"The first Boy Scout summer camp was held in 1907. Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, brought together 22 Scouts on Brownsea Island off the coast of England. Divided into four patrols - the Wolves, Bulls, Curlews, and Ravens - they set up their tents and cooking areas. Then they devoted seven days to woodcraft, nature study, lifesaving, and other Scout skills. Gathered around evening campfires, they told stories, sang songs, and performed skits. The Scouts agreed their summer camp was a terrific success."
- Boy Scout Handbook, 12th Edition.
Summer camp is the highlight of the program year for the troop and is a great experience in fun and learning for your scout. More adventure happens in the two weeks at camp than the whole rest of the program year and going to camp is required for active participation in the troop, which is a requirement for all advancement.
The troop will be attending Camp Aquehonga which is the premier camp of the Ten Mile River Scout Camps in Narrowsburg, New York run by the Greater New York Councils of the Boy Scouts of America. It is in the Catskill Mountains between Port Jervis and Monticello. Our troop is in site 8B.
The troop attends camp for two weeks because you cannot get to all the activities offered in a single week. It is typically the last week in July and the first week in August. Check the troop calendar for this year's camp dates. We will assemble at 7:15 AM on the Sunday we leave (eat breakfast before arriving) and return on the last Saturday between noon and 1:00 PM.
There are activities for every interest and every adventure level in scouting. Summer camp is where scouts earn most of their advancement and learn the most while having fun. Merit badges offered include: Camping, Cooking, Pioneering, Swimming, Canoeing, Archery, Rowing, Basketry, Leatherwork, Mammal Study, Rifle Shooting, Climbing, Sports, Fishing, Forestry, Woodcarving, Small Boat Sailing, Orienteering, Wilderness Survival, Lifesaving, Fish And Wildlife Management, Soil And Water Conservation, Insect Study, Environmental Science, Shotgun Shooting, Personal Fitness, Metalwork, Nature, First Aid, and Athletics. Sometimes other badges are offered to older scouts. Other activities include polar bear swim, Lifeguard BSA, Totin’ Chip, Firem’n Chit, Paul Bunyan Axman Award, Snorkeling BSA, Mile Swim, First Year Camper Award, campfires, campwide games, inter troop sporting activities, flag ceremonies, open swim, boating, rafting trips, waterskiing, camp projects, COPE adventure course, and much much more. Scouts also have an opportunity to just enjoy the outdoors and experience adventures that will last a lifetime.
Check out our Troop Photo Album to get a real sense of what camp is like.
Scout are part of a patrol of about eight scouts with a patrol leader elected by the patrol members. A scout and a buddy share a canvas tent with a wooden platform and sleep on a cot. The tent serves as their “room’ which has to be kept in good order. The patrol of eight set up a patrol area that includes a picnic table protected by a dining fly, a wood burning and propane stove, and a patrol box for storing supplies and utensils and a campfire area.
A typical day starts with reveille when scouts wake up and get the patrol site cleaned up. Two scouts (assigned in rotation) will go to the camp commissary to pick up food while the rest of the patrol cleans up and prepares for breakfast. The patrol cooks, eats and cleans up together as a team and then goes to the morning flag ceremony.
The scouts go (always in pairs or more) to their program “classes”. There are 3 instruction sessions in the morning where scouts go to activities run by qualified counselors and each scout has a program that they plan themselves with the approval of the scoutmaster. Younger scouts learn the basics of camp activities and work toward the first class rank; older scouts take “classes” in more advanced adventures.
Lunch takes place in a similar fashion to breakfast back in the campsite. After lunch there are a few hours to work on projects in the site or go to “open” program areas. Scouts may take out a sailboat, go on a hike, work on a woodcarving project or learn to build a fire or make ice cream in the outdoors. Of course, some scouts head for the pool and use the slide during the designated troop swim time. Then the patrol starts preparing dinner eats and cleans up., After dinner there may be a camp game or activity, more open program or work on a project, movie night or an astronomy hike. A camp fire makes a great end to the day and the adventures start again the next day. There is always time to take a break or get a shower in. The adult counselors and volunteers are always in site or sound of the scout
Each scout and adult leader in camp is required to have a complete medical form signed be a doctor in order to attend camp. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO COMPLETELY fill out the form including medical history, vaccination dates, and restrictions. The scout, parent and doctor must sign the provided form. The first part of camp check-in is a medical review with each scout and leader. Scouts have delayed the troop’s participation in activities by not having the form complete or filled out properly. PLEASE take the time to do this! Medicals can be turned in at a troop meeting or mailed to the Scoutmaster. Medical Forms can be downloaded from the Ten Mile River website.
ANY AND ALL medication the scout needs to take should be placed in a ziplock bag with the scout’s name, troop number and clear instructions and given to the Scoutmaster on the day we depart. All medications get turned in to the camp medical officer when the troop checks in.
Packing For Camp
Part of the mission of Scouting is for Scouts to learn responsibility. Each scout is responsible for packing his own pack and knowing what to pack. There is a list of what to pack in the troop document library and in the scout handbook. The scout has a patrol leader or patrol guide whom they should call if they need assistance. Everything should be packed in a backpack/duffle bag and ONE additional bag. We have alot of personal gear and troop equipment to pack. Scouts are limited to the bags listed above. There is a special How to Pack for Summer Camp session at the scout center for newer scouts. Check the troop calendar for this year's date. Parents & Guardians: YOU ARE NOT HELPING YOUR SCOUT IF YOU PACK HIS PACK FOR HIM. You may assist him while he packs, but please do not pack his pack. All packs are due at the scout center on the Thursday before we are scheduled to leave for camp between 5:00 and 7:00 PM when we pack the trailer.
Valuables, nice sneakers, cell phones, video games, iPods, and personal data devices should all be left home. We cannot be responsible for them and they do not have a place at camp. DO NOT bring them to camp.
There is nothing better for a scout than to get one or two letters or package from home during his stay at camp. Mail takes a few extra days to reach Narrowsburg, so keep this in mind when you are sending things to camp.
The address is:
Boy Scout Troop 237, Brooklyn
Site 8B - Camp Aquehonga
Ten Mile River Scout Camps
Narrowsburg, NY 12764
Encourage your scout to write home too but don’t panic if he doesn’t; there’s too much fun going on.
The camp does have a Trading Post (Store) where scouts can buy things once they have permission from the Scoutmaster. There may be one or two items a scout may need for an advancement project, an occasional soda or ice cream or a souvenir shirt or mug. PLEASE do not go overboard when financing your scout's stay at camp. There is no need to visit the trading post daily.
Visiting by parents and families is certainly not necessary or encouraged but if you wish to visit camp, of course, you may. We just ask you let us know in advance so we know to expect you. Some folks visit on the middle Saturday and take scouts out of camp for the day. If you opt to do this, please be there before 9:00 AM so we do not delay the rest of the troop’s daily program. Directions to camp are available on the Ten Mile River website.
Most cell phones do not get service at camp and the camp has a single phone line for emergencies only. Do not expect your scout to call you while at camp. If you have a dire emergency, you may leave a message with the Scoutmaster on his cell phone or leave a message at the camp office. The camp phone number is (845) 252-2023. Make sure to tell the office staff that the message is for Troop 237, Brooklyn in site 8B, with a return number. PLEASE use this ONLY for emergencies.