Theodore Roosevelt Council BSA
Livingston Manor, New York
Located in Livingston Manor, New York, Onteora Scout Reservation consists of 1,400 acres and adjoins the Catskill State Forest Preserve. It was opened in 1955 due to overcrowding in Camp Wauwepex (now Schiff Scout Reservation on Long Island, NY). The camp was closed for a brief period in its history and reopened with pride in 1998.
Owned and operated by the Theodore Roosevelt Council, the camp is appropriately nicknamed “The Land in the Sky” due to its location in the heart of the Catskills. The camp surrounds a lake also appropriately named Orchard Lake because below the water are remnants of an old orchard that was flooded.
While Onteora is primarily a summer camp (late June to early August), it is also available for other camping events as well. Troops are welcome to enjoy the pristine setting outside of the regular camping season, to host their own activities and programs. The Order of the Arrow holds work weekends each year at the camp so that OA members can provide cheerful service clearing trails – putting up tents – building platforms – painting – making camp the best that it can be. The Onteora Alumni Association also host several activities during the year at Onteora to also provide service and for to offer alumni an opportunity to gather and celebrate their camping history at Onteora. Another fun event hosted at Onteora each February is Blue Nose – a specialized winter camping experience in the snow and cold of the Catskill Mountains!
SO – is your unit looking for a special summer adventure – Onteora is the answer!
Boy Scouts of different rank and age will have a wide variety of programs to choose from. While Onteora is a camp rooted in tradition its programs are developed with the needs of today’s scouts and leaders in mind.
The Theodore Roosevelt Council’s priority is to provide a top notch resident camping experience at Onteora Scout Reservation supported by a well trained staff committed to exceptional customer service, great food, a variety of program and well maintained facilities.
Program includes 80+ merit badges for scouts (art, swimming, horsemanship, robotics and much more) as well as a multitude of other programs including ATV, night mountain biking, astronomy outpost, climbing and more!! Leaders are invited to participate in the camp program and sometimes have their own activities including golf (in the woods of OSR, it is a bit challenging), SM shoot competition, hiking, etc.
The above link will take you to all pertinent information for summer camp for leaders, scouts and staff!
If your unit is looking for a weekend camping adventure, below are several links to help you finalize your arrangements:
On site facilities that you can rent:
Links to map and registration:
If you are visiting the area with your unit, here are a few activities you can do nearby, using Onteora as your hub:
The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum
Catskill Hatchery (845-439-4328) is located in Sullivan County near the Village of Livingston Manor, and near two of New York State’s fabled trout streams, the Beaver Kill and Willowemoc Creek. This facility specializes in rearing brown trout and it maintains a brood stock capable of producing two million eggs. About 115,000 pounds of brown trout are produced annually.
Mongaup Pond is nearby offering hiking trails, etc.
Visit Landers for some tubing, rafting or canoeing! Spend a day on the river at Narrowsburg, NY – a short drive from Onteora.
There are a number of great hikes in camp:
And there are lots of trails throughout the area in the Catskill Mountains! You can home base from Onteora and then spend the day out on the trail!
Whether you are looking for a weekend adventure for your unit or want to have a summertime experience that you’ll still be talking about in the snow of January – Onteora is the answer!
Come Home – Come to the Land In The Sky!