Have you ever wanted to fly like Superman down a zip line? Well, starting this summer at Camp Tuckahoe, Boy Scouts of all ages will be able to experience the rush of flying head first down a nearly 700’ long zip line spanning Memory Lake.
Work to create this awesome zip line will soon be getting underway and will include the creation of a 38’ tall climbing tower near the dam spillway, and this tower will serve as the starting point for the zip line experience. Scouts will zip across the lake to a two-pole tower on the road side of the lake, where they will turn around and zip back across the lake to the starting area.
While Tuckahoe’s zip line can be used for a traditional “swing style” seat commonly seen on many zip lines, the use of “Superman” harness will provide Scouts with a truly unique experience to zip across in a “flying” position.
Only Boy Scouts and adults attending Boy Scout camp sessions will be able to use the zip line this summer. Our builder, Redpoint Adventures, will establish minimum and maximum weight limits for participants, but there will not be a minimum age. There will be no extra charge to use the zip line. At peak times, our builder estimates that approximately 25-30 participants per hour will be our “throughput” for the zip line, so there will be plenty of opportunity for any Scout up for this experience.
The camp schedule is being updated to allow the Tuckahoe COPE staff to operate the zip line each afternoon, with the COPE program being offered in the mornings. Also, there will no longer be a minimum age requirement for Boy Scouts to participate in COPE – physical maturity, including necessary strength, of each participant will be the determining factor considered by our COPE staff.
The addition of the climbing tower will also create the opportunity for Boy Scouts to work on and earn Climbing merit badge during summer camp sessions. Please check the summer camp schedule for those times when Climbing merit badge will be offered.
The climbing tower will feature two different climbing walls, with one side designed as a more challenging experience than the other. A third wall, a flat rappelling wall, will allow participants to rappel down after climbing up to the top of the tower. Boy Scouts are also able to learn how and assist in belaying climbers using the tower.
“We’ve seen the popularity of zip lines at other camps and we wanted to provide Boy Scouts with that sort of thrill as part of the summer camp program at Camp Tuckahoe,” said Council President Dr. Kevin H. Mosser. “It’s our expectation that the boys are going to fall in love with this experience, especially with the zip line going across water, and we can easily imagine that the zip line will be busy every single minute we have it open.”
Something New for Webelos Scouts as Well
While Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts will not be able to use the zip line, Webelos Scouts will be able to take advantage of the new climbing tower, with one of the two climbing sides designed for younger, most likely smaller, climbers. Webelos climbers will be permitted to rappel down the flat side of the tower once they have climbed to the top of the tower, but Webelos will not be permitted to belay.
“We’re excited to be able to offer a climbing and rappelling experience for all Webelos campers,” said Todd Weidner, who will be directing Camp Tuckahoe in 2018. “Tuckahoe has developed an outstanding reputation in the mid-Atlantic area as a regional destination for high-quality Webelos summer camp experiences and the addition of a new climbing experience will provide Webelos campers with even more opportunity for fun and challenge while at Tuckahoe.”
Reserve Your Unit’s Space Now for 2018 and 2019
Reservations for the 2018 and 2019 summer camp seasons at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation or Camp Tuckahoe can be made on-line at any time at www.newbirthoffreedom.org/camping. A $100 non-refundable campsite deposit is due when signing up for any summer camp session. Reserve now to ensure your choice of camp session and campsite preference. Space is still available in all sessions for the upcoming 2018 summer camp season.
For more information regarding any of our summer camp programs at Hidden Valley or Tuckahoe, please don’t hesitate to contact our Camping Department by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (717) 620-4525 weekdays during business hours (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM).