In the 1970s and again in the 1990s, upstate New York went through a huge consolidation of small, historic councils.
The Allegheny Highlands Council serves Scouts in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties in New York and McKean and Potter counties in Pennsylvania. It has two camps: Camp Merz and Elk Lick Scout Reserve. The council is divided into 3 districts:
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Baden-Powell Council was formed in 1998 by the merger of the former Baden-Powell Council (headquartered in Dryden, NY) and Susquenango Council (headquartered in Binghamton, NY). The council's new headquarters are in Binghamton, NY. The council covers five counties in New York State—Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Tioga and Tompkins—as well as Susquehanna County in Pennsylvania.
As of late-2006, the Council has five districts:
The Baden-Powell Council operates two Scout Camps:
Camp Barton has nine summer camping sites with 2- and 4-man platform tents, as well as winter lean-tos in one of the two gorges which surround the camp. The camp facilities include many water-based activities on the camp's half-mile of waterfront, including rowing, motorboating, sailing, waterskiing and swimming, as well as handicrafts, nature, rifle and archery ranges, and scoutcraft areas. Camp Barton also has a special Intro to SCUBA course.
The camp's buildings and cabins are available for off-season use by Scouting and other youth organizations. For more information contact the Council Office.
The camp has twelve summer camping sites with 2-man platform tents. It also has four winter units with a center lodge equipped with wood stoves, refrigerators and electricity and four 8-man lean-tos. Camp Tuscarora also offers a renovated Nature lodge, dining hall, a nationally known Handicraft program, and a climbing wall.
The Finger Lakes Council serves the Finger Lakes region of New York. The council Service Center is located in Geneva, NY. Its camp is Camp Babcock–Hovey, located in Ovid, NY. In 2007 the camp had a gravel Road put in from the entrance to the Dinning Hall and in 2008 constructed a new Science and Tech Building to be used to promote Science and Technology to 14-18 year olds. The council is divided into 2 districts as of July 1 2008:
Five Rivers Council serves Scouts in the Southern tier of New York and the Northern tier of Pennsylvania. The council is divided into four districts:
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It operates two camps: Camp Brulé, in central Pennsylvania, and Camp Gorton on Waneta Lake in New York.
Camp Brulé (pronounced "Brul-a"), named after Etienne Brule, is in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania. It was founded by the General Sullivan Council with headquarters in Athens and jurisdiction over Bradford, Tioga and Sullivan Counties.
The camp covers the forty two acres of Elk Lake and of forest land bordering it. Pancost Hall and Crandall Hall are memorials to Alfred H. Pancost, Chief Scout Executive and founder, and to Harry H. Crandall, first president of the Council.
On the parade ground a native boulder bears a bronze plaque in memory of Eagle Scout twin brothers from Troop 2, Towanda, Pennsylvania, Air Force Lieutenants John R. and William G. Winter. Born August 11, 1925, they were killed in action in World War II on August 11, 1945. The plaque was erected by employees of the Patterson Screen Company.
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The council is divided into six districts:
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The World Brotherhood Camporee is a weekend-long camping trip that Boy Scouts from Canada and the U.S. participate in. The camporee is an annual event and takes place either in the Hiawatha Seaway Council, New York or in the Loyalist Area of the Voyageur Council, Ontario, Canada.
The main events include Council Strip trading and a dance party.
Its districts are: Rockland, Heritage, Delaware River, and Dutchess.
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The Otschodela Council of the Boy Scouts of America provides among the highest quality scouting programs, training and events. Serving the needs of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties in upstate New York.
Otschodela Council was formed in 1924 as the Otsego-Schoharie Council; the third county added in 1926 and the name changed to Otschodela (OTsego-SCHOharie-DELAware). Otschodela Council, headquartered in Oneonta, NY, has retained its name and three-county borders ever since. It is divided into two districts:
Within its programs the council provides opportunities for scouts to participate in summer camp at Boy Scout Camp Henderson, camporees, day camps and more. It provides valuable leader training at all levels of scouting.
