FAQ's

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Registration

  1. How do I register my son for camp?

    Parents wishing to register their scout for camp should work with your Pack's Registrar. Only one person may add people to your group's registration. So please contact your Pack's leadership to get your scout registered for camp.

  2. How can we register for camp?

    2017 Camp Ross registration will open October 1st! Click here or see the page named "Registration" above for registration information and updates.

  3. How can I hold my Units spot for our selected week?

    If you are just looking to reserve your spot as a unit, but do not necessarily know how many people you are bringing yet, you can do that! You will do so by paying the price of one youth registration at the early bird rate ($360.00).

  4. Does each unit get free adult registrations again this year?

    Please note that every unit will receive two free adults this year, regardless of size. You will not have to pay for these up front, as the system will automatically subtract the cost of two adults from your total balance. There will be no additional free adults given. This is a new policy.

  5. How do I add more scouts or adults to our registration?

    As you determine for sure that you are bringing more youth, you can continue to add them. You will receive an email AFTER you register your first youth that will give you details on how to accomplish this. You will NOT have to set up a username and password, you will be given a registration code. Please note that there is no payment schedule: you will need to pay the full price for youth at the time of registration.

  6. How do I apply for Campership/Financial Aid?

    If you plan on applying for a campership for a youth, please DO NOT make any payments yet. You can find the link to the Campership form at the bottom of the Schedule and Fees Page. This form is due by Feb. 1st. After revieing the form you will be contacted about the eligibility of the award.

  7. What is the difference between Camp Ross and Camp PMI?

    Camp Ross and PMI offer very similar experiences. We offer many of the same activities at both such as bbs, archery, swimming, boating, crafts, scout skills, and nature related activities. Each camp has their distinct culture and personality which make for some differences. I am sure you and your boys would enjoy your experience at either. But always remember....ROSS IS BOSS!

  8. Is there a nightly fee for Adults who only want to stay for a night or two?

    We encourage adults to split the week. Basically if you have leaders who can only attend Sunday-Wednesday then have another leader come down to take their place Wednesday-Saturday. This way both leaders get to come down to camp and you are never a leader down.

    There is a nightly fee of $55 that is collected at camp. This nightly payment must either be cash or a check made out to: NCAC

  9. Do you have a refund policy?

    Yes! The 2017 Goshen Refund policy is as follows:

    2017 Refund Policy

    If the unit cancels, the deposit payment (the cost of one Scout) is forfeited.

     

    If an individual cancels, a replacement scout may be found OR a refund may be requested.

     

    Replacement Scouts: Camp fees for one Scout may be moved to a new replacement Scout within the unit. To qualify for the transfer, the replacement Scout should have made no prior payment. As a unit, please keep track of Scouts who have paid, canceled, and are being replaced. (Campers Aid recipients cannot move their scholarship money to a replacement Scout.)

    Refund Requests:

    On or before June 15, 2017: A refund of 85% of registration costs will be granted by request. Only requests from unit leaders will be honored (parents, please work through your unit to receive a refund). These requests must be received electronically by Goshen Camping Administrator, Calicoe Ashley, at the email address [email protected] with the subject line, “Goshen Refund [camp] [unit] [number].” Refund request letters should name the no-show camper, unit, camp, week, and state the reason for missing camp.

    After June 15, 2017: Registration costs will be forfeited.

     

    Non-registration fees (i.e. hat embroidery, bus tickets, ATV, shotgun, Wilderness First Aid, etc) are non-refundable. All refunds will be subject to a final review in the Council office before the check is issued. Online payment options will be credited where possible, or paper checks will be issued to the unit.

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Pre-Camp Arrival

  1. What should my scouts bring to Camp Ross?

    We have a full packing list on the "Documents" page of this website, click the link below to be directed there. This list is just a guideline. 

