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Alpine Scout Camp

Alpine Scout Camp is located in the heart of Alpine, New Jersey and is only 10 miles north of the George Washington Bridge. It offers short term camping to Scouts and has a large selection of facilities to suit a group's needs -- everything from small tenting sites to a large conference center which can sleep over 40.

Every weekend from September to June the Alpine Scout Camp hosts a large number of events: District Camporees, Wintorees, Klondike Derbies, and Regional and National Conferences. Also, Alpine offers a large range of weekend activities like Archery, compass courses, and various in/out of camp hiking trails. The Gary I. Laermer Activity Center includes a 24' indoor and 32' outdoor Climbing Wall and a brand new Low Cope Course.




Alpine is appropriate for all Scouts and usually new Scouts' first camping trip with the Troop where they will earn their Totin' Chip and Firem'n Chit. There is a short hike from the parking lot to the campsite, potable water and picnic tables are onsite and bathrooms/showers are a short distance from the campsite.
 
Troop 71 Left A Trace (but, with permission)

During a visit in April 2013, Troop 71 created a permanent one-mile compass/orienteering course at the Camp by installing markers (photos below) throughout the camp and calculating compass angles and distances as a reference for future visitors to the course.



Troop 71 will be camping at Alpine on April 10-11, 2021.  Due to some restrictions from the Covid-19 pandemic, however, the camp requires a parent to attend for each Scout (regardless of age) and Scouts can only tent with their parent or sibling Scout. (The camp advises that these restrictions could change before the trip, but as of now they are in effect.)  

Activities:
Our first-year Scouts will be trained on how to safely build a campfire, use a pocketknife and work in an ax yard.  We may also shoot BB guns at the range and go on a hike.  There also will be free time, campfire skits and a flag retirement ceremony.

Meals:
  • All participants must bring a bag lunch for Saturday.
  • Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided for Scouts to cook for dinner in Patrols.  Chef Simone will prepare dinner for the adults.
  • Sunday breakfast will be provided for everyone but cooked by the Scouts.
Cost:
$30 per person (check payable "BSA Troop 71" or venmo@Troop71plandome) and Permission Slip for Scouts AND adults due by 3/18.

What to Bring:
Treat this as a regular camping trip, but cars will be a 10-min walk away. The weather may vary so check before you leave and pack accordingly.  Here's what you need:
  • Scout Spirit
  • frame pack (Troop has several to loan) - personal items must be carried in/on frame pack; new Scouts may use a duffle bag as the cars will be close
  • floored tent with rain fly (Scouts must tent with parent or sibling Scout)
  • sleeping pad/roll
  • sleeping bag/camping pillow
  • water bottle (filled) w caribiner
  • sunscreen
  • mess kit w/ utensils (Scouts only)
  • flashlight/headlamp w/ fresh batteries
  • personal toiletries (including 1/2 roll toilet paper)
  • compass
  • poncho/rain gear
  • hiking boots/hiking socks
  • Scout pants/shorts/Class B shirt
  • fleece top/jacket/windbreaker
  • change of clothes & extra socks (in ziplock bags)
  • warm clothes to sleep in
  • facial mask and hand sanitizer
  • brown bag lunch
  • pocket knife (New Scouts may not take this until instructed to do so.)
  • OPTIONS: camping chair (recommended), frisbee/football/soccer ball
SUGGESTIONS FOR 2-PERSON TENT:




SUGGESTIONS FOR FRAME PACK:


Departure/Return:
We will meet at our usual LIRR parking lot across from the Plandome Country Club at 7:30 am on Saturday morning (4/10).  Please be prompt.  We will depart Alpine late Sunday morning so should arrive back in Manhasset by midday.  We should all leave the site together on Sunday.  Please no leaving early without prior approval.  

Address & Directions:
441 US Highway 9W
Alpine, NJ 07620
  • Cross Island Parkway to Throgs Neck Bridge to George Washington Bridge (UPPER level)
  • First exit on right in New Jersey - Palisades Pkwy N
  • Travel about 9 miles to Exit 3 on LEFT towards Rt 9W
  • Follow exit around onto Palisades Pkwy S.  About 1/10 mile turn right into Alpine Scout Camp
  • Park in the lot across from main building near the entrance and wait outside while we check-in
Leader: ASM Chris Simone