BEFORE CAMP: medical record, information packet, orientation dates, information packet, busing details, and schedule.

DURING CAMP: directions, camp map, text alert system, absences, family campfire, and zero landfill camp details.

AFTER CAMP: advancements, lost and found

BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER Camp Resources

Watchung Reservation, Mountainside, NJ
6 week sessions July 3, 2017 ~ August 11, 2017

NEW F0R 2017

Shiver me timbers! There be pirates at camp this summer!

DAY CAMP FOR GIRLSwildflower day camp Wildflower Day Camp is a new day camp for girls perfect for siblings of Cub Scouts attending Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp as well as any girls entering grades 2-5 in the fall. Camp is held at the same time and location as Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp in Mountainside, NJ. The girls are divided into groups of 6-10 with no more than 2 groups per session and will participate in summer camp activities customized for the Wildflower camp.

For a nominal fee, campers may be dropped off between 7:30 and 8:00 am and/or picked up between 4:30 and 6:00 pm.

Tiger Rank-tTIGER CUBS entering first grade can now register for Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp. All Tiger Cubs must attend with a legal guardian, with no cost to the guardian.

Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp

Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp is one of two Cub Scout day camps for boys entering 2nd through 5th grades. The camp is nestled in the scenic 1,945-acre Watchung Reservation in Mountainside, NJ.  Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp has been providing a high-quality camp program for more than 35 years. The camp offers many fun activities for Cub Scouts including archery, crafts, BB guns, boating and fishing. The boys also take advantage of the Trailside Nature and Science Center, enjoy our waterslide and get to swim one day at a nearby pool.

Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp stresses Scouting values and provides a fun and safe summer program for boys. Our experienced staff is all youth protection trained. We offer a nationally accredited camp staff with a counselor to boy ratio of 1:4 and an EMT and/or RN on site.

Camp operates Monday to Friday from July 3 through August 11, 2017. Programs run daily from 8:45 am to 4:00 pm Come for one or more weeks!  We offer action-packed days with lots of fun and some learning too. Boys can purchase healthy snacks and camp merchandise at our trading post. And everyone gets a camp T-shirt and patch.

Bus transportation is provided from locations throughout Union, Somerset, SE Morris, Essex, and Middlesex counties.

Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp Schedule
Daily Opening Ceremony — Scouts participate in raising the American flag and the New Jersey state flag on our camp’s flagpoles.  Scouts recite the Scout oath and law and yell the Cub Scout motto – Do Your Best!!

Morning Program — The day begins with Den time before starting program. Dens rotate through various  program areas until lunch.

Afternoon Program — Program continues until 3:30 pm, when the entire camp gathers for closing ceremony.

Daily Closing Ceremony takes place daily. The Cubs retire the colors, learn to fold the American flag properly, and get ready to go home to rest up for another great day at camp!

Cub Scouts entering 4th or 5th grade will automatically be placed in the Webelos program when they register for day camp. Webelos will learn some of the Scout skills needed for their future careers as Boy Scouts. Webelos will also participate in more challenging, age-appropriate activities and have the opportunity to work on Webelos and Arrow of Light advancement. Each week, Webelos get a chance to take a short hike or canoe trip.

Cub Scout Resident Camp for Webelos
Webelos Resident Camp
at Winnebago Scout Reservation



For detailed directions, see Directions to Camp tab below.
452 New Providence Road
Mountainside, NJ 07092
Camp office (during season)


If you have any questions about camp or camp forms, please contact the Outdoor Program Department at 973-765-9322 x222 or [email protected].

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


Camp begins at 8:45 am and ends at 4:00 pm.

Below you will find lots of useful information about attending Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp, as well as the forms to complete and bring to orientation.

Orientation is highly recommended. If you cannot attend an orientation session, please send the completed forms with your son on the first day of camp or he will miss valuable program time until we receive all the completed forms.

Please review the Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp Parent/Guardian Guide as it contains important information and instructions about your son’s camping experience.

