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Summer camp at Camp Tuckahoe is designed to be the highlight of an exciting year in Scouting. It’s a time to delight in the outdoors, to learn new skills, to forge new alliances and to have fun with friends. From the newest Tenderfoot to the most experienced older Scout, summer camp at Tuckahoe is the adventure that puts the “outing” in Scouting.
A full week of summer camp offers all Scouts the opportunity to experience the finest in long-term Scout camping. At Tuckahoe, Scouts will enjoy an outstanding Scouting environment and will develop leadership and outdoor skills, as well as achieving advancement and having fun with other Scouts. A carefully-selected, well-qualified and dedicated camp staff is available to help the leadership of all troops to carry out a super camping experience. Our goal is to balance the right amount of fun, training and adventure.
At Tuckahoe, Boy Scouts experience a diverse “traditional” summer camp program, combined with exciting facilities such as Project COPE, a crystal-clear swimming pool and an air-conditioned dining hall capable of comfortably seating more than 500 campers at a sitting. At Tuckahoe, excellent facilities combine with carefully-selected and enthusiastic camp staff members to create an outstanding summer camp adventure for Scout troops who choose Tuckahoe for their summer camp experience.
Each summer, Tuckahoe typically welcomes dozens of Scout troops traveling outside their own council looking for someplace special for summer camp for their Scouts. At Tuckahoe, there are no extra fees charged for out-of-council units.
Summer Camp Program Areas
- Aquatics – swimming activities take place in our 186,000-gallon swimming pool, while rowing and canoeing happens on Memory Lake.
- Buffalo Braves First-Year Camper Program – for new Scouts to work on most of the rank requirements from Tenderfoot to First Class.
- Shooting Sports – archery, rifle and shotgun ranges. Great fishing opportunities abound at Memory Lake.
- Handicrafts – with instruction available in basketry, indian lore, leatherwork and wood carving.
- Nature – what better classroom for nature-related merit badges than 1,300 acres of magnificent woodlands.
- Scoutcraft – a great place to learn those traditional Scouting outdoor skills
Final details, including a comprehensive list of all merit badges and summer programs are still in development and will be released once they are finalized.
2013 Summer Camp Sessions
Tuckahoe will offer four weeks of Boy Scout summer camp as follows:
- Week #1 – July 7-13
- Week #2 – July 14-20
- Week #3 – July 21-27
- Week #4 – July 28-August 3
For Boy Scouts, the camp fee is $285 per week if paid in full by May 1, 2013. This fee increases to $310 per week after May 1, 2013. Adult leaders (in excess of free leaders) are $115 per week.
For more information about adult leadership, provisional campers and more, please view the reservation guidelines.
Honor Camper Award
The Honor Camper Award is for participation in the camp program. Scouts can earn log segments that fit into each side of the Honor Award patch. Scouts can also earn trail hiking pins to place on the center of the patch and summer attendance bars are added each year you attend camp.
Buffalo Braves Program
The Buffalo Braves program is designed for first and second-year campers. Two camp commissioner areas will cover many of the Tenderfoot through First Class requirements. Back in the campsite, Scouts must show troop leaders the skills they have mastered so leaders can sign off on the necessary requirements in their handbooks.
The program sessions are scheduled in both the morning and afternoon to permit time for Scouts to participate in Swimming and Basketry merit badge classes during the day. Scouts will learn knots and lashings, outdoor cooking, how to use woodsman tools and how to make campsite gadgets. Also taught are first aid skills and how to use a compass.
On one night each week, we will head on out for an outpost. Each pair of Scouts from the troop will need to bring a lightweight two-man tent or tarp to share, in addition to their personal gear.
If you want a real challenge, COPE is the place to start. COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) is a program designed for Scouts at least 14 years old. The program is comprised of group initiative games, trust events, low course and high course events. COPE consists of five half-day sessions and an additional fee is required. Each person is awarded a COPE patch.
Individual “Provisional” Boy Scout Registrations
Boy Scouts who wish to attend camp without their troop or for a second week can attend camp as a “provisional” Scout. The Camp Director will make arrangements with troop leaders to have provisional Scouts attend camp as part of their troop for the week. Please add $10 to the camp fees listed above for provisional Scout campers.