About the Horseshoe Scout Reservation
The Horseshoe Scout Reservation is owned and operated by the Chester County Council, Boy Scouts of America and is located along the Mason-Dixon line separating Pennsylvania and Maryland. The name of the Reservation is derived from the Octoraro Creek (Lenni Lenape for muddy river), a tributary of the Susquehanna River, which makes a meandering 4-mile horseshoe through the property.
Divided into two camps the 1200 acre Reservation is made up of Camp Horseshoe and Camp John H. Ware, 3rd as well as numerous backcountry sites. Combined these camps provide a "multi-use" facility hosting Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers as well as other programs, including a special needs camporee, year round.
The months of June, July and August are all about quality summer camp program! Camp Horseshoe (Rising Sun, Maryland), plays host to seven weeks of Boy Scout camp and is one of the few long-term camps left in the United States that operates a 7-day program.
Camp John H. Ware, 3rd (Fulton Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania), known before 1985 as Camp Jubilee, was first opened in the 1950s as an Explorer base, but later acquired permanent facilities. Ware offers summer camp opportunities for all levels of Scouting including a week of traditional Boy Scout camp, Boy Scout Science and Radio camp, Webelos overnight-resident advancement camp, Cub Scout overnight-resident camp and our Cub Scout Shoot-N-Splash family camp.
Dependent upon the campsite, sleeping accommodations during the Scout's summer adventure include Adirondacks, stockades or two-person platform tents. A number of our 'modern' sites at Camp Ware offer showers and flushing toilets; and for those really young Cub Scouts not quite ready to sleep in the great outdoors, Macaleer Lodge provides barrack-style sleeping accommodations.
Not just a 'summer camp' facility, The Horseshoe Scout reservation opens its cabins, Adirondacks and tent sites for unit rental the months of September through May. And many a weekend in the spring plays host to Chester County Council activities such as The Ranger's Challenge, NYLT, Wood Badge, Powder Horn, Philmont Shakedown, Cub Scout Fun Fest as well as other adult leader training courses.