Camp Bell Expedition

1.0 Overview

Camp Bell is part of the Griswold Scout Reservation near Gilmanton Iron Works, NH. The camp is fairly small, and dedicated to providing a special, patrol-oriented experience. Each patrol has its own campsite as part of a troop cluster of sites. Organized by patrol, the scouts do all their own cooking, they eat together, and they participate in patrol activities during the day. The patrol activities, conducted by experienced counselors, aim to build patrol spirit, improve patrol-level operations, give scouts opportunities to complete advancement requirements, and let everyone have lots of fun.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

2.2 Schedule of Events

Each patrol, under the direction of the patrol leader, will conduct operations according to a detailed schedule.

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

  • Campsites are located about a half mile from parking. We will carry all equipment to the sites.

  • Campers sleep two to a tent. The tents are standard BSA canvas wall tents, on platforms, with cots.

  • Each patrol will cook all its own meals on stoves provided. Cooking areas are outdoors but sheltered. All food and cooking equipment is provided. The food is very good.

  • All activities are conducted according to BSA safety standards.

  • Each activity is led by a qualified team of scouters. Instructional quality is very high, and scouts can expect to complete numerous advancement requirements during the week.

    2.4 Special Requirements

    This outing is open to all scouts. We always need scouters and parents to assist with supervision. Please contact the owner about details of cost and registration.

    Each participant needs a current Class 3 Medical form. Please contact the Owner for a copy and instructions.

    3.0 Administration and Logistics

    3.1 Announcement Date:7 Feb 02

    3.2 Roster Closing Date: 13 Jul 02

    3.3 Costs

    Please contact the Owner for details about cost and registration.

    3.4 Equipment

    3.4.1 Individual Equipment

  • The equipment on the packing checklist given to each camper. Also available here.

  • Class A uniforms (the brown shirt and neckerchief) are required for traveling to and from Camp Bell and for flag ceremonies at camp. We won't leave the parking lot without them.

  • Class B uniforms (the green troop T-shirts). We'll be in class B for most activities in camp. Everyone should have at least two of these. For new Scouts, the first one is free; the second one costs $8.00. Mr. Hoge will have them at the troop meetings preceding camp for those who need them.

  • Be sure to bring silverware and a non-breakable cup, bowl and plate. This way we can avoid producing large quantities of trash filled with paper and plastic.

  • Some people like mosquito nets. It has been a damp summer so a net might be a good idea.

  • A poncho or rain jacket. Camp goes on rain or shine and if we're prepared, it won't rain.

  • A couple dollars a day will keep the trading post in business and satisfy everyone's sweet tooth. An additional $10.00 will buy a T-shirt, a hat, or other durable souvenir.

  • A daypack is necessary for carrying necessary items like water bottles and rain gear.

  • Backpack. We should be able to carry all of our gear from the parking lot to our campsite (a short hike). Ideally, everything you bring should fit in a backpack that you can carry. If you need a trunk or a footlocker, you're bringing too much stuff! If you need to borrow a backpack, contact Mr. Hoge.

  • Scout Spirt.


  • We don't need anything any more electronic than a flashlight.

  • Don't bring any extra food. It attracts unsavory creatures to your tent and ruins your appetite for the real nourishing meals you need.

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

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    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • Flags
  • Extra Troop T-shirts

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Old Hospital Parking Lot (Maynard St)

    Drop-off Time: 10:45 am, Sun 21 Jul 02

    Pickup Point: Camp Bell

    Pickup Time: 9:00 AM, Sat 27 Jul 02

    The trip to camp includes a stop from 12:30 to 1:00 at the MacDonald's in Tilton (adjacent to the I-93 Exit 20 ramp).

    Driving Directions
    Please follow the directions closely, particularly when getting close to camp. Camp traffic is very disruptive to the neighborhoods around the camp so campers on different weeks are assigned different routes. When driving through the vacation neighborhoods near the camp, please drive slowly and courteously.

    3.6 Communications Plan

    MAILING ADDRESS (Mail early for best results):
    Scout's Name
    Troop 45
    Camp Bell, GSR
    RFD #1, Box #623
    Gilmanton Iron Works, NH 03837

    EMERGENCY TELEPHONE: (603)524-0436
    This is the camp office and in case of an emergency, they well get a message to us.


  • We will not call home during the week except in the unlikely event of an illness or injury.

  • Parents, if you are going to be out of town or unavailable for more than a short time during the week, please let me know before we leave for camp.

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

    Owner: Mrs. Richardson

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Hoge (all week)
  • Mr. Crane (all week)
  • Mr. Young (part week)
  • Mr. Simpson (part week)

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    Approved GH 17 Jul 02