The Horseshoe Scout Reservation - Camp John H. Ware, 3rd
Chester County Council's Camp John H. Ware, 3rd offers one week of traditional Boy Scout summer resident camp programs. Scouts will be exposed to an enriching environment that will foster team building, Scout skill development, knowledge, friendships and so much more. Our Council is continually working to create innovative and unique ways for Scouts to earn merit badges. The staff at Camp John H. Ware, 3rd has enthusiastically embraced this by creating the ACE Program.
ACE is a change from the traditional summer camp program in that allows Scouts to tailor their camp experience. There are three main components to the ACE program: Adventures, Connections, and Experiences. Scouts will be able to choose the program (Treks) that appeals to them. First, they can choose whether they come to camp with their troop or they can choose to join one of our provisional troops similar to a jamboree troop. They then choose different adventures that last the entire day or half day or the scout has the flexibility to create an adventure for him. Throughout the week, Scouts will embark on adventures, make connections, and create unforgettable experiences.
Register for Provisional Camp
Unit Leaders: Click here for this year's guides including information about the ACE program as well as registration forms.
Parent's: Click here for a provisional Scout guide with additional info about camp.
Click here to complete provisional Scout online registration.
Provisional Camping at John H. Ware, 3rd: Provisional Camping is the creation of a temporary troop. Provisional troops allow youth to attend camp without their home unit. Provisional camping is not new, it is used during many different Scouting events including National Jamborees and High Adventure trips.
Under the qualified supervision of our provisional leaders, youth can attend Camp Ware as a second week of camp, if they are unable to attend the same week as their troop, or if they are just looking for something different. Throughout the week, the youth develop their unit leadership and build connections they have not experienced before.
A provisional troop works together just like any other. They are eligible to earn earn standard patrol and troop awards as well as voting on a fellow Scout to be the recipient of the Silver Buckle. A silver buckle is awarded to one youth member from each troop who, in the opinion of his fellow Scouts, has above all others demonstrated the finest example of Scout Spirit, the Scout Oath, and the Scout Law in his conduct throughout the week. The Scout selected must have been in camp all week, be under the age of eighteen, and never have received the award before. Adults should not influence this determination and the Scouts exclusively should make the decision.
The provisional camping program offers all the great experiences of traditional troop camping with the freedom of being an independently registered Scout. At the same time, it is strongly encouraged that multiple Scouts from the same unit attend where they will spend their week as part of the same provisional troop.