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Camp Old Indian

2017 COI Reservation Form

2017 Staff Application

Camp Medical Form

2017 Merit Badge Schedule and Specifics

2017 Pathfinder Leader's Guide
- New Peak Program*
- COI 90th Anniversary Club

Venturing Ranger Fest July 23-29, 2017
- 2017 RangerFest Leader's Guide

Week of Wildwater Adventure Brochure

2017 NYLT Brochure

Policies for Units attending Camp (off season) 

Camp Old Indian Trail Map

Camp Old Indian Map 

To Register for Summer Camp, contact the Camp Director at 864-233-8363 or 800-277-2724 to check site availability. Then mail in your Reservation Form and a check for your deposit.
Please keep in mind that many campsites can accommodate more than one unit; if you have any questions, contact the director.
You can view the Camp Chart online; please call the Camp Director if you have any questions because more than one unit can fit in several sites.
Adequate Leadership
Each Troop must have two registered adult leaders in camp at all times, one of whom must be 21 years or older. The other unit leader may be 18. One of these leaders must be registered in the BSA. If there is a substitution of unit leaders during camp, then there should be an overlapping period in order to maintain program continuity and adult supervision over the Scouts at all times. This overlap will allow time for the leaders to relay information needed to guide the unit properly. Leaders should sign in and out at the Camp Office.
Two registered adult leaders or one registered adult leader and a parent of a participant, one of whom must be 21 years of age or older, are required on all trips and outings. The chartered organization is responsible for ensuring that sufficient leadership is provided for all activities.
Youth Protection
Two-Deep Leadership:
Two registered adult leaders or one registered adult leader and a parent of a participant, one of whom must be 21 years of age or older, are
required on all trips and outings. The chartered organization is responsible for ensuring that sufficient leadership is provided for all activities
No one-on-one Contact:
One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is not permitted. In situations that require a personal conference, the meeting should be conducted in view of other adults and youth
Respect of Privacy:
Adult leaders must respect the privacy of youth member in situations such as changing into swimming suits or taking showers at camp and intrude only to the extent that health and safety requires. They must also protect their own safety in similar situations.
Separate Accommodations:
Separate shower and latrine facilities have been made available for male and female use during camp.

Dress Code
Youth and adults are to be in appropriate dress at all times; most of the time this will be the Class B Boy Scout or Venturer uniform. At dinner, chapel service, and the Evening Flag Ceremony, the Class A Boy Scout or Venturer uniform is the only appropriate dress. Occasionally, other dress may be acceptable. For example, those taking the COI Ranger program will need to wear rugged clothing for rappelling one day of the week and swimwear other days. While swimwear is appropriate at the waterfront, both male and female youth and adults are reminded to wear appropriate covering to and from the waterfront. Males and females should wear a shirt over their swimwear while walking to and returning from the waterfront. All are to be mindful of their dress when going to and from showers as well. Leaders and Advisors are responsible for ensuring that youth and adults in their Troops and Crews are dressed appropriately. Remember that both males and females may be in camp. Closed-toed shoes are recommended but open toed shoes are permitted. Socks are required to be worn with all shoe types (even if going to the shower or waterfront).
Check In/Check Out
Anyone leaving or arriving at times other than Sunday check-in or Saturday check-out should sign in and out at the Camp Office.
Release of Minor Campers
No camper who is a minor will be released to the custody of an adult other than the legal parent or guardian unless written permission is provided to the camper’s unit leader. No camper who is a minor will be allowed to leave camp with anyone for any reason except as part of official camp programs or with special written parental permission. Any special arrangements should be made before camp.
No dogs or other pets may be brought into camp at any time, except for trained service animals.
The camp’s telephone number for administration and emergencies is (864) 895-8989. This phone is not available for use by the campers. A phone will be provided for use by adult leaders; please bring your calling card or call collect.
The camp has daily mail service. No mail should be sent to the Scout after Wednesday because it will not arrive in time. Mail should be addressed as follows:
Scout or Leader Name ________
Troop or Crew No. ______
Camp Old Indian
601 Callahan Mountain Road
Travelers Rest, SC 29690

Absolutely no vehicles will be allowed beyond the Parking Lot. At check-in and check-out, troop equipment will be moved by the staff using a camp truck. All vehicles must be parked in the large parking area. The small lot at the Thackston Lodge must remain clear for emergency access.
Visitors and Guests
Parents and family are encouraged to visit Wednesday afternoon after 5:00 PM. Guests other times during the week will disrupt the campers’ program and are not permitted.
LEADERS: Camp programs are designed for Scouts, leaders, and advisers. Please share the following policy with parents and adults who accompany your unit to camp: children who are not registered Boy Scouts or Venturers (e.g., younger siblings and Cub Scouts) are not permitted at camp any other times except Visitor’s Day.
Health and Insurance
Blue Ridge Council units use the council policy (information and forms were provided to each unit). Other units must provide their own accident insurance. Unit leaders must bring to camp check-in: 1.) Policy number, 2.) Claim forms, 3.) Name of an insurance carrier. Camp medical forms must be complete!

