Greater New York Councils

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Greater New York Councils
Owner Boy Scouts of America

350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 7820

New York, NY 10118
Country United States
Council President Ray Quartararo
Council Commissioner Thomas S. Bain
Scout Executive Ethan V. Draddy

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The Greater New York Councils (GNYC) is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America that serves the New York City area. GNYC has a unique organization in that it is sub-divided into boroughs, led by a borough executive, which are then divided into districts. This Council has helped over five million young people become “Prepared for Life” since its' inception in the 1920s.

The programs of the Boy Scouts of America serve young people by enabling them to develop healthy habits; teaching a lifelong appreciation of physical and personal fitness, including the prevention of bullying; instilling environmental stewardship and sustainability; and providing leadership development and STEM Education; while preparing young people for the workforce. The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Bronx Borough[edit]

Bronx Borough
  • Bronx River District (as of 2007–2008)


  • Eastern District
  • New Horizon District

OA Lodge - Ranachqua #4 (no longer in existence)

Brooklyn Borough[edit]

Brooklyn Borough
  • Breukelen District
  • Lenape Bay District

OA Lodge - Shu-shu-gah (no longer in existence)

Manhattan Borough[edit]

Manhattan Borough
  • Big Apple District

OA Lodge - Man-a-hattin (no longer in existence)

Queens Borough[edit]

Queens Borough
  • Founders District
  • Pathfinder District
  • Tomahawk District

OA Lodge - Suanhacky (no longer in existence)

Staten Island Borough[edit]

Staten Island Borough
  • Aquehonga District

Order of the Arrow – Aquehongian Lodge 112[1] (no longer in existence)

Ten Mile River Scout Camps[edit]

Ten Mile River Scout Camps (TMR) is a 12,000-acre (4,856 ha) - roughly the size of Manhattan - camp near Narrowsburg, New York, has four miles of frontage on the Delaware River, and is owned and operated by the Greater New York Councils of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) since 1928. It is the principal Boy Scout camp serving New York City. In recent years, TMR is also now increasingly used by other councils in New York state. Over the years, prominent Americans have been instrumental in its history, including Franklin D. Roosevelt and New York mayor William O'Dwyer.[2]


TMR was founded as the result of efforts by the New York City Boy Scout Foundation beginning in 1924 to develop a camp large enough to accommodate the burgeoning growth of Scouting in the New York metropolitan area during the 1920s, with a goal of providing camping for 3,500 Scouts at a time. Led by future New York governor and President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), who was president of the New York City Boy Scout Foundation, the group selected TMR's present site, oversaw the land acquisition process from multiple owners, and raised funds for the large camp's development.[3]

In recognition of his pivotal role in the founding and development of TMR, then-Governor Roosevelt received Scouting's Silver Buffalo Award in a ceremony held at the camp on August 23, 1930.[3][4] Later, as recently elected president of the U.S., FDR returned again to the camp in the summer of 1933 to be inducted into the Order of the Arrow.[3][5] By the summer of 1936, 10,000 boys were attending the camp each summer, the New York Times reported.[6]

In 1952, a Manhattan Boy Scout was recognized as the 250,000th Scout to attend TMR and given a special award by FDR's widow, Eleanor Roosevelt.[7] At its peak in 1965, Ten Mile River operated eleven camps with a peak usage of nearly 12,000 boys. Following a decline in the 1970s, five of TMR's eleven camps closed. By the late 1990s, attendance had rebounded to 6,000 scouts.[7]


TMR is heavily wooded with hills overlooking the Delaware River. It has a 15 lakes and ponds, including Half Moon, Crystal, Nianque, Turnpike, and Rock, for boating, swimming, sailing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking and other aquatic activities, as well as an Olympic size pool. In addition to specialty programs such as scuba, high-adventure hiking and overnight canoeing/camping on the Delaware, and the Catskill Adventure Base, TMR has a central headquarters area, Family Camp, and three active youth camps, each offering different programs and activities:[8]

  • Camp Aquehonga on Half Moon Lake, with traditional Scout camping including patrol cooking, along with an olympic-sized swimming pool.
  • Camp Keowa on Crystal Lake, offers water activities such as canoeing, sailing and waterskiing, with meals served dining hall-style.
  • Camp Ranachqua on Lake Nianque, with meals served dining hall-style. It is the principal Boy Scout camp serving the Hudson Valley Council.

Closed camps[edit]

Crystal Lake

  • Camp Kernochan
  • Camp Lakeside
  • Camp Manhattan
  • Camp Man
  • Camp Rondack

Lake Nianque

  • Camp Nianque
  • Camp Stillwaters

Davis Lake

  • Camp Davis Lake
  • Camp Hayden (formerly Davis Lake West)

Rock Lake

  • Camp Chappegat
  • Camp Ihpetonga
  • Camp Kotohke
  • Camp Kunatah
  • Camp Brooklyn

Alpine Scout Camp[edit]

Greater New York Councils also operates Alpine Scout Camp, located in Alpine, New Jersey. The camp is used for short-term wilderness camping, as well as long-term platform tent camping. Various activity areas include orienteering courses, a climbing wall, archery range, BB range, a pool, an activity center with indoor games, as well as a network of trails. "Cub World" includes a representation of a Wild West frontier fort and a large "land ship" used for many youth activities.

Pouch Scout Camp[edit]

Greater New York Councils also operates Pouch Scout Camp, located in the Greenbelt Trail on Staten Island, New York. William H. Pouch Scout Camp, located in Staten Island, is New York City's only Scout Camp. Pouch Camp is open year round for Scouting activities. The camp is approximately 143 acres, including several cabins with capacity to hold 14 to 22 Scouts and Scouters. The Camp also includes 55 leantos, 20 tent sites, and a low-impact Camp-O-Ree field with an adjacent amphitheater. There are numerous Picnic Groves as well as a Chapel. GNYC operates a day camp from this facility.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Aquehonga District
  2. ^ Murray Schumach (July 18, 1946). "O'Dwyer Visits Boy Scout Camp For City's Lads at Ten Mile River". The New York Times. Retrieved April 22, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c "History of the Ten Mile River Scout Camps". TMR Scout Museum. Retrieved February 15, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Roosevelt Honored by the Boy Scouts". The New York Times. August 24, 1930. p. 21. Retrieved April 22, 2008. 
  5. ^ Campbell, Thomas P. (March–April 2003). "A Best Friend in the White House". Scouting. Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved February 15, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Boy Scouts Entering Final Week in Camp". The New York Times. August 30, 1936. Retrieved April 22, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "History of Ten Mile River". Greater New York Councils (BSA). December 26, 2005. Retrieved February 15, 2008. 
  8. ^ "TMR Camps". Greater New York Councils (BSA). November 14, 2007. Retrieved February 15, 2008.