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. In 2022, Beaver Day will begin at 8:30 AM on Saturday, June 3, and the Steak Dinner will begin with hors d'oeuvres at 5:30 PM followed by dinner at 6:00 PM.
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 99 years, thousands of Scouts and Scouters have had unforgettable Scouting experiences at Camp Workcoeman. This fine tradition of Scouting continues today.