For 109 years Scouting has called for helpfulness, bravery, common courtesy, and respect among all people. Our youth stand up to injustice, as we strive to help other people at all times. Scouts refuse to accept violence or injustice toward another human being. Scouts are committed to empathy, compassion, and to meaningfully improve. Scouting teaches young people to come together to find peaceful solutions, to work to become the best versions of themselves, and to create a better world.
In 2021, the Kingsley Scout Reservation (Camp Kingsley) will have been providing a lifetime of memories and new friendships for Scouts and non-Scouts for over 100 years!Year-round camping experiences provide memories that last a lifetime. Camp is all about challenging the youth in our community to embrace new opportunities and overcome obstacles. We make that possible with a variety of activities including fishing, boating, swimming, archery, team building, bouldering, snowshoeing and much more! Our campers have opportunities at Camp Kingsley to take on leadership roles while working towards rank advancement, enjoying new adventures, meeting new people and making new friends.
Scouts come year-round to Camp Kingsley from all over the Northeast. For our popular Blizzard Camp in January, Scouts even come up from Florida to see snow for the first time and obtain their winter survival merit badge.Thanks to a generous pledge from Steve Barnes in memory of his late father Robert Barnes, Sr., a longtime volunteer at Camp Kingsley; the Leatherstocking Council seeks to build a 2,000 sq ft welcome center at Camp Kingsley, just in time for our 100th camping season in 2021.This new building will be a warm and welcoming space for guests to check into camp, relax in the lounge, use the restroom upon arrival and even take care of their health paperwork. It will be designed as a multi-use facility that non Scouts can rent when BSA members are not in camp (groups like Utica College, Thea Bowman House, The United States Army, and others are currently renting campsites and cabins at Camp Kingsley throughout the year).
The Robert Barnes, Sr. Welcome Center will include:
• Welcome Lounge with registration area
• Health Lodge with nurse’s office
• Trading Post
• Camp Master Office
If we raise $200,000 by July 4, 2020, Steve Barnes will donate $100,000 to complete this campaign!
To set up a tour of Camp Kingsley, or to discuss naming opportunities, please call (315)735-4437, ext. 223.