    Camp Ross Documents Page: http://www.camprossbsa.com/documents

  2. Are trunks a good idea for campers to pack in?

    No No No! This is because Goshen policy prohibits leaders from driving their vehicles to their sites. Campers should be prepared to hike all of their gear up to a half mile. Therefore, while trunks are easy to pack and transport to camp, we have found that they are extremely difficult to transport from the parking lots to the sites. We would suggest large duffel bags or large backpacks.

  3. Will I receive a confirmation from Camp Ross?

    Yes! Camp Ross staff will reach out via email about a week before your arrival. This email will be sent to the Adult Leader listed as the Head of the group. This email will confirm numbers, as well as collect any other pertinent information before your arrival at camp.

  4. Do we need a paper copy of the Health Forms?

    Yes! Please bring your BSA Health Forms in alphabetical order, printed out and with easy access upon arrival. Every person in camp, leaders included, need to bring a BSA Health Form with them to Camp Ross. 

  5. We have a leader with a CPAP machine. Is there any way to accommodate?

    Leaders who require the use of a CPAP device are asked to bring a portable battery pack that can opertate their device at night. During the day the battery pack can be charged in our Adminstration building. If a battery pack can not be brought to camp then the leader will be placed in a site with electricity that is just for leaders who need CPAP devices. We do understand the inconvenience of seperating a leader from the rest of his group, however this is required in order to safely accomodate everybody.

  6. Where can I store medication? What if it needs refrigeration?

    You can keep your medications in the first aid office or with the adult leaders of your pack. If you need a lockbox they are available at the first aid station. If your medication needs refrigeration you may keep it in the first aid refrigerator.

  7. Does Camp Ross have WiFi?

    Yes. Camp Ross has a limited WiFi network for use by the adult leaders. We have limited bandwith and limited access per month, so we ask that leaders only use the WiFi to check their email and any work related sites. Please no Skype or Facetime, or streaming movies/shows (Netflix, Hulu, etc).

  8. Does Camp Ross have a public phone available for use?

    No. We do have a landline in our Admin building, however this line is only for Camp use and in the event of Emergencies. We do not allow Webelos to use this phone to call home, unless there is an emergency.

  9. When do we get our Camp Schedule or Agenda?

    You will recieve you Camp Schedule and other information at the Sunday Leaders meeting the day you arrive at Camp Ross.

  10. When do we get our program schedules?

    Right now you can access a generic program schedule and program activities list on the Ross webpage under the "Forms" page. During the leaders meeting at 7pm Sunday (the day you arrive) you will be given a Monday and Tuesday rotation schedule. This schedule takes you around to all the program areas and lets you see what they have to offer. Then you will fill out a Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday schedule request form. The Program Director will merge all the schedules and give you a schedule back on Tuesday evening.

  11. We have an odd number of scouts coming. How will they tent together?

    Our tents sleep two people and we want to avoid boys tenting by themselves. If you have an odd number of boys coming then one of them can tent with thier parent/legal guardian.

  12. We would like to sign up for a service project any ideas for us?

    We ask each pack to complete a service project as part of the Diamond W award. A list of service projects currently desired by Camp Ross are listed on our Service & Donations page. Packs can also get to camp and find a service project that interests them.

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General Camp Information

  1. What time can we plan to arrive on Sunday of our camp week?

    We ask that you please arrive after 2pm. A good time to shoot for is between 2:30pm and 3:00pm. This time frame is to ensure that Camp Ross is 100% ready for you. Our staff works very hard 6 days a week and only has 1 day off. If you arrive before 2pm this could cut into our time off. We are as excited for your arrival as you are but we do need time to prepare for your arrival.

  2. Can we drive our vehicles to our campsite to drop off supplies?

    No. Goshen policy is that only camp vehicles may drive on camp roads. Also, at Camp Ross our goal is to prepare Webelos for the bridging over to Boy Scouts. Therefore having your Webelos backpack supplies to your site is a good introduction to Boy Scout style camping.

