In 1937 Harry E. Hovey and Birton Babcock purchased and donated the land that makes up the present day site of Camp Babcock-Hovey. Two years later, after construction of the initial camp facilities, the camp was formally dedicated and opened.
Babcock-Hovey is administered by a full-time Camp Director and Ranger, trained and certified by The National Camping School of the Boy Scouts of America. The Council Executive Board through the Council Camping Committee supervises the camp. The camp is inspected and licensed by the Seneca County Department of Health.
Each year, the Council Camping Committee and a Regional Camp Visitation Team inspect the camp. It is consistently rated as a Nationally Accredited Camp. Copies of reports are available from the Seneca Waterways Council Service Center.
Babcock-Hovey offers a variety of year round unit camping.
Boy Scout Summer Camping
Traditional Summer Camping
Five weeks of traditional summer camping are offered. Campers are housed in two-man canvas tents on wooden platforms or four-man wooden lean-tos. All are furnished with a bed and mattress for each camper and leader. All meals are prepared by the food service staff and are served in the camp dining hall. Latrines are provided in each site, and centralized hot shower facilities are available for campers and leaders.
For Scouts who cannot attend with their troop or are just looking for another week at camp. Campers are encouraged to make arrangements to stay with another unit or come to camp under the leadership of our Provisional Scoutmaster. No additional fee is required.
Each week, Scouts looking for extra fun can enjoy a week designed around a special program. Additional fees may apply:
- Trail to Eagle Week
- Aquatics Adventure Week
Cub Scout & Webelos Summer Camp
Cub Scout Resident Camp is an exciting way to learn new skills, make new friends and learn more about doing your best. Regardless of your past camping experience, this is an adventure that’s just right for you.
Short Term Week-end Camping – Fall, Winter, Spring Weekends.
Friday evening until Sunday noon, during the months of September – May. Contact the council for facilities availability.
Site assignments will be made based on attendance and campsite capacity. Final placements are made based on May 23rd reservations.
All out of council units must provide a properly completed tour permit on arrival at camp. Please see your local council service center for forms and information.