Organized camping is a creative, educational experience in cooperative group living in the outdoors. It uses the natural surroundings to contribute significantly to physical, mental, spiritual, and social growth.
- Camping contributes to good health.
- Camping helps campers develop self-reliance and resourcefulness.
- Camping enhances spiritual growth.
- Camping contributes to social development.
- Camping is an experience in citizenship training.
- Camping at the Cub Scout level introduces kids to the knowledge and skills that they will learn and apply more thoroughly as a Scout.
The Cub Scout Outdoor Program
Camping at the Cub Scout level introduces kids to and helps them develop outdoor skills at an age-appropriate level that will later be applied more thoroughly as a Scout.
The Scouts BSA Outdoor Program
Outdoor adventure is the promise made to boys and girls when they join Scouting. Young people yearn for outdoor programs that stir their imagination and interest.
Outdoor Adventure Resources
Garden State Council Camps
Our Council camp properties offer a wide range of activities, as well as a great place for units to run their own programs. Visit our property reservation site for details about each camp’s features.
Camping provides its own rewards, but certain camping activities can earn Scouts and Scouters in Troops and Crews additional recognition from Garden State Council!
4 Star Camping Award
Spend at least 1 night at each of 4 Garden State Council camping properties within a 2-year period.
- Roosevelt Scout Reservation
- Pine Hill Scout Reservation
- Pine Tree Education and Environmental Center
- Halgas Scout Reservation (back country camping)
Winter Camper Award
Scouts, Venturers, and adult leaders who camp "under canvas" at least 4 non-consecutive nights between December 1 and March 30 can earn the Garden State Council Winter Camper award! This special Council Shoulder Patch changes every year!