In tents can be done at sites throughout
the Camp property. Area events have accommodated up to twenty groups
totalling 300 campers in tents on the grounds. Vault toilets are located
near the outdoor camping areas.
- Campfire Circles are located off the Gray commons and near the
Wright Lodge and Dixon Centre. They are available for groups using
the Camp and for groups wishing to have ceremonial campfire.
- Chapel is located at the end of the trail off the Gray commons
behind the campfire circle and is available to campers for Scouts
Own ceremonies and other events appropriate to the use of a Camp
- Waterfront area is available for camper use, but is limited and
unsupervised for swimming, but works well for watercraft use. There
is no vehicle access to the waterfront area.
Note: Co-ed camping groups shall not be afforded
separate buildings for each gender. Because there are separate washroom
facilities available it is considered that these provide adequate
privacy for women and girls to use when changing. To do otherwise would
be to prevent maximum usage of Camp facilities.
All water on site is drawn from one of two wells that are registered
with the Provincial Department of Environment. The well that supplies
all the buildings has a trace of arsenic in it. The MacMillan, Wright
and Dixon buildings are all fitted with an arsenic filter to provide
suitable water for drinking and cooking.
Water in the wash rooms is unfiltered and only suitable for washing.
There is an outside tap at the MacMillan building for use by groups
camping out. This water is suitable for drinking and cooking.
All water quality is tested quarterly by the QE II Health Sciences
Centre Path Lab, with the results held by the Camp Committee.
Occasionally the water to one of the buildings may freeze up during cold
weather and water may have to be carried from another building.
A check with the Camp Registrar before going into Camp will determine
the status of water in Camp.
Permission to use Camp Harris
- Permission may be granted by the Camp Registrar to any qualified
leader in the Scouting movement. Because of the complexity of some
of the fitted systems in the buildings camp users shall have one
person who has taken the Camp Harris Orientation Course (offered
twice a year) present throughout the period of using the Camp. This
course is only valid for 5 years, and then it must be taken again
due to changes and upgrades in the buildings.
- Because of the great demand for use of Camp facilities, the
following procedures are used to regulate bookings. The Booking year
for the camp is a 13 month period; September 1st of the current
calendar year, to September 31st of the following calendar year.
- Dartmouth Area event bookings for the next Booking year
shall be provided to the Camp Registrar no later than June 30th of
the current calendar year and will be confirmed once received.
- All Groups or Organizations who are making a booking for
‘All Facilities’ can do so up to one full calendar year in advance
of the date(s) they are booking. Confirmation will be provided,
subject to availability.
- During the week prior to Labor Day, any Dartmouth Area
Section or Group which has completed a minimum of 25 service hours
to the camp may request one booking for facilities. Confirmation
will be provided subject to availability.
- From Labor Day until Thanksgiving Monday in October, each
Dartmouth Area Section or Group may request one booking for
facilities. Confirmation will be provided subject to availability.
- After the Thanksgiving Monday in October, Dartmouth Area
Sections or Groups may request additional bookings for facilities
still available. Confirmation will be provided, subject to
- A booking of any facility may be made by any Organization or
Group outside of Dartmouth Area at any time. The booking will be
tentative and confirmation of booking will occur following
Thanksgiving Monday, subject to availability as per (e) above.
- All Groups, Sections, Area, or Organizations must provide the
Camp Registrar with two weeks advance notice of
any cancellation of a booking. Cancellation fees shall be
determined by the Camp Harris Committee as identified in the ‘Notes’
1. Bookings are made by phoning the Camp Registrar at
902-462-2629. If the answering machine is on, leave your name and
telephone numbers and booking information (and note that the booking is
not confirmed until you talk to the Registrar in person).
2. If a Group, Section, Area, or Organization
cannot use a reservation as made, they are asked to call and cancel as
quickly as possible, so as to free up the facility for others to use. If
a booking is cancelled less than two weeks prior to date(s) booked then
the Group, Section, Area, or Organization shall be liable for the cost
of one night’s fee per facility booked. The Camp Committee reserves the
right to wave this fee under special circumstances.
