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Camp Barstow Rules and Regulations

Indian Waters Council, BSA

Rules are made for the safety of campers, protection of equipment, and to provide fairness to all. The basic rules governing Camp Barstow are the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. To avoid any misunderstanding, the following also apply at Camp Barstow. Unit leaders are responsible for ensuring that each camper is aware of these rules, and are asked to remind those who are observed in violation to cease such conduct.

Check in / Check out:

  • All units must check in with the Ranger or Campmaster upon arrival at camp. 
  • All units must submit a Unit Roster showing the names of ALL participants (both youth and adult) to the Ranger or Campmaster upon arrival at camp.
  • Anyone leaving camp must sign out with the Ranger or Campmaster.
  • Before units leave camp, they must check out with the Ranger or Campmaster who will inspect your area.
Two-Deep Leadership:
  • All units using the camp must have a minimum of two (2) adult leaders present, at least one of which must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older. Venturing units with female members must have at least one female and one male leader present at least twenty-one (21) years of age or older.
  • Youth campers must not be left unattended.
  • Scouts should be encouraged to hike their gear to their assigned campsite.
  • Only vehicles towing trailers may move gear to the campsites and may make only one trip. Trailers may be unhitched and left at the campsite but the towing vehicle must return to the parking lot.
  • No other vehicles are permitted beyond the parking lot. Exceptions to this rule are as follows:
    • Emergency vehicles
    • Vehicle needed due to medical reasons
    • Camp vehicles and authorized work vehicles
  • Camp speed limit is 5 mph.
  • Riding in the back of pickup trucks or trailers is strictly prohibited.
  • No RV’s are allowed in campsites. They must remain in the parking lot at all times.
  • Any camp road or trail may be closed at the discretion of the Ranger or Campmaster during inclement weather, or if other conditions warrant their closing (such as soft or wet ground, etc.)
  • No bicycles are allowed in camp.
  • Any dead wood on the ground may be cut up and burned in the campsite fire pits.
  • No standing timber, dead or alive, may be cut down or damaged.
  • The use of chainsaws is prohibited per BSA Standard 54.


  • The Ranger or Campmaster has telephone access which is to be used only in the case of an emergency.
  • Unit leaders are permitted to have cell phones.
Prohibited on Camp Property:
  • Firearms, bows and arrows, sheath knives, or ammunition of any kind.
  • Fireworks of any kind.
  • Alcoholic beverages, marijuana, or other unlawful drugs.
  • T-shirts, caps, or other articles of clothing depicting alcohol, drugs, tobacco products, or vulgar language.
  • Open toed shoes.
  • Pets are not permitted in camp.
  • All terrain vehicles, trail bikes, or motor bikes.
  • Hazing or initiation of any form is not permitted by BSA policy.
  • Discussion of any violations should take place away from youth members.
  • Any violations of these policies could result in the offending parties (or even the entire unit) being asked to leave the camp. In such instances, no refunds will be given.
Boy Scout Tobacco Free Policy:
  • It is the responsibility of the Boy Scouts of America to protect the health and safety of youth members.
  • It is the policy of the Boy Scouts of America that leaders should not use tobacco products in any form in the presence of youth members.
  • In addition, extreme care should be exercised to provide smoke-free environments for all scouting participants.
  • All buildings or facilities under control of the council are designated as non-smoking facilities. Smoking outside entrance/exit doors is not permitted at any location. In addition, all Scouting functions, meetings, and activities are conducted on a tobacco free basis with permitted smoking areas located away from all participants.

Service and Conservation Projects:

  • As a “Good Turn” to our camp, each unit is encouraged to schedule a 1+ hour camp improvement or conservation project.
  • We have service and conservation projects for any unit or individuals upon request.
  • Only those over the age of 18 may operate power equipment in camp.
  • Use of personal power equipment must be approved by the Camp Ranger.
  • No flames—of any type—are permitted in tents.
  • All fires must be confined to established fire rings.
  • No large campfires are allowed.
  • Fires must be tended to at all times.
  • Fires must be fully extinguished before leaving the campsite for any reason.
  • Occasionally, due to weather conditions, open fires may be prohibited.
  • BSA’s liquid fuel policies must be adhered to.


