Camp Somers

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.

ScoutsOur 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 leaders' guide for a schedule and prerequisites. 

ATVsATV Adventure - Camp Somers pioneered the All Terrain Vehicle program for the Boy Scouts of America in 2011. We expanded the program in subsequent years including a new course for all types of riding. Trail rides are also included during your week. 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 BeardThe 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! Dan Beard Scouts who have passed the Swimmer test can work on the Swimming merit badge with other Dan Beard Scouts. This also includes an evening at the Camp Wheeler pool to finish some of the requirements.

Rank AdvancementThe Ernest Thompson Seton program covers advancement beyond the Dan Beard program. Scouts who wish to complete First Class rank requirements will be able to do so in scheduled sessions covering different requirements throughout the week, with a focus on lashings, cooking and camping skills.

Star Track is an advancement program for Scouts working on their Star or Life ranks. Scouts can pre-schedule Eagle required merit badge classes and begin working on them right away

COPECOPE - 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. Our weeklong COPE program is open to Scouts 13 and above. Get a chance to try some of the exciting events such as the giant ladder, cargo net, flying squirrel and zip line.

Climbing / Rappelling We have lots of open Climbing/Rappelling throughout the week for Scouts of all ages. Evening climbing and rappelling is especially popular with all. 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.

Eagles NestEagle'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. EcologyEagle's Nest also offers a pre camp and year round program.

The Ecology and Conservation lodge offers an array of environmental, nature, and science related merit badges as well as nature hikes and insights into the world around us.

STEMNOVA is our newest Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics area. Here you can work on a variety of STEM merit badges including Chemistry, Tadio, Electricity, Engineering and Robotics.  You can also work on the Boy Scout Nova awards.

frencheFrenche'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 Handicrafthistory and geography of MASR and earn patch segments as you complete each area.

Handicraft Lodge - The handicraft program features a variety of merit badges in an environment designed for hands-on creativity. In addition to merit badges, we have plenty of open time to work on projects.

Health Lodge - Our on-site health officer offers the Public Health, Mediciene and Safety merit badges at the health lodge. First Aid merit badge is also offered at camp.

BikingMountain Biking - The mountain biking program is offered daily for both Scouts and leaders. During this week long 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. We also offer Cycling merit badge.

Scoutcraft - The Scoutcraft area is undoubtedly the Scoutiest area in Camp Somers. Scoutcraft offers Camping, Cooking, 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 check out a cool pioneering project. Rifle ShootingBy 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 weekly pistol shoot complete with a variety of .22 caliber handguns. Be sure to visit our updated paintball reactive target range now held at the shooting sports area.

The Trading Post offers snacks, drinks, camp souvenirs, merit badge pamphlets and basic camping equipment.

AquaticsAquatics - Offers the aquatics merit badges such as swimming, lifesaving, canoeing, rowing, kayaking and small boat sailing.  Compete in Canoe Wars, climb 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 take care of the rest.  Earn the Scoutmaster's merit badge and make sure you take advantage of the air conditioned Scoutmasters lounge in Turkey Lodge. The lounge has wi-fi, a charging station and 24x7 coffee and cold drinks.