Summer

Let the Fun Begin.

That’s right! Scouting is about outing and the Laurel Highlands Council has numerous opportunities for Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA to get outdoors.

Outdoor adventure is a promise made to Scouts when they join Scouting.  Today the amount of time kids spend outside is alarmingly low…only minutes per day!  Through Scouting our goal is to get our Scouts outside where they have the opportunities to canoe, hike, shoot, swim and just be Scouts.

Whether it is a weekend trip or a week-long adventure to one of our summer resident camps, there are lots of options and programs throughout the year. Climbing, shooting, fishing, hiking, and much more await. Choose your adventure!

CUB Scout summer camp

At resident camps, Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts camp overnight. Every year, the resident camp has a different theme and different adventures. Upcoming themes include Wild West, Space, Knights of the Roundtable, Safari, and Dinosaurs. At resident camp, Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, their leaders, and parents get to try new skills and have a lot of fun with our incredible summer camp staff.

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Community Day Camp

Cub Scout Day Camp is three days of exciting fun, exciting program activities and adventure at a location close to home with no overnight stay. Day Camp is an introductory outdoor program for Tigers, Cub Scouts, and Webelos with little camping experience. Programs are run by BSA National Camp School trained volunteers and are inspected and accredited annually by the Laurel Highlands Council.

Our community day camp will run throughout the daily program of challenge, adventure, creativity, and learning. Both daytime and evening “twilight” camp opportunities are available. Scouts, families, dens, and packs can attend any camp that fits their schedule provided they have the required adult leadership. They are also welcome to attend more than one day camp as each one is a little different.

Camp Independence - Rookie Camp

Rookie Camp is a one-night Camp Independence experience which is perfect for younger Scouts and others who have never been to summer camp before.

Participants will have the opportunity to tour Camp Independence, meet the camp staff, participate in a few favorite camp activities like BB shooting and archery, have a meal in the camp dining hall, and enjoy a classic Camp Independence campfire!

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Camp Independence - Pack Camp

Perfect for families with multiple Scouts, Pack Camp provides a program for all age groups in the pack at the same time. Age groups will be divided up to receive age-specific programs and activities while at camp. All sessions include an option for Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts to come a day early for extra Webelos specific programs such as a hike to one of Heritage Reservation’s two Scouts BSA resident camps – Camp Liberty or Camp Freedom.

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SCOUTS BSA RESIDENT CAMP

The Laurel Highlands Council operates two outstanding summer resident camps for Scouts BSA as well as a high adventure program.  Heritage Reservation in Farmington, Pennsylvania is home to both Camp Liberty, a patrol cooking camp, and Camp Freedom, a dining hall camp as well as our high adventure program, Eagle Base.

Both camps balance merit badge opportunities with fun outdoor adventures and have programs for older Scouts.

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CAMP LIBERTY

Camp Liberty is a full patrol cooking camp.  Scouts pick up their food each day from the camp commissary and cook it themselves in their campsite all week. There are only a few full patrol cooking camps left in the United States.  The patrol cooking format helps unit leadership bring the patrol method to life and reinforce it like nothing else.

Located on a peninsula jutting out into Lake Courage, Camp Liberty is Heritage Reservation’s Scouts BSA resident camp where the patrol method truly comes alive!  Patrols work together to cook all of their own meals in their campsite using food picked up from the camp commissary.  Nothing brings patrols together and develops leadership like having to figure out how to get a group to feed themselves all week. Although it may seem to be a lot of work, most units report having more down time to relax and work on other things not being confined by the schedule of a dining hall. Units who attend Camp Liberty never want to go anywhere else!

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Units with registrations cancelled when LHC made the hard decision to close camp for 2020 were given the opportunity to reserve the same session and same campsite until June 15, 2020. June 16, 2020 registration opened first come, first served. 

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All sessions capped at 350 attendees. Campsite capacity does not reflect session capacity.

CAMP FREEDOM

Camp Freedom is Heritage Reservation’s dining hall camp.  All of the camp gathers together three times per day to enjoy a meal and some fellowship. Eating in the dining hall allows more time for units to focus on advancement and other camp programs.

Join us for adventure at Camp Freedom, Heritage Reservation’s Scouts BSA resident camp with a dining hall! In a location offering campsites on ridge tops and on waterfronts, Camp Freedom is the perfect place for your troop to camp this summer. A dining hall with a capacity of 400 is responsible for feeding hungry Scouts and Scouters – we’ll save you a seat!

Add to that the exciting program we offer – over 50 merit badge offerings, a first year camper program, the Day Trek older Scout adventure program, and much more – and it makes perfect sense why thousands of Scouts continue to call Camp Freedom their home away from home each and every summer.

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All sessions capped at 350 attendees. Campsite capacity does not reflect session capacity.

EAGLE BASE

Eagle Base is Heritage Reservation’s high adventure program. Eagle Base’s programs are for older Scouts and Venturers whose troops and crews are staying at either Camp Liberty or Freedom.  Trek participants camp with their unit in Camp Liberty or Freedom then head out during the day for adventure, returning to camp before dinner.  Evening adventure options are also available.

If you are ready to experience true high adventure, then our Eagle Base Trek program is for you!  These unique treks are available for Scouts BSA, Venturers, and Explorers 13 years of age or older. Your entire patrol, crew, or post can participate together, or individuals can sign up on their own to participate with other Scouts. Each day, participants select a different adventure activity either on-site at Heritage Reservation or off-site in conjunction with our partner vendors. All activities are led and supported by our OUTSTANDING Eagle Base staff.

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DAYTIME EAGLE BASE PROGRAMS

Programs offered through Eagle Base include the following:

  • ATV Adventure
  • Canoeing
  • Caving
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • C.O.P.E.
  • Seven Springs
  • Whitewater Merit Badge
  • Whitewater Rafting

EAGLE BASE DAY TREK PROGRAM

The Eagle Base Day Trek program is for older Scouts BSA who want to attend summer camp with their troop at Camp Liberty or Freedom but are looking for something more than merit badges. Day Trek participants camp with their troop in Camp Liberty or Freedom, then head out for adventure during the day returning by dinner to participate in evening camp program options including a new older Scout evening program option. 

Summer Camp Supplies.

Below you will find guides, forms, and other resources to help you make the most of your summer camp experience with the Laurel Highlands Council.

Campership Applications

Applications are due by MARCH 1. Awards will be announced by the end of March. Camperships are not transferable and are dependent upon the available funds, the number of qualified applicants, and the length of stay. Camperships are awarded upon merit. Campership amounts are determined by a volunteer committee. From 2016-2021 almost all campership applicants received some amount of campership assistance.  This is not guaranteed. 

To aid in crediting campership awards to camp attendees, campership applicants should be entered into unit camp reservations by March 1.

You can access the form by Clicking Here.

General Medical Resources

GENERAL MEDICAL RESOURCES

Summer Camp FAQs.

Visit our summer camp FAQs for answers to most frequently asked questions.

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Summer Camp Staff.

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Summer Camp Staff.

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WE Served

16,468

youth in 2020

Support Scouting.

Scouting is a rewarding program where youth can learn, lead, grow and participate in a world of exciting outdoor activities.

WE served

16,468

youth in 2020

Support Scouting.

Scouting is a rewarding program where youth can learn, lead, grow and participate in a world of exciting outdoor activities.