“The boys spent three weeks planning the trip, preparing their camping gear and meals and packing it all into their backpacks,” said Troop 17 alumnus Bob Williamson, who went along for the hike. “On the day of the trip they rode the subway to the ferry, crossed New York Harbor and boarded the Staten Island Railroad to New Dorp.
“From New Dorp they walked the trail through High Rock Park to Pouch Scout Camp, where they made dinner and camped for the night in a cabin above Lake Ohrbach,” he added.
Once at the camp, the boys settled in for the night with campfire songs and stories.
Williamson said that Pouch Scout Camp offers a wide range of activities that are central to the scouting tradition, including swimming and boating in the summer and an archery range and massive rock climbing wall.
The camp was almost closed recently, but the City Council stepped in and declared the area a “conservation easement.”
“William H. Pouch Scout Camp is pretty unique,” Williamson said. “It is a forest preserve in a major city. It has served New York City Scouts since I was a boy, and that is a long time.”