Information about Check-In/Out procedures, our Trading Post, Dining Hall, Health Lodge, Emergency Procedures, and Camp Policies is on this page.

Find a downloadable map with merit badge locations at "Documents and Downloads."

CHECK-IN

When arriving at Ransburg Scout Reservation, please be sure that the Scoutmaster reports to the check-in table located at the STEM Center. The SPL should stay with the staff guide and lead the troop through the camp check-in process which will include unloading of gear, medical checks, a tour of camp, and a swimming ability check. The check-in process has been developed to reduce the amount of time each troop spends at each stop, as there are many things to accomplish on this day. Your guide will be the key staff member responsible for keeping your troop on this schedule. National BSA has established an aquatics guideline. Troops with qualified lifeguards may take their swim check on their own prior to camp and communicate it to our staff. This can save time at checkin. Our aquatics staff retains the right to require a re-test at their discretion.

Check-In Schedule

Time Activity
1:00 - 2:30 pm Check-In
4:30 pm Leadership meeting at the Inlow Aquatics Center. Be sure to have at least one adult leader and the SPL in attendance.
5:45 pm Early Dinner
6:20 pm Flag lowering
6:30 pm Late Dinner
7:15 pm Merit badge schedule changes
7:45 pm All-faith Chapel Service
8:15 pm Gather at flagpoles for Campfire

CHECK-OUT

A continental breakfast will be served Saturday in the dining hall. Remember that another troop will be using the campsite after you have left, so please be courteous to your fellow Scouts and leave the campsite in good condition. There is no provision for 2nd week campers to stay over on weekends; so if a Scout is staying for a second week of camp, please make sure he is picked up on Saturday and returned on Sunday.

Check-Out Schedule

Time Activity
7:30 am Pickup final merit badge information in the adult leader lounge. Each troop should review all advancement records prior to departure. Discrepancies are best corrected now by the Program Director, rather than once you are home.
7:15 am
or
8:00 am
Continental breakfast in the dining hall
7:50 am Flag Raising
8:45 - 9:00 am Your staff guide will meet you at your campsite to complete a campsite check-out
after campsite checkout Check-out at the health lodge. Pick-up medical forms and turn in medication box, lock, key, and log
after health lodge checkout Check out at the camp office. Pay for any damaged camp equipment and turn in any remaining evaluations

The Ransburg Scout Reservation trading post provides a full selection of souvenirs, Scouting items and snacks for sale during your stay. The following is a list of some of our available items: Ransburg Scout Reservation mugs, neckerchiefs, walking stick medallions, T-shirts, Scout knives, flashlights, Scout items, craft kits, merit badge pamphlets, songbooks, handbooks, Scout socks, belts, council strips, snacks and drinks.

It is suggested that Scouts use a gift card available at the Indianapolis Scout Shop or at the Trading Post instead of carrying cash. This keeps the Scout from losing his money, and can serve as a method of teaching thriftiness.

We accept Cash, Mastercard/Visa and a Crossroads of America Council created gift card.

Ransburg Scout Reservation has employed a professional food service management company to provide quality food for Scouts and leaders.

A licensed dietitian has reviewed the menus for balanced nutrition. See the menu on the documents and downloads page.  The menu is on a two week rotation: odd sessions are "Week 1," even session use "Week 2."

In the event that you wish to invite guests to dine with your troop at camp, meal tickets can be purchased at the camp office. Please purchase these tickets two days prior to the arrival of your guests. Meals cost $9.50.

Special Dietary Needs

We want your stay at camp to be enjoyable. If Scouts and leaders need special meal substitutes because of dietary restrictions, please notify the camp office in writing (through mail, email, or fax) at least two weeks prior to your troops arrival.

Wednesday Night Meal

Meals will not be served on Wednesday nights. It is important each troop make plans for an alternate source of food on the Wednesday night meal. Some troops over the years have chosen to order pizza from town and others have chosen to cook in their campsite. Special arrangements will be made to have pizzas delivered to camp for those troops wishing to order pizza. A special pizza order form will be available on Sunday. Troops should plan on a nominal fee for this pizza meal. Special arrangements can also be made to support those who wish to cook in their campsite. If you are planning to cook in your campsite on Wednesday night and need help getting the food you need, inquire in the camp office as to how we can help.

