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.

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.

Portable Outdoor Program  Exciting program venues that are easily transportable.  Put some POP in your Cub outdoor programs.

Pack Overnight Form     This site appraisal form is to be used by the local BSA council to evaluate pack overnight family camping locations. It should be kept on file in the council office for local unit reference and is periodically reviewed for accuracy.

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!

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)

Garden State Council Winter Camper Award Council shoulder patch for 2020 features the Jersey Devil making a snowman of himself with snowy pine trees in the background

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!