Health & Safety

For everyone’s safety participants, leaders, and staff, are expected to read, understand, and abide by the following policies.

Adult Leadership

Each unit at MassJam must have two deep leadership on the MassJam grounds at all times. These leaders are responsible for the proper conduct of his/her unit. Unit Leaders are to attend the evening shows with their units. 

It is mandatory that all adults, registered or not registered with the BSA, must have completed Youth Protection Training specific to their unit type. This training must be completed by October 1, 2018 to be in compliance with the new BSA mandate. Take the course on line at MyScouting.org. 

BSA Registration

All youth attending MassJam must be registered with the Boy Youth participant of America so they are covered by insurance.

Medical Forms

All participants (adult and youth) must have a completed short term (parts A and B) BSA medical form printing which will be turned into Subcamp Headquarters upon your arrival. Medical forms will be returned at the end of MassJam. 

Smoking

Cigarette smoking by Scouts is prohibited. Adults are required to use the designated smoking area located outside the camp gate. Smoking is not permitted in tents or any camp buildings. For those adults who smoke, please make sure your pick-up your butts. This includes the use of electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers, or electronic nicotine delivery systems which simulates tobacco smoking. 

Drugs and Alcohol 

NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, ILLICIT DRUGS OR OTHER CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ARE ALLOWED. EVEN THOUGH LEGALIZED IN MASSACHUSETTS, THIS INCLUDES MARIJUANA USE BY ADULTS AND YOUTH! 

Parking and Crossing Route 151

Use designated walkways. Stay off roads except to cross. Most parking will be at the Steamship Authority Lot in Cataumet, MA. There will be limited parking at the fairgrounds. Leaders and scouts are asked to take great care in crossing Rt 151, using only designated crosswalks where there is an officer on duty. Similarly, units crossing from and to Subcamp 5 are asked to follow the same rules. Those parked at the fairgrounds are discouraged from using youth participants to transport gear to vehicles – wait until you can drive your equipment vehicle in (Monday Only!) and refrain from crossing for the sake of charging cell phones. Those assigned to Sub Camps are restricted to using the marked and staffed crosswalks only. 

Vehicle Safety

Passengers are prohibited from riding in the bed of pickup trucks. Seat belts must be worn at all times.

Fire Control

Each unit is to appoint a Fire Warden. Fire Wardens are to register with the Sub Camp Fire Warden at sub camp Headquarters. Each cooking area is to have a dry chemical fire extinguisher next to it. A Class BC (Dry Chemical) Fire Extinguisher is recommended. A Class A,B and C Extinguisher would put out Flammable Solids( Class A) as well s Class B and C fires and would also be suitable. 

Units should use a Fire Guard Plan. In case of fire in unit area, immediately drop all tents. 

NO OPEN FIRES, such as ground camp fires, candles, torches, and any open flames. NO HALF BARRELS! NO FIREWORKS! 

No open fires will be permitted in the camping area and the only authorized cooking fuels will be propane and liquid fuel stoves. Charcoal will not be permitted because of issues with disposal of coals. 

NO WOOD FIRES! 

In case of a fire, notify Sub Camp Headquarters immediately. 

Lanterns

White gas and propane lanterns are for leader use only. Youth participant are to use flashlights or dry cell lamps. Lanterns and fires don’t mix with tents. Lanterns, candles or heaters are not allowed in your tents or enclosed temporary spaces. 

Fuel

Ground fires are not permitted. Units should use propane or white gas stoves for cooking. All liquid fuel is to be kept under very close adult supervision. 

Wood Cutting

No wood cutting. DO NOT BRING AXES or SAWS. 

First Aid

Each unit is expected to bring a first aid kit. All incidents, accidents or other health problems must be reported to your Sub Camp Headquarters or MassJam Medical Services. 

Medical Services

MassJam Medical Services will operate an on-site medical field hospital, aid stations and on-site emergency response/transport staffed by licensed physicians, nurses and EMT’s from a joint operation of RI1- Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT), YAWGOO VALLEY SEARCH/RESCUE (YVSAR) and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). MassJam Medical Services will provide all patient treatment for injuries and illnesses medical care for MassJam attendees and visitors. MassJam Medical Services will determine if a severe medical case needs to be transferred off site (typically to the Falmouth Hospital). 

If you see an emergency or need emergency care, contact the closest MassJam staff member. They in turn will contact MassJam Medical Services. 

Water

The fairground has town water. Water will be distributed to areas near the sub camps. You will need water jugs to get the water to your camp site. Please conserve. Don’t use the water distribution point as a wash stand or to clean dishes. It is also recommended that all participants carry a filled water bottle with them to stay hydrated. 

Gray Waste Water

Bring a five-gallon plastic bucket with lid for temporary gray waste water storage. There are several gray water sumps on the fairgrounds and are so marked. Some Sub camps will have gray water camels as well. Your sub camp staff will advise you of the disposal place and method for your gray water. 

No Holes

No holes are permitted for any project or in any camp site. 

Latrines

Portable latrines will be available. The latrines will be pumped during MassJam. In the past, latrines have been used for trash and have been targets for some vandalism. All adults are asked to help reduce this misuse and vandalism. 

Any Scout found destroying or damaging any of the Port-O-Lets or facilities on the grounds will be reported to his Scout leader and will have to leave MassJam immediately. This type of behavior will not be tolerated.

Foul Weather

Be prepared for foul or cold weather. Bring wet weather gear (rain coats, ponchos, and dining fly’s). Action Centers will be run in wet or dry weather. Bring sufficient blankets or a good sleeping bag. 

Food

Units are to provide (patrol/crew cooking) adequate food for all members. Patrol/crews will need a trail lunch on Sunday (See program section). Food needs to be protected against extreme cold and/or heat. 

Garbage, Recycling and Trash

MassJam is providing dumpsters for the disposal of garbage and trash. You must bring plastic trash bags. You are requested to compact the rubbish. Recycling is not available, but you are welcome to do so on your own. Any recyclable materials will need to be carried out by the unit. 

A Scout Is Clean

Large crowds tend to produce extra litter. Be sure to pick up what you drop, pick up trash you see, and police the area where your patrol/crew/den eats lunch. We are all responsible for leaving the fairgrounds cleaner than we found them! 

Items Prohibited

The following items are prohibited for the duration of the event:

GUNS, BOW AND ARROWS, FIREWORKS, FLARES, AXES, SAWS, AEROSOL SPRAY CANS, KNIVES WITH BLADES OVER 4 INCHES LONG, OR SHEATH KNIVES, ELICIT DRUGS AND SUBSTANCES, PETS, GENERATORS OF ANY TYPE.