Weekend Camping Policies & Procedures

Camp opens at 6:00pm on Friday. Unit Leaders and Senior Patrol Leaders are required to check-in at Totem Lodge with the Campmaster Corps. The Campmasters will be available at Totem Lodge throughout the weekend in case of an emergency. Upon your arrival, please inform them of your planned departure time on Sunday. Units are required to check-out at Totem Lodge no later than 1:00pm on Sunday.

Loading & Unloading Vehicles

Units are permitted to bring one vehicle into camp to unload at their campsite or lodge. Please help us keep our roads clear by not parking on them. All vehicles must be parked in the camp parking lot for the remainder of the weekend. The maximum speed limit on all camp roads is 5 MPH. Please do not park on the lawns.

Drinking Water

Potable water is available at three locations throughout the camp: outside Totem Lodge, outside Foster Hall, and outside the GE/Betz Science Center. You may fill your clean water containers at these locations. Do not clean your dirty dishes at these water fill stations. Units are encouraged to carefully inspect cooking and water storage containers prior to arriving at camp. A chlorine sanitizer should always be used before and after each use of cooking equipment. Clean water is useless and dangerous in a dirty container.


Pack it in and pack it out. All units should plan on taking their trash out with them upon their departure from camp on Sunday.

Injuries and Illnesses

Report all injuries to the Campmaster and/or Ranger at Totem Lodge as soon as possible. If the emergency requires hospitalization or emergency medical treatment we will call ahead to make arrangements for you. Your unit is responsible for transportation and any costs incurred.

Campfires & Cooking Fires

Check with the Campmasters regarding current fire conditions. Use of one fire ring for cooking and one for campfire is permitted if conditions permit. Units are reminded to use low impact camping practices. Due to insect infestation issues, bringing firewood onto the camp property is prohibited. Please gather dead wood from around camp for your unit’s fire needs.

Approved Heat Sources

The only approved heat source in a cabin is the heat source currently installed in the facility. The use of electric heaters, propane heaters, kerosene heaters, or hair dryers is prohibited.

The Tohickon Creek

This area of our property makes for great hiking, fishing, and exploring. Due to changing water conditions adult supervision is required in this area. Crossing the creek onto private property is not permitted.

Great Buck Lake

Our lake is always open. Check with the Campmasters and/or Ranger for ice skating conditions. Ice Skating on Great Buck Lake is at your own risk. Fishing is permitted on a catch and release basis. Pennsylvania fishing laws do apply to our lake. Do not take or kill the grass carp in the lake, they help control the algae growth.

Indoor Fire Protection

Smoke detectors are installed in all of our buildings for your protection. It is a violation of local fire codes to tamper in any way with the smoke detectors. Units may be fined and lose camping privileges if they violate the fire code.

BSA Tobacco Use Policy

There is no smoking allowed in buildings, on the porches of buildings. No tobacco use is permitted around children. All additional tobacco usage policies as outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting apply.

Service Projects

Conservation and maintenance projects for the benefit of our camp are always available. See the Campmasters and/or Ranger for details.

Prohibited at Ockanickon

The following items are not permitted on our property: alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, fireworks, firearms. Your cooperation is appreciated.


Weekend reservation fees are due with the camping application. All fees are non-refundable.