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Provisional Camping

Provisional camping allows Scouts to participate in OSR’s program when their troop isn’t at camp.  This program is perfect for Scouts who can’t attend with their unit or for Scouts that wish to come to camp again. (A unit is 4 or more scouts with 2-3 adult leaders.)

New This year: Third time in 2016 to attend Ockanickon Summer camp, provisional discount– If your scout would like to attend Ockanickon but can not do so this year with his troop and week 8 (August 9-August 15, 2015) is a week that works well for him to be at camp, we have a reduced rate for you!

Plan Option Rate First Stay? Second Stay? Third Stay? Week 8?
A $440.00 Yes No No No
B $350.00 No Yes No No
B $350.00 Yes No No Yes
C $200.00 No No Yes No
C $200.00 No Yes No Yes


How do I register to attend?

The first step is to talk to your parents about it and see what they say.  Provisional camping applications are available at camp, from the Washington Crossing Council Service Center in Doylestown or as a download:Register as a Provisional Camper . Your completed application and the full fee must be mailed together to be processed. Make sure you check the week you wish to attend.

Can other Scouts from my troop attend camp with me?

Sure! Just make sure they are attending camp the same week you are and have gone through the steps explained above. To make sure you are in the same campsite, be sure you all filled out the form completely so we know you are in the same troop.

What merit badges can I take?

Any badge on the list that you qualify for. Please note that there are prerequisites for some badges.  Merit badge cards should be obtained from your Scoutmaster before you come to camp. Some merit badges have limited capacity and we can not assure you prior to arrival that you will be in those badges. These include but are not limited to Horsemanship, Climbing, and Sailing. For questions regarding others that may have limits, please send an email to our Program Director at

Can I participate in Adventure Sports Activities at camp?

Yeah, as long as you meet the age requirements.  Scouts who want to mountain bike, rock climb, sailing, and go on the C.O.P.E. High Course must be 13 years old. All scouts can participate in the C.O.P.E. Low Course. To sign up for these activities just go to the “High Adventure Board” outside the Dining Hall. There are morning and afternoon sessions of these activities every day.  Please note that there is an addition fee for these activities. Also, some scouts may be limited from these activities for medical reasons.

Where will I be staying in camp?

You will be staying with a troop that is attending camp with their own adult leaders. During the week you will be a member of that troop and under the care and direction of their adult leaders. If other Scouts from your troop are attending camp provisionally we will make every effort to place you all in the same campsite. These site assignments are sometimes made within days of your arrival at camp based on the overall camp attendance but we will do our best to let you know in advance which troop you will be with.

When should I arrive and where should I go?

Please arrive between 1:30 and 1:45 PM to avoid the traffic and lines resulting from the Troop and Crew arrivals (Troops and Crews are asked to come no earlier than 2PM).  If you registered with in a week and a half of your arrival date or have not registered at all, please be at the camp office at 2PM. If you have registered before a week and a half ahead of your arrival, you should have a camp map and we encourage you to take a self guided tour or find a shady spot to relax.

The Provisional Coordinator or a staff representative will meet with all Provisional Campers at 2:15PM at the Welcome Center on the end closest to the parking lot where there is a stone counter. If you miss this meet up, please report to the Camp Office for assistance. The staff will take over once you have met up with them and help you through the check in process. Please be ready to take a swim test and hand in your complete health form.

When do we depart from camp?

Your week of camp will end at 10:00AM on Saturday after the final flag ceremony in the old parade field. Your parents should plan to pick you up at this time.

Can my parents attend Parent’s Day on Saturday?

YES, your parents are welcomed to come to camp at 9:00 AM on Saturday and participate in the Flag Ceremony at the Old Parade Field.

How do I get my merit badge cards back?

Merit badge cards should be acquired from and signed by your scoutmaster before you come to camp. It is important to talk to your Scoutmaster about the badges you want to take; he must approve them. At the end of the week our staff will give your merit badge cards to the Scoutmaster of the troop you are staying with. It will be your responsibility to make sure you get your cards back from him or her.

Don’t forget your Current and Complete BSA Health Form parts A, B, and C.

Ockanickon has a No Refund policy. Please consider Travmark or another Cancellation/ Interuption insurance to safeguard your investment.

Payment and Register to Attend Questions: JAMES.MCCABE@SCOUTING.ORG
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