Medical expenses incurred by youth and adults while in camp (doctor, hospital fees) will be paid by the council or unit insurance policy and/or parent/guardian’s insurance. Leaders should be ready to provide the Scouting insurance number as well as parent/guardian insurance numbers in an emergency. It will be the responsibility of the Scout’s parents and unit leader to make any claims for insurance. The parent or guardian’s insurance will be the source of primary coverage. Parents will be called if a Scout has to be taken to the doctor or the hospital.
Medical Forms and Physicals
Each participant (youth or adult) must complete the camp medical form during the year he or she will be attending camp. Anyone arriving without the form completed and a physical must leave camp until an exam can be completed at the participant’s own expense.
Instructions for Anyone taking High Adventure Programs and Adults 40 +
High Adventure programs include Rangers, Foothills Trek, and Adventure to Eagle (ATE). Complete sections I, II, III, IV, and VI. These sections provide personal and health history. Secure a physical exam and have medical personnel complete sections V and VII.
All prescription drugs must be locked up at the health lodge. Refrigeration provided as needed. Exceptions must be approved by the medical officer and include those carried for life-threatening conditions, such as inhalers, heart medication, and bee-sting kits. Campers requiring special treatment such as insulin, etc., should provide necessary medications and make written arrangements with the Health Officer.
Unit leaders will be asked to provide transportation if one of their Scouts needs to be taken to the local doctor or emergency room. In the case of serious, medical emergencies, transportation will be provided by EMS. The State of South Carolina requires all immunizations listed on the medical form prior to camp.
Emergency Procedures
Limitation of Activity
Campers and leaders will be notified as necessary if activity must be limited because of temperature, humidity, or severe weather.
Emergency Call
The general emergency call will be the ringing of the bell near the Dining Hall and the blowing of the bugle. Units should line up in the meadow information when they hear this call.
In the case of fire, evacuate the tent, building, or area immediately. Notify the Program Director, Ranger, or Camp Director.
Stay Calm! Immediately notify the camp Medical Officer. All first aid must be logged in at the health lodge.
Child Abuse
Suspected child abuse—whether physical, mental, emotional, or sexual—should be reported to the Camp Director or, if he’s not present, the Program Director. You should not try to seek proof yourself.
Flood/Earthquake/Severe Weather
Take cover. The Program or Camp Director will assemble units if required. Commissioners may be sent to each campsite to give appropriate instructions.
Lost Person/Swimmer
If you suspect a lost person or lost swimmer, immediately notify the Program or Camp Director.
Unauthorized Persons
If you suspect unauthorized persons have intruded onto camp, immediately notify the Program Director, Camp Director, or Ranger. Authorized visitors must sign in at the Health Lodge.
Order of the Arrow
National Policy Regarding OA Ceremonies
Youth and adults elected into [the Order] have earned the exclusive privilege of learning ... concepts aimed at developing leadership abilities through a safeguarded ceremonial induction. The Order’s ceremonies are not public nor are they in any way meant to be a social affair. Although the content of the ceremonies are private, they were written to avoid offending any religious belief and have received the approval of religious leaders. The ceremonies are true to Scout tradition and within the spirit of the Scout Oath and Law. (From Order of the Arrow Handbook.)
LEADERS: Please advise non-OA members including parents, adults, and other leaders regarding OA ceremonial policy: Ordeal and Brotherhood Ceremonies are not open to non-members! The Callout on Wednesday and the "Tap-Out" are the only public recognition ceremonies. The National Policy prohibits non-members from viewing OA ceremonies. Please discuss with the OA Lodge Advisers any questions about ceremonial policy procedure. Camp will adhere to National policy regarding OA ceremonies.
Camp Facilities
Camp Old Indian houses its campers and leaders in permanent housing. Campsites are comprised of either cabins or Adirondacks. Adirondacks are three-sided units with an over-hanging roof. Most hold four persons and their gear. Some Adirondacks hold eight persons and have a built-in table shelter.
Latrines are located throughout camp, in or nearby all camp sites. Hot showers are available at all shower-houses.
Field Sports Area
