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 Scout Reservation at (570) 754-7552 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.
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.
2015 Camp Meade Season
Week 1 June 21-June 27, 2015
Week 2 June 28-July 4, 2015
Week 3 July 5-July 11, 2015
Week 4 July 12-July 18, 2015
Week 5 July 19-July 25, 2015
Week 6 July 26-August 1, 2015
Week 7 August 2-August 8, 2015
Day Scout Camp Program
The Day Scout Camp Program is for Boys Scouts who are unable to attend an entire week of camp, allowing them the opportunity to earn merit badges. The Day Scout Camp Program is also open for Scouts desiring to earn additional merit badges. The cost is $30 per day (normally for four days, totaling $120); this includes lunch. However, it does not include any additional merit badge supplies that may be required. If a Scout is required to attend Friday to complete merit badges, the cost is an additional $30. Day Scouts along with their Scoutmaster must review and follow the Merit Badge requirements outlined in the 2015 Leaders Guidebook. Day Scouts must verify merit badge sign-up on Sunday evening (week of the Day Scout attendance) at 7:00 PM in front of the Willits Dining Hall. Additional information on their week of the Day Camp Scout Program will be provided at that time. The Day Scout must then report to the Boy Scout Administration Building the following Monday prior to the start of any merit badge session and sign in. They must also sign out at the Administration building at the end of the day. Completed and partial merit badge cards will be available for pickup on Friday of the attended week.
Venturing Alfresco July 26 - July 29, 2015
Venturing Alfresco is for any Venturer that is 13 (or has completed the 8th grade) to 20 years old. During this half week program Venturers get to experience a little bit of everything at HMSR:
Monday will be an opportunity for Venturers to complete some requirements for the pistol and STEM advancement. At the end of the day they will be able to choose to either participate in open program or a “color frenzy”. Make sure you bring a white t-shirt!
Tuesday the Venturers will be split into teams in a race around camp by using their geocaching skills, ending the day with a BBQ, fun on the Velcro wall and open program.
Wednesday will close their stay with breakfast and a “see you next year” ceremony.
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 BSA Kayaking, Kayaking Merit Badge, and Whitewater Merit Badge. 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.
Click here for the Boots and Paddles additional-items packing list.
Trail to Eagle Specialty Camp (Week 6)
The Camping Committee of the Hawk Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America is proud to sponsor the 2015 Trail to Eagle Camp. This specialty camp will be held at the Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation from Sunday, July 26, 2015 – Friday, July 31, 2015. 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 for the registration form.
Provisional Week (Week 7)
Provisional Camp at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation will take place during Week 7, August 2, 2015 – August 8, 2015. 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. Download a 2015 Provisional Camp Reservation Form here.