: Campsites are equipped with latrines and/or port-a-johns. The latrines should be used with discretion where there is a boy troop and a girl troop sharing a facility. We will not have a troop of girls sharing a campsite with a troop of boys where the two are not linked together and in agreement to share the sight. Boys and girls will not share tentage or adirondacks. The camp will furnish privacy screens on camp adirondacks for summer camp and other council functions. 
 
3. Showers: The camp has four centralized shower houses. Each one has private showers for the leaders on the front entrance. Inside the shower house are 6 youth showers. Each of these showers has locking doors for privacy. There will be a shower schedule posted for times for males and females. Some campsites have showers attached to the latrine facilities. We would advise that these only be used by male campers with some exceptions. 
 
4. Swimming Attire: Swimsuits must be modest. For males, tight fitting swim briefs such as speedos or swim bottoms short enough to allow exposure are not allowed. For females, bikinis and thongs are not allowed. Modest tankinis with boardshorts or one- piece swimsuits are appropriate.
 
5. Buddy System: In planning the week for youth participants everyone should have a buddy to go to sessions or other activities. Buddies would appropriately be two boys or two girls, not one boy and one girl. Acceptable also would be buddy groups such as a patrol. We would encourage buddies to register for like merit badges so that they have a traveling partner. 
 
As noted in our Leader's Guide every youth participant will receive a Raven Knob Passport. This personalized schedule will show each person their daily schedule and have a map showing all camp program areas. 
 
Your assistance in helping us enforce these policies will help provide a more positive camping experience for all of our youth and leaders.