The staff at Ransburg takes the safety of its campers very seriously. Our Health Lodge is located in main camp, just a few steps away from the Camp Office. We are committed to providing friendly, helpful service to Scouts and Scouters with all kinds of health and safety needs. Whether it’s cleaning a cut or scrape, lifting a camper’s spirits after a rough day, or tending to more serious injuries, our fully-trained medical staff take great strides to make Scouts feel comfortable with any health needs they may have, all the while taking care to keep all personal medical information private and confidential. To facilitate this care, a staff member is available in the Health Lodge 24 hours a day. A friendly Health Lodge Officer is just a door-knock away.

When planning for camp, read about our Annual Health Forms that are required for everyone in camp.

The camp has established procedures to be followed in the event of most emergencies. Emergency procedures are posted throughout the camp and will be reviewed with everyone upon arrival Sunday. Persons in orange vests are to be recognized as authority figures.

Fire

An intermittent siren means assemble at the main camp flag pole by troop. Report any missing persons to the camp director. Follow other directions.

Severe Weather

A continuous siren indicates that you should head to the closest emergency post on your ridge and take cover immediately. If you are not on your ridge, move to the nearest safe locations (i.e. a shower house, shelter house or on the side of a hill away from the danger of falling tree limbs). AVOID HILLTOPS AND THE BOTTOMS OF THE RAVINES. When the danger has passed, an intermittent siren will follow to signal “all clear”. Once you hear the intermittent siren, you should assemble at the flag poles with your troop.

Medical or Accidents

Give minimal first aid and report to the health office. If bodily fluid spills are present, keep individuals away from the area and report to the Health Officer, who will clean the area.

Fatality

Report to the Reservation Director.

Youth Protection

Notify Reservation Director. Remove victim from the situation, and do not talk to anyone regarding the situation.

Lost Scout

Notify Reservation Director, and report all information about the lost Scout. Assist in the search as directed. Follow directions.

EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER FOR RANSBURG SCOUT RESERVATION:
(812) 837 - 9423 

At Ransburg Scout Reservation, the Scout Oath and Law are our guiding principles. We expect each leader to provide the guidance within the troop to follow these principles, the policies of Ransburg Scout Reservation, the Crossroads of America Council and the Boy Scouts of America.

Camper Release Policy

Campers will only be released early from camp to custodial parents. Release to others must be communicated in writing in advance, with troop leaders’ knowledge. Parents must indicate in writing who the Scout will be leaving with and the time and day of departure. For the scout’s safety, scoutmasters must escort the scout to the camp office and sign the scout over to the approved persons.

Damaged Equipment

Scouts are expected to take care of all equipment they use. Sometimes, however, equipment is damaged and it needs to be replaced or repaired. If equipment is misused by the troop, the cost of any damaged equipment will be settled before the troop leaves camp on Saturday. Damages to equipment should be reported to the Quartermaster or your Ridge Commissioner.

Camp Visitors

Parents and families are always welcome at Ransburg Scout Reservation . Wednesday evenings and the Friday night campfire are two excellent times for visitors.

Visitors who desire to eat a meal can purchase a meal ticket at the camp office. All Visitor meals cost $9.50.

Our dining hall has limited space and it is difficult to sit visitors with their troop. If an open seat exists (for example a partial adult is no longer in camp) visitors will be able to sit with their troop. In most cases however, visitors will need to sit at the visitors table. The dining hall steward can help visitors locate this table if necessary.

Dining Hall

All Scouts are required to be at all meals, unless the troop is cooking in the campsite for the week. For no reason should a Scout be denied or allowed to skip a meal. Food should not be taken out of the dining hall.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited in camp, except in the designated area. The goal of this policy is to keep smoking away from Scouts. All buildings are smoke free environments; smoking outside the entrance or exit of any building is not permitted. In addition, all campsites should be on a smoke-free basis. The designated smoking area is in the camp parking lot.