3. Outdoor facilities must be booked.
4. Groups, Sections, Area, or Organizations who
have cancelled several bookings over a booking year period will be
contacted by the Camp Committee and face a possible requirement to
provide a deposit in connection with any future bookings of camp
- To defray the costs of maintaining the Camp, a user fee is
charged. The Registrar will advise you of the current fee structure
for different groups and different facilities.
- A Group that has developed a new campsite area, or has restored an
existing campsite area, will be entitled to camp throughout the
Scouting Year without paying the campsite fee. They would still be
responsible for all other user fees.
A Camp crest is available from the Registrar to all who have slept
overnight at least once at the Camp. The crest is multi-coloured, with a
totem pole as the centre piece, and costs $2.50 per copy.
Authority For and Observance of Guidelines
- These guideline are issued under the authority of the Provincial
Council by the Camp Harris Camp Committee, for the safety and
benefit of all campers, and for conservation of the Camp. They apply
to all persons using the Camp (ie, from individual camper visits, to
Provincial, Area, Group, and Section activities). They are updated
- The Scout Law and the rules for camping in Scouts Canada BP&P
shall guide all campers when using the Camp. In particular all
registered youth must be supervised by at least one adult when on a
camping visit to the Camp. The adult to youth ratios as per B.P.
& P. must be met at all times.
- To prevent difficulties between groups when staying at the Camp,
campers are requested to use only those areas specifically allocated
for their use. When sharing facilities (eg, washrooms and campfire
pits), cooperation is expected between groups. As per the Scout Law,
all campers must respect and be considerate of the rights of campers
from other groups.
- The Camp Committee is in charge of all aspects of the Camp
property, and operates under the guidance of the Provincial Council.
There are two positions on the Camp Committee for representatives
from each of the former Districts / Zones that Dartmouth was divided
into, at least one of whom shall be a program Scouter.
- The Camp is looked after by volunteers from throughout Area on a
two month rotational basis. The duties of the Area volunteers
are as follows:
- Turn on the heat and water in the buildings as required by weather
conditions (ie, in the late autumn and winter) prior to the arrival
- Ensure stoves, fridges and hot water heaters are in good working
order prior to the arrival of campers;
- Ensure information is left for campers regarding these guidelines,
and other restrictions laid down from time to time (ie, boil water
order, fire ban, trail closures) by the Camp Committee;
- Sign out and sign in to/from campers items of general Camp
equipment which MAY be available (eg, tools, axes, shovels) on an
exception basis. (Campers should normally bring everything that they
- Check all buildings and facilities occupied by campers to ensure
that they have been properly cleaned;
- Turn down heat in the buildings and drain the water systems as
required by cold weather;
- Be available via the Camp cell phone to assist campers in distress
(eg, reset master propane shut-off valves and relight propane
- Advise the Camp Committee of any significant breeches of Camp
Guidelines at the earliest convenient occasion.
- Perform any minor maintenance (change light bulbs, etc.) within
their capabilities. This includes keeping all lawns mowed and doors
ways shoveled in season.
All significant breeches of Camp
Guidelines will result in action by the Camp Committee in consultation
with the appropriate Provincial Commissioner to ensure that remedial
action is taken.
Parking and Traffic Control
- The access road from the Mineville Road into the Camp is unsafe
for speeds above 15 KPH.
- In view of the limited road access to the buildings in the main
area of the Camp in the event of an emergency, the Fire Marshall
requires us to respect the need for "fire lanes" around all
buildings. To that end:
- Vehicles must not obstruct the roadway at any time, particularly
in front of the Dixon Centre;
- Campers shall park their vehicles in the parking lots at all
times, except for the limited period of time required to drop off or
pick up gear;
- When parking, campers are requested to make room for the maximum
number of cars;
- In view of both the treacherous road conditions and the need for
snow removal on the marginal road between the Mineville Road and the
Camp proper in the winter months, special parking restrictions may
be in force at times (eg, no traffic past the parking lot at the top
of the hill known as the Sagar Commons). In the winter there is
absolutely no parking/stopping on the road outside the Dixon Centre.
