Bridge Builders

Barge Schedule (Weather and river conditions permitting):

Friday night: Runs start at 5:00 PM and continue until all units are on the island.

Saturday: Staff – 6:00 AM; 8:30 AM; 11:30 AM; 1:30 PM; 3:30 (Dedicated water run); 5:00 PM; 7:30 PM; Staff – 10:00 PM.

Pick up from PA side during nonscheduled times: Call or text – Steve -215.605.7821 (Primary) or Hank – 410.340.9907 (Secondary).

Who are we?  The Friends of Treasure Island (FTI) exists to ensure that untold thousands of Scouts experience the magic of Treasure Island (TI) in the future. 

Become a Bridge Builder and join our mission to support Treasure Island Camp!

Volunteers are the core of any nonprofit organization.  It is this way with Scouts BSA and it is “the only way” with FTI as we are an all-volunteer organization.  Since “the rebirth of the national treasure”, that is TI, a core group of dedicated volunteers spearheaded this effort, in an operating alliance with Haubert Outdoor Oriented Adventure Hospitality (HOOAH), LLC and Treasure Island Outfitters (TIO), LLC.  TI is open to Scouts BSA units, Order of the Arrow Lodges, and Chapters for no cost camping.  Our focus is on improving the program opportunities we offer to our campers as well as continuing to improve the infrastructure and facilities of the island as a whole.  To do this we need more help to continue this effort.  Therefore, if you can spare some time for some “cheerful service” here is where YOU come in.  Read on, become a part of the magic, which is Treasure Island, and join this effort today.

The Bridge Builder

By Will Allen Dromgoole

An old man going a lone highway,

Came, at the evening cold and gray,

To a chasm vast and deep and wide.

Through which was flowing a sullen tide

The old man crossed in the twilight dim,

The sullen stream had no fear for him;

But he turned when safe on the other side

And built a bridge to span the tide.

“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,

“You are wasting your strength with building here;

Your journey will end with the ending day,

You never again will pass this way;

You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide,

Why build this bridge at evening tide?”

The builder lifted his old gray head;

“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,

“There followed after me to-day

A youth whose feet must pass this way.

This chasm that has been as naught to me

To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;

He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;

Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!”

Bridge Builders are volunteers who come up for our workdays to provide skilled labor or just sweat equity as we work to restore the facilities and grounds of TI.

FTI invites any individual, Scouter or not, who would like to volunteer during our scheduled Workdays to come to Treasure Island.  You have the option to come up for the day or camp over Friday – Sunday, at no cost.

To make a reservation check our reservation calendar to the right and then RSVP by emailing volunteers@friendsoftreasureisland.org.  

Provide in the email:

  • Full names of all in your party
  • Cell Numbers
  • Special Skills
  • Camping or just coming up for the day on Saturday

You have the same opportunity to earn the free Volunteer patch, see criteria below in the FTI Volunteer Service Recognition Program

WHO: Anyone who would like to work.  We have work projects for all ages and skill levels.

WHAT: Work in rustic conditions.

WHEN:

  • For arrival on Friday (if camping) check-in begins at 5:00 PM and ends at 8:00 PM.
  • For arrival on Saturday check-in begins at check-in begins at 7:30 AM ends at 8:00 AM.  Work as long as you can.  The barge runs both directions. 

WHERE: “Dear Ole Treasure Isle…that Camp along the Delaware”.  575 River Road, Pipersville PA 18947.  Parking is located in the lot next to the Ranger House off River Road (PA Route 32). 

RAIN OR SHINE!  If the river will not cooperate, we will make the call 48 hours before arrival via email and Facebook.

PERSONAL GEAR: Bring snacks, water bottle; wet weather gear; bug spray; sunscreen; and proper personal protective gear (PPE) if bringing and running a chainsaw (FTI provides gas and bar oil).  Gloves and work boots highly recommended.  It’s better to bring it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

FTI Volunteer Service Recognition Program:

FTI encourages all Scouts and Scouters who camp on historic Treasure Island to dedicate a portion of their time toward a conservation or service project.  These projects are not a requirement and never mandatory for no cost camping but we certainly encourage it as you have the opportunity to earn a free patch.  FTI implemented a recognition program to honor the service rendered to restore and maintain Treasure Island.  FTI tracks the service hours but encourages, the unit, individual campers, and volunteers to do so also. 

FTI Volunteer Service Recognition Program Criteria:

Individual Recognition Program:

Scouts and Scouters who render five (5) or more hours of service to Treasure Island will receive a FTI Volunteer patch for their service.  FTI the unit and attendee track hours.  Once a Scout or Scouter has completed an additional ten (10) or more hours, they receive a rocker for their Volunteer center patch denoting “10 Hours of Service”.

If a Scout or Scouter has donated 50 or more cumulative hours, they will receive a rocker for their Volunteer center patch denoting “50 Hours of Service”.  If a dedicated Scout or Scouter has donated 100 or more cumulative hours, they will receive a rocker for their Volunteer center patch denoting “100 Hours of Service”.

Scouts and Scouters with an additional “100 Hours of Service” receive rockers as they accumulate that service time at Treasure Island.  If a Scout or Scouter achieves a full round of 100 hour rockers, totaling 500 or more hours of service, they will automatically be entered into the Lifetime membership program, and receive a Founder’s patch.

The unit leader submits the names Scout and Scouter’s.  This information should include the following information:

  • Date of Service
  • Scout or Scouter’s Full Name
  • Number of Hours Given
  • Unit #
  • Unit Type
  • Council Name

Recognition will either be provided at the end of the work weekend or shortly thereafter by mail.

Unit Service Recognition Program:

Recognition of units providing service on Treasure Island will be via a Service Recognition Board, erected on Treasure Island.  This Service Board will look much like a Rank Advancement board found in many Troops and organized in accordance with the metals of Scouting:

Tin:     100+ Hours: John Voelker once wrote, “…only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness; because bourbon out of an old tin cup tastes better out there…”  Of course, Treasure Island is an alcohol-free facility during Scouts BSA events, but we cannot help but agree with the sentiment.

Aluminum: 250+ Hours: This is one of the most important metals in Scouting!  We find Aluminum in pots, pans, pack frames, utensils, and even colanders.

Bronze: 500+ Hours: Trophies and challenge coins, plaques, and statues…all of these come in bronze.  Is your unit up to the challenge of 500 hours?

Gold: 750+ Hours: Gold is a color integral to multiple levels of Scouting.  In Cub Scouts, the two primary colors are Blue and Gold.  The blue stands for truth and spirituality, steadfast loyalty, and the sky above. The gold stands for warm sunlight, good cheer, and happiness.  Every rank in Boy Scouts from Tenderfoot to Life contains Gold.

Silver: 1,000+ Hours: Silver is also a color that finds roots in both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.  From the Silver arrow points that began in the Wolf year to the Silver coins that are minted for special Boy Scout gifts.  Silver is also the color used for some of Scouting’s highest achievements – Eagle Rank, Silver Palms, Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, and the Silver Buffalo.  There was even a Silver Fawn award!

Titanium: 1,500+ Hours: Titanium has the highest strength to weight ratio of any metal and used in some of the finest gear for high adventure treks when weight constraints play a vital role in the success and enjoyment of the trip.  Treasure Island’s rustic setting is the perfect place for a gear shakedown.

Submitting the required information for the Individual Service Recognition Program provides all of the data needed to track your Units combined service hours to Treasure Island.

Submit your completed FTI Volunteer Service Recognition Tracking Form via email: Bob Gilbert: bobg@friendsoftreasureisland.org or hand in at the end of a Camping Weekend.