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Onteroa Scout Reservation

Located in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, the 1400-acre and 2000-foot altitude, Onteora Scout Reservation is affectionately referred to by those who have experienced the camp as "Land in the Sky."  Upon arrival at OSR, you will be met with a traditional greeting of "Welcome Home." 

Boy Scouts of different rank and age will have a wide variety of programs to choose from during its summer camp season.  While OSR is rooted in tradition, its programs are developed with the needs of today's Scouts and leaders in mind.  Outside of summer camp season, Onteora is available for campsite rental.

When: Saturday 5/18/19 to Sunday 5/19/19 (or arrive Friday 5/17 after 7 pm).  This trip not only provides Scouts with at least one camping night, it also presents an opportunity for Community Service with a conservation component, as we will be helping our Council clear the trails in preparation for the summer.  So, this is a great chance to get camping and community service/conservation credit.

Cost: $20 per person, due 5/9/19 (checks payable "BSA Troop 71") with permission slip for Scouts AND adults.

Leader: SM Bernic 516-655-1744

Activities: Hiking, Community Service/Conservation (trail clearing)

Campers are permitted and encouraged to arrive on Friday night 5/17, otherwise we will meet at the usual parking lot across from the Plandome Country Club at 6:00 am on Saturday 5/18.  We will return to Manhasset midday Sunday 5/19.

Saturday arrival campers should eat breakfast on their own, but all other meals will be provided at camp.  

What to Bring:
Treat this as a regular camping trip, but cars will a 10-minute walk away. (We will monitor the weather up to our departure for last minute updates.)  Bathroom/shower facilities are readily available.
  • Scout Spirit
  • Frame pack (Troop has several to loan)
  • Floored tent with rain fly (Scouts can sleep in their own tent or make tenting arrangements with another Scout; the Troop has tents to loan. LIMIT TWO TO A TENT)
  • Sleeping pad/sleeping bag/camp pillow
  • Filled water bottle with carabiner
  • Bug repellent (eg, Deep Woods Off)
  • Mess kit w/ utensils
  • Flashlight/headlamp w/ fresh batteries
  • personal toiletries (including 1/2 roll toilet paper)
  • Compass
  • Poncho/rain gear
  • Hiking boots/hiking socks
  • Scout pants/shorts/Class B shirt
  • Fleece top/jacket/windbreaker
  • Change of clothes & extra socks
  • Warm clothes to sleep in
  • Work gloves, loppers, shears, bow saws, hand clippers 
  • Adults: bring metal or plastic mug for coffee
OPTIONS: camping chair (recommended), frisbee/football/playing cards, fishing rod/reel, bicycle


Onteora Scout Reservation
3 Old Hunter Rd
Livingston Manor, NY 12758
  • Cross Island Parkway north to either the Whitestone or Throgs Neck Bridge
  • Follow signs to the Cross Bronx Expressway (CBE) westbound to Major Deegan Expressway (I-87) Exit north
  • Follow Major Deegan Expressway north, which becomes the NYS Thruway
  • Follow NYS Thruway to NY Route 17 west at Exit 16 (note - Woodbury Commons, a major shopping outlet complex is the exit immediately after entering Route 17)
  • Follow NY Route 17 to Exit 96, Livingston Manor; Turn left from the exit ramp onto DeBruce Road
  • Follow DeBruce Road about 2.2 miles to Grooville Road and make a left (there is a sign for OSR)
  • Follow Grooville Road about 4.5 miles to the entrance of the camp. Bare left at the camp sign, go past the ranger's house, and follow the dirt road, down to the main parking lot - there is a 10 mph speed limit in camp