Floodwood Mountain Scout Reservation is a high adventure base located in TupperLake in the Adirondacks (directions on Directions link). It is owned by the Northern New Jersey Council, Boy Scouts of America. Floodwood specializes in hiking and canoeing treks. Floodwood itself is a base camp from which canoeing and hiking treks leave. While at base camp, crews can partake in waterskiing, water tubing, climbing, repelling, archery, day hikes, or advancement. For each trek a crew either schedules to leave from base camp and be picked at the end of their trek or the crew is dropped off and returns to base camp. Each trek is accompanied by a certified and highly skilled staff member, known as a Voyageur.Effective 2010, participants must be 13 yrs old by Sept 1 of the year of participation. So, if a boy is 12 now and would like to go to Floodwood this summer they can as long as they will turn 13 before Sept 1st.
Camp Weeks for 2013
Floodwood is open for four camper weeks each summer. Each camper week can accommodate up to eight crews. This year's camper weeks include:
A typical week at Floodwood starts with a crew's arrival on Sunday after noon. The crew meets their Voyageur for pre-trek orientation, medical checks, and their swim test. (Floodwood does not accept Buddy Tags from other camps, so be prepared for everyone to take a swim test.) Crews can also unpack their gear at their campsite. There is a BBQ in the evening followed by a mandatory Leader's meeting. At this meeting, arrival and departure times are scheduled, as well as times for waterskiing and climbing reservations for each crew. Crews can typically participate in both activities.
On Monday morning crews either leave from base camp (and are picked up at the end of their trek) or they are dropped off at their starting location (and they then trek back to base camp). (When possible, for an extra fee, a crew may arrange a drop off and a pick up.) Treks typically start on Monday and last until late Thursday or Friday. (For die-hard trekers, we can accommodate starting on Sunday and returning on Friday.)
Upon a treks return, they participate in the waterskiing and climbing program. Which is followed by a closing slide show (Leaders, bring those digital cameras!) and campfire. Finally on Saturday morning there is a closing ceremony and crews depart.
The deposit to hold a slot is $500 per crew. It is non-transferable and non-refundable!(For example, if you book two crew slots, but end up with only one crew, you will lose your second crew deposit since the deposit is not transferable.) Each deposit will count towards the total fees for that particular crew. If you plan to have more than one crew attending, please include a $500 deposit for each crew.
Each crew must pay for a guaranteed minimum of 6 participants.
Individual Scouts interested in participating on a provisional basis, please contact Mike Cowan at 201-677-1000 x 31 or Michael.Cowan@Scouting.org
Floodwood Mountain Scout Reservation was acquired by the North Bergen County Council, BSA on November 22, 1963. Over the next year, plans were drawn up for an ambitious camping reservation with multiple camps on different parts of the property. As a first step, an outpost camp was established at Rollins Pond for the summer of 1965. Since the concept of wilderness camping offered by a local council camp was a new idea, attendance was by invitation and only units with the required depth of adult leadership were considered. The initial experience was successful and for the next four summers the program was continued and expanded. Problems with water supply led the Council to explore other areas of the reservation for a permanent camp site. The initial expansive plan for multiple camps was already being reconsidered, and in the end West Pine Pond was chosen for development. It is at this site that units have camped since the summer of 1970, while they have continued to use Rollins Pond as the launching point for canoe treks and for the water skiing program. What makes Floodwood unique is its location on Rollins Pond, which, in turn, connects directly into the vast Saranac, St. Regis, Tupper, Raquette, and Fulton Chain of canoe waters.
Effective 2010, participants must be 13 yrs old by Sept 1 of the year of participation. So, if a boy is 12 now and would like to go to Floodwood this summer they can as long as they will turn 13 before Sept 1st. In addition, all treks must have two-deep leadership, provide male and female leadership if necessary, and, in general, abide by any state or Boy Scout rules that would apply. Floodwood Voyageurs may fulfill the role of a second leader and we also have male and female Voyageurs.
- Trek length and trek routes are completely customizable. Some sample treks are listed under the Canoeing Treksand Hiking Trekslinks respectively. Trek itineraries are due prior to arriving at camp. Two pre-camp leaders meetingare held where crews can meet with staff members to discuss their possible routes. Leaders must attend one of these meetings.
- Trek size is dictated by the Department of Environmental Conservation of the state of New York. For canoeing treks, the trek size cannot exceed 12 people, which must include the camp provided Voyageur. Backpacking treks are also limited to a size of 12, unless you are hiking in the HighPeaks area (which you probably will be), in which case the trek size is limited to 8 (again, this number must include the camp provided Voyageur).
- Each night treks will camp out, usually at a designated campsite. Most campsites are first come, first serve. A few require reservations. Check the Canoeing Treks link for more specific info.
- Treks can either be dropped off at their starting point and return to camp or they may leave from camp and be picked up at their ending point. There is an additional charge to units that would like a pick-up and drop-off. Also, this may not always be possible.
- CampVoyageurs are provided for all treks. These Voyageurs are highly skilled & they have training and certification in CPR, Wilderness First Aid and BSA Lifeguard; they are also trained as climbing instructors as well as numerous other BSA required courses.
Floodwood provides all the essentials for a great trek. We provide canoes and equipment (or hiking gear such as bear canisters), food for the week, and most importantly the Voyageurs. Base camp is equipped with cooking supplies, Dutch ovens, tents, etc. Camp also supplies all program equipment for climbing and repelling as well as waterskiing and archery. Floodwood does not provide personal tents, stoves, or water purifiers (we do carry the iodine tablets - yum!) That being said, Floodwood does have a limited amount of tents, stoves, and water purifiers to use as loaners (no charge) - but only enough for one crew, so please let us know if you will need something, before you arrive.
Campers should bring the gear suggested in the Leaders Guide as well as crew-wide gear such as stoves ( 2, lightweight, single burners will do, a water purifier, and tents).
Floodwood does not run merit badge classes. You are on trek most of the week. This does not mean Scouts cannot earn merit badges. The Leader's Guide gives some example of what boys can earn at Floodwood with the proper prerequisites. Needless to say, canoeing is a popular badge. Crews can earn what they plan to earn ? the Voyageurs routinely finish off merit badge requirements after treks with Scouts. This is part of their job. The key here is pre-planning. Let us know what you would like to accomplish and we will work to make it happen.
Floodwood is broken into two camps, West Pine Base Camp and Rollins Pond Canoe Base. West Pine is located off West Pine Pond and is the primary camp facility. Here, the majority of the campsites are located. The commissary, program building, shower house, waterfront, climbing and repelling rock face, Trading Post, as well as the archery range are located here as well. This is also where you will park.
Rollins Pond is about two miles or twenty minutes from West Pine. Rollins Pond contains a few smaller campsites, a second shower house, a program building, and the waterskiing and water tubing area. Rollin's Pond base is a beautiful peninsula and also the launching or returning point for 99% of our treks. Rollins pond is used as a campsite only after West Pine has reached capacity. The reason for this is the need to run as few power generators as possible.