How to Help Scout Camping

How to Help Scout Camping

Consider making a donation to Our Square foot fund

Donations of $1000 or more entitle the donor to designate one person as a James E. West Fellow. Higher donation amounts ($2500, $25,000, etc.) receive additional recognitions. Donations of appreciated securities or property are also welcome.

Note: A group can raise $1000 total and designate a person as a James E. West Fellow. For example, a Scout troop or pack can raise $1000 in Square Foot donations, which will allow that unit to honor a Scouter with the James E. West Award.

Download: Square Foot Fund Brochure (PDF)

Contributions to the Seneca Waterways Council, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. For more information, contact Tony Vogl, Seneca Waterways Council Director of Development at 241-8556 or

Other Ways to Help
Both skilled and unskilled adult volunteers are needed to work on projects at all camps.
Camp Babcock-Hovey Beaver Days are the third and fourth Saturdays in June. There is plenty to do for Troops and adults alike to maintain the facilities and gear up for Summer Camps. Units attending Beaver Days may camp FREE that weekend.

At the Cutler Reservation, Red Deer Weekend is typically held the first weekend in May. Saturday is Red Deer Day, when dozens of volunteers work on projects for the day with meals provided. More help is always needed! Sunday is Family Day, where families and Scout youth groups can help with projects by pre-arrangement.

Beaver Weekend at Massawepie has been held on the first weekend in June for over 50 years. Housing (mostly in tents) and meals are provided. Generally around 100 volunteers attend, but more are needed. Projects range from setting up tents to repair of building and equipment to trail work.

Summer Program Volunteers
Opportunities are available for volunteers with knowledge of Scouting programs and time available (generally at least one week) during the summer. For more information on any of these opportunities, contact Don DeClerck at or (585)261-0835.  Square Foot Maintenance & Equipment Endowments for Seneca Waterways Council Camps

MassawepieScout Camps

• Located in Adirondacks near Tupper Lake
• 3769 acres including nine ponds and Massawepie Lake
• Purchased 1951, opened 1952
• Approximately 2000 Boy Scouts spend a week at Camp Pioneer
• Another 200 Scouts per summer participate in an Adirondack trek
• Camp contains approximately 70 buildings to maintain with over 60,000 total sq. ft.

J. Warren Cutler Scout Reservation

• Located in the Bristol Hills
• 1320 acres including four ponds and Lake Wellington
• Purchased 1962, opened 1963
• Approximately 1000 Cub Scouts attend Cub Scout Adventure Camp each summer
• 150-200 Boy Scouts attend National Youth Leadership Training each summer
• Approximately 6000 youth camp short-term at Cutler annually
• Camp contains approximately 25 buildings to maintain with over 50,000 total sq. ft.

Camp Babcock-Hovey

• 283 acres about half-way down the east shore of Seneca Lake
• About an hour drive from both Rochester and Syracuse
• Hosts nearly 1000 Boy Scouts, Webelos, and Cub Adventure weekend campers each summer
• Hundreds of Scouts spend weekends camping in the fall winter and summer
• The Eagle Lodge Conference Center can host a large pack for the weekend or meetings for dozens of people.
• Sailing, Olympic-size pool, shooting sports and Native American cultures are program features
• Camp contains over 20 buildings and 30 Adirondack style lean-tos
• Host site for Rotary Camp Onseyawa for children with special needs

Who Pays for Camps?

Summer Camp
The summer camp fees for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts pay for the summer staff, food, and program supplies. The summer fees also help pay some of the camp maintenance expenses. Scouts can earn part or all of their camp fees through the council popcorn sale. An annual Campership Dinner raises funds to assist Scouts whose families cannot afford the full camp fees.

Off-season camp use
Camp facilities are rented to both Scouting and non-Scouting groups, but the fees for Seneca Waterways Council groups are steeply discounted. The facilities rental fees cover a portion of the year-round operating costs such as utilities, insurance, maintenance costs and staff. The Seneca Waterways Council also subsidizes these year-round costs significantly each year from the proceeds of its endowment funds.
Capital equipment and projects

Some funding from the council’s Camp Capital Income Fund, and from designated donations, is available annually for replacement of vehicles, major equipment, roofs, and other capital projects at the camps. This fund came from sale of the Massawepie conservation easement to New York State in 1997 and from the sale of Camp Horn Farm (donated by Herman Cohn) in Wayne County in 1992. But much more is needed to maintain the camps adequately – that’s the reason for the Square Foot Endowments.Donation to Square Foot Camp Endowments.