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 These news articles contain the latest information available; other pages on the camp website may be out of date.
A new challenge for Scouts who would like to discover the depths of West Hill Pond. Every week a professional instructor will come to camp to teach Scouts about scuba diving. All participants will have a chance to spend time under water to see what it is all about.
Camp Workcoeman has been chosen as one of twelve camps in the country to pilot a Scouts BSA Summer Camp Pistol Shooting Program. This program is open to Scouts who are thirteen years old and have completed the eighth grade. For more information, see the flier below.
This one day program is designed to introduce Scouts the various skills required in Search and Rescue. A series of stations will teach the skills required to complete the merit badge. The program will culminate with a search and rescue drill allowing Scouts to demonstrate the skills learned. The merit badge was canceled for 2020.
The Shawtown Outpost Trek is a challenging opportunity for older Scouts. It all happens along Camp Workcoeman’s hiking trails, where Scouts will complete a special task that tests their skills in survival, pioneering, and teamwork. The trek leads to the Shawtown Wilderness Outpost where all will spend the night learning about the Shawtown folklore. While on the trek, Scouts will try their hand at muzzleloading rifles and tomahawk throwing. All Scouts who successfully complete the program will be awarded a special patch reserved just for them.
Your troop can arrange for a tubing trip down the Farmington River through Satan’s Kingdom—a great way to spend a hot summer afternoon! Reservations must be made in advance at the pre-camp planning meeting. Transportation to and from the river is up to the troop. An additional fee and a completed parental permission form is required for all youth participants. As this is considered an individual troop activity, a Tour Permit must be submitted; this can be done at the Camp Office. Please visit the Farmington River Tubing website for more information. A link to the parental waiver is located at the top of the page.
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.