While Scouts are not able to experience the pristine wilderness that is Hidden Valley Scout Reservation or Camp Tuckahoe this summer due to COVID-19, staff members from both camps have combined forces to ensure that Scouts from our Council and all across the country can still receive a summer Scouting program like no other. Scouts will be able to participate in these programs from the comfort and safety of their own homes. We’ll be offering lots of virtual merit badge sessions, entertaining campfire programs, virtual Cub Scout adventures, interactive camp-wide activities, and much more.
As Baden-Powell said, “The open-air is the real objective of Scouting and the key to its success.” We know that Scouting is done best in the outdoors. That is why one of our main goals for our summer programs is to get you into the outdoors. We also know camp is home to so many Scouts and Scouters, which is why our theme for this summer is “Camp Is Where Home Is.” We do not want this just another virtual summer camp with everything happening on a screen. We want it to be an authentic Scouting experience involving the outdoors, Scout spirit, and camp traditions.
Our summer program offerings will consist of five different sessions – three Scouts BSA weeks, and two Cub Scout sessions. Our staff will use a mix of ZOOM and Google Classroom to deliver these programs. Program materials, counselor instructions, and requirement turn-ins will take place on Google Classroom, while live classes, teaching, and camp-wide activities will take place on ZOOM. When not using Google Classroom or ZOOM, Scouts will be in the outdoors engaging with the nature that is right in front of them.
To be able to participate in our summer program, participants will need a computer/tablet, an internet connection, and the ZOOM app (free to download onto your computer or tablet).
The New Birth of Freedom Council always makes the protection and welfare of youth our top priority. For this reason, Scouts are highly encouraged to complete their age-appropriate Cyber Chip if they have not done so already. As always, all camp staff and counselors comply with Pennsylvania-mandated background clearances and BSA youth protection training. To also ensure our program is as safe as possible, there will be two counselors leading each merit badge class or Cub Scout adventure.
Please check the New Birth of Freedom Council’s social media accounts and our website often to see if there are any new updates or changes. As we get closer to when programs will begin, we will be providing participants with all the information they need to know. Before each session, we will also send you any pertinent information you need for your specific session.
Participant’s Guides for Scouts BSA and Cub Scouts are available on their respective program pages. These guides will provide you with detailed information about the program, how to sign up, and lots of details. Please be sure to read the Participant’s Guide to gather a full understanding of the program and expectations of participants.
How to Sign Up
All registrations for “Camp Is Where Home Is” virtual summer camp programs will be done through our online event registration system called Tentaroo. Every Scout participant will need to sign up as an individual participant, rather than having their unit sign up all the individual Scouts from that unit that are participating. Parents or guardians will need to create a personal Tentaroo profile if they have not already done so. When signing up, please make sure your mailing address and email address are correct. Registration will close when a class is full or the Wednesday before the start of each session. Registration opens at 9 AM on June 16.
Scouts BSA participants will be able to select their session and merit badge times during the registration process.
Need help creating an individual Tentaroo account? Follow this guide for step-by-step assistance