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Summer Camp Directors Chat

Join us to hear from our Camp Leadership Team about our 2023 camp programs. There will be a general session and then breakouts for the more detailed questions for each camp. Please pre-register to get the Zoom meeting access! Please pass this along to others who should hear about summer camp!

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Griswold Scout Reservation is a Scouting Reservation located near Gilmanton Iron Works, New Hampshire, United States. There are two summer camps located within it: Hidden Valley Scout Camp and Camp Bell.

Covering over 3,500 acres (1,400 ha) of forest, lakes, and mountains, the Scout Reservation was first run by the Norumbega Council. In 1971, the Daniel Webster Council acquired what was then called the Hidden Valley Scout Reservation. In 2000, the camp acquired additional land, which it named Camp Bell, and the total reservation was renamed Griswold Hidden Valley Scout Reservation.

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Camp Updates

The State of New Hampshire requires, and therefore the Daniel Webster Council requires, immunization against diphtheria, mumps, pertussis, poliomyelitis, rubella, rubeola, and tetanus for all its youth members, unless the youth member has a medical exemption signed by a physician, or a notarized religious exemption signed by a parent or legal guardian.

For vaccinations not required by law, the Daniel Webster Council respects the right of all people, including its members, guests and staff, to make their own decisions regarding their health care.  This includes the decision whether to be vaccinated, in general or against a particular disease, regardless of whether that choice is based upon science, religion, ethics, or medical necessity.  

The Daniel Webster Council also acknowledges a responsibility for the safety of its members, guests and staff.  Under conditions where the risk of non-vaccinated individuals contracting or spreading disease is more significant than baseline conditions, the Council reserves the right to limit or deny participation in scouting activities to individuals who are not vaccinated when it determines that such limitations are in the best interest of the overall health and safety of our members, guests and staff.

The exemption form can be found here: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/680-451.pdf

The Daniel Webster Council is implementing a new swimsuit policy.

Beginning in 2022, all swimmers at Griswold Scout Reservation (Hidden Valley and Camp Bell) should bring a swim shirt to camp and are strongly encouraged to wear it while participating in water activities. The policy will apply to Scouts, non-Scouts, staff, and other adults. Many campers already wear swim shirts while in the water and the practice is becoming more prevalent.

As a convenience, we will have GSR branded swim shirts available for purchase at the Trading Post.

We are adopting and implementing this policy for two reasons:

1. Swim shirts offer protection from harmful sun. Scouts often need assistance with applying sunscreen. SSA’s Youth Protection policies preclude Scouts, staff Scouters, and other adults from helping with this important safety protocol.

2. The new policy is fair to all Scouts and does not single out any group or individual.

Our goal, as always, is to provide a Scouting experience that is safe and fun for all. We are looking forward to a great year of summer camp!

Yours in Scouting,

Phil Donovan,

Vice President Daniel Webster Council Camping

Afternoon Program Registration Is Live!

The team at GSR is very excited to announce that afternoon unit/patrol activity registration is live! No more painful scheduling at pre-camp meetings! This is through the same system as all other program registrations (https://www.k-scout.com/GSR_Login.aspx).

SPLs will insert their unit’s/patrol’s top choices for program, the final schedule will be crafted by our program directors and shared at the pre-camp meeting and adjustments can be made accordingly!

We would like to ask all units to submit their afternoon program choices by June 17th, 2022. For units joining us during Week 1, we would like to ask units to send their choices prior to their pre-camp meeting if possible. If not, bring them to the pre-camp meeting and we will work with you!

Questions? Contact program.valley@dwccamping.org. Remember, merit badge selections are due June 7th, 2022.

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This is a reminder that a couple of key deadlines were May 31st, 2022. The deadline for final registration has passed, however, assistance is still being provided during the upcoming week. That being said, the program sign-up deadline is being moved to Tuesday, June 7th, 2022.

Please get your picks ASAP so our program directors can plan accordingly and get things prepared for everyone’s respected pre-camp meeting.

The sign-ups are being done through a new online system. The link to the system as well as an access code and email for the login was sent to the email of the leader who registered through DoubleKnot. Some may have gone to spam so it’s key to check that. If you are missing it, please send an email to program.valley@dwccamping.org or program.bell@dwccamping.org

For units going to Camp Bell weeks 2-5 you need to put down a patrol name to select the programs. Units going to Camp Bell these weeks can also submit their program picks (top 5 and 5 backups in order 1-10) to adam.brownstein@dwccamping.org

If you need to add, subtract, or register in general; please email garrett.boyd@scouting.org to begin that process. We will accommodate all that we can, however, it will be based on availability.

We can’t wait to have you all at camp this summer!

Summer Camp Fee Schedule

Save on summer camp fees with an Adventure Card! 

Griswold Scout Reservation

Full Price – $590

Early Bird – $560 (April 1st)

Full Price with an Adventure Card – $540

Early Bird Price with an Adventure Card – $510 (April 1st)

Final payments due on or by May 31st

Camp Weeks

Hidden Valley Week #1: June 26th to July 2nd

Hidden Valley & Camp Bell Week #2: July 3rd to July 9th

Hidden Valley & Camp Bell Week #3: July 10th to July 16th

Hidden Valley & Camp Bell Week #4: July 17th to July 23rd

Hidden Valley & Camp Bell Week #5: July 24th to July 30th

Hidden Valley Week #6: July 31st to August 6th

Hidden Valley Week #7: August 7th to August 13th

Hidden Valley Week #8: August 14th to August 20th

About Hidden Valley Scout Camp

Enjoy a week with your troop or come on your own as a “provisional” camper. Hidden Valley offers a sure-fire way to advance in Scouting, develop new skills, and have the time of your life. Come back year after year… there’s always more to do!

Each week we offer a variety of Merit Badges for three-morning sessions. In the afternoon, we run patrol and troop activities. Your Senior Patrol Leader and youth leadership team can design an afternoon program that appeals to their individual interests.

About Camp Bell

At Camp Bell, your patrol or crew will choose unique programs featuring skills from the past and modern adventures. Spend each day together having fun and trying new things. You’ll even prepare your own meals in your campsite with ingredients from the Commissary. There’s no better way to fine-tune your camping skills!

Patrol programs for more fun with your Scouting friends!  Choose unique programs featuring skills from the past and modern, action-packed adventures.

Options for both new Scouts and veteran campers. Challenge Valley extreme obstacle course, Foxfire (Revolutionary trades), Logging Camp, Mountain Man, Native American program, Equestrian, Brownsea Area, Bell Farm, Aquatics, All-Terrain Vehicles, COPE Ropes Course, and more! Outposts and treks are available at Camp Bell.  Patrol cooking in the campsites.