Camping

Thanks for your interest to camp with us on historic Treasure Island. 

There are two types of camping opportunities on TI:

  1. The Friends of Treasure Island (FTI 501c3 non-profit) hosts scheduled Scouts only Camping Weekends during the FTI season for all Scouts BSA units, OA Lodges, and Chapters, which includes Cub Scout family camping. These weekends are at no cost to the unit and are designed to help support unit program and camping opportunities.
  • Treasure Island Outfitters (TIO), LLC (owner of TI) offers paid camping including for Scouts and their families from late June – August.  Exact dates and fees on TIO website: http://www.treasureislandoutfitters.com 

Our Location – “Dear Ole Treasure Isle…that Camp along the Delaware”: 

Treasure Island Camp
575 River Road (Ranger House)
Pipersville PA 18947

Parking is located in the lot next to the Ranger House on River Road.

Treasure Island Camp

About Camping on historic Treasure Island:

Treasure Island offers a safe but rustic, wilderness camp experience providing the unit with an opportunity to teach your Scouts both leadership and basic outdoors skills. The camp has provided this kind of “old school” camping, learning opportunity since 1913. Treasure Island is open to all Scouts BSA units, OA Lodges, and Chapters.

From the time you arrive, your unit will face challenges – including getting its gear down to our dock, on to our barge, over to the island, and then to your campsite.

For units that are accustomed to drive-in/trailer camping, this can be a new and challenging experience – one that offers Scouts the opportunity to develop and hone their logistics, process management and organizational skills.

To that point, we strongly encourage that junior leaders be tasked with planning and controlling the process of moving your unit’s gear from our parking area to the barge launch and ultimately to your campsite. 

We encourage adult leaders to watch and to help when necessary for safety reasons, but to otherwise encourage your unit’s members to manage and problem solve this part of their stay – and as many others as makes sense given their ages and their level of experience as campers. 

This is consistent with the type of self-sufficiency and initiative that we believe a camping experience on Treasure Island can provide throughout your unit’s stay.

Our objective is to help you provide your unit with a safe, formative, outdoor learning experience – one that is fun and challenging that your Scouts will remember fondly for years to come.

More About Your Camping Experience:

  • Bring your own tent camping – most sites have one Adirondack/Lean-to.
  • No electricity (expected in the future).
  • Old world pit latrines (two-hole outhouse),
  • No running water (expected in the future).
  • Water resupply is on the Pennsylvania side at Ranger House. 
  • Barge runs from the island to the Pennsylvania side on the hour from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and special runs with prior coordination.
  • FTI offers recreational resources for Scouts, such canoes and tubes, available for rent.

Here is some important information and a few tips for our visitors:

  • We encourage you to pack as if this is a backpacking trip. 
  • Campers must bring everything they will need for their stay, including toilet paper.  We do have a few carts and wheelbarrows to help move bulky items.
  • Units learn you don’t need to bring a ton of gear to survive and have a good time.  Patrol boxes while a “nice have” may be a “bridge too far” – unless you have some big, strong scouts to carry them.  Dining flies are a good idea.
  • Hammocks permitted however, no hanging hammocks in any standing manmade structures or buildings.
  • All campers and visitors must wear shoes/boots (any closed toe footwear) at all times.  We can’t stress this enough!  We recommend boots, especially while working on service or conservation projects.
  • NO ONE gets on the island wearing open toe shoes (Defined as sandals, or flip-flops).  NO wearing of open toe shoes in camp.
  • All aquatic activities (swimming, tubing, canoeing, wading when fishing require the wearing of River Shoes (Defined as “any type of closed toe footwear”.  River Shoes must be worn in the river when, working, wading or swimming.  No exceptions.
  • We encourage cooking over wood fires. However, you can bring propane, white gas or charcoal.  We have plenty of wood.  Do not bring wood from home.
  • Fill water containers before arrival.  There is no water on the island.  Water resupply available on the Pennsylvania side at the Ranger House.  We make barge runs on the hour from 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM.
  • Service hours are appreciated, but not required – and projects vary with work gloves being necessary.  If special tools are required, we will email you with a list prior to your stay.
  • Rainy conditions during the loading, crossing, and unloading portions of your visit can provide important learning opportunities and some hard packing lessons.  Ensure your gear is “waterproofed”.  Rain has a tendency to wet items not properly waterproofed, especially sleeping bags!  Please do not bring items in paper bags!!  The bottom of the barge is usually wet. 
  • Even though we are a private camp, not a Scout camp, we expect Scout units to follow all of the BSA’s policies and procedures: 2 deep leadership; Safe Swim Defense; Safety Afloat; Leave No Trace, and the buddy system. 
  • We strictly enforce NO ALCOHOL during Scout weekends. 
  • Treasure Island Camp is not in any way affiliated with or operated by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) or any Scouts BSA council.

