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Watch Hill, Fire Island


Watch Hill, located on Fire Island across the Great South Bay from Patchogue, NY, is the starting point for a variety of outdoor experiences, ranging from ocean swimming to backcountry hiking to bird watching. Watch Hill contains a campground, a marina, visitor center, nature trail, and seasonally life-guarded beaches. Campground facilities include running water, grills, picnic tables, showers and bathrooms. There are twenty-six sand sites and one provides universal access. The marina has one hundred forty boat slips with water and electric.

Watch Hill is appropriate for all Scouts (and an occasional deer). Troop 71 will next camp at Watch Hill the weekend of September 6, 2014:
  • Meet on Saturday 9/6 at 10:15 am at usual Plandome Station parking lot, then drive to Patchogue to catch 12:15 ferry to Watch Hill (directions).
  • We will sleep in tents at the group site at the Watch Hill group camping site and arrive back in Manhasset at approximately 12:30 pm on Sunday 9/7.
  • This trip will take place weather permitting only as we will cancel it if rain is forecast.  The Scouts can hang out at the beach and will also be encouraged to bring their fishing poles to fish off of the docks from the bay side OR fish in the surf from the ocean side.
  • Lunch: bring brown bag lunch for Saturday
  • Gear: Standard camping gear required (there is a water source on site and bathrooms nearby)
  • Cost: $15 per person (includes dinner, breakfast, site fees) PLUS each attendee will need $18 cash for round-trip ferry fees.
  • Leader: Charles Maass
  • Scouts and parents wishing to attend must bring a check for $15 per person payable to "BSA Troop 71" and completed Permission Slip to our first Troop Meeting on Thursday, September 4th.
  • PARENTS WISHING TO ATTEND please advise Mr. Maass ASAP so he can complete the Tour Permit.