Orientation is highly recommended for new and returning campers. Campers and their parents are welcome at any of the sessions to meet some staff, ask questions, and hand in forms. Orientation will be held at Watchung Day Camp on several dates prior to and during camp:

  • Wednesday, June 29
  • Sunday, July 10
  • Tuesday, July 12
  • Wednesday, July 20

Orientation simplifies the process for both families and camp staff. Drop in you’re your Cub Scout between 5:30 and 7:00 pm. Orientation is held rain or shine. Bring all of your completed forms. Wear comfortable outdoor clothing and footwear. You are welcome at any of the sessions before your first week at camp. The earlier sessions tend to be the most crowded. If you are unable to make an orientation session, please bring your completed forms on the first day of camp.

Forms are on the Patriots’ Path Council Forms & Resources page.

Send a message to 81010 for text alerts during camp.
Use the list below to select both your week and bus. (Those arriving by car, select any bus)


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 Bus transportation is included with day camp

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  • BusSeveral bus stops have been changed from 2015 based on feedback from our parents. Please review the current schedule before selecting your bus stop.
  • All buses are scheduled to run every week
  • All buses are equipped with on board GPS navigation
  • Each bus will have a Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp bus monitor
  • If you are dropping off or picking up your son at camp, please check back for the latest pick-up and drop off information.

Helpful Busing Hints
Before selecting your bus stop, please review the busing information below.  This includes busing etiquette, tips on researching your bus route and our policies.

  • All routes and bus stops are subject to change
  • Buses may be canceled due to low numbers. We will inform you if a bus you registered for is canceled.
  • Please select your stop carefully – we will only accept changes to bus stops up to two weeks before your camp date.
  • We can only accept one AM and one PM bus stop per week per boy.
  • Buses only run the weeks indicated. You may, however, sign up for any stop that is convenient for you. Your son is not limited to attending camp only on the weeks the bus stops in your town.

Bus Issues and Questions
If you need to contact us about bus issues during camp please call the council office at 973-765-9322 x222 or x238 from 7:00 am – 8:30 am and 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. The council office has access to up-to-date GPS tracking information to answer your questions.

Driving Your Son to Camp
If your son is not taking the bus, please visit the directions page.

Busing Information
We strive to make your day camp experience a very enjoyable one. Since busing is a significant part of your Scout’s day, here are few guidelines to help things run smoothly and efficiently.

  1. Remember, buses run at the whim of traffic. We cannot control construction or traffic problems. The bus drivers are experienced, and will do their best to arrive on time.
  2. Please be at your designated bus stop at least 10 minutes before drop-off and arrival times. If your child is scheduled to take a bus, please do not drive him to camp on the first day.
  3. Bus drivers are not allowed to leave a child unattended at the bus stop. They will wait 5 minutes and then continue on their route. The driver will then return to the stop of the child still on the bus. If the parent/guardian is still not at the stop, the child will be taken to the local police station.
  4. If your emergency backup person is picking up your child, notify the camp in writing. Photo ID of the emergency person must be shown to bus driver.
  5. If it is necessary to pick your child up at camp, please notify the office at the camp he is attending. They will notify the bus driver. Please do not take your child home without signing him out at the camp office. Buses are not allowed to leave until every Scout is accounted for.

Camp Office Phone Numbers

  • Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp – 908-654-4510
  • Patriots’ Path Council Camping Department, Cedar Knolls – 973-765-9322 x222
  • Please call this number for busing situations after camp hours

Bus Schedules

Research Your Bus Route
We ask your assistance in helping us provide the best bus service possible. In past years, there have been many phone calls from parents changing bus stops or taking boys off buses entirely. Almost all of these requests have been made during the week of camp. All bus information is given to both the bus company and the camp director at least a week before your son’s camp date. Any changes made after that time can create errors, and a potential safety nightmare. Therefore, please research your bus stop in advance.


  • Find the bus stop that is most convenient to your home, work, etc.
  • We recommend that you drive from this stop to the camp itself. If you feel the time on the bus is too long, find another stop, or make arrangements to drive your son to camp. Please don’t wait until your son is already at camp to decide the time element is wrong. Remember that the bus makes other stops on route to and from camp. Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp begins at 8:45 am and ends at 4:00 pm. Drop off and pickup times are given for each stop.
  • If you are car pooling, or your son is going with a friend, please decide on a stop convenient to all.

