HOGE BASE USE GUIDELINES
Units camping in tents may reserve a specific campsite or tenting area at the time of their reservation. If not, they will need to select an area upon arrival. Contact the Campmaster, Paul Giacomo at 603 847 9019 with any questions about the base.
All units must be aware that no winter road maintenance (snow removal or sanding) is performed on campsite roads as well as main access, Eaton Rd (Class VI road). All campsite and secondary roads are closed to vehicles during snow and mud season.
Units choosing to camp outside the established campsites will access the area on foot from the main parking lots. Units should identify the approximate location of where they plan to camp for the weekend. They should indicate at this time if they plan to relocate for additional nights in camp as well as any planned long duration hikes and where they may be. They should understand that depending on where they end up camping, they may be visited by the Campmaster during the weekend.
If a unit wants to build a wood fire of any kind when camping, it must obtain a local fire permit from the local Fire Warden, Richard Hurlburt, at 603-756-4297. BSA Fireguard policies are in effect at all times. Ample fire water from the pond must be present at all times once a fire has been kindled.
Cooking is permitted in the cabin on the wood-fired cook stove or the double burner propane stove. Additional cooking may be done outside on the BBQ grill on the back deck. Any other fires of any type outside the building will require a fire permit from the Fire Warden (see tent camping).
There is a full range of pots, cast iron pans, griddles, Dutch ovens, cooking utensils, knives, forks and spoons, ceramic mugs, and other equipment available for use in the cabin. There are no individual plates so the units must provide their own, or leave paper plates in the storage bins for the next group. Please make sure that all items used are cleaned and put away.
There are three stainless steel sinks for cleaning cooking equipment on the back deck. Drain plugs are kept on the pantry shelf in the kitchen. During the warmer months, there is a water faucet provided at the sinks. Please put a pail to catch the drain water from them and dispose of the gray water properly.
There is a variety of spices and condiments as well as cocoa, tea, and coffee, syrup, flour, sugar, peanut butter, etc. on the pantry shelf and cabinet for any unit use. Additional pantry items are welcome as long as they are within date code and are stored in a mouse-proof container. Please check the date codes before you use anything and remove anything unsuitable for consumption.
No perishable food shall be left anywhere in the cabin following check-out. Each unit is responsible for cleaning and putting away any kitchen equipment used. All pots, pans, etc. should be stored upside down so that mice cannot nest in them. All paper goods, towels, or other supplies must be stored in the containers provided to prevent mice from eating them.
SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
All sleeping facilities are equipped with Smoke and CO (Carbon Monoxide) detectors per BSA standards and local fire codes. They must never be tampered with under any circumstances. Units should observe building evacuation procedures in the event of an activation. Occasionally batteries do go dead over the course of the weekend. Replacement batteries are available in a container on the pantry shelf. If the detector in your cabin “chirps” or indicates “low battery”, please inform the Campmaster. DO NOT REMOVE THE BATTERY.
The cabin is equipped with two wood stoves. Operation guides are posted in the guidebook in the facility. No clothing or other materials should be placed within the hearth areas for drying. There is a drying clothesline with clothes pins in the garage for this purpose. Units are responsible for cleaning the area around the stoves prior to their departure as well as restocking the firewood inside the building. Fires remaining in the wood stove should be allowed to burn themselves out.
There is an electric generator in the cabin for water pumping and repair work ONLY. Water is available from May through October.
Plumb Lodge is equipped with brooms and dustpans. The building should be thoroughly broom swept before checking out. All trash must be removed by the unit as there is no trash removal service. Additional cleaning supplies are available in the pantry area.
Eaton Road is not maintained during the winter. If there is snow on Eaton Road, vehicles should park after the second house on Eaton Road in the snowplow turnaround. Leave a note on the windshield of the vehicles for highway and local police, letting them know where you are on the property as well as contact information.
BEDS AND BUNKS
The lodge is equipped with 18 beds/bunks. Additional cots on the storage shelves may be used for larger groups and placed around the cabin if needed. It is important to check for folding cot and bunk damage during the check-out procedure.
