Adult Leader Information Page
Welcome, this page has been developed to assist Scoutmasters, adult leaders, and parents with information and questions about the Summer Camp program at Schoepe Scout Reservation at Lost Valley.
Notice 4/8/13: Programs at Lake Virginia have been cancelled for the 2013 season due to drought conditions.
These help Unit Leaders and their assistants, parents and SPL's to prepare for summer camp. Please make sure at least one of the leaders attending summer camp attends one of these meetings.
For 2013 the following dates have been scheduled:
April 27, 2013 San Diego Area- Contact Toni Klemm at email@example.com
April 27, 2013 Riverside/Murrieta Area- Contact Toni Klemm at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 11, 2013 OCBSA Scout-o-Rama- 2 p.m.
June 6, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Orange County Council Office- 1211 E. Dyer Rd. Santa Ana, CA
FORMS AND LINKS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
TOUR PLANNING WORKSHEETS
Lost Valley requires tour planning worksheets for
all Cub, Boy Scout, Venturing and Order of the Arrow Units using the
facility. EMERGENCY MOBILIZATION
Even at summer camp, there is always the possibility of an emergency such as a fire or a bad storm. In these situations, it is very important to be able to account for the safety of everyone in camp. To do this, we will call for an emergency mobilization.
If you or your Scouts hear sirens, you should move immediately to the nearest assembly area to your location - regardless of which camp you are staying in for the week. The Staff will account for those in other areas for a total headcount.
The following areas are Emergency Assembly Points (EAP):
- Grace Assembly Area: Flag poles between Grace Pool and Tom Tabb Center.
- Irvine Assembly Area: Flag poles in front of Casey Lodge.
- Lake Virginia: The Lake front area in front of the Boat House.
The Staff will then check that everyone is accounted for and, if necessary, give further instructions.
Lost Valley is a big place, so many Scouts and adult leaders like to bring bicycles to get around. There are also a limited number of bicycles available for rent at the Bike-O-Rama for $5.00 per day or $20.00 per week (includes helmet). The roads vary from hard-pack dirt to very soft sand, so we recommend wide tires for traction. We do not provide repair services for bicycles, other than those that are property of the camp.
Here are some of the rules of the road:
1. HELMETS - Everyone, both youths and adults, is required to wear a bicycle helmet while riding their bicycle. Also, a Scout hat or baseball cap may not be worn under the helmet.
2. RIDE ON THE ROADS - Stay on the main roads inside the Lost Valley. Main roads are the roads that the general public can drive on, one exception is the road that leads to the Bike-o-Rama /Grace Trading Post area. Never ride on horse or foot trails; riders must dismount and walk their bike on these trails
3. OBEY SPEED LIMITS - One of the leading causes of bicycle accidents at Lost Valley is speed. It is especially easy to go fast on the many downhill sections around Lost Valley, but every downhill section is followed by a patch of loose soil/sand caused by erosion that can cause a rider to lose control. The speed limit for bikes is 10 MPH.
4. RIDE SAFE - Please drive safely, No trick riding! Lost Valley is a wilderness camp; going to a hospital is usually an expensive helicopter flight out of camp.
5. RIDING ETIQUETTE - If you come upon a horse please stop your bicycle, dismount, and stand next to your bicycle. This helps to not frighten a horse. If you are passing someone on the road let them know which side you'll be passing on by announcing "Passing on your (Right or Left)." Please be aware there will be camp vehicles using the roads during the week.
AGE REQUIREMENTS ON MERIT BADGES
We want Scouts to be safe. We also want them to complete the merit badges they start, not quit in frustration when they find out they aren’t ready for it yet. Younger Scouts (usually age 13 or less) may not yet be up to the challenge of some merit badges and activities. Generally, it is up to each department director to use their discretion on which Scouts are ready to safely enjoy an activity, or work on a merit badge.
Some merit badges that may be better suited for older Scouts include:
- Rifle Shooting and Shotgun Shooting. Scouts need physical strength to handle the firearms safely, and must be able to achieve a set shooting score.
- Archery: Students must be able to draw the bow repeatedly and achieve a minimum score to complete the merit badge.
- Rock Climbing requires physical strength and coordination.
- Horsemanship also requires strength to saddle and control the horse.
