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Bashore Scout Reservation is a 400+ acre Boy Scout camp nestled in the foothills of the Blue Mountains of central Pennsylvania. Surrounded by mountains and wilderness, the camp is in close proximity to the Appalachian Trail, while being only a short drive from major metro areas and attractions such as Lancaster’s Amish Country, Hersheypark, PA Renaissance Faire, Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shop, as well as Ski Round Top ski area and Fort Indiantown Gap military reservation.

Founded in 1947, Camp Bashore has earned a reputation for providing one of the Northeast Region’s finest summer camp programs. The camp features miles of hiking trails, a 5.5 acre lake that offers sailing, kayaking, canoeing, rowing, and fishing. Bashore boasts an Olympic sized swimming pool, shooting sports ranges with offerings of rifle, shotgun, and archery (3D and traditional targets, unlike any course you’ve ever seen!), as well as a COPE course and indoor climbing gym.  Camp Bashore offers top-notch programs for first year Scouts, experienced older Scouts, and even training for adult leaders — something for everyone!

Bashore also offers year-round camping opportunities. The reservation has three cabins/lodges that can accommodate from 22 to 40 persons. These structures are equipped with double bunks and mattresses, propane stoves, and are heated with wood stoves (firewood is provided, though restocking what you use is welcomed). Water is available from frost-free hydrants. The camp also offers camping in Adirondack shelters, and many other campsite areas for primitive tent camping. Bashore’s Campmaster Corps offers programs to supplement your unit’s program, with activities such as rifle and archery, first aid, CPR, cooking, orienteering, and other skills. Some units opt to use Bashore as a base camp while exploring off-site program opportunities.

Accessibility – Where able, Bashore Scout Reservation works to make sure its facilities and programs are accessible to those with special needs within the limitation imposed by it being an outdoor facility.  All camp latrines have electrical outlets and are wheelchair accessible.  Adirondack campsite is particularly suitable for those in wheelchairs however any campsite can be made to accommodate.  As facilities are updated, accessibility is always considered.

We are currently accepting reservations for 2015 summer camp. To see a list of available weeks, see here. Use this form to reserve your Troop’s spot for 2015. You can also sign up for Eagle Academy using this form. For more forms and information about summer camp at Bashore, see here.

For a map of Bashore Scout Reservation, click here: Map of Camp Bashore

For maps and descriptions of individual campsites, click here: Adirondack Blue Snow • Buckskin • Greenleaf • Karmany • Powderhorn • Rotary • Swatara

For more information on Bashore Scout Reservation, please contact the Pennsylvania Dutch Council BSA: Contact Us

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