Henderson Scout Reservation is made up of over of woodlands and is home to a lake that are both managed and maintained for the best possible Scouting experience. It has twelve campsites located in close proximity to the program facilities. It runs six weeks of Boy Scout Summer Camp Programs and Webelos Summer Camps The camp also provides year-round camping at any of its lodging facilities, campsites or lean-tos.
Located 20 minutes away from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta. The Otschodela Council with the National Baseball Hall of Fame has developed a Boy Scout national patch for the Baseball Hall of Fame Scavenger Hunt.
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The John M. Schiff Scout Reservation is named after John M. Schiff, the son of Mortimer L. Schiff; both of whom were World Scout Committee members and notable early Boy Scouts of America (BSA) leaders. The reservation is operated by Theodore Roosevelt Council, BSA and located near Wading River, New York.
The reservation comprises camp located in the Long Island Pine Barrens and surrounds the 30 acre "Deep Pond". It was originally named Camp Wauwepex in 1921 in Miller Place. In 1922, it was moved to its present location. At the time the camp comprised . Camp Wauwepex was renamed the John M. Schiff Scout Reservation when the Mortimer L. Schiff Scout Reservation was closed in 1979.
The reservation ceased being used as a summer camp in 1976, but still gets lots of use for troop, family, district and council events.
Onteora Scout Reservation is located in Livingston Manor, New York. The camp consists of and adjoins the Catskill State Forest Preserve. It was opened in 1955 due to overcrowding in Camp Wauwepex. At its peak in the early seventies, it was the nation's third largest Boy Scout Camp in terms of attendance (after Philmont and Ten Mile (16 km) River,) accommodating 1200 Scouts at a time utilizing two dining halls and three water fronts. It was closed in 1991 and reopened in 1998 with a completely volunteer staff, and in 2003 opened for a full season with a paid staff. It is the only Boy Scout camp to have been closed, and then reopened.
The council has 4 districts:
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The council maintains five camps, three of which are used as summer residency camps.
Rotary Scout Reservation is a Boy Scout camp of the Twin Rivers Council, located in Poestenkill, New York. The original part of the camp was donated by the Troy Rotary Club in 1922. Summer camp program areas include the Trail to First Class Program, where young Scouts can work on requirements needed to earn Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class ranks. RSR offers 40 merit badges in 9 program areas. In addition to the merit badge option, RSR offers an open schedule which allows Scouts to plan their day with a variety of outdoor experiences. The camp also offers several additional program areas designed to appeal to older Scouts, which include COPE, Mountain Biking, Chillicothe, and Thunderbird Corps.
RSR's totem is the Thunderbird.
The Chillicothe program at RSR offers Scouts and Leaders a look at American Pioneer life in the 19th century. Scouts are encouraged to try their hand at activities such as candle making, flint and steel fire starting, blacksmithing, woodsman tools, tin-smithing and more. Chillicothe is a program unique to RSR, and it is an often underutilized program. It was designed to encourage the return of older Scouts who had earned most of the merit badges offered by the camp.
Other council camps are:
Camp Wakpominee offers both Year Round Camping and an excellent Summer Camp. The camp is located on over in the Adirondacks in Upstate New York and boasts one lake and three ponds. The summer program, run by national camp school graduates and trained instructors, is designed to meet the needs of all Scouts, from Cubs to Eagles. The Summer camp offers two week long Cub Day Camp sessions as well as a six week long Boy Scout Resident camp. The Camp also offers Adirondack treks throughout the Summer Camp season.
Edith Macy Conference Center is a national conference and training facility of the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) It is located in Briarcliff Manor, New York. The site has had four names: Camp Edith Macy (C.E.M.) - University In The Woods, Edith Macy Training School, Edith Macy Girl Scout National Center and since 1982, Edith Macy Conference Center. However, it is often simply referred to as Macy. The John J. Creedon Education Center and Camp Andree Clark are part of the complex. Macy hosted the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Fourth International Conference in 1926. Camp Andree Clark hosted the GSUSA's Silver Jubilee Camp in 1937.