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Distinguished Unit Criteria

The Baden-Powell Council is pleased to announce a Distinguished Unit Program that offers incentives and discounts to units - Packs, Troops, Crews and Ships - that qualify. Benefits include:

  1. $25 per boy discount on the in-council summer resident camp programs.
  2. Free unit tent camping from September 1st to June 1st at either of our council camps.

All qualifications must be met between the end of the previous year’s summer camp program and prior to the unit attending camp in the current calendar year. If a unit qualifies after the early bird registration deadlines, late fees for payment still apply. If a unit has paid in full before the early bird deadline, a credit will be applied to their unit account.

All Baden-Powell Council Packs, Troops, Crews, and Ships must complete the following requirements:

  1. 100% of the registered unit leadership must be Youth Protection Trained as noted on the "Adult Training Statistics Report" available from the Scout Office.
  2. Qualify as a Bronze, Silver or Gold unit under the Journey to Excellence Program for the preceding year.
  3. Working with your District Executive and District Chairman, create an agreed upon achievable Friends of Scouting goal and an achievable Popcorn goal that will allow as many families as possible to participate in Friends of Scouting and as many Scouts as possible to sell popcorn. 

Troops, Ships and Crews must complete one of the following:

  1. Participate in one or more of the fall and spring work days at either Baden-Powell Council camp.
  2. As a unit, conduct a Service Project pre-approved by the Camp Ranger at one of the council camps (generally more than $500 in documented value) since the end of the prior year summer camp program.

Download the requirements from the Council website Camping Forms Page

Cub Scout Camps

Baden-Powell Council web page on Cub Camping

Cub Day Camps

Check out our Cub Scout Day Camp promotional video on YouTube!

Locations and 2018 Dates:

Facility Name Date Location
Nathaniel Cole Park - This Broome County park located on Colesville Road features a 53-acre lake with twin areas of white sand as well as self-guided nature trails, including a 1.5 mile loop around the scenic lake. It is the largest protected beach in the Broome County Park System. From STEM to Scout Skills, BB Gun, Archery, Swimming and Ga-Ga Ball, your Scout is sure to enjoy this camp.

June 26-29

Harpursville, NY
Montrose Campground (new location) - located in the beautiful Endless Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania, this secluded paradise boasts fantastic views and offers endless possibilities. Featuring scenic wooded trails, a beautiful pond and many things to do, your Scout is bound to have a memorable week! Swimming, Archery, BB guns, Hiking, Science, Crafts and more will be offered at this NEW LOCATION! July 9-13 Montrose, PA
Oxford Rod & Gun Club / Bowman Lake State Park - The Oxford Rod and Gun Club is the premier sportsman paradise for girls and boys of all ages. Camp will begin the day at this location. Bowman Lake is a State Park known as a "camper's paradise". It is a scenic park with hiking trails lined with evergreen and hardwoods. There is also a sandy lake front that is regularly stocked with trout. Bowman Lake Activities will include swimming and fishing, while the other activities of BB guns, Archery, Scout Crafts, Sports, Hiking, Scout Skills, and Nature/Science will take place at the Rod and Gun Club. July 16-20 Oxford, NY
Izaak Walton League -  one of the nation's most respected conservation organizations in our country. The Cortland Chapter was organized in 1939. Their lands and clubhouse are located at 530 State Route 41A in Homer, New York. The property consists of 79 pristine acres of mostly wooded hills, streams, pond and fields. Their members, men and women, are active conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts. They graciously welcome us to their facility annually and we are truly grateful for their support. July 23-27 Homer, NY
Tioga County Sportsmen's Association - Owego Day Camp is a fun filled week of great Scout activities on a 100 acre facility that is sure to give plenty of room for adventure. Aug 6-10 Owego, NY
Camp Barton - a Baden-Powell Council camp located on 300 acres on Frontenac Point on the west shore of Cayuga Lake in New York State's Finger Lakes. It is approximately nine miles north of Ithaca, New York. Your Scout can feel the history of Scout camping when they explore this beautiful camp.  Aug 13-17 Trumansburg, NY

Online registration for Cub Scout Day Camp will be available. To access this feature you just follow these steps:

1. go to www.bpcouncil.org
2. click on the camping tab located on the top
3. look under cub scout camping section and click on the online registration line.
4. choose the camp you want and scroll down until you see the register button.
5. click on the button and begin the registration process.

For more information, and to register online, see the Council Website

Cub Adventure Weekends - Camp Barton and Camp Tuscarora

Cub Scout Family Adventure Weekends are offered twice a year (Spring and Fall) at our Camps—Barton and Tuscarora. Cub Scouts of all ranks are encouraged to attend these weekends with their parents/guardians and siblings. Here’s a chance to come and see what our Camps have to offer, to experience the great outdoors, and to have fun.

