Camp Wanocksett strives to be the best of the best in all aspects of the summer camp experience. Here are some additional programming items available to you.
Outpost camping is available at Camp Wanocksett. This is a great opportunity for you and your boys to spend some nights sleeping in Adirondack shelters far from the hustle and bustle of camp. Hike up for a night of relaxation, cook your own meals provided by Dining Services, and then hike back in the morning in time for morning program. The Program Director can schedule your troop during your week stay for an evening at the Outpost.
At any time during the afternoon, troops may schedule demonstrations and activities in the program areas or in their own campsite. Please work out the arrangements with the area director as to the time and location.
The Order of the Arrow at Camp Wanocksett
The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s National Honor Society, based upon the principles of brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service. Scouts may be elected to the Order of the Arrow by their peers in their troop once they have reached the rank of First Class Scout, proven themselves as a camper, and have demonstrated that they live the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. The Order of the Arrow has been instrumental in the growth and development of Camp Wanocksett.
In recognition of this, members of the Order of the Arrow are urged to wear their OA sashes with their Scout uniforms all day on Wednesday. Following the Wednesday evening BBQ and songfest, The Grand Monadnock Lodge #309, our council’s Order of the Arrow lodge, will perform the Order of the Arrow Call-Out ceremony to recognize those Scouts who were elected to membership in the Order of the Arrow. Troops from Nashua Valley Council wishing to hold Order of the Arrow elections should contact their district’s Lodge Vice-Chief before camp: Lodge bylaws, and National OA policy, prohibit holding Order of the Arrow elections at summer camp.
The Lodge will also call out Scouts from other councils, although our lodge cannot conduct unit elections for troops from other councils. You will need to have a valid election conducted by your home lodge, and bring a copy of the official election report with you to Camp Wanocksett in order to have your Scouts called-out. We will then be happy to recognize your Scouts during our Call-Out ceremony.
While you are thinking of different things to do, don’t forget the majestic Mount Monadnock that watches over our camp. Mount Monadnock is one of the most climbed mountains in the world. The availability of the extensive trail network on this historic mountain is one of the unique features that set Camp Wanocksett apart from other Scout camps. All trails on the mountain are challenging, but there is one for every age group of Scouts. The 3,165-foot summit offers spectacular views of six states; you can even see the Boston skyline on clear days. Monadnock’s 2,000-foot vertical rise offers a rewarding experience for beginning and advanced hikers alike.
Depending on which trails you take, the trip can be completed in about four or five hours. Our Sunset Summit program is held on Tuesday nights, but if you want to host your own hike, accommodations can be made. Troops usually leave immediately after lunch, and return by supper. You can request bag lunches or food to cook in your site for supper if you want to allow more time. Troops are required to file a hike plan with the Program Director prior to leaving camp.