Why should my child go to camp?
11 million children and parents can’t be wrong! Children who attend summer camps often show an increase in self-confidence and independence. They learn positive values from positive role models and gain leadership and communication skills outside of the school and home setting. Children have a chance to develop as individuals and are given the freedom to be themselves. But if you don’t believe us, how would they spend their day? Watching TV?
Why Camp Tomahawk?
Not only is Camp Tomahawk operated locally (at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds) it has been BSA Nationally accredited for many years. This means that all the areas and aspects of camp have met strict operational and safety requirements, but the kids continue to come back year over year because they have fun with their friends. No matter what Cub Scouting level your Scout is at, we offer activities to help them progress to the next level all while having fun.
What is BSA National Accreditation?
Camp Tomahawk is accredited through the BSA National Camp Accreditation Program (NCAP). The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Camp Accreditation Program (NCAP) is to help councils elevate camps to new levels of excellence in delivering Scouting’s promise to youth. Councils will engage in a rigorous review of camps and properties, continuous improvement, and correction or elimination of substandard practices.
Each year, Camp Tomahawk undergoes a thorough review of its’ operations and program plans in order to meet over 300 standards, in areas such as staff qualifications, training and emergency management. These standards also meet, and in many cases exceed, the Youth Camp Standards set forth by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Some of these standards include following youth protection guidelines, providing first-aid facilities, setting forth emergency procedures, and using staff screening systems such as criminal background checks.
Is my child going to be safe?
Your Scout’s safety is our primary concern. Before camp even starts, our administrative staff works tirelessly to ensure a safe experience for all who attend. From the layout of the camp to extensive training of all leaders, our primary goal is to make sure that you feel at ease leaving your child with us for the day. Once they are at camp, all Scouts have proper supervision and health care to ensure a safe and quality experience for all.
What about medical attention?
Camp Tomahawk has a fully-equipped and centrally-located first aid station within the camp that is staffed by professionally trained individuals. Certified and experienced health personnel are selected by the administrative staff to ensure the well-being of your child. In the event of an emergency, Anne Arundel Medical Center is located within 6 miles of the camp.
For those Scouts with personal medical conditions, as long as you make the camp aware of your child’s personal needs via the medical forms required to attend camp, the health staff is able to address their needs while they are at camp. PLEASE BE SURE TO NOTIFY THE CAMP PRIOR TO THEIR ATTENDANCE.
How does Camp Tomahawk staff the camp?
As Camp Tomahawk is an all-volunteer camp, our leaders are mainly the parents of Cub Scouts already attending the camp. Every parent is offered the option to volunteer all week or on single days. Because their own children are attending the camp, most parents go above and beyond to help make the camp a fantastic experience, thus doing so for your child. Some of our volunteers are “Lifetime Scouts” that have been giving back to the scouting program for decades. All of our volunteers are working professionals that are at camp only because they have taken personal vacation time away from their career because they believe so much in what Scouting has to offer our young people. At Camp Tomahawk, we are proud of having a high percentage of returning staff year after year.
Can I contact my child?
Parents are able to contact their campers via their Den Leader. If you need to get in touch with your child during the week, please make sure you get the cell phone number of your child’s Den Leader so that you may do so.
Can my child contact me?
If your child needs to get in contact with you for any reason, their Den Leader will either make their own phone available or guide them to the administrative staff who will make a phone available to them. Please make sure your child knows your phone number to expedite their contacting you. We can always look the information up in our camp records, but their knowing the information will always speed up the process
Will there be other first-time campers?
Camp Tomahawk draws Scouts from all over Anne Arundel County. As such, we get a variety of types of new campers to our program. Some are absolutely new to Scouting and attend not knowing a single other person while at camp. We group those kids together (by age) so that they have a great experience and meet new friends along the way. Some kids are not new to Scouting, but attending for the first time. These Scouts are also grouped together (by age) as every attempt is made to keep them with other Scouts from their home Den/Pack so that they know someone at camp. However, there are plenty of Scouts who take the plunge alone – they attend camp knowing that no one from their home Den/Pack are attending – and love it! Camp Tomahawk has a way of bringing out the adventure in your Scout and making them have a great time regardless of whether they know someone there or not. Don’t be surprised if your child comes home with a few new friends by the end of the week!
What about allergies?
Before your child arrives at camp, you are required to fill out multiple medical forms. It is within these forms that you are able to list allergies, medications, conditions, etc. so that our camp staff has the opportunity to prepare for their arrival and to ensure they have a great experience at camp. Just like in their non-camp life, there is no reason that attending Camp Tomahawk should be any different/limiting to them. As long as the proper medical precautions are addressed, your child should have a great week with us!
Can my child bring their cellphone, iPod, DS, tablet or Kindle to camp?
The entire purpose/existence of Cub Scouting is rooted in the idea that the activity is an opportunity for your child to disconnect from electronics. In an effort to continue that idea, we prohibit our Scouts from using any type of electronics while at camp. Personal electronics with Wi-Fi or cellular capability are NOT allowed as they create a massive distraction and interfere with the both the operations of camp and the ability of our leaders to maintain the safety of our Scouts.
What should a camper bring to camp?
Upon registering for Camp, each family will be contacted by their Den Leader with a detailed description of all the items are necessary for camp. In addition, there is a list of items available on this website for parents to access anytime in case the list is misplaced!