Specialty Camps

Join us for one week only!
August 12-18

Specialty Camps

Specialty Camps

Specialty Camps

Specialty Camps

Specialty Camps

Specialty Camps



For everyone who planned to attend Philmont this summer, please know Patriots’ Path Council has incredible camp experiences for you! Register today for one of our hiking treks in the Adirondack Mountains. Our experienced voyagers at Sabattis Treks will be running canoe treks through the month of July, and if necessary, will stay on-hand into August.


We also have some unique programs at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation in Stanhope, NJ the week of August 12 – 18. Spend an entire week immersed in one of these specialty programs: Aquatics, Backwoods Engineering, Climbing, Cross Training, Eagles Nest, or Shooting Sports. Pick one, bring a friend, and have an unforgettable experience.

Specialty Camp - Backwoods Engineering

One week only – August 12 – 18!

Specialty Camp - Aquatics

One week only – August 12 – 18!

Specialty Camp - Climbing

One week only – August 12 – 18!


Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation, Stanhope, NJ
One week only!
August 12 ~ 18, 2018

FORMS & RESOURCES Specialty Camps

BEFORE CAMP: medical record, busing schedule, guides, online roster (troops/crews), Youth Protection Training.
DURING CAMP: directions, camp map, ATV permission form, dining hall menu, merit badges.
AFTER CAMP: replacement blue cards child care camp receipts.

Specialty Camps at Camp Somers

Camp Somers is proud to offer more specialty camp options than ever this summer. Our highly trained and enthusiastic staff promises to provide a memorable experience for every Scout no matter which specialty camp he chooses. Pick your favorite, bring a friend, and enjoy an experience that will last a lifetime.

Aquatics Camp

Enjoy 5 fun-filled days on and in the water while working towards your rowing, canoeing, kayaking, small boat sailing, swimming, and life-saving merit badges. Every day you will have the opportunity to be in the water.

Sunday will be spent in the water. You will take your swim test, learn about life-saving and participate in water activities. Free time will be spent at the iceberg! On Monday you will work on perfecting your boating skills and Tuesday will focus on sailing. There will be a trip to Lake Hopatcong on Wednesday where you will receive in-depth sailing instruction and sail on the largest freshwater body in New Jersey! On Thursday and Friday you choose your aquatic activities! Every day the action continues into the evening when we’ll have a blast at the other camp program areas!

Backwoods Engineering Camp



  • Do you love to lash?
  • Do you want to learn how to build challenging towers, bridges, catapults, and more using nothing but sticks, rope, pioneering tools and your own hands?
  • Are you interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics?
  • Do you just want to have fun?

Then register now for Backwoods EngineeringBackwoods Engineering Camp is a weeklong STEM experience for First Class Scouts and above who are interested in building and accomplishing tasks beyond the normal Scouting program. This is an individual sign-up – so come by yourself or bring a friend. Over the course of the week, the group will build trestle bridges, a signal tower, a catapult, a cable-stayed bridge, and rafts using spars and ropes. Participants will learn the principles of stable structures, stress, and load distribution. You will also learn about the six simple machines, how to use them, and how they permeate every aspect of our daily lives.

Scout will form their own in-camp troop and patrols for the week and will also participate in camp wide and fun activities at Camp Somers. We provide the leadership, campsite, meals, fun and Scouting. You provide the enthusiasm! Check out the Backwoods Engineering summer camp FAQs as well as our Backwoods Engineering resources and weekend programs HERE.



Climbing Week

Climbing gives Scouts the opportunity to develop their skills, and take their climbing to the next level. Before the end of the week, climbers find out just what they can do. Quite often, it’s more than they ever dreamed possible. Climbing fosters self-esteem, teamwork, communication and adventure. With multiple day trips, Scouts will get the opportunity to experience climbing in a variety of different locations.

Participants over the age of 16 will have the opportunity to earn BSA Climbing Instructors In Training certification, the first step in becoming a BSA Climbing Instructor.

Cross Training Camp

Scouting has recognized that physical fitness is important for over a hundred years. Get ready for your sports season, kickstart a new fitness plan, and get a head start on physical activity requirements. Under the guidance of experienced fitness professionals you can…

  • Learn how to set healty goals.
  • Make a plan that you can follow to reach your goals.
  • Learn and practice exercises that you can do to get and stay in shape.
Eagle's Nest Week

Get a jump on your Eagle required merit badges at Eagle’s Nest Week! Eagle’s Nest focuses on giving scouts the opportunity to work on some of the most challenging Merit Badges and requirements. From Family Life to Citizenship in the World, experienced councilors guide scouts as they strive for the highest rank in Scouting.

Visit the Eagle’s Nest page for details on the Eagle’s Nest program and Eagle’s Nest Year Round.

Shooting Sports Camp

Improve your marksmanship skills in a fun and safe environment. Rifles, shotgun shooting, archery, competitions, NRA Marksmanship program and more. Become totally immersed in shooting sports. Earn your rifle, shotgun, and archery merit badges. Work towards becoming a sharpshooter and attaining NRA certification. During the week you will have hands-on experience with different firearms and different scopes as well as target archery.

Sunday’s focus will be on safety.  Attend safety orientation, learn the range rules as well as firearm cleaning and maintenance.  On Monday you will begin qualifying for NRA ranks. The afternoon will focus on rifles with different scopes and in different positions. The focus on Tuesday is shotgun and archery.  You will have an opportunity to try your hand at Laporte archery which is like skeet shooting but you will use your bow and arrow.  See if you can hit the target midair! On Wednesday we’ll head over to Camp Wheeler to work with the larger caliber guns including the muzzleloader. On Thursday and Friday, you pick your own program! Pick any area or you can choose to attend the NJDEP Hunter Safety Course. Every day the action continues into the evening when we’ll have a blast at the other camp program areas!


Experience a full week of awesome and challenging activities involving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This is the week to work on your Astronomy, Nuclear Science, Chemistry, Game Design, Environmental Science, Plant Science, Nature, Mammal Study and Weather merit badges!

Learn about astrophotography, work with the STEM group and build simple machines, and dive deeper into robotics. The activities run throughout the day and the evening. Monday night will be our famous canoe wars and the other evenings will have astronomy activities.


Camp Somers
750 Waterloo Road
Stanhope, NJ 07874
(973) 347-2240 (in season)

Camp Somers Program Director
James Hitchings • 973-765-9322 x419

Reservation Director
Dave Lage • (973) 271-0793

Camping Services
Richard Hawkins • (973) 765-9322 x225

Financial Assistance
The Warren Wheeler Adventureship is available to help families who need help covering the camp costs.