Onteora Final Details

ALL SCOUTS MUST READ THIS INFORMATION, OPEN THE LINKS & ATTACHMENTS, AND PRINT WHAT THEY NEED. Excuses at camp like "I didn't know" or "no one told me" will be worthy of latrine-duty the day after Sloppy Joes!

Camp Main #:
(845) 439-5239, but to reach a Scout in an emergency, call one of the leaders.

Leaders' Cell Numbers:
ASM Marijan Bernic: (516)-655-1744
ASM Ted Boutzalis: (516) 220-0712
ASM Mike Gawley: (516) 205-2640

What To Bring: Click here. SCOUTS: DO YOUR OWN PACKING - PARENTS: DON'T PACK FOR YOUR SON.
In addition to what's on the main list:
  • Bring completed ATV waiver form (see OSR Program Guide), if applicable.
  • About $40 in spending money, but cash cards will be distributed at camp and can be loaded online here before and during the trip. 
  • Merit badge worksheets can be printed from here.
  • If you're bringing medication, have it in original packaging and easily accessible upon arrival for check-in (DON'T pack it).
  • Pack a pair of closed toed shoes in case certain activities require them.
  • Bring a brown bag lunch & water for the first day
  • Wear your Class A uniform to camp for check-in (DON'T pack it).
  • Reminder: NO massive footlockers (label the outside and all items), NO excessive snacks (please avoid anything with tree nuts/peanuts), NO aerosol sprays, NO electronics.
Camp Map: Click here.  Troop 71 is staying at Campsite Flathead (bottom left between blue and yellow areas)

To Mail Stuff to Camp:
(Package must have return address)

[Camper’s Name], Troop 71
Onteora Scout Reservation
3 Old Hunter Rd
Livingston Manor, NY 12758

Merit Badge Schedule: Click here for the general OSR schedule.  Individual schedules will be emailed. Scouts registered for the Camping MB should bring the letter from the Scoutmaster about Req. 9. As Onteora has switched to an electronic advancement system, no physical blue cards will be issued.

Patrol Rosters/Tent Assignments: Will be emailed.  Patrol Leaders must know who is in their Patrol, make sure their members cover their duty roster jobs and have their full Patrol assembled before leaving for meals and other events.  

Code of Conduct: All conduct will be governed by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.  We all know what this means.  No bullying of any kind, no foul, inappropriate or hurtful language, no rough housing, no inappropriate behavior, no touching anyone's personal stuff, no pranks, no secret groups/excluding, etc.  Every Scout will treat every other Scout like their brother or best buddy.  Any violation of this Code will be addressed sternly.

Departure/Return: Mr. Boutzalis is bringing the pickup truck, so most of the footlockers can go up in his truck, leaving room in vehicles for Scouts.  But Scouts are responsible for getting themselves to/from camp. Use the Troop roster to make your own arrangements.

If you want to put your trunk in the pickup, arrive at the usual parking lot across from the Plandome Country Club by 6:30 am on 7/15 so we can load up.

Otherwise, please leave for camp by 7:00 am on Sunday, 7/15 so you arrive by 10:00 am.  It's almost a 3-hour ride. We can't check-in and go to the site unless everyone is present.  BE PROMPT so we are not standing around in the hot sun all morning waiting for you.  Plus, we have a limited amount of time to set up camp before certain activities, so be considerate and get there on time.  FINISH PACKING BEFORE 7/15 so you can just hop in the car and leave on time that morning. 

Once we finish checking in at camp, we will transport all the footlockers up to the site in two vehicles while Scouts and the rest of the leaders attending ONLY will hike up to the site.  Parents will not be permitted up to the site but can say their goodbyes in the parking lot.

For pickup from camp on Saturday, 7/21, please arrive by 10:00 am. 

Scouts who ride as guests of others please be "courteous" by offering $5 for gas and tolls each way.

Driving Directions: (feel free to route it yourself)
  • Cross Island Parkway north to either the Whitestone or Throgs Neck Bridge
  • follow signs to the Cross Bronx Expressway westbound to the Major Deegan Expressway (I-87) Exit north
  • follow the Major Deegan north, which becomes NYS Thruway at the NYC line
  • follow NYS Thruway to NY Route 17 west at exit 16 (note - Woodbury Commons, a major shopping outlet complex is the exit immediately after entering Route 17)
  • follow NY Route 17 to exit 96, Livingston Manor; Turn left from the exit ramp onto DeBruce Road
  • follow DeBruce Road about 2.2 miles to Grooville Road and make a left (there is a sign for OSR)
  • follow Grooville Road about 4.5 miles to the entrance of the camp. Bear left at the camp sign, go past the ranger's house, and follow the dirt road, down to the main parking lot - there is a 10 MPH speed limit in camp
Contact the Scoutmaster if you have any questions.