For information and registration, see the Baden-Powell Council Cub Camping Page

Want to see what Cub Adventure Weekend is like?
We've got pages of pictures from the Fall 2007 Barton Weekend - Spring 2009 Barton WeekendFall 2009 Barton Weekend - Fall 2012 Barton Weekend - Fall 2015 Barton Weekend

2018 Dates

  • October 6-7, 2018 - Fall Cub Adventure Weekend at Camp Barton 

  • October 13-14, 2018 - Fall Cub Adventure Weekend at Camp Tuscarora

Cub Scouts of all ranks are encouraged to attend these weekends with their parents/guardians and siblings. Here's a chance to see what our camps have to offer, to experience the great outdoors and to have lots of fun!!

Registration is from 8:00 am to 9:45 am on Saturday morning; the program concludes after the Campfire program that evening. For those that choose to stay overnight at either Camp breakfast will be provided on Sunday morning at 8am prior to departure.

The cost is $20.00 per Cub Scout and $15.00 per adult or sibling and includes three meals and a Saturday night snack. Reservations and payment are due, BY PACK, to the Council Service Center no later than 7 days prior to the start of the weekend you are attending.

Registration forms and information are available from the Baden-Powell Council Website - download and complete your form and send it in today!!

Come join us for a weekend like no other!!

Call the Baden-Powell Council Camping Dept. at (607) 648-7888 x113 with any questions!

Cub Resident Camps

Cub Scout Resident Camping is a multi-day and overnight experience that is held at one of our two council Camps – Barton and Tuscarora. These programs allow your Cub Scout to get a taste of what our Camps have to offer and to start developing the skills to become a Boy Scout. From Hiking in the Woods, to Swimming in the Lakes, to Shooting a Bow and Arrow, our Cub Scout Resident Camps provide your Scout with the thrill of a life-time!!

Cub Scouts are organized into Dens with other Boys of their age and then spend their time visiting the Program Areas throughout the Camps. Activities include: Archery, BB Gun Shooting, Swimming, Boating, Handicrafts, Scout Craft Skills and Sports. Camp Staff deliver the exciting and fast-paced program with a Theme unique to the Camp and the year (past themes have included Pirates, Knights in Armor, the Gold Rush, Mysteries, and Space Exploration). 

2018 Cub Resident Camp Dates

  • Camp Tuscarora: Theme to be announced - July 29-August 3 (full week) / Half weeks: July 29-Aug 1 and Aug 2-5
  • Camp Barton: Rocky Mountain Rendezvous - August 9-11

Want to see what Cub Resident Camp is like? We've got pages of pictures:

The Barton Flats Gold Rush -  2011 Camp Barton Resident Camp

The Quest for the Barton Grail - 2012 Camp Barton Resident Camp 

A Study in Azure - 2013 Camp Barton Resident Camp

Leatherstocking Tales - 2014 Camp Barton Resident Camp

Space Invaders - 2015 Camp Barton Resident Camp

Camp Cretaceous - 2016 Camp Barton Resident Camp

Barton School of Mystery and Magic - 2017 Camp Barton Resident Camp

Boy Scout Camps

Baden-Powell Council operates two Scout Camps: 

Summer camp packages will be mailed to Scout leaders in mid February.  The camps fill up quickly - if your unit hasn't made a reservation yet, be sure to do so soon! 

Leader's and Administrative guides, Information and forms can be downloaded from the Council Camping Forms page 

Need help to go to camp? Download a Campership Form and submit it to the Council Office right away!

Fees for the 2018 camping season have been established:

  Distinguished Unit Fee Regular Fee
Early Bird Discount (paid before May 15th) $360 $385
Regular Fee (after May 15th) $390 $415
Provisional Camper (not camping with troop)
  Early Bird Fee (before May 15th)
n/a $415
Provisional Camper Fee (after May 15th) n/a $435

Download a copy of the 2018 Fee Schedule (PDF)

Click here to watch the new YouTube video on Camp Barton!

2018 Boy Scout Summer Camp Dates: 

  • July 1-7 - Boy Scout Summer Camps - week 1

  • July 8-14 - Boy Scout Summer Camps - week 2

  • July 15-21 - Boy Scout Summer Camps - week 3

  • July 22-28 - Boy Scout Summer Camps - week 4

  • July 29-Aug 4 - Boy Scout Summer Camp - week 5 (Camp Barton only)

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