Camp Workcoeman

COVID-19 Update

19 May 2020Camp Workcoeman is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and all regularly scheduled summer programs are canceled. There will be no camping, work days, etc. until further notice. Beaver Day is postponed indefinitely. Activities may be possible in the late summer and early fall if conditions permit. We do not yet know what these activities will look like; however, the safety of our Scouts, staff, and guests is and will always be our top priority.

04 May 2020 — The annual Shawtown Steak Dinner scheduled for June has been canceled (more info).

29 April 2020 — A new Scouting at Home section of this website has been created to catalog weekly videos and challenges posted to camp social media channels aimed at keeping you occupied and engaged during these difficult times.

More details and updates are available under the News & Events section of this website. These news articles contain the latest information available; other pages on the camp website may be out of date.

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Camp Workcoeman is used year-round for short-term camping for all Scouting Cub Packs, Scout Troops, and Venture Crews, as well as for district and Order of the Arrow activities.

During the six week summer camp season, over 1,200 Scouts enjoy unforgettable Scouting experiences. The summer camp season consists of 5 weeks of Scouts BSA Resident Camp and one week of Webelos Resident Camp and Cub Scout Day Camp. It is also home to Laurel Music Camp.

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News & Events

COVID-19 Update — All Regular Summer Activities Canceled

All Regularly Scheduled Summer Activities Canceled: On 12 May 2020, the Connecticut Rivers Council announced that all regularly scheduled summer activities at its camps have been canceled for 2020. On 18 May 2020, the State of Connecticut Office of Early Childhood issued revised guidance, in concordance with Executive Order No. 7PP, stating that “[resident camps] will not be permitted to operate during the declared state of emergency unless and until permitted to do so by order of the Governor.” Due to the severe restrictions that have been placed of day camps, the Council has decided to cancel all day camps as well.

Activities Possible in Late Summer and Early Fall: Here at Camp Workcoeman we know how important a summer camp experience is for you and your Scouts. As such, we are brainstorming and beginning to plan activities for the late summer and early fall in anticipation of lessened restrictions. While we do not yet know what these activities will look like, we do know that health and safety are our top priorities and that the nature of these activities will depend highly on the guidance we receive from local, state, and federal health authorities.

Virtual Camp Experience: For those interested, the Connecticut Rivers Council is offering a new, virtual camp experience for both Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA: Camp Kinda-Like-A. Please visit the Council website for more information and to register.

Additional updates will be posted on this website as they become available. Please refer to these news articles for the most up to date information; other pages of the camp website may be out of date.

Steak Dinner Canceled

A excerpt from a letter from Brian Cornell, chairman of the Citizens of Shawtown:

The COVID-19 crisis is something that none of us have experienced before and in everything that we do moving forward, we all must do our part to end this situation. As each day has ticked by over the past weeks and months, it has become clear to me that any attempt to hold our Annual Steak and Chicken Dinner and Silent Auction on June 6th safely, will just not happen as scheduled this year. I do not make this decision lightly and have discussed this at length with Lou and Frank for their valuable input prior to making my decision. Ultimately, the safety and well-being of all is paramount and comes first!

That is not to say a similar event cannot be planned for later this Summer or Fall, but we need to continue proper due diligence at this time until the experts and many others can tell us more. As you know, the Citizens of Shawtown rely heavily on this annual fundraiser to assist us in our support of our beloved Camp Workcoeman!

COVID-19 Update — Updated Leader Orientation Meeting

Leader Orientation Meeting: An orientation meeting will be held via Zoom on Saturday, May 16th at 10 AM. The meeting ID was emailed to troop leadership on April 29th. To confirm your attendance or request the meeting ID, contact Camp Director Lou Seiser. An update will be provided on the status of the summer camp season. Other topics covered include camp program, merit badge selections, medical forms, health information, and much more. A representative from every troop is asked to attend this meeting.

Scouting at Home: Camp Workcoeman is providing weekly Scouting at Home activities to help you stay busy and connected with camp. These videos and challenges are posted to the camp’s social media channels and are cataloged on the new Scouting at Home section of this website.

Additional updates will be posted on this website as they become available. Please refer to these news articles for the most up to date information; other pages of the camp website may be out of date.

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Why should your troop attend summer camp at Camp Workcoeman?

  • Why Workcoeman Visit the Why Workcoeman? page for an immersive guide to why your troop should attend Camp Workcoeman.
  • A Quality Program

    A flexible program, tailored to the needs of your troop from the new Scout to the veterans.
  • A Dedicated Staff

    A Camp Director with 40 years experience and a trained, high quality staff that return every year. Flexibility, caring, and dedication are the essential qualities that make up the Camp Workcoeman Staff.
  • A Consistent Philosophy

    You want the best summer program, and the staff is here to deliver the finest program available to your Scouts!

About Camp

Camp Workcoeman is located in the hills of northwest Connecticut in scenic New Hartford and Barkhamsted. The camp consists of approximately 427 acres on the shore of beautiful West Hill Pond, possibly the cleanest in Connecticut.

Established in 1924, it is one of the oldest continuously operated Scout camps in the country. For 96 years, thousands of Scouts and Scouters have had unforgettable Scouting experiences at Camp Workcoeman. This fine tradition of Scouting continues today.

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Phone

  • Camp Workcoeman

    Office: (860) 379-2207
    Nurse: (860) 379-1756
    Fax: (860) 379-1311
  • Connecticut Rivers Council

    Office: (860) 913-2700
    Fax: (860) 289-6447

Address

169 Camp Workcoeman Road
New Hartford, CT 06057