Tables, chairs, and benches are arranged in order to protect emergency egress. If these furnishings are moved, care must be taken to not block exit routes. All furnishings must be returned to their original location prior to check-out.
CABIN SLEEPING CAPACITIES
Plumb Lodge has a maximum sleeping capacity of 24. The capacity may not be exceeded. If a unit arrives with more people than the cabin allows, units need to make alternative arrangements such as tents.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Daniel Webster Council camps are operated for the benefit of all registered Scouts and Scouters in accordance with standards of the council and the Boy Scouts of America. Rules for acceptance and participation in camp programs are the same for everyone without regard to race, color, creed, or national origin. Toward that end, policies and procedures have been established that pertain to everyone in camp.
These guidelines are meant to help all of us preserve the camping facilities for the future use of the Scouts and Scouters of the Daniel Webster Council and its guests. The rules of Scout camps everywhere are based on the Scout Oath, Scout Law, and common sense.
Every precaution is taken to ensure the safety of all campers and every effort is made to make their camp stay a pleasant and memorable experience. Please ensure units follow these basic guidelines to help them enjoy their stay in our camps.
Any issues discovered by a unit that should be reported, or any questions while on the property should be directed to the Campmaster, Paul Giacomo at 603 847 9019.
PUBLIC USE OF PROPERTY
The following public use is permitted on Hoge Base:
Hiking – Day hiking is permitted anywhere within Hoge Base. Hikers may park their vehicles in the main parking lots of camp. Hikers are not permitted to park anywhere else, camp overnight, or utilize any program areas or equipment.
Rock Collecting – Rock collecting around the mine (Chickering Mine) is permitted, provided that any digging is covered back over and left in a safe condition. Collectors are prohibited from the back side of the mine where the campfire arena is located. Digging in the roadways is also not allowed. Rock collectors should notify Council headquarters before going on the property.
Hunting – Hunting is permitted by the public in accordance with NH State laws. Hunting is permitted throughout Hoge Base outside of a 300-foot radius of any building. Hunters must park in the designated parking areas and are not permitted to drive into camping areas.
Camping – Public camping is not permitted on Hoge Base property.
Snowmobile Use – Snowmobile use is permitted on any state maintained corridor, designated trail, or on any frozen body of water when sufficient snow cover is present and trails are open for use ( December 15- March 30).
ATV Use – Public ATV or Trail Bike use is NOT permitted at Hoge Base.
PERMITS AND PAPERWORK
All units must have approved in advance a Camp reservation to use the camp facilities. Reservations may be obtained thru the DWC online reservation system.
UNIT AND GROUP LEADERSHIP
All units / Groups must have at least two adult leaders in camp at all times, one of whom must be 21 years of age or older. Youth Protection training is mandatory for adult leaders. Proof of training must be attached to the unit roster.
WATER AND RESTROOM FACILITIES
Hoge Base has three campsite latrines to be utilized by groups. Units are responsible for the cleanliness of these facilities and should take the appropriate actions to keep them clean and clean them as needed during and at the end of their stay.
During months that the seasonal water system is in operation (May – October), water is available at Plumb Lodge. Provisions can be made in advance to run a temporary water spigot to the established campsites next to the latrine. Non-potable water is always available from the pond. There are #10 cans stored in the latrines for use as fire pails. Please return them after use.
Latrines are located in close proximity to the established campsites and cabin. Only human waste is to enter the latrine vault. They are not to be used to dump leftover food or trash. This results in an extra expense to the Council when they are pumped out.
AUTOMOBILES AND PARKING
According to national policy on transportation of Scouts, the following guidelines will be enforced at camp:
- Drivers must be 18 years old or older and possess a valid license. Vehicles must have a valid inspection sticker, be in good mechanical condition, and carry minimum liability insurance of $50,000 – $100,000. Neither truck beds nor trailers may carry passengers.
- There will be only one passenger per seat belt. All traffic regulations must be adhered to.