The Rifle, Shotgun, and Archery Ranges have been built and certified according to Boy Scouts of America standards. The camp furnishes .22 caliber rifles, archery equipment, and shotguns for use on the ranges. Field Sports will offer free (unscheduled) shooting during Twilight. There’s no charge for archery, but shotgun costs $2.00 per five shots and rifle is $0.25 for five shots. Twilight is extended Monday an extra 30 minutes. Shooting during 6th period will be offered only to those Scouts taking shotgun, archery, and rifle shooting merit badges. A charge of $1.00 will be made for each lost or broken arrow. The Field Sports Director has absolute authority for all activities at the Field Sports Range.
Scoutcraft Area
The Scoutcraft Area includes a program shelter and tarps with tables for merit badge instruction. It also features displays of Scoutcraft skills, a rope-yard, and an ax yard.
Handicraft Lodge
The Handicraft Lodge offers leatherwork, wood carving, and other craft supplies for sale. It also houses tools for merit badge and craft work.
Nature Lodge
The nature lodge houses resources for ecology-conservation related merit badge classes. It includes animals, displays, literature, and other items.
The Camp Old Indian Waterfront includes lakes for snorkeling, swimming, rowing, canoeing, and fishing. Scouts and leaders may swim at the first lake during the times listed on the program schedules. "Free swim" is open to everyone according to their swim classification. Non-swimmer instruction will also be available during the week. A swimmer must accompany a non-swimmer in a row boat. And only swimmers are allowed in canoes unless the non-swimmer is with a 21-year-old certified lifeguard. Everyone using row boats and canoes must wear a lifejacket. Absolutely no camper or leader will use the waterfront without a medical form and swim test. The Aquatics Director has absolute authority for all activities held at the waterfront area.
There are three classifications of swimmers at camp. Scouts and leaders will take a swim check test Sunday afternoon to determine their swimming classification. The classification and swim test requirements are listed below.
1. Non-swimmer - get in the water
2. Beginner - jump into water over one's head, level off, swim 25 feet, turn sharply, and return to start
3. Swimmer - jump into water overhead, level off, swim 75 yards in a strong manner using side, breast, crawl, or trudgen strokes. Then swim 25 yards using an elementary back stroke. At the end of the 100 yards, show rest by floating.
Trading Post
The Trading Post has Scout literature, t-shirts, souvenirs, and refreshments for sale. It also serves as the camp post office and lost-and-found station. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.
Health Lodge
The Peden Health Lodge serves as a 24-hour contact location for a unit’s first aid needs. The Health Lodge features an isolation room and bathroom for sick campers.
Dining Hall
Patterson Lodge is a state of the art dining facility. It features dual cafeteria-style serving lines and seats up to 420 persons.
1. Units will be assigned tables on Sunday afternoon and will sit at these tables for every meal.
2. Table waiters will be assigned for every table and will serve for three meals beginning Sunday evening, then rotate with other Scouts in the troop.
3. Table waiters will report to the Director at the dining hall at 7:45 a.m. for breakfast, 12:15 p.m. for lunch, and 5:45 p.m. for dinner.
4. Table waiters will set up their Troop seating area before meals and will clear the area after meals. Clean-up includes wiping tables and sweeping around the tables.
5. After the meal, no one is to leave the dining hall until they are dismissed by the Director.
Most unit tables will have a seat reserved for a Camp Old Indian staff member. The table waiter should pick up the totem for the staff member he wants and places it at his table. Totems allow for positive interaction between the Staff and Scouts. No wet bathing suits, chewing gum, hats, hiking staffs, or flagpoles are allowed in the dining hall.
Dining Hall menus are well-balanced and designed to feed hungry boys. In addition to the main entree offered at each meal, other options are available for those with special dietary needs. Cereal and bagels are breakfast options; peanut butter, jelly, and a salad bar are available at most noon and evening meals. Be sure to notify the Director of any special needs before camp.
Handicap Accommodations
Camp Old Indian believes that all registered leaders and members deserve to experience summer camp. Therefore, everyone is encouraged to attend. The Maria Dukes Lodge is camp’s handicap accessible facility. It features a wheelchair ramp and a built-in shower/restroom. Preference will be given to units with participants requiring special accommodations.