Alcohol and Illegal Drugs

Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs are not permitted in Scout camp. Possession or use of them on camp property will be cause for removal from camp.

Vehicles

Vehicles are not permitted in campsites. Vehicles should be parked only in the main parking lot. One vehicle is allowed to make a single trip to the campsite for troop and personal gear at check-in and check-out. Only camp service vehicles are allowed on camp roads during the week. Please note that no individual should to be transported in the back of any pickup truck or trailer. Individuals with disabilities desiring to bring a golf cart type vehicle to camp must apply for a permit through the camp office prior to arriving at camp. Once in camp, please complete an authorization form at. You will also need liability insurance, a fire extinguisher, and a first aid kit.

Boats

There is no access to Lake Monroe for personal boats at camp. If you have your own boat and would like to take your troop on an activity in it, you must check your troop out of camp and put in at a local boat ramp. No personal boats are allowed to moor on any Ransburg docks.

Personal Items

The camp is not responsible for lost or stolen items. If such an unfortunate event occurs, it is recommended that a police report be filed for insurance purposes.

Fuel

All fuels must be kept locked. The camp quartermaster can assist with this service. Remember that any type of open flame is not permitted in any tent.

Youth Protection

We adhere to all youth protection provisions of the Boy Scouts of America. Twodeep leadership is required at all times. Please remember that leaders and Scouts cannot sleep in the same quarters and that mixed genders are not allowed to tent together. Exceptions are a parent/son or married couple. Hazing is strictly prohibited. There are many instances where “hazing” has led to serious consequences, both to the physical well-being and emotional stability of Scouts. Even a “mild” incident can convince a Scout never to return. Be aware that new campers are particularly susceptible to hazing. Knowledge of any abuse should be reported to the Reservation Director immediately.

Personal Tents

Personal tents must meet the Boy Scout standard of 30 square feet of sleeping space per Scout. Personal tents should also have a “NO FLAME IN TENT” sign affixed to them. The signs are available from the Quartermaster.

Firewood

Due to the outbreak of harmful tree pests and diseases, no outside firewood can be brought into camp.

Pets

Please do not bring pets to camp.

Medication

All prescription medications must be stored at the Health Lodge or in the campsite in the camp issued lock box in its original container. The Scout or leader may keep inhalers, EpiPens pens, and heart medications on their person at the discretion of the Health Officer. Upon leaving camp, it is the responsibility of the unit leader to pick up unused medications that were brought to camp.

Medical Insurance

Each scout and adult leader should bring a copy of his or her medical insurance card and prescription card. Upon Sunday checkin, this information will be collected with the appropriate physical form.

Accident & Illness Insurance

All registered Scouts and leaders are covered by an accident and illness insurance policy while participating in or traveling to and from any Scout sponsored activity, including summer camp. Scouts and leaders must be registered members of the BSA to be covered by the insurance. This is a secondary insurance policy administered by Health Special Risk Insurance (HSR). A claim must be filed with HSR within 90 days of the accident or illness. All medical expenses must be filed with the injured person’s primary insurance before they can be considered by HSR. This policy generally covers the usual and customary expenses up to $15,000 per accident; $7,500 illness; $5,000 for dental treatment; and $6,000 for ambulance service among other benefits. Any expenses beyond these limits are the responsibility of the parent/guardian or leader. Forms and complete details of this policy can be found at www.crossroadsbsa.org Initial questions concerning filing a claim may be directed to the Crossroads of America Council Office Manager.

Questions concerning insurance coverage at camp should be directed to:

Office Manager Boy Scouts of America
7125 Fall Creek Road North
Indianapolis, IN 46256
(317) 813-7125
(877) 925-1900
(317) 813-7126 Fax

Out of Council Troops

For out of council troops attending our camp, you will need to show proof of insurance when arriving on Sunday. If you do not have insurance coverage, you are welcome to purchase a special policy during your week of camp for only $8 per Scout/ leader. Please see the Business Manager when you check in.