Message from Council Camping Chairman
If you or the other members of your Scouting Unit have not yet signed up to attend summer camp this year, I’d like to encourage you to register for summer camp. We are blessed as a council to have excellent camping facilities, from our air-conditioned dining hall offering tasty and nutritious meals to our crystal clear swimming pool where everyone flocks to cool off on a hot summer day. These are just a few of the many reasons why your Scout should attend summer camp.
For the past two years, I have been part of a team that meets with all parents and leaders during their summer camp stay. The goal is to learn what we are doing well, how we can improve, and to address any immediate concerns of our campers. The most frequent comments are how impressed the leaders and Scouts are with our facilities, programs, and most importantly, our staff. I can share many comments ranging from how our aquatics team helped overcome a Scout’s fear of water, to how the staff went out of their way to make their time at camp an experience of a lifetime. Our camps are safe, well maintained, with an experienced staff ready to have fun. It’s not surprising that our camps always receive the highest possible A rating by the National Camp Inspection team.
Summer camp offers a lot of advancement opportunities for your Scout to earn in a short amount of time. After camp, your Scout will have a number of new awards on their uniform reminding them of their successes and exciting challenges they conquered. As a parent, you will get to see and take pride in their successes and watch their smiles as they share their experiences with you.
The quote from the 1956 The Walter Hagen Story “You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” applies to why your family should consider attending one of our summer programs. Spending quality time together in camp or maybe around a campfire will create those memories you both will cherish for the rest of your lives.
Council Camping Chairman
Year-Round Camping Reservations
Located in south-central Pennsylvania, the New Birth of Freedom Council is blessed with four outstanding camping facilities totaling more than 2,800 acres. These camps are:
- Camp Conewago (New Oxford)
- Camp Tuckahoe (Dillsburg)
- Hidden Valley Scout Reservation (Loysville)
- Wizard Ranch (Hellam Township)
While Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley serve as the council’s summer camps, all four camps are available year-round with a variety of camping opportunities and facilities available. Scouts BSA Summer Camp programs are available at both Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley, while all Cub Scout Summer Camp programs are offered exclusively at Camp Tuckahoe.
Council Events & Activities
- Halloween Day in October
- Wilderness Survival Weekend in October
- Winterfest in January
- Winterfest II in February
- Adult CPR/AED Certification Training in February
- Wilderness and Remote First Aid Training in March
- Fishing Derby Weekend in April
- Spring Fling in May
- Cub Resident Camp
- Webelos Resident Camp
- Scouts BSA Summer Camp at Camp Tuckahoe
- Scouts BSA Summer Camp at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation
Camperships for Summer Camp
The New Birth of Freedom Council believes that every Scout should be given an opportunity to take part in a summer outdoor experience. The council’s Campership Fund was established to ensure that Scouts who, without financial assistance, would not be able to attend camp. All applications are considered based solely on financial need. Assistance is normally granted for up to 50% of the camp attendance fee, with a limited number of grants available above the 50% level.
Camperships are awarded only to New Birth of Freedom Council youth members attending New Birth of Freedom Council summer camp programs.
The deadline for submitting a campership application is April 1 (of the year attending camp). Download the 2020 campership application.
Adults Attending NBOF Camps Need Background Clearances
Child Abuse Clearances and Youth Protection Training are Required for All Adults who will be attending any New Birth of Freedom Council Camping Program.
All adult Residents of Pennsylvania must submit their Youth Protection Training & all required clearance documents in order to attend Summer Camp.
All adults who are non-Pennsylvania residents must comply with the child abuse requirements of their home state. (If you are unsure of your state’s requirements, please contact your council for those details.)
This page of our website provides visitors with information on the various facilities and programs available at all four camps. Should you need any additional information or wish to place a reservation at any of the council camps, please contact Camping Services at (717) 620-4525.