- Private vehicles may not park in campsites or on the access roads at camp. All vehicles must be returned to the parking lot after loading or unloading gear during check-in and checkout.
- Those who are physically disabled and require a vehicle for mobility may be issued special permission to access areas off-limits for vehicles and must agree to abide by the rules in order to maintain the privilege.
- In the event of an emergency or significant weather event, unit leaders may be required to move their vehicles to permit emergency operations.
Adults over the age of 18 may smoke only in designated areas. Designated smoking areas are in campsites at the campfire ring, out of view of youth members. Please be responsible for properly disposing of your waste. Youth under the age of 18 are not permitted to smoke. NO smoking is permitted in any building or Council owned vehicle. No smoking is allowed within 50 feet of a fuel storage facility or vessel.
ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
The Boy Scouts of America have firm policies regarding alcohol and drugs, which are not debatable. Any staff member, leader, or camper unwilling to abide by these policies will be removed from camp immediately. Possession, consumption, or being under the influence of alcohol, illegal, or non-prescription drugs will not be tolerated on the property of Boy Scouts of America. Anyone facilitating or participating in the aforementioned will be dismissed from camp immediately.
The Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America supports all local laws, codes, and ordinances of the government bodies in whose territory we operate facilities. Additionally, the council supports the National Council, BSA policy on drug abuse.
KNIVES, AXES, AND SAWS
May be used in campsites and program areas. Proper ax-yards and Totin’ Chip rules should be followed. Proper use and care will be regulated by the unit leadership, however, the Campmaster or Ranger has the right and responsibility to intervene should they witness any unsafe or prohibited actions.
Fireworks of any type are prohibited in camp. Any fireworks or pyrotechnic items will be confiscated and disposed of by the Campmaster. Units who are in possession of, or actively engaged in the use of fireworks may be required to leave the property under the discretion of the Campmaster. In cases of possession or use of items illegal in the State of NH, local or state law enforcement may become involved.
FIREARMS AND WEAPONS
Firearms and weapons may not be brought to camp. Exceptions are as follows:
- Any on-duty member of local, County, State, Federal law enforcement, or military personnel who are on Council property in an official capacity.
- Legally licensed hunters or trappers who are engaged in hunting/trapping activities during open season dates.
HUNTING AND FISHING
During hunting season, hunters are permitted to hunt any area of the Reservation that is beyond a 300-foot radius from any building.
Special care should be taken during hunting season to protect the safety of all Scouts and Scouters using the property during hunting season. Hunting is allowed in accordance with the laws of the State of NH seven days per week.
During hunting season (Sept – Jan) Scouts should exercise the following precautions when moving around areas beyond the main camp.
- Travel in groups. Make noise, sing songs. Make yourself known to any hunters that may be in the area while maintaining respect for the outdoors.
- Wear bright colors.
- Respect a hunter’s space. If a hunter is spotted, be respectful and keep a wide berth.
- Move in a direction away from gunshots when possible. Never attempt to seek out the source of gunshots or other hunting activities.
Fishing is permitted by any legally licensed person on any of the lakes, streams, or ponds within the Hoge Reservation. Any Scout or Scouter who wishes to fish while visiting Hoge Base must adhere to all NH laws and regulations pertaining to fishing including those governing licensing requirements. Anyone who is 16 years of age or older who engages in any type of fishing within the State of New Hampshire must possess a valid NH fishing license.
Pets are not permitted to stay overnight in camp and are not permitted in buildings. Any pets brought into camp for a visit must be properly licensed, immunized and under the handler’s control at all times (on a leash). This policy does not pertain to pets of permanent camp residents or service animals. Owners are responsible for any damage or injuries caused by their pets.
Portions of the New Hampshire snowmobile corridor system run through Hoge Base. These trails are maintained by local snowmobile clubs when ample amounts of snow are present from December 15 thru March 30. Snowmobile use is permitted by the public on any of these trails or on any frozen body of water within the Reservation. Snowmobile use IS NOT permitted by anyone in other areas of camp or by ANY scout groups. Units who mistakenly bring snowmobiles to camp will be instructed to leave them on the trailer. Violation of these instructions may result in the unit’s dismissal from camp. Care should be taken by all scouts and Scouters to avoid interaction with snowmobiles and trail grooming equipment by giving each a wide berth. Both can be heard long before they approach. It is the responsibility of both parties to yield to one another, however, the best way to avoid an accident is to avoid the interaction as completely as possible.
Fires are a significant part of the camp experience, however, they also pose a potential hazard in camp, particularly if drought conditions or high winds exist. The Walpole Fire Warden may restrict or prohibit fires under these circumstances. Please follow Unit Fireguard procedures outlined by the BSA. Campfires may be built in an established fire ring or fireplace. Do not move fire rings or build new ones without permission of Campmaster or Ranger. Please observe fire safety rules at all times- never leave fires unattended.
In accordance of New Hampshire State Law, no firewood may be transported into the State of NH from out of state unless said firewood has been heat-treated in accordance with USDA guidelines. Furthermore, firewood may only be transported into the State of NH for the purposes of home or commercial heating and NOT for camping activities.
Firewood that has originated from within the State of NH may not be transported across county lines. Furthermore, only unprocessed timber may be burned. No painted or stained wood, engineered wood products (plywood, particle board, OSB), construction debris, pallets, or nail-embedded wood is permitted. Engineered “fire logs” are not permitted in any wood stove or fireplace.
Due to the strict guidelines established by the State of New Hampshire, NO FIREWOOD MAY BE BROUGHT ONTO HOGE PROPERTY FROM ANY OFF-SITE SOURCE. Cut and split firewood is available for use in woodstoves. There is an ample supply of firewood in the surrounding woods for outdoor fires. Also, there may be a supply of split softwood for this purpose. Any fallen timber may be cut up and utilized as needed. Cabin firewood supplies must be restocked from the cut hardwood firewood supply following use. No softwood is allowed in Plumb Lodge for use in wood stoves. Any group that cuts down or damages live or standing timber will be held financially responsible.
Cutting of standing timber may only be done only with permission of the Camp Ranger. No live trees are to be cut. (No chainsaws are permitted in camp without prior approval- see policy below.)
Chainsaws may only be used by authorized adults in accordance with BSA policies. Eye and hearing protection, as well as proper protective clothing, must be worn. Chainsaw operators must have the expressed permission of the Ranger to operate a chainsaw or fell trees on Council property. Any person who operates a chainsaw or fells a tree more than three inches in diameter must be approved by the Camp Ranger.
Operators must be at least 18 years old and meet one of the following requirements:
(1) Be a professional forester,
(2) Be a certified arborist,
(3) Have received training in these techniques from the Ranger section of National Camp School, (4) Have written documentation of having other training in these techniques that are recognized by the state or federal government,
(5) Have successfully completed the BSA Chainsaw Safety Training course (No. 20-136)
Units must remove all trash from the property when they depart. Absolutely no trash is to be left in any trash receptacle the cabin or campsite.
CAMP SERVICE PROJECTS
A list of project ideas will be maintained in Plumb Lodge. The cabin has some hand tools (bow saws, clippers, rakes, shovels, etc.) available for use in service projects. All tools and gear must be returned to the cabin prior to checkout.
VANDALISM AND DAMAGES
All vandalism and destruction of property will be reported to the Campmaster. The Campmaster will fill out an incident report and include it in the weekend Campmaster’s Report. Units responsible for vandalism and destruction of property will be billed through the Council Service Center for the replacement cost of the damage, including materials and labor costs. In extreme cases, and at the discretion of the Campmaster, the unit may be dismissed from camp.
The Daniel Webster Council cannot be responsible for loss or damage to personal property at camp. It is recommended that campers have insurance coverage for property brought to camp. Damages to vehicles incurred on camp roads or from environmental factors are the responsibility of the vehicle owner.