- Lifesaving requires strength and stamina in the pool.
- Metalwork requires the maturity to handle red hot metal. There is age 13 and older age restriction on Metalwork merit badge.
- Project COPE: This requires a good deal of maturity and physical strength. There is no age limit, however, we suggest age 13 and up.
- Swimming and Water Rescue and Paddle Craft Safety: There is a National BSA age restriction of 16 years old and up on both activities.
CELL PHONE COVERAGE
There is NO cellular coverage in Lost Valley from any cellular provider. Some do not provide service east of Temecula.
PHONE AND INTERNET ACCESS
Telephone and Internet access is available to all adults visiting Lost Valley. There are three locations available for phone, internet, and computer access: the Business Office, the Grace Scoutmaster’s Lounge, and the Casey Lodge Scoutmaster’s Office. These areas have telephone access and a dedicated computer for email access. Adult leaders will be given access codes and passwords during check-in. The codes should not be given to Scouts under any circumstances.
If a Scout needs to make a phone call, an adult leader must accompany the youth to a phone, and place the call for him. Phone calls should be kept to a minimum. Scouts are not allowed internet or e-mail access while at camp
There is wi-fi access available at the Business Office, Casey Lodge, Beckman Hall, and the Grace Scoutmaster’s Lounge. The internet is provided via a satellite connection and is often slower then dial-up speed. Our bandwidth is very limited, so please, keep your online time to a minimum and no large file transfers or streaming media should be downloaded. The Business Office will assist you in accessing the internet. Please be advised that we have tight filtering, and monitor any attempt to access inappropriate websites.
There is NO gas available in camp. Please fill up in Temecula before heading into camp. The closest gas station is located at Sunshine Summit, but the gas is more expensive there. Make sure you have plenty of gas to make the trip in and out of camp. Many Troops have a gas can, just in case.
When you exit Highway 79 South/Temecula Parkway there will be many places to shop at on your way to and from camp. Along the 79 there are stores including Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Best Buy, supermarkets, gas stations, and several fast food restaurants.
Lost Valley is an estimated 90 minute trip from Temecula. 45 minutes on pavement, 45 minutes on the 'dirt road'. Here at Lost Valley the pace of life is slower, we see the dirt road as a great opportunity to acclimate to the slower pace of camp. If you are driving on the dirt road please be mindful of traffic behind you, there are a number of places to pull off and let others pass you. The road speed limit is 15 miles per hour. Take it slow any you'll be OK, the vast majority of car breakdowns are related to driving too fast on the dirt road.
HOMESICK SCOUTS SPECIAL DIETARY, MEDICAL, OR PROGRAM NEEDS
A situation every Scoutmaster, or Adult Leader, will have to face sooner or later. Here is a great article from the Scouter Magazine, May-June 2008.
We will endeavor to accommodate any special medical dietary requirements, medical, or program needs of your Scouts and adult leaders. We need to know what these are so we have time to make accommodations for your needs.
While we endeavor to have foods available for those with dairy and wheat allergies, if one of your Scouts has extreme allergies, parents may want to send meals to camp. These may be stored in the camp kitchen and served in place of the camp food. Meals will need to be labeled with the Scout’s name and troop number. We are unable to provide detailed ingredient lists in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your needs. The Scout MUST identify himself to the food service staff as someone that has special medical dietary restrictions. As much of our food is served cafeteria style, the Scout must be responsible for food choices that meet his medical dietary restrictions. Please provide at least 2 weeks advance notice of dietary needs.
Accommodations can be made in many of our program areas for those with physical limitations. Even COPE can be accommodated if you will work with the Camp Staff. We encourage all Scouts to do their best and challenge themselves. Just let us know what your needs are and we will do our best to help. Email program requests to email@example.com.
Please email all special dietary requests to our Cook Staff anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
or starting June 26, 2013 you may call Lost Valley directly at (714) 706-3010.
Smoking is discouraged in camp, but it is permitted in two places: behind Casey Lodge in Irvine and behind Beckman Hall in Grace. Smoking is not allowed inside any of the buildings at Lost Valley. NEVER smoke on the trail! BSA policy prohibits the use of tobacco in the presence of Scouts.
