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Camping

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.

Summer Camp in Garden State Council

The Cub Scout Outdoor Program

Cub Scout families have opportunities to go camping and to participate in outdoor adventures.  Lessons learned in the out-of-doors help to develop a life-long respect for the environment. Other Pack adventures are available at “camp-ins” offered by non-Scouting organizations at such locations as museums and ball parks. Click the button to download the current list of Garden State Council-approved locations for Pack camping and “camp-in” adventures.

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. 

Roosevelt Scout Reservation logo

Roosevelt Scout Reservation

Home of our Camp Roosevelt Scouts BSA Summer Camp

Features

COPE Course

ATVs

Shooting Sports

Tent Sites, Lean-Tos, Cabins

Pine Tree Education & Environmental Center

Features

Orienteering Course

Cub Scout Shooting Sports

Tent Sites, Cabins

Pine Hill Scout Reservation

Features

Convenient to Philadelphia

Shooting Sports

Canoeing / Fishing

Outdoor Event Space

Tent Sites, Lean-Tos, Cabins

Camp Grice

Features

Convenient to Camp Roosevelt

Outdoor Event Space

Tent Sites

Camping Awards

Camping provides its own rewards, but certain camping activities can earn Scouts and Scouters in Troops and Crews additional recognition from Garden State Council!

Garden State Council's 4-star camping award patch is square with the state of NJ in the middle and the names of each of our camping properties around the edges

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)

Contact your unit’s District Executive to apply for the award.

Garden State Council Winter Camper Award patch for 2022 shows a cute Jersey Devil playing ice hockey

Winter Camper Award

Scouts, Venturers, and adult leaders who camp “under canvas” at least 4 nights between December 1 and March 30 can earn the Garden State Council Winter Camper award! Nights spent outdoors do not need to be consecutive, but the daytime activities associated with the campout should be mostly outside as well. This special Council Shoulder Patch changes every year! Click the button below for all of the details and the submission form. The special patch is available for purchase from the Council office.