Updated on Friday, April 9, 2021.

SUMMER CAMP UPDATE | April 9, 2021

The Dan Beard Council has been hard at work planning a safe and exciting camp season, and we have some updates to share. Both camp and council leadership have been monitoring updated guidance from the state and collaborating with the Clermont County Department of Health to develop our operating plan.  

We are excited to share that through our partnership with the Department of Health, a number of our health and safety protocols have been approved for summer camp. Here are a few of the important updates we will cover in this update:  

  • Safe Protocols for Additional Camp Attendance Capacities
  • Health and Safety, Program, and Activity Protocols for Summer Camp 
  • Cub World Reservations and Rentals
  • FAQ’s 

Safe Protocols for Additional Camp Attendance Capacities

In working with the Department of Health, we have been approved to open our camp capacities beyond the limited levels they had been originally set. Since statewide operating procedures had not yet been determined, we took a very cautious approach to our camp capacities to ensure we did not overbook camp. While we will likely still not operate at 100% capacity, the new capacities will immediately offer some additional availability for your unit to attend camp. These openings will go into effect immediately. Since many of our sessions were already full at our limited capacity, we encourage you to act quickly to hold your spot at camp. 

Health and Safety, Program, and Activity Protocol for Summer Camp

The programs you know and love are back for the 2021 season! Below you will find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. These are the best solutions we can provide at this time but please remember, we are still working with health officials to finalize some of our procedures and guidance is being updated regularly.

Cub World Open for Reservations and Rentals

Cub World will officially reopen for rentals on April 16, 2021 under the current safety protocols. At that time, your unit will be able to rent campsites, BB and archery ranges, and use the pond for fishing. We are excited for our units to have more opportunities to get outside!


Summer Camp Procedures

Camp Friedlander and Cub World Adventure Camp are both committed to doing all that is necessary to ensure the safety of all those that attend our camps. Using the sanitization procedures approved for summer of 2020 and keeping with COVID guidelines, we are prepared to offer a safe and fun program. Remember, we are working through our local health department to ensure that our protocols are up to date and will remain in compliance with the CDC, State, and Local guidelines at all times during the camp season.

Presently, masks are required indoors and outdoors when social distancing is not possible. We will be following the recommended guidelines throughout the camp season.  

We will be marking spaces for seating in program areas to ensure proper social distancing. Outdoor spaces will be utilized as much as possible to maximize both the distance between Scouts and ventilation.

  • If a camper wishes to bring an individual tent, this would be welcome.
  • A personal water bottle
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Face coverings for the whole week 

The Council is also excited to announce our new Cub World VIP program. If you have attended Cub Camp in the past and want to return with more friends this year, this program is a no-brainer! We are offering discounts and other special treats during your session for participation and more information can be found at www.danbeard.org/cub-world-vip.


Camp Friedlander and Cub World Adventure Camp will provide our usual two-person canvas tents with metal cots and mattresses for those areas requiring tents. To accommodate proper social distancing procedures, those sharing a tent should sleep head to toe. Campers can open back tent flaps to allow for more airflow and those Scouts that travel together are encouraged to tent together. Units may bring tents if they wish to spread out more and sleep one person per tent.

Pursuant to current Ohio Department of Health guidelines, rooms within the indoor sleeping accommodations, such as the fort, castle, and treehouses, will provide usual accommodations utilizing bunk beds.  Individuals should sleep head to toe to maximize distance.  We are exploring ways to increase ventilation in these spaces.

Dining Hall

We envision each camp group of ten Scouts or less to be seated at one table.  Each table will be placed six feet from other tables.

We will be moving to a shift-based system for meals to encourage proper social distancing and allow for meals to be eaten in the Dining Hall. We will be adding 1 extra shift per meal and troops will be assigned a table in a specific shift.  This will not detract from programming time and can be accounted for in our schedule.

We will still be able to accommodate dietary requests. A dietary request form will be available on the camp webpages in the near future.


All program areas will be open in 2021.

At Camp Friedlander, Scouts will again be able to create their own schedule of merit badges and open programs, though some areas will have decreased capacities. They will also be able to make use of the swimming area, Blob and Iceberg, rifle and shotgun ranges, and climbing tower throughout the season.

At Cub World Adventure Camp, Scouts will rotate through program areas such as the BB and archery ranges, pool, bouldering wall, and each living area in small groups.  We are currently working to determine the best way to delivery camp wide activities, such as campfires, safely.

For both Camp Friedlander and Cub World, we are committed to maximizing our outdoor space to ensure all programs possible take place outside or in well ventilated areas. Scouts will be seated distant from other Scouts and wear a mask in compliance with appropriate guidelines.

Health & Safety

Camp Friedlander and Cub World Adventure Camp will utilize the robust sanitation procedures developed for the 2020 season. These were developed in collaboration with the Department of Health and the Council Health Supervisor, and proved to be effective. These include disinfection of surfaces and equipment between classes, regular hand washing, multiple hand sanitizing stations throughout camp, and frequent cleanings of all facilities throughout the season.

Questions? Please reach out to Rachel Ball at rachel.ball@scouting.org or Alex Reitz at alexander.reitz@scouting.org.