Backpacking & Camping at Ockanickon March 2018


Friday March 23 to Sunday March 25 – 
Campout at Ockanickon Scout Reservation in Bucks County

Leave from St. John’s at 5:30PM on Friday  
Return to St. John’s on Sunday at 1:00PM
  • Philmont Skills Preparation
  • Philmont Program Discussion and Selection
  • Rank Advancement to First Class (possible 5-mile hike requirement, too)
  • Camping Merit Badge and Wilderness Survival Merit Badge
  • Cooking Merit Badge (if you've already started it)
  • ROCK CLIMBING at High Rocks
This is a Philmont-required campout. We will be doing backpacking skills and prep instruction, plus setting up and taking down camp, plus backpacking in Ralph Stover State Park and Ockanickon.

Non-Philmont bound Scouts will work on rank completion in camp, plus Wilderness Survival skills (yes, you can start and/or complete the merit badge). If you're not going to Philmont and are already First Class rank you can join the backpacking crews.

We're being joined by Ambler Troop 540, who are setting up and running an all-day ROCK CLIMBING station at High Rocks. This is a great place to try out climbing for the first time or even trying a more difficult climb. Their climbing leaders are certified climbing instructors and registered with the BSA.

  • Philmont (and backpacking) Scouts will set up and camp in tents in the Shagbark campsite (directly behind the Ockanickon Trading Post)
  • Non-backpacking Scouts will sleep in Palmer Lodge B (a heated building with bunks; this is directly above the Ockanickon Handicraft Lodge)
  • Philmont (and backpacking) Scouts' food will be provided for you at Camp. We will divide you into temporary crews to camp and cook.
  • Non-backpacking Scouts should plan meals by patrol.
Once you sign up we'll send you a list of what to bring (which depends on what you've signed up to do). If you're backpacking you'll need to be able to carry all your gear in a backpack. We can lend you one if you don't have one.