300 Heritage Road
Farmington, Pennsylvania 15437
724) 329-2222 (fax)
Heritage Reservation (GPS Address)
2690 Dinner Bell Five Forks Road
Farmington, Pennsylvania 15437
Head Ranger - Jim Boger
Camp Ranger - Ken Kirsh
Camp Ranger - Dave Wilkins
The reservation is the crowning jewel of Boy Scout facilities in the northeast section of the United States. Heritage Reservation, which opened in 1980, is home to four different types of camps on nearly 2,000 acres of beautiful woodlands in Southwestern, Pennsylvania.
During the summer months, the camps are put into use as resident camps, offering nationally renowned programs at Camp Independence (Cub Scouts and Webelos), Camp Liberty (Boy Scout patrol cooking), Camp Freedom (Boy Scout dining hall) and Eagle Base, our new high adventure program (older Boy Scouts and Venturers).
The reservation’s centerpiece attraction is the 270-acre lake, providing plenty of room for boating, fishing, sailing, water-skiing and swimming. Located close to Nemacolin Woodlands, Laurel Caverns and Ohiopyle, Heritage is a centrally located camp, with plenty to keep any unit or group busy for a weekend or a week at summer camp.
Heritage Reservation also has a conference center and nine split-entry houses available for rent by Scout units and outside groups. During the fall, winter and spring months, several pavilions and shelter areas are available for traditional camping, all reachable by vehicle.
Each of the camps is designed to be nearly self-sufficient, with their own office and facilities. To support these camps, Heritage does have a Central area that contains the administrative offices, ranger’s shop and maintenance facility, Heinz Commissary and the health lodge. Heritage Reservation can accommodate 1,200 campers plus staff, and is considered to be one of the finest multi-camp reservations in the Boy Scouts of America.
Heritage Reservation, 1700 acres of unspoiled woodland is the ultimate laboratory for the experience of Scout summer camping. Every campsite is carefully nestled among the trees in Camp Freedom Camp Liberty and Camp Independence. The activity areas are designed to challenge and thrill every Scout, offering 33 merit badges along with six special older Scout programs.
With its 270-acre lake and six miles of shoreline, Heritage Reservation calls all Scouts for an unmatched summer of fun and adventure. The large, beautiful lake offers unlimited aquatics adventure, including all the water related merit badges -- Swimming, Fishing, Rowing, Motorboating, Water-skiing, Canoeing and Small Boat Sailing. White Water merit badge is available on the nearby Youghiogheny River.
Heritage is much more than just aquatics. In the field sports area, Scouts can test their marksmanship abilities on the .22 rifle range, in addition to the target and action archery ranges. In the Ecology-Conservation area, Scouts learn about the natural world in which they live. The Scoutcraft area offers Scouts the opportunity to hone skills in camping, hiking, axemanship, backpacking, wilderness survival and pioneering. The Handicraft area offers instruction in basketry, leatherwork, woodcarving and model rocketry as part of the Space Exploration merit badge. Handicrafts is also popular as the area for the exciting Heritage Reservation belt program, where Scouts can make their own customized belts and earn "brands" for various accomplishments during the week.
The best in "patrol cooking" with everything provided for successful campsite cooking. It has 14 troop sites, a central area, waterfront, rifle and archery ranges, two troop showers, leaders' and staff shower and a campfire area. The central area consists of the Program Hall (adult centered), Commissary/Quartermaster/Trading Post building (boy centered), parade ground with flagpoles, and a staff dining/lounge building. The waterfront has both swimming and boating areas. The boating area is equipped with canoes, motor boats, rowboats, and sailboats. Water-ski boats arrive at the camp for merit badge instruction.
Facilities at Camp Freedom are identical to those in Camp Liberty, with the exception of the 350-seat Camp Freedom dining hall located near the leaders' and staff shower. Many troops invite their families to join them for the Wednesday evening family night.
Cub Scout Summer Camping is at Camp Independence. We offer Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts the opportunity to particiapte in a variety of programs including: Swimming, Boating, Archery, BB-Shooting, Sling Shot Range, Nature, Handicrafts. For the older Webelos we also have a BMX trail and a climbing wall. Each year the theme for the camp changes and brings a new level of excitement for returning scouts.
If you are ready to experience true high adventure, then our week long treks are for you! Offered weekly from mid-June through mid-August; sessions start Sunday afternoon and end Saturday morning. These unique treks are available for Scouts and Venturers 13 years of age or older. Your entire patrol or Crew can participate together, or sign up on your own to participate with other Scouts and Venturers.
Eagle Base is a base camp experience with daily excursions in whitewater, board sailing, caving/repelling, mountain biking, hiking and more, as well as evening activities throughout the week.