19 May 2020 — Camp 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 These news articles contain the latest information available; other pages on the camp website may be out of date.
The Citizens of Shawtown is a group of people who work together to support the program at Camp Workcoeman. The name of the group was derived from an old settlement that is located on the outer area of Camp Workcoeman. Many members of the group attended Workcoeman as youth or as adults, and some even served on the camp staff.
The purpose of the Citizens of Shawtown is to organize and complete projects at Camp Workcoeman to enhance and improve the camp facility.
Each year in February, the Citizens meet to identify maintenance projects. Some of the projects are major construction while others are maintenance related. A schedule of workdays is arranged to complete the project list.
The Citizens work closely with the camp ranger to coordinate projects for Order of the Arrow ordeal weekends too. Some of the members are skilled in various vocations while others have valuable contacts for materials and services.
The Citizens also fund projects from fund-raisers such as an annual Steak and Chicken Dinner! We do not collect dues from the membership.
The Citizens annually hold a Steak Dinner and Silent Auction in support of camp after the annual Beaver Day work day. All members of the camp and surrounding community are invited whether they attend the work day or not. The Steak Dinner originally scheduled for June 2020 has been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions; it may be rescheduled for later in the year if conditions permit (more info).
The Citizens of Shawtown periodically publishes a newsletter updating its members about the organization’s activities and about happenings at camp. The newsletter is sent to members and posted on the camp website.
You can become a member of the Citizens of Shawtown by contacting the group’s Membership Chair, Keith Zwart, at [email protected].
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.