Laurel Highlands Council

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Laurel Highlands Council
Laurel Highlands Council CSP.jpg
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Country United States
Founded July 1, 2011
President Bernie Lockard
Council Commissioner Rick Bausher
Scout Executive Jamie Shearer (acting)
Website
http://www.lhc-bsa.org
 Scouting portal

Laurel Highlands Council serves youth in the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas, Allegheny and Garrett Counties in Maryland and Mineral, Hampshire, Hardy, and Grant Counties in West Virginia.

History[edit]

Greater Pittsburgh Council and Penn's Woods Council merged on July 1, 2011 to form Laurel Highlands Council. Potomac Council was absorbed into Laurel Highlands Council in early 2014.

Greater Pittsburgh Council[edit]

Penn's Woods Council[edit]

In 1970, Blair-Bedford Area Council, William Penn Council, and Admiral Robert E. Peary Council, merged into Penn's Woods Council. Its headquarters was in Ebensburg.

Potomac Council[edit]

Camps[edit]

Camp Anawanna[edit]

Nestled in the foothills on the side of a lake that was once a great drainage system, Camp Anawanna "the happiest place in the universe" is the perfect camp for your son or daughter. Camp is open from June until August and campers can spend 6 or 12 weeks exploring nature while you enjoy the peace and tranquility knowing that your young charges are in good hands. At Camp Anawanna our campers learn first aid, swimming, plant identification, they have fun with kickball, softball and tennis- but most of all they learn self-esteem and confidence that will last them a lifetime.

Camp Anderson[edit]

Camp Baker[edit]

Camp Guyasuta[edit]

Camp Guyasuta, located in Allegheny County (Pa.) between Aspinwall and Sharpsburg near the banks of the Allegheny River, was established in 1918. Mary Darlington, great-granddaughter of James O'Hara, lived in a house (named "Guyasuta") on the land at the time but was forced to vacate the property during World War II when the Federal government took over the railroad lines as part of the war effort. While the government acquired the land it needed, Mary subsequently gave the Boy Scouts over 100 additional acres suitable for a camp. When she died in 1925, Mary's will officially bequeathed the land to the Scouting organization.[1]

Heritage Reservation[edit]

Laurel Highlands Council
Website
http://www.heritagereservation.org

Heritage Reservation is located in Farmington, Pennsylvania,[2] Heritage opened in 1980 and is located in southwestern Pennsylvania. Heritage Reservation's primary season is summer, however it does offer other camping options throughout the year.

Camps[edit]

The reservation consists of four camps:

  • Camp Independence— Cub Scout camp
  • Eagle Base— Boy Scout High Adventure camp
  • Camp Liberty— Boy Scout camp
  • Camp Freedom— Boy Scout camp

Camp Liberty is functionally a more troop-centric model of camping, as all meals are prepared by the patrols.

Camp Freedom and Independence are functionally more camp-centric models, as all meals and many events are centralized within the camp. All four camps offer various activities and merit badge opportunities that vary based on age appropriateness, Scout Rank and weather.

Summer Activities[edit]

Boy Scouts

  • Hiking
  • Sailing
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Motor boating
  • Water skiing
  • Swimming
  • COPE (climbing/zip lining course)
  • Archery
  • Rifle range
  • Shotgun range

Cub Scouts

  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Theme
  • Swimming
  • BB range
  • Archery
  • Rock Throwing
  • Sling shot
  • Sports
  • Sponge Wars

Weblos Scouts

  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Swimming
  • BMX Track
  • Rock Wall Climbing
  • Bouldering
  • BB range
  • Archery
  • Rock Throwing
  • Sling Shot

Winter Activities[edit]

  • Sledding
  • Cross country skiing
  • Broom ball
  • Snow shoeing

Camp Joseph[edit]

Putt's Camp[edit]

Camp Seph Mack[edit]

Camp Twin Echo[edit]

Camp Potomac[edit]

Order of the Arrow[edit]

Allohak Menewi Lodge
Website
http://www.lodge57.org

The Order of the Arrow is represented by the Allohak Menewi Lodge. It supports the Scouting programs of the council through leadership, camping, and service.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Galloway, Edward (Winter 2011–2012). "Guyasuta: Warrior, Estate & Home to Boy Scouts". Western Pennsylvania History 9 (4): 18–31. 
  2. ^ http://www.heritagereservation.org/resources/index.php#Maps