Countdown to Yawgoog: Directions, Arrival & Departure

Troop Week at Yawgoog Begins this Sunday!

Everyone’s excited about camp, I’m sure (and hoping for some awesome weather!).  Sunday is the day, but what should you expect on Sunday? When should you arrive, where do you go and who do you see???  Hopefully this post will answer most of your questions …

Camp Yawgoog is located in Rockville, RI only a few miles from the Connecticut border.  The best route is to take I-495 to I-295 through Worcester and I-395 south through Connecticut.  Take Exit 85 on to CT-138 east.  Follow CT-138 for about 13 miles to Camp Yawgoog Road on the right.  (Look out for the big yellow canoe sign that points the way to Yawgoog).  Drive time is a little less than 2 hours from Westford.

Yawgoog Drive Map

Note: Some GPS navigators don’t recognize Rockville, RI. If yours doesn’t like Rockville, try Hope Valley, RI instead or use the camp’s zip code – 02873.

Arriving at Camp

Camp check-in starts at 3:30 on Sunday.  Troops are not officially allowed access to their campsite until 5:30 (although staff might let us in earlier if the site is ready).

We advise parents to plan to arrive between 3:30 and 4:00 as parking fills up quickly.  Directions to camp are provided below.

As you approach the camp entrance, you will take a right turn just before the entrance gates and proceed past the rifle range on your right to the Sandy Beach parking area on the left (see diagram below).  If the Sandy Beach parking lot is full, you may be asked to park at the rifle range.

If you get a little lost, there are plenty of camp staff around to help direct traffic. Just ask for directions to the Sandy Beach parking lot.

Yawgoog Arrival Map

After you park, leave your gear in the car and come find the Troop on the field in front of the Sandy Beach dining hall.   Bring a camp chair and some snacks with you and we’ll hang out at the field until the registration process is complete and we’re allowed in to the campsite.

Once we’re allowed in to the site, we can take one vehicle at a time to the campsite to unload gear. Troop Gear goes up first and then we’ll load personal gear into one vehicle to drive it in to camp.

Please do not drive on the camp roads without direction from Mr. Jensen, Mr. Leonard or Mr. Valante.

The SPL and the Patrol Leaders will assign tents.  Please do not move gear into tents until your tent is assigned!

We have a lot of work to do to set up camp, so if you want to take a quick walk around with your parents please do so before we begin hauling gear in.

It usually takes an hour or so to process and stow the gear in the site.  We are not guaranteed access to the site until 5:30 on Sunday.  Please plan accordingly.

The camp does not serve dinner on Sunday, so the Troop will be making our own dinner in the site on Sunday night.

Troop Week begins on Monday

Activities start in earnest Monday morning.  The morning is reserved for swim tests and other registration activities.  Program activities begin after lunch on Monday.

Camp, Troop and Patrol schedules will be posted in the campsite on Sunday night.

Class A uniforms are required for dinner every night and for the dress parade.  Class B’s are acceptable at breakfast and lunch.

Sunday Departure

OK, so I left out a lot of the good bits … but the week ends on the following Sunday with a dress parade just after lunch.

Parents should plan on arriving to pick up campers by 10:00 am on Sunday.  We will be striking camp and we have a lot of Troop gear to haul as well as personal gear.  Parents are encouraged to help out to make sure we’re packed and ready to leave before noon.

Just like the arrival procedure, plan on parking at the Sandy Beach lot or in the rifle range and walking to the campsite to find your campers before worrying about loading the car.  The adult leaders will give you further direction to retrieve your son’s gear.

Miscellaneous other stuff …

A couple of other notes:

Don’t Forget …

  • Scout Handbook (in a Ziploc bag for protection) with your name clearly marked on the outside
  • Pen & notebook if you’re taking any merit badge classes with homework
  • Evidence of any prerequisite requirements if you’re working on a badge that requires homework ahead of camp.
  • Full Class A uniform – Shirt, shorts, neckerchief – which is required at dinner every day and for the dress parade

Visiting or Mid-Week Arrivals

Beginning Monday morning, all visitors or adult leaders must register at the Bucklin Center before entering the camp.  The Bucklin Center is just through the main camp gates on the left.

Adult leaders and visitors will be issued a wrist band at the Bucklin Center, which must be worn at all times while in camp.

Any adult who plans on staying overnight must have a valid BSA medical form and be registered with the Troop and with the camp.  No Exceptions!!!

By Troop (and camp) policy, the use of cell phones or other personal electronic devices is prohibited during camp week, except in an emergency.

It is strongly recommended that – if a Scout brings their electronic devices – that they turn them in to the Scoutmaster for safekeeping at the beginning of the week. All devices will be returned to the Scout at the end of the week. Scouts needing to make an emergency phone call may use the cell phone of one of the adult leaders.

While adults may need to use their phones from time-to-time during the week, we strongly encourage any adult who remains in camp to set an example for the boys and limit their own use of cell phones or other personal electronic devices to necessary or emergency calls.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Jensen or Mr. Valante.

Directions to Yawgoog

Yawgoog Packing List

Yawgoog Reservation Map

See you on Sunday at Camp Yawgoog!!