Boy Scout Summer Camping - Camp Meade
Camp Meade is our long-term Boy Scout Camp. The summer camp operation runs for seven weeks during June, July and August. Reservations for the camping year can be made by contacting the Hawk Mountain Council office (610) 926-3406 during regular business hours.
The camp offers the full range of Scout summertime activities. Reary Pool and the lake offer a full aquatic program including sailing and windsurfing for older Scouts. The Meridian Nature Pavilion provides a center for Ecology Conservation study. Shooting Sports offers not only a rifle range but also archery, and shotgun shooting. Hafer Lodge is the center for Handicraft skills. The COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) course gives our older youth the chance for real adventure with low and high elements to encourage leadership and teamwork. Incorporated in the course is our rappelling tower open for use for all Boy Scouts and Scouters. Commissioners provide support for Troops in Scout skill instruction. Some of those hard-to-get, required merit badges are offered by various departments.
Truly one of the unique features of Camp Meade is our food service. The Willits Dining Hall is an air conditioned dining area which seats 390 persons. An alternate form of dining available at our upper campsites is heaterstack service. Cooked meals are delivered to the site in heated containers three times a day. Your troop enjoys a pavilion in the site for this food service.
From the first-year camper to the veteran outdoorsman, Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation will meet your Troop's needs. Also, the Reservation offers Trail to Eagle Camp and Provisional Camp. Information regarding these camps may be found below.
Click here to view the Reservation Map.
A bit of history of the naming of Camp Meade
George Meade (1771-1808) was a Catholic business man who financed the army at Valley Forge and assisted in the Revolutionary cause. Meade was an ardent patriot and contributed large sums from his private fortune toward the cause of the colonies. Meade was a prominent citizen though he was not drawn to public office. He was, however, a member of the common council of Philadelphia in the years 1789-91.
Boy Scout Summer Camp Fees
Fees for Youth
Early Bird - $315, through May 31
Regular - $335, June 1 and beyond
Fees for Adults
2 adults free for 1 to 10 scouts
1 additional free adult for each additional 8 scouts
$137.00 each for additional adult
Camp Meade Summer Camp Dates for 2013
Week 1 – June 16 - 22, 2013
Week 2 – June 23 - 29, 2013
Week 3 – June 30 - July 6, 2013
Week 4 – July 7 - 13, 2013
Week 5 – July 14 - 20, 2013
Week 6 – July 21 - 27, 2013 (+ Trail to Eagle Camp)
Week 7 – July 28 - August 3, 2013 (+ Provisional Camp)
Rollover Monies for units of Hawk Mountain Council
Years past, unit rollover monies were used to reserve camp sites for the following year during current-year unit leader's meetings. Due to accounting and auditing practices, rollover monies will no longer be used. This year, 2013, the $100 that was previously used as rollover monies will be deducted from the unit's final camping payment.
Beginning this year, unit's will have to reserve a site by submitting the reservation fee to hold a campsite for the following year. The reservation fee will then be deducted from the unit's final payment. Although this may be somewhat of an inconvenience in the beginning, this method will allow for the increased efficiency of planning and preparation for the summer camping season.
You may click here for the 2014 Camp Meade Reservation Form.
Annual Health and Medical Record Clarification
Parts A and B of the annual BSA health and medical record are the only parts required for those adults that are camping at Camp Meade during summer camp for less than 72 hours as opposed to what is stated in the 2013 Leader Guidebook as it pertains to the Scoutmaster Checklist.
Camp Meade Forms
You many also download all of the files listed above in a single ZIP archive.
Boots and Paddles (Week's 1 through 7)
The Boots and Paddles Boots program is a program designed for the Scout 14 years and older. It is offered each week. We offer 3 Trek options: (1) two day kayaking trip on the Schuylkill River, (2) two day backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail or (3) the week long of a two day backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail and a two day kayaking trip on the Schuylkill River. Scouts on the Full Trek will be in camp with their unit on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday nights. Scouts will complete Leave No Trace Awareness, Kayaking Merit Badge, 50 Miler Award, and Whitewater Merit Badge. In order to earn the 50 Miler Award each Scout must bring proof of 10 hours of group work on projects. Kayaking equipment, tent, backpack, and sleeping bag will be provided. Scouts may use their personal backpack and sleeping bags if these items are approved by the Boots and Paddles Director.
Please click here for the Boots and Paddles program flyer. Click here for the Boots and Paddles additional-items packing list.
Trail to Eagle (Week 6)
The Camping Committee of the Hawk Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America is proud to sponsor the 2013 Trail to Eagle Camp. This specialty camp will be held at the Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation from Sunday, July 21, 2013 – Friday, July 26, 2013. The cost for the camp is $340.00, which includes a Trail to Eagle Specialty Camp Shirt, Troop Photograph and the Friday evening Chicken BBQ for the Scout.
Please click here to download the Trail to Eagle Registration form.
Provisional Camp (Week 7)
Provisional Camp at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation will take place during Week 7, July 28 – August 3, 2013. This week allows those Scouts who are unable to attend with their Troop to attend Summer Camp. Scouts will be placed in the provisional troop and leadership is provided.
Please click here to download the Provisional Camp Registration form.