Staff members are not allowed to sign off requirements for Tenderfoot,
2nd Class, or 1st Class Ranks in Scouts' books. Scouts receive a
Passport with the requirements that they will be able to complete while
at Lost Valley. Staff members will sign off the Passport as
requirements are completed. Scouts will need to demonstrate the skills
they learned to adult leaders within their Unit to be signed off. MERIT BADGE APPLICATIONS (“BLUE CARDS”)
All Scouts will need to provide their own blue cards, signed by their Scoutmaster, with all information clearly printed in the correct sections. These cards are due to their merit badge instructors at the beginning of the week. Blue cards will be available for purchase at the trading posts.
All blue cards will be returned at the end of the week, showing whether the Scout completed the merit badge, or only earned a partial.
We regret that the Lost Valley Staff are unable to sign off any merit badge work completed outside of the camp without prior arrangements.
PROVISIONAL CAMPER BLUE CARDS
Provisional Scouts who attend without their troops are under the leadership of the Provisional Scoutmaster for the week. They will handle all Blue Card issues and merit badge scheduling. All decisions made by the Provisional Scoutmaster for the Scout during the week are final. TROOP MAIL
Incoming mail will be distributed from the trading post on which ever side of camp your troop is staying on. An adult from the troop must pick up the mail. Mail service into the camp can take more time than you would expect. Five days from Orange County to camp is not uncommon. Please send mail to your Scout the week before he arrives so it is sure to reach him while he is at camp. Mail often arrives too late to get to the Scout and must be returned to sender. Be sure to include a return address on the envelope so we can return it to you if needed.
Mail for Scouts should be addressed to:
Scout’s name and Troop number
(Grace or Irvine, Campsite Name, and Week of camp, if known)
Schoepe Scout Reservation at Lost Valley
31422 Chihuahua Valley Road
Warner Springs, CA 92086
Scouts may send postcards and letters home. Any outgoing mail should be turned into the Trading Post. We have postcards and stamps available for purchase in the Trading Posts.
Parents and friends are welcome to visit camp. The Friday schedule of games and the evening stage show make that an especially nice day to visit. If your troop is planning on having visitors on Friday the Business Manager will need a count of visitors at Check-in on Sunday. This is a popular option and we need an accurate count to ensure enough food is prepared.
Meals are available at the Dining Halls. For 2013, visitors will purchase meal tickets in the Business Office at a cost of $6 for Breakfast, $7 for Lunch, and $10 for Dinner. All visitors must sign in at the Business Office and obtain their ID tags and purchase meal tickets at that time.
Please inform your troop members and families about the directions to camp, parking, and also about allowing sufficient time and gasoline. All visitors during the week should plan to arrive at camp between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Please remember that the speed limit within camp is 5 miles per hour. Visitor parking is located in the Main Parking Lot near the Front Gate.
We do not allow ATV’s, golf carts, motorbikes, or similar devices in camp. Battery powered wheelchairs for medical reasons are allowed.
- RV’s: Adult leaders are not permitted to stay in RV’s in any camp parking lot. Nor do we allow RV’s in campsites for the week.
- Electrical devices: The only places to charge electrical devices in camp are the dining halls or Grace Scoutmaster’s Lounge. Campsites do not have electrical power. Please plan accordingly when bringing these devices.
- Pets: Pets are not allowed at Lost Valley (this includes the parking lot areas). Please let all families and potential guests know to leave their pets at home. Service animals are excluded, however they must remain on a leash and under adult supervision at all times.
- Generators: Generators are not recommended, and must follow our camp noise curfew, 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
CPAP: Your campsite will not have electrical power for CPAP and similar medical machines that need to have a power source. Please make sure you have a battery powered backup for these machines and if you choose to bring a generator, extra gas.
Valley has a few fun mornings where the Staff will dress up in costumes
that follow a theme. The themes only continue for Morning Assembly and
Breakfast, except for Fridays. Units may participate in any and all
Theme Mornings if they so choose.
- Monday: Crazy Hat Day
- Monday Night: OA Night, wear your sash if you are an Order of the Arrow Member
- Tuesday: Crazy Tie
- Wednesday: PJ's. As in pajamas.
Scouting appropriate, please.
- Thursday: Hawaiian
(all day): Western Wear
Is there a question or question that we missed? Please e-mail additional questions to email@example.com
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