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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.
Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation, Stanhope, NJ
August 13 ~19, 2017
The week of August 14-20, 2016 is Specialty Resident Camps Week at Camp Somers. Individual Scouts are invited to register for the most fun a Scout has ever had at camp! We have five focused programs. Pick your favorite, tell your friends, and be there for a great week!
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!
Back by popular demand! Backwoods Engineering Camp is a weeklong STEM experience held at Camp Somers for First Class Scouts and above who are interested in building and accomplishing tasks beyond the normal Scouting program. This program sells out every year, so sign up early!!
Over the course of the week, the group will build a trestle bridge, signal tower, catapult, suspension bridge, and raft using spars and ropes. You 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. Scouts will form their own in-camp troop for the week and will also participate in camp-wide and fun activities at Camp Somers.
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.
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.
750 Waterloo Road
Stanhope, NJ 07874
(973) 347-2240 (in season)
Camp Somers Program Director
James Hitchings • 973-765-9322 x419
Keith Dlugosz • (973) 765-9322 x412
John Dorn • (973) 765-9322 x238
The Warren Wheeler Adventureship is available to help families who need help covering the camp costs.