We will accept bus changes up to two weeks prior to your son’s camp date; no changes will be made during his week at camp. There will be a limit of two bus stops a week per camper.
For changes, call 973-765-9322 x222 or email [email protected].

Driving Your Son to Camp
If your son is not taking the bus, please park in the Trailside Nature and Science Center lot and check your child in with the Science Centeruniformed camp staff by the planetarium. Dropoff is at 8:30 am. For the safety of the Cub Scouts, and by order of the Union County Police Department, only buses will be allowed into the camp area. Do not attempt to drive down to the camp. If you are picking you son up at camp in the afternoon, please park in the Trailside Nature and Science Center lot. Then walk toward camp. Pickup is at 4:00 pm. The meeting point is at the tree line, below the planetarium.







When picking up your son in the afternoon, please wait until the camp staff has safely checked the other campers onto the busses. You may then sign your son out. With everyone’s cooperation, each camper will will be safely sent home for the day.

Parking at Camp
If you are coming to orientation, the family campfire or for another reason outside of the morning arrival afternoon departure times, please park in the Trailside Nature & Science Center lot and walk down to the camp.

Trailside Nature and Science Center lot
Use the address 452 New Providence Rd, Mountainside, NJ 07092 on your GPS. This will take you to the Trailside Nature & Science Center parking lot. Camp is a short walk down hill from the parking lot. Click on the get directions link below the map for turn-by-turn directions from any location.

Directions to Camp – From Route 22
Going Eastbound: Take the Glenside Avenue jug handle after Bowcraft amusement park in Scotch Plains. Cross Rt 22 and head up Glenside Avenue (a large hill). At the top of Glenside Avenue, you will reach a T-intersection with a stop sign. Make a right onto Skytop Drive. Skytop Drive will turn into Coles Ave. Coles Avenue dead-ends into the Trailside Nature & Science Center Parking Lot.

Going Westbound: Take the New Providence Road Exit in Mountainside and make a right onto New Providence Road (you will pass the Mountainside Fire Department on your left).

You will reach a fork in the road with New Providence Road going right and Deer Path to the left. Take the left fork (Deer Path) which will take you up a hill. Go past the orange and green sign that says “Watchung Reservation” and make a right onto Ackerman Avenue.

Ackerman Avenue is a steep hill. At the top of the hill, you will reach a T-intersection with a stop sign. Make a right onto Coles Ave. Coles Avenue dead-ends into the Trailside Nature & Science Center parking lot.

Directions to Camp – From Route 78
Going Eastbound: Get off at Glenside Avenue Exit 45. Make a right onto Glenside Avenue. Take the first left onto WR Tracey Drive (Union County Route 645). Follow to the “Loop Playground” Follow the road around to the right, passing a small brick building on your right. Take the first right off the circle into the woods to continue on WR Tracey Drive. Follow to the traffic circle; then take first right (Summit Lane, County Route 642) and follow signs to the Trailside Museum. Summit Lane turns into New Providence Road at a slight right turn. The Trailside Nature & Science Center parking lot is on your right.

Family Campfire
All Cub Scouts, Webelos, and families are invited to attend our Thursday evening campfire at Watchung Day Camp. We encourage families to come watch their boys perform their den skits and join in songs and cheers.

  • Boys will go home as usual and return to Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp at 7:00 pm with their families
  • Open to all families, extended families and friends
  • Trading post will be open. Yes, ice cream will be available for purchase.
  • Campfire ends between 8:30 and 9:00 pm

Bring flashlights, chairs, or blankets and non-aerosol bug repellent for your comfort. It’s a short walk to the campfire ring.

Parking information
Please park in the Trailside Nature & Science Center lot and take the short walk down to the Watchung campfire ring. Uniformed staff members will be available to direct you.

If our campfire is cancelled due to storms/weather, you are invited to the campfire next week. Campfires are rescheduled to the following week.