Camping

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Approved Weekend Camping Reservations

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).

Haubert Outdoor Oriented Adventure Hospitality Adventures, (HOOAH), LLC and Treasure Island Outfitters (TIO), LLC privately owns TIC.  Since 2018, they have fulfilled the promise that BSA units camp free on TI.  HOOAH, LLC allows FTI to offer and staff no cost camping weekends on scheduled dates outside of their paid camping season.

There are two types of camping opportunities on TI:

  1. FTI a 501c3 non-profit runs scheduled Camping Weekends for all BSA units, OA Lodges, and Chapters, which includes Cub Scout family camping.  FTI website:  www.friendsoftreasureisland.org
  • Treasure Island Outfitters (TIO), LLC offers paid camping from June – August.  For dates and fees go to the TIO website: 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.

About Camping on Historic Treasure Island:

  • Treasure Island offers a safe but rustic, wilderness camp experience.
  • TI has provided this kind of “old school” camping and learning opportunity since 1913.
  • Provides your unit with an opportunity to teach your Scouts both leadership and basic outdoors skills. 
  • FTI supervises these Camping Weekends through an all-volunteer, BSA registered, highly skilled, and trained Treasure Island Camp Staff (TICS) to ensure the campers enjoy a safe and fun filled weekend.

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 youth members 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 youth members will remember fondly for years to come.

More About Your Camping Experience:

  • We offer tent camping – most sites have one Adirondack/Lean-to.
  • No electricity.
  • We have pit latrines (two-hole outhouse),
  • No running water however
  • Water resupply is on the Pennsylvania side at Ranger House.
  • We make barge runs from the island to the Pennsylvania side on a schedule and special runs with prior coordination.
  • FTI offers a mini-summer camp program during your stay.
  • Almost all sites are near the river and not small.  We assign sites based on size of unit and arrival time.  The later you arrive the closer your site will be to the TI dock so you don’t have to move your gear too far in the dark.  For a map go to the Useful Forms section of the website and download if you want to make a specific site request via return email.

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 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 BSA camp, we expect 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 BSA weekends. 
  • Treasure Island Camp is not in any way affiliated with or operated by the Boy Scouts of America, BSA or any BSA Council.

Why is camping on historic Treasure Island a hot item?  It’s our dynamic “mini-summer camp style weekend program” that makes it magic.

Here is what the trained, all-volunteer Treasure Island Camp Staff brought to 1,148 campers in 2021 and the 2,401 registered campers will enjoy in 2022:

•     A ride to and from our island camp on one of our two barges

•     Archery – minimal fee

•     Ax throwing

•     Canoeing – minimal fee

•     Morning and evening flag ceremonies

•     Leadership and skills training by doing

•     The Goodman-Edson Museum

•     The trading post and TI gear

•     Making new friends and cementing old relationships

•     Orienteering course

•     Self-guided tours with our extensive history book

•     Experiencing and embracing the “TI Spirit”

•     Scouts Own Vespers Service

•     Viewing the historic Lenape Grinding Stone

•     Scouting Heritage Merit Badge – offered

•     FTI Fieldcraft Academy – Bushcraft skills offered all day

•     Cooking on wood fires

•     Conservation projects led by our trained foresters

•     Service projects as desired

•     Saturday night campfire in the Ceremonial Grounds, wood smoke, songs, laughter, skits, cheers, and the possibility of Order of the Arrow Call Out

•     Field Sports on the Parade Ground

•     Fishing

•     Swimming

•     Walking in the footsteps of some of Scouting’s greatest people and experiencing the “magic”

Making reservations for a FTI 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 reservations.  Select 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.  You may only make two reservations per unit in 2023.  One in the Spring and one in the Fall.  If you make more than two reservations for your unit the additional reservations will be cancelled.  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.

COI and COI Up Form Upload:

All 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 you can email us a copy. 

PLEASE DO NOT HAVE YOUR COUNCIL MAIL THE COI. PLEASE SCAN AND EMAIL IT TO US, UPLOAD IT TO THE WEBSITE, or email it to 
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.

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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.