Massawepie Scout Camps

About Massawepie

Located on a 3,769 acre parcel in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York State, Massawepie Scout Camps combine unique wilderness programs with a traditional Boy Scout summer camp.

At Massawepie you can canoe, kayak or sail on a mile-long private lake, hike on 20 miles of trails, and camp among eight other ponds without ever leaving camp property. Massawepie’s location is perfect for programs like:

  • Mountain biking
  • Outpost camping, and
  • Adventure for older Scouts and Venturers

The Massawepie property has a fascinating history. The fashionable resort Hotel Childwold operated here from 1890-1909. Massawepie then became the private preserve of the Sykes family, who operated the Emporium Forestry Company and the related Grasse River Railroad in nearby Conifer and Cranberry Lake.

The former Otetiana Council, Boy Scouts of America, purchased the property in 1951. In 1952 Massawepie began operating as a summer camp for Scouts from Rochester and Monroe County, New York (and for other Scout groups from around the nation and world as space allows). In 2009 Otetiana Council merged with the Finger Lakes Council to include Wayne, Ontario, Seneca and Yates counties along with Monroe County to create the Seneca Waterways Council. Massawepie Scout Camps’ 50th anniversary was celebrated during the 2002 camp season. For more history information, visit the Massawepie Staff Alumni Association’s Massawepie History page.

Massawepie is a New York State licensed children’s camp, and is also reviewed and certified annually as meeting the standards of the Boy Scouts of America.

Position Name Telephone
Camping & Program Support / Assistant to the Director of Support Services Deborah Swift (585) 241-8545 Email
Ranger - Massawepie Scout Camps Benjamin Geiger (518) 359-3900 Email