Canoe, paddleboard, kayak or ski. At Goshen Scout Reservation, a Scout’s options for crossing Lake Merriweather are as vast as the 450-acre lake itself. Goshen, a summer camping oasis, is tucked in the town of Goshen, Va., about three hours southwest of Washington, D.C. A visit to one of the BSA’s largest council camps yields not one Scout camp but six. Each has its own flavor of fun.
Camp Baird: This camp’s main draw is the Lenhok’sin High Adventure programs, which include weeklong adventures like the Civil War Trek and James River Canoe Trek.
Camp Bowman: The first camp built at Goshen, Bowman keeps it old school by eschewing cafeteria-served food in favor of patrol-based cooking. Good food, good fun.
Camp Marriott: Yes, that Marriott. The Boy Scout summer camp’s name recognizes a major corporate supporter of the council. No mints on the pillow here, but there is a big area full of local flora and fauna.
Camp Olmstead: This one has it all: a dining hall for troops and staff, a technology center for STEM-focused merit badges and Culturecraft, teaching artsy merit badges.
Camp PMI: Webelos, it’s your turn. PMI offers younger Scouts all the hiking, swimming, archery, BB-gun shooting, woodcarving and fun they can pack into a week.
Camp Ross: The other, newer home for Webelos at Goshen, Camp Ross ensures the younger Scouts have a fulfilling and appropriately challenging summer experience.
Everyone’s happy when spending a week at Goshen. Learn more at ncacbsa.org.
Photograph by Tom Copeland