ARRIVAL & CHECK-IN PROCESS
We recommend that the troop leaves together from a single location in order to take care of last-minute details or to form carpools.
Please do not plan to arrive at Camp Friedlander before the check-in time on Sunday without prior approval from the Camp Director.
General Check-In will begin at 2:00 pm each Sunday, but those who complete the Camp Pre-Check Form may begin arriving at 1:00pm.
The gate to the far parking lot (east end) will be opened and the Camp Commissioner will be ready to greet campers with a friendly smile. In order to provide time for the entire check-in process prior to dinner, please plan to arrive by 4:00 pm. Please be prepared to complete the following as indicated.
The following steps can be completed in any sequence:
Swim Checks – Checks may be done at the pool or lake.
Dining Hall Orientation – Find your table location and learn about the hopper system.
Troop Photos (optional) – Everyone should be looking their best to create a memory of the day.
Camp Tour (optional) – If this is your first time at Camp Friedlander, or to help all your first time campers, your Troop Guide will show you where everything is located.”
To help make the check in process as quick and easy as possible, those who complete the Camp Pre-Check Form may begin arriving at 1:00 pm on Sunday. The three parts of the form include medical, office, and cope & climbing pre-checks. To qualify, the troop must complete all three parts by their respective 10 day out meeting. The form can be found by clicking here.
- Unit trailers will be placed in the trailer staging area.
- The ranger staff will take your trailer to your campsite.
- Any troop or personal gear not in a trailer will need to be taken to the campsite by the campers using the two-wheeled carts available at camp.
- Please have everything you need either in or out of the trailer (as appropriate) upon your arrival at camp. For safety reasons we must highly discourage access to trailers in the parking lot.
Follow directions from the staff and send a representative from your unit to meet your Troop Guide. They will assist you to smoothly complete the rest of the check-in process.
One unit leader should be prepared to go to the camp office to complete the following check-in steps:
- Verify the Troop Roster of all Scouts and adults
- Turn in proof of insurance and Tour Permit (out of council units only)
- Pick up wristbands
- Submit Early Release forms
- Provide a contact for emergency messages – Must have a mobile number capable of receiving text messages
- Pick up extra Blue Cards, if necessary – Please arrive at camp with an ample supply
- Provide a total count of those eating in the dining hall for family night.
- Tickets can be purchased in the office throughout the week
- Provide names for the Order of the Arrow call-out ceremony
- Sign for understanding of the Code of Conduct
- Submit all Consent and Hold Harmless forms
- Required for all ACE, COPE, and Climbing participants
- Recommended for everyone to attend open tower
- Pick up medication lock-box and medication log forms (if needed)
- Pick up Fire-Guard chart
- Answer any questions you may have
While one leader goes to the Administration building, the rest of the unit will proceed to the admin spider shelter for a review of their medical forms. Please have everyone’s medical forms ready for review, preferably in alphabetical order.
Meet with the Aquatics Director to review waterfront procedures. Anyone who has completed their swim check may pick up their buddy tags.
CAMPSITE INSPECTION & SET-UP
Be sure to thoroughly inspect each tent for damage and note it on the form. Your Troop Guide will get your signature and submit the form to the Camp Commissioner. Your troop trailer should be in place, so get everyone’s gear stowed in their tents.
5:50 pm Flag Lowering
- Be prepared to assemble on the parade field by 5:50 pm
- Your Troop Guide will meet you in your campsite to get you to flags on time tonight
6:00 pm Dinner – Dinner will be served immediately following any messages
7:00 pm Chapel Service – Start the week on a reverent note
7:30 pm Scoutmaster/Senior Patrol Leader meeting in the Eagle’s Nest – Important information to start your week
7:30 pm Merit Badge add/drop session in the Trailblazer shelter – Make those last minute adjustments to your schedule
8:30 pm Opening Campfire – Join the staff for a rousing start to your week at camp
10:00 pm Lights Out – Get some sleep! You’ve got a big week ahead of you!