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Cub Scout Spring Family Weekend

May 20 - 21

The whole entire family is invited to a fun-filled outdoor adventure.  After an afternoon of activities, dinner and a campfire, families are invited to campout.  Bring your own tent to sleep under the stars then stay for breakfast the next morning as well as more activities.  Scouts can also bring a friend that is not registered in Cub Scouts, increasing the fun!

Activities include shooting BB guns, archery, bouldering wall, paintball slingshot range, arts and crafts, sports, games, leatherworking and much, much more.  The whole family will experience the exhilaration of these activities. 

This overnight experience meets the overnight camping requirement of all ranks.

Arrive around 11 a.m. Saturday morning to set up your campsite.  Lunch is not provided on Saturday so please eat prior to coming or bring something with you.  The price remains the same regardless of whether you stay overnight or not.

Click here to register.


Cub Scout Summer Family Weekend

July 7 - 9

Come join us for the day or spend a night or two under the stars at Camp Ware for family weekend of fun!  

Spend the day in the pool, shooting BB guns, archery, bouldering wall, paintball slingshot range, arts and crafts, field sports and much, much more.  The whole family will experience the exhilaration of other activies.  Saturday evening you will enjoy dinner cooked over an open fire.  And finish off the day with S'mores next to a crackling campfire.

Scouts can also bring a friend that is not registered in Cub Scouts!  This overnight experience meets the overnight camping requirement of all ranks.   And makes a great summer camping experience if you cannot make to a full session of camp. Arrive Friday evening or Saturday morning.  Stay Saturday night too!  A snack is provided Friday night, three meals on Saturday as well as breakfast Sunday morning.  

The price remains the same regardless if you stay overnight Friday and/or Saturday or only attend for the day.

Click here to register!

Order your customized t-shirts for summer camp - order form

We are excited to offer our special, unique custom t-shirt for your unit this summer.  Be part of celebrating 90th anniversary of the Horseshoe Scout Reservation.  Shirts are available in brown or burgundy; orders of 12 or more will have the unit's number printed on the sleeve.  What a great souvenir for every member attending camp this summer!  The front page of this form is used internally to collect who is going to buy the shirt; the back page is used to email the order directly to the t-shirt company.  No middle man making it easier for the troop. These will be mailed directly to your unit leader by the middle of June.  Email camping at camping@cccbsa.org with questions.   


Exciting News:

We are excited to announce that Camp Horseshoe will have a high-speed fiber network available this summer. As phase 1 of the fiber project, this will allow the Scouts involved in STEM programs to have access to the resources necessary to complete their merit badges. This upgrade will also ensure adults have access to work remotely while supporting their Scouts. Phase 2 of this project is to have the same access at Camp Ware. Thank you to those that donated to the Raise the Signal Campaign and the Order of the Arrow for your contributions. 

New Summer Camp Director at Camp Horseshoe

After 19 dedicated years as Camp Horseshoe's Director, Mike 'Berk' Berkeihiser has chosen to pursue other endeavors.  After a search of candidates, the camping committee is pleased to announce Dr. David Mellinger as Horseshoe's new camp director.  David is an Eagle Scout from Chester County who has a long history with the Horseshoe Scout Reservation.  

After attending Camp Horseshoe as a youth in the 70s , David joined the HSR staff in 1981, serving as the archery director, program director and camp director at Camp Ware.  He took a hiatus from the staff while pursuing his medical degree and residency in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine before returning to become Camp Horseshoe's physician in 1997.  It is in this capacity that he has served ever since.   Excited to begin his new role, he plans to keep the traditions of Camp Horseshoe going strong.

Please join us in welcoming David Mellinger. 

Chainsaw Training 

Offered October, December, March and April.  Click here for additional information and a link to register.



Mission Statement of the Horseshoe Scout Reservation 

Provide and maintain quality outdoor program facilities which will foster the of advanced summer and year round Scouting programs for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts in the Chester County Council, BSA.

It is the mission of the entire camp staff to support and foster the Boy Scout Oath.  We pledge to encourage all Scouts attending summer camp ‘to do their best’ while having fun and learning skills they will carry with them through the rest of their lives.  We greatly appreciate your giving us the opportunity to do so.



The 2017 - 2018 online registration system opens August 21 @ 9 a.m.

The outdoor camping experience is not just for the warm summer months . . . The Chester County Council Horseshoe Scout Reservation offers weekend camping opportunities late September through the month of May. During the weekend camping season our two camps, Horseshoe and Ware, offer the use of shooting sport ranges, slingshot paint ball range, archery range (Camp Ware), COPE (Camp Horseshoe), bouldering wall (Camp Ware), many hiking trails, backcountry leave-no-trace campsites as well as ranger staff that can help your Scouts complete a variety of merit badges (prior arrangements required).   For packs it offers the perfect opportunity to meet the camp-out requirement that is now part of each rank Cub Scouts.  Use the links below to explore our camps and make your reservation.


Please note that a separate reservation must be made for cabin/campsite and every program area you wish to use.



 Camp John H Ware 3rd - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Camp Horseshoe - 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Take a souvenir home with you from your
fun filled weekend at camp!

Thousand cankers disease detected in Chester County trees; Agriculture Department enacts wood quarantines . . .

TCD primarily affects walnut and walnut wood products. The quarantine restricts the movement of firewood and wood products from Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties and other states known to have the diseaseDue to the difficulty in distinguishing between species of hardwood firewood, all hardwood firewood is considered quarantined. Non-compliance with the quarantine order could result in criminal penalties. More information regarding the Thousand Canker Disease can be found on the PA DCNR and PA Dept of Agriculture websites.  

Questions? Please contact us!

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The Chester County Council's Order of the Arrow Lodge, Octoraro 22, is hosting a council-wide Cub Scout recruiting event at Camp Ware on Saturday, October 17. This year's event promises to be more action packed than ever, including the option to stay overnight at camp the night before! If you decide to attend just for the day on Saturday, activities begin at 9am. But this is a, "Come when you can, leave when you must" event! We encourage ALL Cub Scouts (Tigers to Arrow of Lights) to bring a friend with them to share the fun of Cub Scouting. The cost of the event is $10 per youth and $5 per additional family member. ALL Cub Scouts who bring a friend who is not a registered scout will be refunded their $10! The program activities include a night hike, campfire, BB shooting, slingshot paintball, bottle rocket launching, and more! Advancement opportunities will be made available. We will also have activities for Webelos and Arrow of Lights showing them the cool things the Boy Scouts do! We encourage Packs and Dens to attend as units, but the event is open to everyone.

Click here for more details and to register! Questions? Email cubday@octoraro22.org


HSR Planning & Building Application

Must be submitted to the camping committee with approval received before any projects begin.

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