  3. How do meals work? What do I do about scouts with food allergies?

    Our dining hall staff will prepare all meals for you except for Tuesday night’s dinner (foil dinner night). If anyone in your pack has food allergies please contact the Camp Director ahead of time and we will work to make sure that all scouts are adequately fed. If you would like to bring food supplements for a scout with allergies, there is plenty of refrigerator space so we can store your food. Food allergy cases are handled on a case-by-case basis with your Camp Director.

    We have found that is usually easiest to have people with complex food allergies (for example gluten allergy) to bring their own food. We provide you with access to the kitchen to store and prepare your food (fridge, freezer, stove, oven, and microwave) and a refund of portion of you camp fee. For simple food allergies such as tree nuts or peanuts we can accommodate. We can also accommodate vegetarians with prior notice.


  4. Whoa! What's this business about no dinner on Tuesday night??

    On Tuesday night you get to make your own dinner in your campsite! This is a great way to start to learn how to cook and work together as a unit. We typically provide foil, frozen pre-cooked burger patties, carrots, onions, potatoes, and apples. You will need to cut up the vegetables, put them in the foil, and place on the coals of a fire. I recommend collecting fire wood beforehand and placing under a tent or table so it stays dry. Some people also like to bring spices, oil, cooking utensils, extra foil, etc. but it is not required.

  5. What does the swim test consist of?

    In order to swim at a BSA camp everyone must take a swim test (if Michael Phelps came to camp with a note from the President saying he passed the swim test-HE WOULD STILL TAKE THE SWIM TEST). We want to see that everyone can swim, at this time, in our swim area. Here are the three levels:

    -Swimmer:

    • Jump feet first into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming.

    • Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: side, breast, trudgen, or crawl. Swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke.

    • The 100 yards must be completed without stops and must include at least one sharp turn.

    • Rest by floating…Long enough to demonstrate ability to rest when exhausted.

    -Beginner:

    • Jump feet first into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming.

    • Swim 25 feet on the surface.

    • Stop, turn, and resume swimming back to the starting place.

    -Non-Swimmer:

    • Did not complete either of the swimming tests.


    We have areas for everyone, but only swimmers have access to all boats and areas.

  6. We lost some items at camp is there a lost and found?

    After camp concludes (usually after first week of August) for the season all items left in the lost and found will be donated to a local charity. If you believe to have lost something at camp, or left something behind, please contact the Camp Director as soon as possible to see if we have found the item. 

  7. Is there a fireworks show at Goshen this year?

    Traditionally Goshen Scout Reservation will have a fireworks show during Week 2 of the Summer Camping Season. More information about the 2017 Fireworks show will be posted as recieved.

  8. Does Camp Ross have a Second-Year Camper or Webelos 2 program?

    Yes! Camp Ross has the QUEST for Arrow program that will be continuing on this summer. The QUEST for Arrow program is a new program in its second year at Camp Ross and is specifically designed for Second Year Webelos (WEB2). All scouts who are Webelos 2 rank are eligible for the program. This program will be incorporated into a day long program focused on Cub Scout Arrow of Light Requirements, transition into Boy Scouting, and of course LOTS OF FUN!

  9. How can we contact or Scouts at Camp?

    By Phone

    If there is an emergency situation at home, parents and/or family members should call the main office at Camp Post (540) 997-5773 or the Camp Ross Admin Building (540) 997-1376, to notify their campers. Parents may contact unit leaders, but should be advised that it may take an hour or more to return phone calls. Scouts will be allowed to call home ONLY in case of emergency.

    Cell phone service is available at camp for callers with Verizon wireless service. However, please remember to use the utmost etiquette when using mobile phones. We prefer that they be used discreetly, away from others and for short periods of time. Also, the practice of campers bringing phones to Goshen is highly discouraged.

     

    By Mail

    In order to ensure mail is received at Goshen before the unit leaves camp at the end of the week, we suggest all mail and packages be sent out no later than Monday of the week in camp.

