Scouting Activities in Historic Gettysburg
Camping and Lodging
Scout units visiting Gettysburg typically camp in tents or stay in a cabin. These are the most economical options.
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Units from New England, Ohio, and other places located similar a similar distance from Gettysburg like the cabins because they can let tents, stoves and other gear at home.
St. James Scout Cabin
The St. James Scout Cabin is located approximately 25 minutes west of Gettysburg. The cabin is situated on a 10 acre site that borders Pennsylvania State Forest lands.
It can sleep up to 48 people in two bunk rooms and has indoor rest rooms with hot showers. The kitchen, restrooms, and part of the bunkrooms are heated by an oil furnace, and the rest of the bunk rooms and the main room are heated by a 6-foot fireplace. Firewood is provided. The kitchen is well equipped for groups of all sizes, with 2 refrigerators, 3 stoves, and a large grill.
In addition to Gettysburg, the St. James Scout Cabin is convenient to other attractions -
||Liberty Mountain Resort, a local ski slope, is 20 minutes away.
||The Appalachian Trail is less then 5 miles from the St. James Scout Cabin in Michaux State Forest.
||The Appalachian Trail Museum is located nearby in Pine Grove State Park. http://www.atmuseum.org
||Washington D.C. is a viable day trip. An 1:45 minute drive to the Shady Grove Metro Station and a 35 minute ride into the city is all it takes to get to our nations capital.
Once in Washington, almost all the attractions are free. The National Zoo, the Smithsonian Institution, and most of the monuments and memorials are open to the public free of charge.
Camp Tuckahoe is the local council camp of the New Birth of Freedom Council. It is located approximately 40 minutes North of Gettysburg. It has eight cabins with capacities ranging from 14 to 40 people. Two cabins, which hold 40 people each, have indoor plumbing and heat. The rest have a frost free spigot outside and a woodstove for heat.
Camp Conewago is the small 25 acre council camp of the New Birth of Freedom Council. It was a Council Summer Camp in the 1920's and still has many orginal buildings. It is located approximately 25 minutes East of Gettysburg. It has two small cabins. One can accomodate 21 people, the other 10. It also has 6 "Rothrocks", which are open air shelters that can accomodate 8 people each.
Ironmaster's Mansion Hostel at Pine Grove Furnace State Park
The Ironmaster's Mansion Hostel is a historic building located within Pine Grove Furnance State Park that is managed as a Hostel. Overnight accomdations for up to 48 people are avaliable.
McMillan Woods is a youth group campground on Gettysburg National Military Park. There is no use fee. It is open from April through October. Scout groups must have tour permits issued from their local council. Tent camping only; no recreational vehicles. Facilities include water, portable comfort stations, trash receptacles, fire rings, picnic tables, common use area and common use shelter (pavilion). No firewood is available, groups must bring their own or purchase it locally. No fireworks, air rifles, firearms, or cutting of trees in the park.
Groups camping at McMillan's Woods can arrange for showers at the Gettysburg YWCA, 909 Fairfield Road, for a nominal fee of $1 per person. Groups need to call the YWCA at least one day in advance to make arrangements (717) 334-9171.
For additional McMillan Woods campground information contact the Interpretation and Protection office at (717) 334-1124 ext. 423 Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reservation information can be found at http://www.nps.gov/gett/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm The National Park Service uses a lottery system to award sites at McMillan Woods. Some units that are planning on coming in the early spring do not like the lottery, because they are only guaranteed to be notified whether or not they have a campsite on Feb. 28th, only one month before the first weekend in April. If you don't win the lottery, finding place to camp that is reasonably priced with a month's notice will likely be hard, as Gettysburg is a popular destination for Scout Troops. For later in the spring, and in the summer and fall, the notification is early enough to enable you to find other accommodations should you not get a campsite.
Camp Tuckahoe is the local council camp of the New Birth of Freedom Council. It is located approximately 40 minutes North of Gettysburg. It has 14 campsites which can accomodate 40 to 50 people each.
Camp Conewago is the small 25 acre council camp of the New Birth of Freedom Council. It was a Council Summer Camp in the 1920's and still has many orginal buildings. It is located approximately 25 minutes East of Gettysburg. It has 7 campsites that can accomodate approximately 25 people each.
Pennsylvania State Parks
Caledonia and Pine Grove Furnace State Parks are a reasonable distance from Gettysburg and have group campsites.