Camp Meade is our long-term Scouts BSA Camp. The summer camp operation runs for six weeks during June, July and August. Reservations for the camping year can be made by contacting the Hawk Mountain Council Service Center at (610) 926-3406 during regular business hours.
The camp offers the full range of Scout summertime activities. Reary Pool and the lake offer a full aquatic program including sailing and windsurfing for older Scouts. The Meridian Nature Pavilion provides a center for Ecology Conservation study. Shooting Sports offers not only a rifle range but also archery, and shotgun shooting. Hafer Lodge is the center for Handicraft skills. The C.O.P.E. (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) program gives our older youth the chance for real adventure with low and high elements to encourage leadership and teamwork. Incorporated in the course is our rappelling tower open for use for all Scouts and Scouters. Commissioners provide support for Troops in Scout skill instruction. Some of those hard-to-get, required merit badges are offered by various departments.
Truly one of the unique features of Camp Meade is our food service. The Willits Dining Hall is an air conditioned dining area which seats 390 persons. An alternate form of dining available at our upper campsites is heaterstack service. Cooked meals are delivered to the site in heated containers up to three times a day. Your troop enjoys a pavilion in the site for this food service.
From the first-year camper to the veteran outdoorsman, Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation will meet your Troop’s needs. Also, the Reservation offers a Day Scout program and Provisional Camp. Information regarding these camps may be found below.
**Day Scout Program for Scouts BSA for 2019**
The Day Scout Program is for Scouts BSA who would like to attend a long-term camp without staying the night, allowing them the opportunity to earn merit badges. It is also open for Scouts desiring to earn additional merit badges who have already attended a long-term camp. The cost is $50 per day (normally for four days, totaling $200); this includes lunch. However, it does not include any additional merit badge supplies that may be required.
If a Scout is required to attend Friday to complete merit badges, the cost is an additional $50. Day Scouts, along with their Scoutmaster, must review and follow the Merit Badge requirements outlined in the 2019 Leaders Guidebook. Day Scouts must also verify merit badge sign-up on Monday morning (week of the Day Scout attendance) at 8:30 AM at the Camp Meade Headquarters. Additional information on their week of the Day Scout Program will be provided at that time.
The Day Scout must report to the Reservation Welcome Center prior to going to the Camp Meade Headquarters prior to the start of any merit badge session and sign in. They must also sign out at the Reservation Welcome Center at the end of the day. Completed and partial merit badge cards will be available for pickup on Friday of the attended week.
**New for 2019** HMSR New Provisional Troop Program
This year we will have a Provisional Troop every week at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation. HMSR will have each week 2 dedicated Leaders to be the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster for this Troop, these Leaders will be the same for our Trail to Eagle Program on Week 6. This will allow Scouts the ability to attend camp, who are unable to attend with their Troops or who want a second week of camp. Scouts will be placed in the provisional troop and leadership is provided.
A bit of history of the naming of Camp Meade
George Meade (1771-1808) was a Catholic business man who financed the army at Valley Forge and assisted in the Revolutionary cause. Meade was an ardent patriot and contributed large sums from his private fortune toward the cause of the colonies. Meade was a prominent citizen though he was not drawn to public office. He was, however, a member of the common council of Philadelphia in the years 1789-91.