Top Ten Reasons to Attend Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley.
If you’ve been to camp, you’re not surprised to hear about the benefits of summer camp. Experiencing life at camp yourself as a child, you may know the profound positive effects that still matter to you as an adult, and you likely know that you want something just as great for your own Scouts. But if you didn’t go to Camp Tuckahoe or Hidden Valley as a child, you may not realize just how good the experience is for children. You may not know why so many parents are committed to attending and sending their Scouts to camp. Here is a list of some reasons to send your Scouts to camp.
10. Spend their day being physically active – As children spend so much time these days inside and mostly sitting down, camp provides a wonderful opportunity to move. Running, swimming, jumping, hiking, climbing! Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley is action!
9. Experience success and become more confident – Camp Tuckahoe and hidden Valley helps children build self-confidence and self-esteem by removing the kind of academic, athletic and social competition that shapes their lives at school. With its non-competitive activities and diverse opportunities to succeed, camp life is a real boost for young people. There’s accomplishment every day. Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley teaches kids that they can.
8. Gain resiliency – The kind of encouragement and nurture kids receive at camp makes it a great environment to endure setbacks, try new (and thereby maybe a little frightening) things, and see that improvement comes when you give something another try. Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley helps conquer fears.
7. Unplug from technology – When kids take a break from TV, cell phones, and the Internet, they rediscover their creative powers and engage the real world— real people, real activities, and real emotions. They realize, there’s always plenty to do. Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley is real!
6. Develop life-long skills – Camps provide the right instruction, equipment and facilities for kids to enhance their sports abilities, their artistic talents, and their adventure skills. The sheer variety of activities offered at Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley makes it easy for kids to discover and develop what they like to do. Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley expands every child’s abilities.
5. Grow more independent – Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley is the perfect place for older Scouts to practice making decisions for themselves. Managing their daily choices in the safe, caring environment of camp, Scouts welcome this as a freedom to blossom in new directions. Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley helps Scouts develop who they are.
4. Have free time for play – Free from the scheduled routines of home and school, life at Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley gives children much needed time to just play. Camp is a slice of carefree living where kids can relax, laugh, and be silly. At Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley we play!
3. Learn social skills – Coming to Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley means joining a close-knit community where everyone must agree to cooperate and respect each other. When they live in a campsite with others, Scouts share responsibilities, resolve disagreements, and see firsthand the importance of sincere communication. Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley builds teamwork.
2. Reconnect with nature – Outdoor experience enriches Scouts perception of the world and supports healthy child development. Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley gets Scouts back outside.
1. Make true friends – Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley is the place where Scouts make their very best friends. Free from the social expectations pressuring them at school, camp encourages kids to relax and make friends easily. All the fun at camp draws everyone together— singing, laughing, talking, playing, doing almost everything together. Everyday, Camp Tuckahoe and Hidden Valley creates friendships.
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
- 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 2019 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.