Organized camping is a creative, educational experience in cooperative groups living outdoors. It uses the natural surroundings to contribute significantly to physical, mental, spiritual, and social growth.

  • Camping contributes to good health.
  • Camping helps campers develop self-reliance and resourcefulness.
  • Camping enhances spiritual growth.
  • Camping contributes to social development.
  • Camping is an experience in citizenship training. 

Most Scouts BSA, Cub Scouts, and Venturing units make camping a fundamental part of their program, whether it is at our own Camp Gorton or other campsites near and far. Scroll down or click the links below to find out more about  

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Cub Scouts

Cub Scouting offers overnight camping opportunities for Cub Scouts through long-term camps, Webelos den overnight campouts, council-organized short-term or family camps, and pack overnighters. The National BSA requires Cub Scout camping plans to meet specific safety and leadership training guidelines. It also requires approval from the Scout Executive whenever more than one chartered unit plans to camp together. If you have any questions about this policy please contact the Five Rivers Council office

Pack Overnight Site Appraisal Form This form is used to evaluate pack overnight family camping locations. It is kept on file in the council office for local unit reference and is periodically reviewed for accuracy.

Approved Cub Camping Locations

Submit a site for approval: To submit a site for approval please download the application, complete it, and submit it to the VP of Camping

Cub Scout Adventure Camp at Camp Gorton is a week-long camping experience open to all registered Cub Scouts. Activities include; swimming, fishing, hiking, games, BB Gun, archery, awards & electives. 

Scouts BSA & Venturing

Outdoor adventure is the promise made to boys and girls when they join Scouting. Young people yearn for outdoor programs that stir their imagination and interest. Learn more about the Scouts BSA Outdoor Program.

Places to Go Near Camp Gorton

Make your trip to Camp Gorton extra-special by combining it with visits to other nearby attractions!

New York State Parks

Pennsylvania State Parks

US National Parks

Gettysburg, PA

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