  • Units are responsible for cleaning all facilities used, including latrines and grounds in campsites and in surrounding areas and roadways. Units will follow the “Leave No Trace“ principles.
  • All trash should be bagged up and put into the dumpsters located at the north end of the dining hall.
  • No food, trash, or dishwater should be dumped in the washstand sink or latrine seats.
First Aid / Injuries:
  • All units are expected to provide first aid equipment while at camp. The camp does have minimal first aid supplies available if needed.
  • All accidents, illnesses, or emergencies must be reported immediately to the Ranger or Campmaster.
  • All 911 calls must be coordinated with the Ranger or Campmaster to ensure safe access of Emergency Services to the property.
Wildlife / Environmental Procedures:
  • Our camp has a great variety of wildlife including deer, turkey, and snakes.
  • All campers should take care to avoid direct contact with wildlife. This includes any sort of chasing or harassing of the wildlife
  • Picking and gathering of plants and other natural materials should be kept to a minimum. Gathering in quantity for removal from the property is prohibited.
  • Report any unusual incident involving wildlife to the Ranger or Campmaster.
Camp Buildings:
  • Camp buildings may be used only as requested and approved on the Camp Use Permit, upon payment of the appropriate building use fee.
  • Any unauthorized use of buildings will result in imposition of the building use fee.
Dining Hall:
  • Must have council approved cooks to use the kitchen facility.
  • No sleeping in the building unless approved by the Ranger.
  • No crafts are to be done in the building.
O’Tuel Building:
  • For training purposes only.
  • No sleeping in the building unless approved by the Ranger.
  • No crafts are to be done in the building.

Campsite Adirondacks:

  • When mattresses are provided, they are to remain in the Adirondacks.

Campsite Latrines:

  • All campsite latrines are closed for winterization from October 31st until April 15th; however, two heated facilities are available for campers year round at the Central Shower.

Climbing / Rappelling Tower:

  • All use of the Climbing/Rappelling Tower and the horizontal climbing wall (bouldering wall) must be coordinated and approved by the Council COPE/Climbing committee.
  • All Climbing/Rappelling must be within the guidelines of the current BSA Climbing/Rappelling National Standards and Topping Out.
  • All Climbing/Rappelling must be supervised by a certified BSA Lead Climbing Instructor.

Shooting Sports Policies:

  • The rifle and shotgun range can only be opened by a currently NRA-certified and qualified instructor who is 21 years of age or older.
  • The instructor must be approved by the Indian Waters Council.
  • The instructor must have a copy of his/her current training certificate or document on file at camp.

Aquatic Policies:

  • All policies of the BSA Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat are enforced at the camp. Details can be found in the Guide to Safe Scouting.
  • If you bring your own boat, it must meet Coast Guard standards and be inspected by the Ranger or Campmaster. No personal water craft (jet skis, etc.) is allowed.
  • The council does have canoes available for rent. Rental of canoes must be coordinated through the council office at least two weeks prior to the arrival at camp.
  • Swimming is limited to the designated swimming area.

Responsibility for Damage:

  • Units are financially responsible for any damage to any camp facility and equipment caused by their Scouts, parents, and leaders.
  • Inform the Ranger or Campmaster of any problems or damage.
  • Always leave the facility and campsite in better condition than when you arrived. The next unit will appreciate the effort that you make.

Camp Ranger:

  • The Camp Ranger is available to lend assistance to your unit in many specific areas.
  • Get to know the Ranger – you will find that cooperation will provide many benefits.
  • As conditions warrant, the Ranger has the right to impose additional rules and regulations as needed. All users must follow the Ranger’s use of camp or they will be asked to leave the camp.


  • These men and women are representatives of the Indian Water Council and are charged with the responsibility of supervising our property. They assist the Ranger and have the authority to enforce camp rules and regulations.
  • If you would like a special training program offered by the Campmaster Corps, check with the Council Office. To arrange a training program, the unit must coordinate with the Campmaster Corps through the Council Office.


Updates by: IWC Staff and Volunteers | © Indian Waters Council, BSA 2013