Lots of talk here about Yawgoog, don't forget about the "new" Onteora Scout Reservation owned by a Long Island Boy Scout Council. I just returned from Onteora this week and was amazed how the camp and program has vastly improved.
They have poured tons of money into the camp during the last two years. Not only vastly improved facilities, but tons of new programs for new Scouts, seasoned Scouts and now Venturers as well.
Some new programs this year included ATVs, pistol shooting and nightime Shooting Sports.
They offer over 80 Merit Badges including Horsemanship using real horses, Farm Mechanics with the camp's own goats and chickens. Of course they offer all of the traditional merit badges as well.
For Scouts that are not big on the outdoors, they have pretty intensive STEM program (Science, technology, engineering, math) which includes Robotics. Onteora also has one of the best Eagle Camps in the Northeast which took place this week.
For adults who need down time, there is a brand new leaders lounge with free coffee/pastries all day, as well as free hi-speed internet access via satellite.
I overheard the Camp Director saying that they had nearly 2000 paid campers (scouts & adults) this year. The highest attendance since the 70's. When I was there they had quite a few out of council troops, with scouts coming from as far away as Virginia.
Since Scouting is just about the only thing my son is really interested in (insert deep sigh here), I am willing to do anything to keep this interest going. This camp sound like a good option for him in the future. I especially like that they have shooting. He is starting the junior league in the fall, so this will nicely tie in. Where I come from, we did not have separate scout groups for boys and girls. It was just scouts. My mother was a scout, and so was I, and it was way, waaaaaay, less pampered, and sometimes even dangerous. There were no camps, we had to set up a camp wherever we went. Our motto was - omia mea mecum porto - all that is mine I carry with me. It made me a stronger person, and a club MacGyver fan, before I even knew who MacGyver was.