Theodore Roosevelt Council

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Theodore Roosevelt Council
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Owner Boy Scouts of America
Country United States
Website
http://www.trcbsa.org/
 Scouting portal

The Theodore Roosevelt Council, 386 is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America. It is one of the nation's oldest, having been home to its namesake, the former US President, who was a founding member of BSA.

History[edit]

The council was established in 1917 and was originally named the Nassau County Council. Although Nassau County was the primary residence of Theodore Roosevelt, the Theodore Roosevelt name was taken by another council in Arizona. That council was merged into the Grand Canyon Council in 1993,[1] freeing the name, and the Nassau County Council assumed the Theodore Roosevelt name in September 1997.[2]

Organization[edit]

The council has four districts:

John M. Schiff Scout Reservation[edit]

John M. Schiff Scout Reservation
Location Wading River, New York
Coordinates 40°56′11″N 72°49′52″W / 40.93628°N 72.83101°W / 40.93628; -72.83101 (John M. Schiff Scout Reservation)
Founded 1922
Website
http://www.trcbsa.org/Schiff

The John M. Schiff Scout Reservation is named after John M. Schiff, the son of Mortimer L. Schiff; both of whom were World Scout Committee members and notable early Boy Scouts of America leaders. The reservation is operated by Theodore Roosevelt Council, BSA and located near Wading River, New York. The reservation comprises 400 acres (1.6 km2) camp located in the Long Island Pine Barrens and surrounds the 30-acre (120,000 m2) "Deep Pond". It was originally named Camp Wauwepex in 1921 in Miller Place. In 1922, it was moved to its present location. At the time the camp comprised 550 acres (2.2 km2). Camp Wauwepex was renamed the John M. Schiff Scout Reservation when the Mortimer L. Schiff Scout Reservation was closed in 1979. The reservation ceased being used as a summer camp in 1976, but still gets lots of use for troop, family, district and council events.

The John M. Schiff Scout Reservation is named after John M. Schiff, the son of Mortimer L. Schiff; both of whom were World Scout Committee members and notable early Boy Scouts of America (BSA) leaders. The reservation is operated by Theodore Roosevelt Council, BSA and located near Wading River, New York.

The reservation comprises 400 acres (1.6 km2) camp located in the Long Island Pine Barrens and surrounds the 30 acre (120,000 m2) "Deep Pond". Deep Pond is a kettle-hole lake formed during the last glacial age. It is 44 feet (13 m) deep.

It was originally named Camp Wauwepex in 1921 in Miller Place. Wauwepex is an Indian name given to a spring situated on the west side of Cold Spring Harbor near Sagamore Hill.[3] In 1922, it was moved to its present location. The Council bought the property in 1926 for $250,000. At the time the camp comprised 550 acres (2.2 km2). There were three program areas, named Pioneer Division, Frontier Division and Indian Division. The dining halls were named accordingly, as Pioneer Hall, etc. The camp divisions are no longer used, and the dining halls are now Hickcox Hall (Burned to the ground on November 1, 2011 Cause of fire is still under investigation although investigators are saying it does not appear suspicious. The dining hall was unoccupied at the time of the fire). (formerly Frontier) and Hayden Hall(formerly Indian). The old Pioneer Hall had been used for a while as a craft lodge but has since been demolished.

Camp Wauwepex was renamed the John M. Schiff Scout Reservation when the Mortimer L. Schiff Scout Reservation was closed in 1979. The reservation ceased being used as a summer camp in 1976, but still gets lots of use for troop, family, district and council events.

Onteora Scout Reservation[edit]

Onteora Scout Reservation
Location Livingston Manor, New York
Coordinates 41°57′34″N 74°45′30″W / 41.9595°N 74.7582°W / 41.9595; -74.7582 (Onteora Scout Reservation)
Founded 1956
Website
http://www.trcbsa.org/Onteora

Onteora Scout Reservation is located in Livingston Manor, New York. The camp consists of 1,400 acres (6 km2) and adjoins the Catskill State Forest Preserve. It was opened in 1955 due to overcrowding in Camp Wauwepex. At its peak in the early seventies, it was the nation's third largest Boy Scout Camp in terms of attendance (after Philmont and Ten Mile River,) accommodating 1200 Scouts at a time utilizing two dining halls and three water fronts. It was closed in 1991 and reopened in 1998 with a completely volunteer staff, and in 2003 opened for a full season with a paid staff. It is the only Boy Scout camp to have been closed, and then reopened.

Onteora Scout Reservation is a Boy Scout Camp owned by the Theodore Roosevelt Council. It is nicknamed "The Land in the Sky." It is located in Livingston Manor, New York. It consists of 1400 Acres of forest. Its lake is named Orchard Lake because it is an old orchard that was flooded.

The property on which the Reservation is located has a long and rich history, which begins with the Lenni-Lenape Indians. They used the Sun Trail to go from the Hudson River to the Delaware. The Sun Trail ran from Hudson River to the East Branch of the Delaware and was so called because an Indian or scout could start running at sun-up and reach the other end by sun-down.[4]

Later that same trail was enlarged by John Hunter and in 1815 became known throughout the area as the Hunter Road.[5] Since it was the first road in the area, many traders and farmers made great use of it. In 1880s the property became one of the favorite fishing spots of the area and a man named Todd Hammond built a large manor house on the property overlooking the lake and developed the lake and streams for trout fishing.[6][7] In 1911,[8] the Orchard Lake Club was formed by New York City businessmen who purchased the property to enjoy the trout fishing and beauty of the woods.[9]

By the turn of the century, what is now the Al Nassau area of the Reservation was then a small town consisting of five houses, a logging camp and a mill for the Resherif Lumber Company. To this day, the foundations of the houses and mill can be seen.

During the "Roaring 20’s" the area was the property of the New York Trout and Skeet Club. Many people came to the area from the city to fish and vacation. During WWII, however, due to the rationing of gasoline, the club was forced out of business. When put up for sale in 1942, the club was bought by Mr. Charles R. Vose for $20,000. He used it as a private retreat until 1956 when the Nassau County Council bought the property with the help of a donation from Mr. Alfred H. Capery. Many generations of Scouts and Scouters have enjoyed the property since its purchase and the establishment of the base camp in 1956. Many of the buildings were constructed between 1958 and 1962. It is the only Scout Reservation to close and then reopen.

Buckskin Lodge[edit]

The council's Order of the Arrow lodge is called the Buckskin Lodge, 412 WWW.

References[edit]

  1. ^ About Section W4C
  2. ^ 2008 Theodore Roosevelt Dinner brochure
  3. ^ THIRTY YEARS OF SCOUTING IN NASSAU by William H. Kniffin, Copyright © 1999 Theodore Roosevelt Council, Boy Scouts of America Inc
  4. ^ History of the Town of Rockland, Wilmer Sipple, http://www.sullivancountyhistory.org/new_page_4.htm
  5. ^ History of the Town of Rockland, Wilmer Sipple, http://www.sullivancountyhistory.org/new_page_4.htm
  6. ^ THE WALTON REPORTER, 14 July 1894
  7. ^ LIBERTY REGISTER, 10 March 1896
  8. ^ NEW YORK TIMES, 9 Feb 1916
  9. ^ FOREST AND STREAM MAGAZINE,May 3, 1913,page 567

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