Life in Camp
There are as many as 200 campers plus 35 staff sharing Camp Seph Mack with your unit during an average week of camp. It is essential that we all follow some basic guidelines, procedures and policies to make sure everyone has a great time while here. Our common Scouting bonds are the Scout Oath and Law.
The primary function of CSM Health Services is to render three types of medical care to campers and guests. Health Officers provide emergency care 24 hours a day, and coordinate with local EMS personnel if the situation warrants. They also evaluate and treat in-camp illness and injuries, referring patients to Indiana Regional Medical Hospital as necessary. Third, camp First-Aiders are trained to treat minor injuries. The CSM Health Officer also monitors the camp for health and safety concerns.
Annual Health and Medical Record
For all campers attending (Boy Scout & Cub Camps) we require use of the Annual Health and Medical Record (#680-001), competing sections A, B and C.
LHC Supplemental Medical Form
Each camper must also present a Supplemental Medical Screening Form at check-in. This form helps us meet several National Boy Scout standards, and comply with certain federal and state laws. This form also expedites the check-in process. A new supplemental form must be completed each summer, as close to the summer camp session as possible.
- PART I must be completed for all campers, listing his or her allergies, and any prescription medications to be taken at camp.
- PART II must be completed for campers under the age of 18 who are taking any prescription medications at camp. This part is to be signed by the Scout’s unit leader. With his or her signature, the unit leader takes responsibility for storing the medications securely, and administering the medications as prescribed.
- PART III must be completed for all campers under the age of 18. It allows the Scout’s parent or guardian to indicate those non-prescription medications that we may administer to their child if necessary.
Seph Mack Dining Hall
The 200-seat dining hall in Camp Seph Mack provide campers with excellent food service. During the Sunday check-in, the dining hall manager will review all procedures with your unit. It is important that you visit the dining hall on Sunday. It will ensure an enjoyable dining experience all week. The camp does its best to provide for dietary, religious, or special foods, and can store any special foods brought to camp on a limited basis. Camp Menus will be posted in May on our website. Please review them and share their needs via the online Special Diet Request form.
We serve breakfast and lunch cafeteria style, and dinner “family style.” The food is sent out to each table in serving bowls and platters. This is done by the use of a rotating waiter system. Each unit is assigned to a number of tables in the dining area. They will sit at these tables for each meal
during the week. An adult from each unit is required to sit at a table with the Scouts. Portion control is essential to the success of “family style” dining. The adult, staff member and waiter at each table have the duty to make sure everyone has an equal portion before anyone starts eating. A Scout is courteous and kind!
- Each table assigns a waiter.
- When two Troops have odd numbers and cannot fill a table, another Troop in the same situation will be placed together at the same table. It will be the responsibility of the Troops to set-up a fair waiter system. A Scout is friendly.
- Waiters arrive at the dining hall 20 minutes prior to each meal. It is important to be prompt. The dining hall manager gives all waiters instructions on their responsibilities at each meal. They set the table, get staff totem, get food, make sure everyone gets a portion before anyone eats and get seconds if available.
- Waiters also clean-up after the meal and are dismissed from the dining hall by the dining hall manager.
- Waiters rotate throughout the week. It isn’t assigned to all of the new Scouts. Older, more experienced scouts are needed to train first time campers on the waiter system.
- Campers stay in camp-provided canvas wall tents, with wooden floors to keep campers off the ground.
- Each unit will camp together, two boys to a tent and one adult to a tent.
- Campers are provided a cot to sleep on. Campers should bring a mat or cardboard.
- Adults sleep in separate tents from Scouts.
- Male and female adults will sleep separately unless married.
- Each campsite has picnic tables, fire ring and garbage cans
- Each campsite has a water source nearby with potable water (safe for drinking).
Showers and Latrines
- A showerhouse is available at camp. It is designated for male and female, with individually locking stalls. Please respect the privacy of others.
- Each campsite has access to a latrine. Units are responsible to keep it clean.
- In the event of a camp-wide emergency, the camp siren may sound three times. At which time, all adults and Scouts are instructed to report to the parade field for roll call. Everyone is to remain at the parade field until the “all clear” signal, or other instruction is given.
- A camp-wide emergency situation will consist of any severe weather, wildfire, lost or missing campers, lost or missing swimmers and any possible severe medical emergency. Anyone who becomes aware of an emergency situation or danger should notify the nearest staff member who will contact the appropriate camp leadership.
- Any information in regards to a bomb threat, unauthorized visitor or dangerous animal should be reported to the Camp Office immediately.
All Scouts, leaders and guests must wear camp wristbands at all times. These bands are intended as a safety precaution to determine who should be in camp, where they should be and to signify that each participant wearing one has completed the proper camp check-in procedures. One is provided for every camp participant to the unit leader at check-in. Each additional wristband will cost one dollar. They are designed to last the week and this is our identification system so we know who belongs in camp. All guests will be given a wristband upon proper check-in at the Camp Office.
All sites at Camp Seph Mack have a designated trailer parking space. Only one vehicle per unit will be allowed to go past the parking lot and into your campsite, once the vehicle is unloaded it must be moved back to the parking lot for the remainder of the week. Unapproved vehicles in camp will be towed at the owners expense