Summer Camp Programs
The summer resident camp program offers Scouts a
chance to have fun, learn new skills, work on merit
badges and achieve personal as well as patrol/troop
advancement. Join us in 2013 as Camp Somers meets the world of international intrigue! Sharpen your GPS skills, harden your campsites with early warning detectors, practice your survival skills, and review the dossiers of enemy agents challenging you in the campwide game. Our Sunday night opening campfire production promises to be the best yet! While enjoying the opening show, you will get a chance to learn about your mission and challenges for the week.
Our Outpost Camping, Dan Beard, Eagle's Nest, Brownsea Adventure and Nightwatch programs will challenge
you. Our COPE and Climbing programs are some of the best anywhere. The
staff at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation is dedicated to make it all
happen. Take a look at the leaders' guide for information on what is going on at camp.
We offer a wide variety of merit badges (including all Eagle required badges) and special programs. Download the for a list of badges and
ATV Program - Our ATV adventure is now part of our High Adventure area. The program runs every day at camp. You must be at least 13 years old and have a signed parent permission slip to participate in this unique BSA sanctioned program.
Dan Beard The Dan
Beard Program for first year Scouts teaches skills and builds
confidence while allowing a first experience with merit badges. Scouts
are assigned to patrols and work with their patrol as they learn,
practice and develop Scouting skills. Scouts learn by doing!
COPE Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE) is a program designed for Scouts to build self esteem and challenge themselves to accomplish a wide variety of tasks. During summer camp, an emphasis is placed on having fun in the challenges. Each day selected challenge course elements are open. We encourage everyone to try some of the exciting events such as the giant ladder, cargo net, flying squirrel and zip line.
Climbing / Rappelling The open Climbing/Rappelling program
is offered several evenings each week to Scouts of all ages. Scouts have the
opportunity to learn to climb and rappel safely on some of New
Jersey’s best natural rock climbing areas. Equipment will be
provided. We also have a 45' climbing tower. For those who love to climb, we offer the Climbing merit badge too.
Eagle's Nest The Eagle's Nest gives you the opportunity to work
on all of the merit badges required for the rank of Eagle Scout not offered in other program areas.
A few other merit badges are offered too. Many of the badges require extensive prerequisites. If you are
prepared, you may be able to earn some of the merit badges at
camp. If not, get a head start and finish up at home, or you have
the opportunity to return during a special fall weekend to complete
some of the requirements. The Eagle's Nest also has it's own computer lab which is open to all Scouts for merit badge research. Eagle's Nest also offers a pre camp and year round program.
Ecology and Conservation The Ecology and Conservation lodge offers an array
of merit badges as well as nature hikes and insights into the world around us.
Paintball - Cooperative Team Marksmanship
Check out our paintball course which features 7-8 stations where Scouts 13 and above must
demonstrate Scouting skills then engage targets with paintball guns. There is also a speedball
area for plenty of practice with the paintball guns. It is open to all ages.
Frenche's Follies This property holds incredible stories. The Lenape built a village within our borders. The lost ceremonial ground called the Wolf's Den sits just to our north. James Frenche made his fortune here. The three lakes were dug to move goods to the Morris Canal. Want to learn more about the history and lore of the beautiful place we call home? Frenche's Follies is our honor Scout program designed to help you investigate the landmarks and learn the lore of our camp. You will explore artifacts, visit amazing locations and discover the hidden stories left behind at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation. You'll be given various challenges and opportunities based on the history and geography of MASR and earn patch segments as you complete each area.
Handicraft Lodge The
handicraft program features wood carving, metalwork, leatherwork, model building, photography, pottery, and basketry in
an environment designed for hands-on creativity. We offer a variety of merit badges as well as open time to work on projects.
Health Lodge Our on-site health officer
offers the First Aid merit badge at the health lodge.
Mountain Biking The mountain biking program is
offered daily for both Scouts and leaders. During this half day program
Scouts will have the opportunity to learn simple bike maintenance as
well as participate in a biking trek. Bike treks will be adjusted based
on the level of experience of the group. Camp Somers’
mountain biking program offers treks that cater towards the beginner
all the way to the experienced biker. Scouts can sign up for this
program in the camp office.
Scoutcraft area is undoubtedly the Scoutiest area in Camp Somers.
Scoutcraft offers Camping, Pioneering, and Wilderness Survival merit
badges. If you’re not taking a Scoutcraft merit badge, you can still drop by for
our afternoon open programs to eat Dutch oven donuts, tie a
monkey’s fist knot, and cross the monkey
bridge. Troops are encouraged to enter the 2013 raft building contest. Get a chance to build your own spy ship to carry your secret agents to victory over opposing forces. By the way, if this is your favorite area at camp, be sure to return in August for Backwoods Engineering Camp.
Shooting Sports Everyone's favorite
area! Rifle, Shotgun and Archery merit badges for those on
the advancement trail. Take part in special events and contests all week long. Venturers and adult leaders can take part in the Handgun Shoot 'N Eat complete with a variety of handguns to shoot and a barbecue dinner.
Trading Post Offers snacks, drinks,
camp souvenirs, merit badge pamphlets and basic camping equipment.
Aquatics Offers the traditional aquatics merit
badges of swimming, lifesaving, canoeing, rowing, and small boat
the 14 foot tall iceberg or try out our kayaks and funyaks. We
also offer other opportunities including BSA Lifeguard, Mile Swim BSA
and Snorkeling BSA.
For Scouters We have Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat and Youth Protection
Training. This is your vacation, so be sure to try your hand at fishing or even napping. Come to camp, and we will
care of the rest. Earn the Scoutmaster's merit badge and make sure you take advantage of the
Scoutmasters lounge in Turkey Lodge.
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