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Boy Scout Summer Camping - Camp Meade

2016 Nationally Accredited Boy Scouts of America Camp

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 a Day Scout program 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.

Hawk Mountain Council's Flagship High-Adventure Program

New for 2016, is the addition of the Hawk Mountain Expeditions and Guide Service – Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation.  Hawk Mountain Council is the BSA's Appalachian Trail (AT) authority in Pennsylvania.  The new program provides four opportunities for Troops to discover Pennsylvania by offering three guided treks and one self-guided trek during the summer camping season.  Hike Your Own Hike is a year-round opportunity.

The Appalachian Trail (AT) Thru and Thru

Experience the AT from the perspective of a thru-hiker. Make a little 'trail magic', and perhaps experience some too. Learn the language of the thru-hiker, because thru-hikers do have their own special code; knowing it immediately identifies you as a fellow long-distance hiker. People come from all over the country, all over the world, to hike the AT; now you can experience the life of a thru-hiker; all while hiking sections 4&5 of the 14 sections of the AT in PA yourself.  (PA Route 309 to PA Route 183)

Backpacking: 41.7 miles.

Must be 13 years old by January 1 of the year of his/her trek.


Thru-hikers call it 'the place boots go to die'. The exposed rock, and it is ALL ROCK, cooks you from below while the bright, cloudless sky burns you from above. Water is 500' to a 1000' feet downhill from the trail; unless the spring is dry – and they are all dry. The terrain is so tough that it's the most commonly skipped portion of the AT.

It's the Pennsylvania leg of the Appalachian Trail! Join us for an ankle-busting rock-hop along the Appalachian Trail in Eastern Pennsylvania. You'll complete sections 1-3 of the 14 sections of the AT in PA and return home with bragging rights. Rattlers and Copperheads guaranteed! (Delaware River to Hawk Mountain Road)

Backpacking: 61.3 miles.

Must be 15 years old by January 1 of the year of his/her trek.

Paddle & Pack

Spend the first half of the week kayaking the Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area, then trade your paddle for boots, and backpack section 6 of the 14 sections of the AT in Pennsylvania for the last half of the week. Shortly after getting onto the AT you'll pass Fort Dietrich Snyder, and then it's on to the Pilger Ruh spring, Round Head and the Showers Steps, and the historic Waterville Bridge. A leisurely, low-stress trek for experienced youth and adults, or an introduction to backpacking and kayaking for youth and adults without a lot of backcountry camping or paddling experience. (PA Route 183 to PA Route72, Swatara Creek)

Backpacking: 20.7 miles; kayaking: 36.5 miles (includes a 200 yard portage).

Must be 13 years old by January 1 of the year of his/her trek.

Hike Your Own Hike Expedition

This is an opportunity if your unit is experienced and you want to trek on your own, you can obtain supplies, equipment, planning assistance and logistical support at Hawk Mountain Trek & Guide Service.  We can even transport you to the drop off point and back from the pick-up point.  Our staff can help you with any planning details that you want.  Equipment for rent or purchase includes canoes, paddles, PFDs, food, cooking gear, tents and bear canisters.  

All but Hike Your Own Hike are $2905.00 for up to 7 participants.  At least 1 participant must be 21 years of age or older.  Don't have an adult 21 or older?  We can supply one; that will be an additional $400.00 and you'll be limited to 6 participants.  A deposit of $700 is required to secure a week.  Cost for Hike your Own Hike is dependent upon number of participants and equipment rented.

For more information on the Expeditions and Guide Service, click here.  For frequently asked questions and answers, click here. Or you may contact HMSR at 570.754.7552.  See you on the trail!

2016 Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation Camp Meade Reservation Form

The Camper fee for 2016 is $355 if paid prior to May 21 (Early Bird). 

Each Troop receives 2 free Adult Leaders for 1 to 10 Scouts and 1 additional free Adult Leader for each additional 8 Scouts.  The cost for each additional Adult Leader is $155.

A $100.00 must be paid prior to registering for merit badges.

2016 Camp Meade Season

Week 1 June 19 - June 25, 2016 

Week 2  June 26 - July 2, 2016

Week 3  July 3 - July 9, 2016 (Provisional Week 1)

Week 4  July 10 - July 16, 2016

Week 5  July 17 - July 23, 2016

Week 6  July 24 - July 30, 2016

Week 7  July 31 - August 6, 2016 (Provisional Week 2)

Day Scout Program for Boy Scouts for 2016

The Day Scout Program is for Boy Scouts who would like to attend a long-term camp without staying the night, allowing them the opportunity to earn merit badges.  It is also open for Scouts desiring to earn additional merit badges who have already attended a long-term camp.  The cost is $40 per day (normally for four days, totaling $160); 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 $40.  Day Scouts, along with their Scoutmaster, must review and follow the Merit Badge requirements outlined in the 2016 Leaders Guidebook.  Day Scouts must also 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 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.

Please call 570-754-7552 if you have any questions. 

Provisional Weeks (Weeks 3 & 7)

Provisional Camp at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation is offered during two weeks throughout the season.  Provisional Week takes place Week 3, July 3, 2016 – July 9, 2016 and during Week 7, July 31, 2016 – August 6, 2016.  These weeks allow 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 2016 Provisional Camp Reservation today.  You may find the form below under Camp Meade Forms.

Annual Health and Medical Record

    • Download the health forms you need for your program or activity hereExternal Link.
    • Questions? Please view the National BSA Frequently Asked QuestionsExternal Link web page for information about the medical form.
    • An Annual Health and Medical Record (AHMR) is valid through the end of the 12th month from the date it was administered by your medical provider. For example, a physical administered March 3, 2014, would be valid until March 31, 2015.

Mark Your Calendars for the 2017 Camp Meade Camping Season!

Week 1 -- June 25 - July 1, 2017

Week 2 -- July 2 - July 8, 2017

Week 3 -- July 9 - July 15, 2017

Week 4 -- July 16 - July 22, 2017

Week 5 -- July 23 - July 29, 2017

Week 6 -- July 30 - August 5, 2017 (Provisional Week)


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