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. Join us in 2014 and travel into the future of Scouting at Camp Somers for Scouting The Next Frontier!  Building on the foundation of the past 100+ years, Scouts will reach out to new frontiers - applying their "interplanetary" Scout skills in challenges and activities that are based on science-fiction fantasies and galactic exploration - right here in camp!

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 and in 2014, we have added a brand new course for all types of riding. 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.

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! 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.

The 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. Eagle's Nest also offers a pre camp and year round program.

Ecology and Conservation 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. The Ecology and Conservation Center also serves as a focal point for our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

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 history 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 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 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 The 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. By the way, if this is your favorite area at camp, be sure to return in August for Backwoods Engineering Camp.

Rifle ShootingShooting 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 dinner.

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.  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.

The council training committee also offers Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training at camp.

Page last updated: 08-18-2014 05:04 pm