2023 Labor Day Family Camp Welcome Email

Good afternoon, Goshen Family Camp Attendees!

Thank you for registering for family camp this coming weekend at Goshen! A few things you should know before you arrive at the Goshen Scout Reservation:

Check In:

Check-in for Family Camp will take place at the Camp Olmsted main entrance on Friday, September 1st from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Goshen Staff members will be at the check-in table to greet you. Trash bags, toilet paper, and event schedules will be available at the check-in table.

Campsite Selection and Amenities

Campsites at Camp Olmsted are available on a first come, first served basis. There is no pre-registration for campsite selection. Each campsite has a picnic table, wooden tent platforms, a fire ring, and latrines.

To help prevent the spread of invasive species, outside firewood is not permitted at our camps. There is plenty available in the woods surrounding your campsite!

Program and Activities

We have a variety of fun activities planned for you this coming weekend! Please be aware that some activities may have age restrictions due to the Guide for Safe Scouting, but there are activities for all!

Handicraft (all ages): Tie Dye (new!), gimp and bracelet making, leather stamping, painting

Aquatics (all ages): Swimming Hole (all ages, located at Camp Post)

COPE & Climbing: Family Games (all ages), Rock Climbing (all ages), Giant Swing (ages 10+)

Shooting Sports: Archery (all ages), BBs (ages 6+), Rifles (ages 11+), Shotgun (ages 11+)

Field Games (all ages): Volleyball, Giant Chess, Cornhole

Other activities we encourage you to take advantage of are the Camp Olmsted Orienteering Course and trail hiking to Viewing Rock (course and trail maps available at Handicraft pavilion).

Please see the Family Camp Schedule for information on activity times and locations. Don’t forget to join us for a campfire Sunday night!

Copies of the Family Camp Schedule are available here: https://www.gotogoshen.org/events/family-camp/

Food Storage

All food and “smellable” items must be stored in vehicles when not in use. Food should not be left out in campsites for any reason. We do have bears present that are going to be attracted to the smell of food if it is left in the campsite, and we’d like camp to remain to be a safe space for you and the wildlife!

Trash Disposal

A large dumpster is available for your use outside of the Camp Olmsted Forester Dining Hall. Throughout the day, if you are not in your campsite, please place your trash in your locked car or the dumpster.

Water Availability

Potable water (safe for drinking and cooking) is available in all campsites-. The shower house, with single stall showers are available for your use.

Trading Post

A Trading Post will be open throughout the weekend where you can purchase t-shirts, Goshen branded items, camping goods, snacks, beverages (including slushees!), ice cream, and more. T-shirts for tie dye at Handicraft will also be available.

Need Ice?

Ice is available for purchase at the Camp Olmsted Trading Post.

Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any other questions. We’re looking forward to seeing all of you there!

Yours in Scouting,

Elisabeth Warren | Goshen Scout Reservation Director