…You run a great camp! Workcoeman is in the tradition of Scout camps that are disappearing because someone forgot to “care.” Great facility and fun programs. I was impressed!
I felt compelled to write a letter of appreciation as soon as we returned home from week 3 at Workcoeman.
Our twenty-seven Scouts and six adult leaders that attended camp were pleasantly impressed by the way you run Camp. The Staff you have amassed is one of the highest caliber we have seen anywhere in our travels. To be in your third week of Camp and fifth week overall, all the staff members acted as if we were the first campers of the summer. Talk about “Catching the Spirit!” Your many years of hard work are reflected in the group of individuals you choose to surround yourself with. Many of my Scouts commented on specific incidents in which a staff member went to the extreme to afford the opportunity for advancement or learning. Contrary to the idea at Camp Workcoeman that this is what Scout Camp is all about, too many other camps and staffs are in it for the money only.
Your program has enough structure to provide for necessary scheduling, however, your staff and equipment was capable of meeting the needs of troops with varied agendas. The physical portion of the camp is in excellent shape to serve your enrollment. Any areas that we felt could be improved on; you have already taken into account in your long-range plan.
As a Scoutmaster of a large Troop, I have been looking for the type of camp I remember as a Scout…one where the “Scouting Spirit” was embedded in the staff. We as a Troop have been accepting a less than perfect Summer Camp for some time. I do believe that your staff, facility, and dedicated leadership have shown us that we do not have to settle for anything else.
I’m sure we’ll be talking more throughout the year, and are already planning new “purple spirits” to bring to camp next year.
Yours in Scouting,
Gary R. Aber
Eagle Scout ’70, Scoutmaster
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 97 years, thousands of Scouts and Scouters have had unforgettable Scouting experiences at Camp Workcoeman. This fine tradition of Scouting continues today.