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About the Hawk Mountain Council

The Hawk Mountain Council serves over 12,500 young men and women each year through the generous support and dedication of over 4,000 adult volunteers and Friends of Scouting:

  • Over 8,000 young men and women are registered in our programs in Berks and Schuylkill counties.
  • Nearly 2,000 youth from other Boy Scout Councils participate in our summer and year-round leadership and outdoor adventures at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation.
  • Over 2,500 young men and women from local schools, churches and other civic organizations participate in Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation's leadership and outdoor programs.


Meeting the Needs of our Communities

Through our programs, the Hawk Mountain Council is committed to meeting the needs of our communities in:

Poverty - By using our Exploring Career Awareness programs we teach and inspire young men and women about the careers of the future and how to prepare themselves for a productive life after high school.  Our ScoutReach initiative provides access, at little or no cost, to young men and women who are considered disadvantage or at-risk youth and teaches them about self-reliance and goal setting.

Childhood Obesity - Through our outdoor programs we are committed to teaching young people and adults about how to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Academic Performance – A hallmark of the Scouting programs is achievement.  Each segment of our program is designed to allow young men and women to learn and excel. In addition, we have developed an S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program based on our diverse merit badge and advancement programs.

 We are proud to report that 95% of Scouts graduate high school (compared to the national average of 80%) and 39% graduate from college.

Workforce Development – Our Exploring Career programs as well as our outdoor programs including S.T.E.M. activities – welding, ecology, science, astronomy, robotics, nuclear energy, drafting, composite materials and computer science give young men and women the skills they need for life after high school.

Family Cohesiveness - The family is the basic unit of society and is important to both individuals and communities. Every part of our program is designed to help Scouts and their family realize why it is important to have a strong, cohesive relationship.


The Council is divided into 4 districts, each served by a District Executive, District Committee, and District Commissioner staff. To find out in which district you are located visit our District page.

Hawk Mountain Council maintains a year around camp, Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation, 700 acres of forest, lake and streams, dedicated to offering Scouts the chance to experience the beauty of the out-of-doors. These facilities are for use by Scouts and Scouters from the Hawk Mountain Council and visiting units from outside our Council. Non-Scouting groups are also welcome to utilize our facilities.

In addition to year-round camping, the camp is the center for training adult leaders in the programs of Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing and Commissioner Service.

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