Campers are encouraged to check with the Camp Committee and/or Camp
Registrar before an event to determine what parking restrictions are
in effect, so that they can pass along the word to all leaders and
parents driving out to the Camp. Campers must accept that they may
need to transport food and equipment by toboggan down from the
parking lot, for the safety of all; and
- f extraordinary traffic congestion is anticipated, campers should
notify the Camp Committee in advance, as early as possible.
Just as the Camp Committee has responsibilities to campers for the
proper maintenance of the Camp, so to do campers have responsibilities
when using the facilities, to other campers now and in the future:
Copies of the Guidelines: These Guidelines should be taken by
campers to the Camp (copies are provided in each building in the Camp),
read by all leaders attending Camp, briefed as appropriate to the youth,
and abided by to the greatest extent possible.
Arrival at Camp: The following is important when arriving at the
(1) Campers should check the condition of the
buildings they will be using on arrival, and report any anomalies to the
volunteer Scouter on call for the weekend or the Camp Committee Chair as
soon as practically possible.
(2) As soon as practical, Leaders should brief all
youth on fire escape procedures, on the location of the camper's First
Aid Kit, on Camp boundaries (marked by yellow signs on trees), on the
location of key facilities to be used (and not to use other facilities
not assigned for their use), on water for drinking, and on other matters
of significance to the group itself.
(3) Once gear and food is dropped off, campers shall
remove vehicles to the main parking lots.
(4) Camp Users are responsible for clearing snow from
doorways, stairs, and ramps of the facilities they are using, and must
ensure that these areas kept clear during their stay. Shovels are
provided in each of the main buildings during winter camping season.
c. Hygiene: Campers shall take appropriate steps to
maintain high standards of hygiene. In this regard, the following
guidelines are important:
(1) Garbage shall be disposed of "off-site" by
campers. By "off-site" is meant that it is removed to a location where
there is regular garbage pick-up (eg, take it home). Under no
circumstances is it to be left at the Mineville Road box (which belongs
to and is paid for by the neighbor). For long term camps, garbage
disposal should be done every two days; for short term camps, garbage is
to be taken off-site when departing. Everything brought to the Camp by
campers is to be removed by them.
(2) Washrooms are to be cleaned and re-supplied at
least daily (or as may be required in exceptional circumstances) by
those using the facilities, and before departing the Camp. Normally,
those campers using Wright and/or Dixon use and clean the washrooms in
Delaney, whereas campers in MacMillan and Evans use and clean the
washrooms in MacMillan. Outdoor campers are to clean the vault toilets.
Cleaning is to include sweeping and mopping the floor and cleaning all
fixtures (ie, toilets, urinals, counters and sinks), as well as ensuring
an adequate supply of toilet paper.
(3) Campers are required to bring to Camp all cleaning
materials and paper goods (eg, toilet paper, dish soap, javex) that they
will need to ensure a high standard of hygiene.
d. Kitchens/Cooking: As per Scouting routine and
to ensure maximum safety, the following guidelines pertaining to
kitchens and cooking should be observed by campers:
(1) The water supply is limited, as it comes from
drilled wells. All water consumption should therefore be monitored to
safeguard campers and prevent waste (ie, usage of basins in sinks rather
than filling the sinks).
(2) Kitchen areas should be out-of-bounds to all
campers except those preparing meals. Kitchens should not be used for
program planning or activities.
(3) Propane stoves are for cooking purposes only. The
range hood exhaust fans above the ranges MUST always be turned on when
the ranges are in use. For safety reasons, the stoves should not be used
to heat buildings or dry clothes.
(4) The propane stoves in the MacMillan, Dixon and
Wright buildings are fitted with an automatic fire suppression system in
the range hoods
(5) All kitchen equipment shall be cleaned immediately
(6) The four tub method of washing dishes should be
used (first tub, use rubber gloves in very hot water and dish soap; the
second tub for hot water rinse; and the third tub, hot water and one cap
of javex) followed by air drying. The fourth sink is for hand washing.
(7) Grease should be collected in tin cans or other
containers and disposed of (once solidified) as garbage (not in the
forest). Grease should never be poured down the sink drains or toilets
as it upsets the balance of nature in the septic systems.
