Camp Tuckahoe
Land of the Deer and Fawn


Dillsburg, PA


New Birth of Freedom Council


June, 1948

Scout Executive:

Ronald Gardner

Director of Camping:

Todd Weidner


Camp TucakhoeEdit

Camp Tuckahoe is the largest of three camps previously owned by the York-Adams Area Council, and is currently operated for use by both Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. The 1,300-acre (5.3 km2) site is located in York County, Pennsylvania, a few miles west of Dillsburg.


The site was formerly a hunting camp which the Council purchased on March 21, 1947 to replace Camp Ganoga. Construction on the property started in the spring of 1947, and the first camping season got underway the next year on June 27, 1948. Many of the later facilities where not present that first season, including the lake, troops cabins, and the memorial chapel.

From the purchase of the land until part way through the first season, the camp was referred to as "South Mountain Camp" and also "South Mountain Memorial Scout Camp" (as a tribute to WWII servicemen). During the initial camp season, a contest was held to choose between the names "South Mountain", "Tuckahoe", and "Whippoorwill", and Tuckahoe won out. The name Tuckahoe is attributed to mean "Land of the Deer and the Fawn" in a Native American language.

The Memorial Mall and adjoining Chapels are the centerpiece of Camp Tuckahoe. The Mall is an open area lined by hemlock trees that is often used for camp ceremonies and quiet activities. Each of the hemlock trees has been dedicated to a member of the "Council Eternal" (a Scout or Scouter who has died). Additional dedications are made annually when new names are added to the Memorial Wall.

Cub World

An area of Camp Tuckahoe called "Cub Scout World" is segmented off for use just by Cub Scouts. It is a special place within the camp that has programs and facilities specifically designed for boys ages 6–10.

Themed areas include the Pirate Ship, Medieval Castle, Frontier Fort, and the Native American Village. Sleeping arrangements are available in all four areas. Other more general use areas include the Nature Tree House,a Mine, Physical Fitness trail, Cub Activity Field, and Cub Pavilion. Additionally there are Air Rifles, Action Archery (a sling shot course), and Archery Ranges, which tend to be heavily used during summer camp sessions. Sleeping arraignments are available in four large tepees in the Native American Village.

Each year, during the designated Cub Scout weeks, the activities in camp are based on a theme. During the week there are many activities centered around the theme of the year. These themes rotate between Safari (2002, 2006, 2010), Wild West (2003, 2007, 2011), Knights of the Round Table (2004, 2008, 2012), and Pirates of Camp Tuckahoe (2005, 2009, and 2013).


Every summer, many men and women work at Camp Tuckahoe. To see the most recent staff page, see Camp Staff 2011 or for the upcoming summer, see Camp Staff 2012 .

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