Making reservations for a FTI Scouts BSA Weekend Camping has never been easier. 

FTI Reservations for Treasure Island Camp

See the calendar on the right-hand side of this page for available dates and make reservationsSelect the start and end date with a mouse click of your desired camping weekend, and fill out the reservation form.  You’ll receive email confirmation of your request and if it has been approved.  All Dates are Subject to Change due to River Conditions. 

Don’t wait until the last minute.  We have a max capacity and fill up quickly.  If a weekend is full and closed, you may choose another weekend or email me to get on a waiting list in the event a unit cancels. HankW@friendsoftreasureisland.org   

COI and COI Up Form Upload

Scouts BSA units MUST file a Certificate of Insurance (COI) for $1M prior to your arrival.  You will most likely find on your council website an electronic form to request a COI.  Once obtained, you can upload a copy of the COI to our website or have the council or you send us a copy.  HankW@friendsoftreasureisland.org   

Address of Treasure Island for the COI:

Haubert Outdoor Oriented Adventure Hospitality (HOOAH), LLC
Treasure Island Camp
575 River Road
Pipersville, PA 18947

FTI Useful Forms Download

Your Unit Welcome Packet: download the welcome packet prior to your arrival on our Useful Forms page on this website http://www.friendsoftreasureisland.org/useful forms/.

Please print this out and bring it with you.  You’ll need to fill out and turn in some of the sheets in this packet which contains all the information your unit, youth, and adults should need to make you stay with us enjoyable and safe.  Please make the widest distribution of this information to adult and junior leaders so everyone knows what the expectations are for the weekend.

Make sure you have a complete unit roster listing every camper, both youth and adult. 

One week prior to your scheduled reservation, please send an email to:

HankW@friendsoftreasureisland.org with your unit number, camping date, the final head count for your unit (including the number of youth campers and adults), and an updated time of arrival on Friday or Saturday if anything changes with your plans.

Plan to arrive on Friday night no earlier than 5:00 PM and no later than 8:00 PM. If delayed, please call and make sure your group has our cell phone number so they can call for a barge if it is not on the Pennsylvania side when they arrive (410.340.9907).  

Campers arriving on Saturday morning need to arrive no earlier than 7:00AM. 

Departure time on Sunday is no later than 12:00 PM.  The barge schedule is somewhat flexible with arrivals and departures as long as you make prior coordination directly with us.

To stay up to date on the progress on Treasure Island you should:

Subscribe to our “Email Blast” at http://www.friendsoftreasureisland.org/about/

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I hope this answers your questions.  If not please feel free to follow up via email.  Include your unit number and camping dates in the subject line of all future emails.

HOW! HOW! Still Abiding,

Hank
Henry R. Wiese
Vice President of Operations
Friends of Treasure Island
410.340.9907
HankW@friendsoftreasureisland.org

TI is like a trip to heaven without die’n”. Butts MacMillan and Cal Edwards, Troop 160, CoLC, BSA.

For more information email: info@friendsoftreasureisland.org.