(8) A composter is available behind MacMillan, but it
must strictly be used in accordance with appropriate composting
e. Alcohol/Drugs: The use or possession of any form of
unlawful drugs on camp property is forbidden.
The use or possession of alcohol
beverages is mandated by BPnP 1010(a)(b).
f. Firearms/Pyrotechnics: Guns, including pellet
and BB guns, are not permitted at the Camp, nor are explosive devices
such as rockets and fireworks.
g. Smoking: There should be no smoking in areas
used by youth.
h. Trees: Live trees shall not be damaged or
felled except for site clearing approved by the Camp Committee. Downed
timber can be disposed of as firewood; stumps can be cut off at ground
level for the same purpose.
The following procedures are to be
(1) At any time that a building fire alarm system
sounds, regardless of cause (eg, even if caused by burning food on the
stove), the building should be evacuated immediately to an outdoor
Muster Point location, as identified on the building evacuation plan,
and a roll call taken. This is important to condition all youth to react
the same way at all times.
(2) The fire department must be telephoned using the
emergency number 911. The Civic Address of the Camp is 1250 Mineville
(3) Once the possible fire problem has been confirmed
and corrected then the fire alarm must be reset. There are written
instructions inside the front cover of the fire alarm panel.
The Duty Service Scouter must be informed whenever one of the building
fire alarms are set off, using the cell phone number 902-221-0284.
(4) Outdoor fires shall be confined to the existing
fire pits agreed to by the Camp Committee, and are to be left unattended
only when they are "dead out". In the summer when there is a danger of
forest fire, fires shall only be lit after checking with the Camp
Committee, who will remain current with the fire hazard situation
through contact with the appropriate local government authorities.
j. Medical Emergencies: Phone using the 911 number.
First aid kits are the responsibility of campers, although a small one
is maintained by the Camp Committee in the MacMillan kitchen.
k. Washrooms: Campers who have booked buildings are to
use indoor washrooms. Campers who have booked outdoor sites are to use
the vault toilets. Sanitary napkins and other hygiene products are not
to be disposed of in the toilets.
l. Lights-Out: Lights-out time is 11:00 p.m. and noise
after that hour is not permitted.
I.A.W. B.P.P. Section 13000 Risk Management, 13026 – Animals at
Camp. Domestic animals are prohibited from being present at Scouts
Canada activities and Camp facilities. The exceptions to this
prohibition are “working animals” (such as Seeing Eye dogs) or animals
attending for demonstration purposes, such as police Canine Unit
Alterations to the Camp for any event should be approved by the Camp
Committee beforehand, leaving sufficient time for the Committee to make
the decision. If approved, the Camp is to be restored to its original
condition before the campers depart, unless the Camp Committee has
o. Departure: Prior to departure, the following is
(1) All equipment is to be returned to its proper
place (eg, borrowed tools, mops & buckets, tables & chairs, Camp
(2) All Camp alterations and woodcraft projects should
be dismantled, and discarded twine collected for disposal off-site.
(3) Kitchen equipment is to be cleaned. This includes
sinks, stoves, ovens and grills (grease free), and fridges (wiped down
inside and out).
(4) Washrooms for which campers have responsibility
are to be cleaned as per guidelines in subparagraph 17c (2) above.
(5) All floors are to be swept clean and mopped.
(6) Rooms are to be neat and tidy with chairs and
(7) All garbage is to be removed from buildings and
grounds and disposed of "off-site".
(8) The last camp user to vacate the property is to
ensure that the gate is locked.
Feedback From Campers
18. The Camp Committee is interested in your feedback.
You are requested to write your comments on the User Fee form. All
constructive criticism is welcome. Where appropriate, campers are
encouraged to contact members of the Camp Committee, including when at
Camp, if problems arise.
Contacting Duty Service Scouter
19. Each weekend (or during the week) when a group of
campers is in Camp a Duty Service Scouter is on call. If you have a
problem that you cannot resolve then you are asked to contact the Duty
Service Scouter by phone. The Duty Service Scouter should be reached by
calling 902-221-0284 which is the Camp cell phone. If you are unable to
contact the Duty Scouter at the cell phone number then call one of the
other contact numbers that are listed by each phone in the Camp.