Seascout-Net Mail Archive for July of 1999: Re: high adventure local camps
Re: high adventure local camps
Wed, 28 Jul 1999 05:19:26 -0400
Jason Cruse asked about available High Adventure Camps on
firstname.lastname@example.org, and I though my answer may be of interest here as
Ship 90 just spent a great week at our own Camp Barton.
(It's a great camp for Sea Scouts.)
(1) Location: On the western shore of Cayuga Lake in NY, on Frontenac
Point, about 2 miles north of Taughannock Point (follow rte 89 N from
Ithaca NY). Using an online map search, look for Trumansburg NY, and
follow Trumansburg Creek (aka Frontenac Creek) to Frontenac Point on the
(2) Dates: There were 4 weeks of camp for 1999 (the entire month of
July), and camp was booked full. I've heard there *may* be 5 (or
possibly even 6) weeks for 2000. Checkin is 1-4 Sunday PM, checkout is
noonish Saturday (before lunch). I'd recommend planning on the 2nd half
of July. There's been some discussion about making the 5th/6th week(s)
strictly a Venturing high adventure or Ranger / Sea Scout program, but
that's very preliminary and tentative. That would be in the 1st half or
middle of August.
(3) Cost: Basic cost (1999, in council) is $160/youth, $60/leader, 1
leader free for every 8 youth or major fraction thereof (5/13/21/29/etc;
as always, a minimum of 2 leaders is required PER CAMPSITE, but small
units can share a campsite and pool leadership); plus extras: $5 for
motorboating, $5 for waterskiing, $20 for Introduction to SCUBA, $$$ for
SCUBA certification. Rates have not been set for 2000 yet.
(4) Program: Mostly your standard Boy Scout camp program, but with a
fantastic waterfront (Cayuga Lake). Board Sailing, Canoeing, Rowing,
Motorboating, SCUBA (5 hours for Intro, 30+ hours for certification),
Sailing (several Sunfish, two Hobie Cats, a Sidewinder, a Pegasus(?),
and two 25' Sloops), Snorkling, and Waterskiing. Ship 90 also made use
of the archery range and climbing tower. One of the Boy Scout program
features that may be of interest is the Ironman Challenge: 1 mile swim,
2 miles solo canoe, and a 3 mile run. Somthing different from most
camps I've been in: bugle calls for reveille, mess, and taps; plus a
drum and bugle corps for retreat. The staff was fantastic. (Only 2
first year staff members.)
Sell it? The best I can say is that in the past 13 years, Ship 90 has
not voted to do the same Long Cruise two years in a row, except for
Delaware River canoe trips; until now. The crew members (at least,
those who went this year) want to spend TWO weeks at Camp Barton next
(5) Contact: Camps Manager; Baden-Powell Council, BSA; PO Box 66
Southview Station; Binghamton, NY 13903. Phone: 607-729-9161.
(6) Web addresses:
sites.tier.net/badenpowell/ - council home page
sites.tier.net/badenpowell/camps.htm - Camp Barton & Camp Tuscarora
(7) Area Attractions:
N: Sterling (Renaissance Festival), Oswego (USCG Station).
NE: Cooperstown (baseball hall of fame, Howe Caverns and others), the
Adirondak Wilderness Area.
E/SE: not much close, but NYC is about 5 hours in that direction, and
there's white water canoing/rafting on the Hudson River.
S: Owego (Tioga Speedway).
SE: Soaring (Endicott), Ship 90's home port (New Milford PA), Camp
Tuscarora (between Windsor and Deposit, on the NY/PA border), white
water canoeing on the Delaware River (NY/PA or NJ/PA), Ten Mile River
Scout Reservation (upper Delaware River), white water rafting on the
Lehigh River (PA).
SW: Corning (Corning Glass Works), Elmira (Mark Twain's home, Mark Twain
Summer Theater, National Aircraft/Soaring Museum, Soaring), Grand Canyon
W: Watkins Glen (gorge and Speedway), Letchworth State Park, Allegheny
NW: USCG Stations Rochester and Buffalo, Six Flags Darien Lake, Niagara
NW-NE: Various locks along the Erie Canal and NY Barge Canal systems.
Plus: Vinyards and wineries throughout the Finger Lakes Region.
And: probably a lot of things that aren't occuring to me off hand.
Mark Ritter - RitterME@stny.rr.com - Committee Member
Sea Scout Ship 90 - The S.S.S. North Star - New Milford PA
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