Camp Goshen Virginia [NCAC]
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Six Scout Camps at One Location:
Goshen Scout Reservation is a collection of seven scout camps located on 450-acre Lake Merriweather in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia.
Known simply as "Goshen" to Scouts in the National Capital Area Council, it is home to four resident Boy Scout summer camps and two resident Webelos camps.
The reservation is located near Goshen, Virginia, and is owned and operated by the National Capital Area Council. The camps are all built around Lake Merriweather, a 450-acre impoundment of the Calf Pasture River which features an exceptional population of largemouth bass.
Goshen first opened to Scouts of the National Capital Area Council in the summer of 1967. The reservation is situated on over 4,000 acres of forested land.
Goshen borders portions of the George Washington National Forest and other state parks.
A common treat at the Goshen Scout Reservation are military fly-overs by Air Force or Navy aircraft as crews conduct practice bomb-runs on the Goshen Dam. Sighted planes include C-5 Galaxies, F-16 Falcons, F/A-18 Hornets, F-15E Strike Eagles, and even a V-22 Osprey. The planes fly at low altitude and are quite impressive.
Lenhok'sin High Adventure Program
Venturing Teams can choose from one of the following programs:
Lenhok'sin is a trail camp. You will have the opportunity to hike the 4.000+ acres of Goshen Scout Reservation as well as some of the 35,000 acres of surrounding state wildlife game lands in addition to visiting Lenhok'sin staffed outposts.
In a traditional trek scouts hike from outpost to outpost during the week and experience various activities with significance to history or high adventure sports.
Scouts are on the trek from Monday morning to Friday afternoon. Throughout the week, crews may be found at the outposts, which are scattered around the reservation.
Goshen's Original Summer Camp
Boy Scout Troops can participate in the following outdoor activities:
Camp Bowman has a rich history of teaching Scouting values for over forty years. Camp Bowman was the first camp to be built on the Goshen Scout Reservation hence their slogan, "Bowman, Bowman Number 1!" Camp Bowman is also the only camp to use its original camp sign, a source of pride for the camp staff. The camp is located directly across Lake Merriweather from Camp Olmsted.
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Lake Merriweather Summer Camp
Camp Marriott contains twelve campsites. There are two rifle pavilions, a shotgun range, and one archery range. The waterfront area is one of the largest on the lake, with close proximity to the administration building. The Ecology area offers three separate teaching areas that immerse you in the outdoors, the Pan Zoological Park that is full of local flora and fauna, and a highly regarded nature trail. Camp Marriott has long running traditions, excellent program, physical layout, and a fair distance from Camp Post.
At Camp Marriott, Scouts will have the opportunity to earn Merit Badges and participate in other programs taught and led by our highly trained program staff.
Marriott Adventure Program for Older Scouts. Activities can include advanced level scout skills, campwide adventure races, Stand-up Paddleboarding, Mountainboarding, and much more! We also offer programming during regular program specifically aimed at older scouts such as Water Sports, Small Boat Sailing, Search and Rescue, and COPE and Climbing.
New - Specialty Weeks - Trail to Eagle, Beach & Yacht, and Field & Stream are the featured programs with the new addition of The Marriott Project (STEM Program).
Most Popular Camp at Goshen
It also is the only camp on the lake with a Tech Center where technology related merit badges are taught. In addition to the Tech Center,A program that is unique to Camp Olmsted is the X-Pride program, which provides an opportunity for older scouts to participate in high-adventure activities while the younger scouts in their troop work on merit badges. In 2010, Olmsted introduced a new program area, The camp contains 20 camping sites, and one staff site. In addition,
Camp Olmsted offers Shooting Sports, Handicraft, Ecology, Scoutcraft, Trailshead and Aquatics areas. Olmsted is the largest camp in Goshen, not in amount of land, but number of scouts that attend and staff members.
It is the only camp on the lake that offers over 60 merit badges; many of these not traditionally seen at a summer camp, such as Communications, Radio, and others in that sort of field.
X-pride Scouts participate in activities such as rock climbing, GPS orienteering, and an overnight trip to Viewing Rock.
Webelos Adventure Camp
Camp P.M.I. is a camp for 9- to 10-year-old Webelos Cub Scouts located in the Shenandoah Valley near Goshen, Virginia, about 200 miles from Washington, D.C. Every summer, 2000 scouts and leaders visit Camp P.M.I. for a week of adventure, hiking, and scouting
With access to some amazing hiking trails that lead to some spectacular views of Goshen Scout Reservation, Cub Scouts can enjoy activities at Handicraft, Scoutcraft, Aquatics, Ecology, BB and Archery ranges, and a second year program for Webelos IIís.
Packs eat each meal in a dining hall that serves hot and fresh meals every day and stay in camp sites equipped with canvas platform tents, a dining fly, and two army style cots. Throughout the week, Scouts learn outdoor skills that are necessary for the Scouting program as well as team work and confidence building exercises.
Webelos Adventure Camp
Camp Ross is a week-long Arrow of Light Overnight Camp for Webelos Cub Scouts with six weeks of operation during the summer. Packs eat each meal in a dining hall that serves hot and fresh meals every day.
Camp Ross offers a variety of programs and opportunities for Webelos to enjoy throughout the summer camping season. Programs like BB Guns, Archery, Lake Swimming, and Nature are all offered at Camp Ross.
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Family Camp is a now unused camp which can be used upon request by individuals and groups. It is located almost directly across from Camp Ross waterfront and functions as the Camp Baird Waterfront as well as the Lenhok'sin Caving Outpost during the summer.
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This facility features resources for a great number of Boy Scout Merit Badge outdoor activity programs and high adventure campouts. A quality merit badge program is important for building character and valuable life skills.
Off-Season Availability: - Families, scout troops and other youth groups may inquire about openings to camp during the off-season and use these facilities.
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