|By Tom Chlupsa|
|Heading down the COPE course ZIP line|
The Rules of the Base
From the moment your group arrives at Summit Base you will be exposed to
mountaineering ethics at their best. We strive to uphold the same basic
rules and principles that are adhered to in wilderness areas all across the
world. We have a great respect for the physical wellbeing of our facilities,
the woodlands that surround us and the individuals we come in contact with
during the course of our programs. We encourage all participants to become
familiar with our ethics and to practice them wherever your travels may take
Every participant must know that deliberate damage to Summit Base
property may result in the person or persons responsible being immediately
sent home without return of fee in part or whole. The cost to replace
damaged property may be included in the group's or individual's account.
Advise participants (and parents) prior to Camp of this policy.
Each group at Summit Base must submit a roster of all persons (adult and
youth) in camp. Units are requested to use the form which is attached to the
back of this guide which is also available here.
This roster will be collected during check in when the group arrives.
A pay telephone is available on the Camp Buckskin office porch, about a ten
minute walk from Summit Base. Emergency or Camp business calls only may be made to the
base office at (518) 623-0747. Fax # (518)-494-7099.
Before coming to camp, every participant must have a physical examination.
Those 40 years or under must have a physical within 36 months; over 40
within 12 months of attending a Summit Base activity. The health history
must have been updated and signed within the last 12 months. Those 18 and
under must have a parent or guardian sign their health history. All
participants must have these completed medical forms with them upon arrival.
Those without them cannot be permitted to take part in activities until we
have the form in our hands. PLEASE make certain parents/guardians sign all
necessary forms. The correct forms are available at no charge from the
Council Camping Department and are available for download here.
|By Tom Chlupsa|
Our Council carries accident and health insurance, through Health Special
Risk, Inc. (HSR),
on each Scout and adult leader. The cost is included in the camping fees.
Groups not associated with Westchester-Putnam Council must provide their own
accident and health insurance.
In the event a covered Scout needs medical attention by an outside health
care provider, all fees and bills should be handled in the following manner:
- Complete a claim form (available from Camp Health Officer or Council
Camping Secretary) from HSR and submit it along with the health
care provider's itemized billing statement IMMEDIATELY. United of Omaha will
automatically pay the first $150.00 on every claim.
- (For claims exceeding $300.00) Then submit the outstanding bills to the
parent/ guardian's private health insurance.
- After the parent/ guardian's insurance has paid their maximum limit, the
remainder of the outstanding balance (if any) can be submitted to HSR as a continuation of the original claim. You must provide an
explanation of paid benefits from the parent/ guardian's insurance along
with the claim. Although the claim is originally submitted to HSR, the parent/ guardian's health insurance is considered primary.
HSR will only make payment on claims over $300.00 after proof of
payment from the primary carrier is presented.
It is the responsibility of the parent/ guardian to ensure that their
son's claim (if any) is submitted and satisfied. Please do not ask the
health care providers to forward claim information or additional bills to
the Council or Camp. In the event there are difficulties with a claim, you
may contact the Camping Secretary at the Council for information and
assistance (914) 773-1135 Ext. 233
|By Tom Chlupsa|
|Giant's Ladder on COPE course|
There are designated parking areas at Summit Base for trek groups and for
The speed limit on camp roads is 10 MPH.
Seatbelts must be worn by all vehicle occupants at all times, this
includes while on camp roads.
No one may ride in the back of a pick-up truck, or in/ on a trailer under
Our guides and base camp staff are all trained in CPR and Red Cross Basic
We have an Emergency Medical Technician at Read Scout Reservation.
Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or illegal use of prescription drugs are
not permitted at Summit Base. Anyone found to be in possession of or under
the influence of such will be asked to leave.
The following items are prohibited at Summit Base: Guns, sheath knives,
aerosol bug spray, pets, fireworks, and chain saws.