     

    Mail should be addressed as follows:

    Name _________________________Pack/Troop/Team/Crew/Ship #__________

    Camp ______________________Week_________________

    Goshen Scout Reservation

    340 Millard Burke Memorial Highway

    Goshen, VA 24439


    Example:

    Matt Hanson - Pack 101

    Camp Ross - Week 1

    Goshen Scout Reservation

    340 Millard Burke Memorial Highway

    Goshen, VA 24439

  10. How many Adult Leaders do we need to bring?

    According to BSA policy, each unit registering for summer camp is required to have at least two adult leaders attending at all times. The unit leader in camp must be a registered adult Scouter at least 21 years of age and preferably either the unit’s year-round leader or assistant leader. Unit leaders are responsible for the good behavior and good practices of their Scouts at all times and are expected to be available to assist their Scouts and camp staff in assuring the best camping experience. The second leader must be at least 18 years of age.

     

    It is strongly recommended that Webelos Dens provide a ratio of one leader for every five youth. We also do not recommend that you have a one-to-one youth to adult ratio at Camp Ross, in this case adults should split the week. 

     

    Note: If you are a small unit and are having trouble meeting the minimum of two adults, then please contact your Camp Director Matt Hanson ([email protected]), or the NCAC Camping Department directly to see if you can arrange to be paired with another small unit. We are always happy to help!

  11. Can we use Goshen for Pack campouts and events in the off-season?

    YES! Goshen Scout Reservation accepts reservations year around for weekend campouts and much more. Our competitive prices along with our beautiful scenery make Goshen a great spot for your next pack campout or even a weekend camporee!

    Click here for prices and to apply!

  12. What kind of Wildlife is at Camp? Is there any concern about bears?

    Goshen Scout Reservation has wilderness and with that comes wildlife. Both to ensure our safety and to minimize our impact on the environment, it is important to understand and resect the wildlife around us.

     

    Black Bears

     

    Bear sightings in camp are rare, but as the Virginia Black Bear population is growing, it is important to be aware of them. Here is some information from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries on Black Bears.

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    "Mini Bears"

     

    Small Mammals, often referred to as "mini bears" because of their similar affinity for human food and smellables, are far more common visitors in camp sites. To protect yourself, we strongly recommend thoroughly cleaning up any food waste and not leaving open containers of food in the patrol site. Also, remembeto bring your trash to the dumpster or designated location at each camp each night.


     

    Bees and Wasps

     

    Bees and wasps play an important role in the ecosystem in and around Goshen by pollinating plants. In general, stings can be largely avoided by staying on established trails to avoid inadvertently stepping on a yellow jacket nest. If you find a bees nest in a hazardous location, please alert the Staff at your camp.

     

    Any scouts with known bee-sting allergies are advised to discuss with their doctor prior to Camp whether they should carry an Epipen with them.


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Check Out

  1. When do we check out?

    All campers will check out Saturday morning. Check-out time is 7am and we ask that all campers leave no later than 7am on Saturday.

  2. When is check out time?

    Check out time is 7am on Saturday. We ask that all campers please check out no later than 7am.

  3. Do we get our BSA Medical Forms back?

    Yes. During check out on Saturday your unit leader should ensure that you recieve your BSA Medical Forms back from our First Aid Office. Returning your forms is our way of knowing that you have checked out, so this should be the last thing you do before you leave Camp Ross.

  4. What is the check out procedure?

    Check out procedure varies week to week based on total numbers in camp. The check out procedure for your week at Camp Ross will be fully discussed at the Thursday night leaders meeting.

  5. Is breakfast served on the Saturday that we leave?

    Yes. We serve a continental breakfast from 5am-7am on Saturday morning. It usually consists of cereal, breakfast danishes, and doughnuts with milk, juice, and of course coffee for the adults!

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Have a question that is not listed here?

  1. YES! I do have a question that is not listed!

    If you have any other questions please do not hesitiate to email the Camp Director: Matt Hanson at [email protected], or simply click the link below!

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