In addition to the
session-long canoe trips operated as stand-alone programs (click here for more information on those trips),
Onteora also offered a program for troops who wanted to take a short trip down the nearby
Delaware River. The troops were responsible for arranging their own transportation, as
outlined in this 1972 instruction sheet.
|ONTEORA SCOUT RESERVATION
NASSAU COUNTY COUNCIL B.S.A
INFORMATION ON TROOP DELAWARE CANOE TRIPS
Due to safety and transportation available the camp will suggest
that a unit take only the following trip:
Long Eddy to Callicoon - 12 miles
A rather easy day with water being moderately calm, which allows
scouts to become familiar with river paddling. There are two small rapids between Hancock
and the lunch stop at Long Eddy. It takes approx. 3-1/2 hours to arrive here from Hancock.
After lunch in Long Eddy, the water is interspersed with small rapids, ruffles and pools,
which are easily navigable. The group will arrive in Callicoon approx. 2-1/2 hours later.
Camping is a small peninsula at the junction of the Delaware and Callicoon Creek. There is
no fee here, and is state owned grounds. Wood is plentiful and water may be obtained from
the Upper Delaware Camp Grounds, which is approx. 1/4 mile from the campsite. At night
after supper and clean up, you may go into town and take in a movie or visit the local
custard stand, or soda fountain. The next day may be spent swimming or in other camping
activities. The pickup point is just down the river from the pride on the New York side of
II. Suggested Troop Equipment:
1-1st Aid Kit (Waterproof)
1-Paddle per boy
1-100ft. length 1/4" line
1-canoe for every 2 boys
1-Bailing bucket per boy
A. The camp bus will only be available for out of camp canoe trips. Reservations for
use of the bus must be made through your camp director.
B. The bus will only be available when the camp driver is available.
C. The cost for the bus will be 40 cents a mile.
D. One leader must accompany the scouts riding the camp bus.
E. Due to scheduling difficulties-all trips must be one day trips.
A. The instruction will be given by the waterfront at which the troop normally
B. Canoe Instruction Sessions
1. A "briefing" period consisting of the waterfront director, scoutmaster,
and the senior patrol leader.
2. A briefing period consisting of the waterfront director and the scoutmaster.
3. Stroke instruction and safety procedures will be given in a three hour session by
4. A test will be given by the waterfront director, and they will have the final word
whether a troop is ready or able to go on an out of camp canoe trip.
5. Training procedure will be outlined by the waterfront director.
Due to the shortage of equipment the camp is unable to provide life jackets and
paddles. To allow your troop to go on an out of camp canoe trip, we would suggest you
contact a private livery to suit your outfitting needs. Some of the outfitters in this
Bob Lander's Canoe Livery
Narrowsburg, Few York 12764
Jerry's Canoe Rentals
Pond Eddy, New York
Each troop will be responsible for contacting and making arrangements with the livery
VI. Some Reservation Rules
A. One leader (over 21) must accompany the troop on the river. There must also be one
leader remaining in the campsite if any boy remains behind. The reservation will in no way
assure responsibility for supervising boys remaining behind and no Staff man has the
authority to assume such responsibility.
B. Boys must have swimming standards suitable to the waterfront directors demands.
C. Life jackets must be worn at all times when on the water.
D. The troop must conduct a safe swim under waterfront supervision.
Note: This form is from 1972 and is not current. The camp does not currently operate
the canoe trip program described, so don't blame me if the bus isn't available!