The Greater New York Councils of the Boy Scouts of America (GNYC) has been following a directive from the New York City Health Department that youth overnight camping is not allowed in the city through January of 2022. In November, The Greater New York Councils received a letter, purportedly from the New York City Department of Health, stating that restrictions against overnight youth camping continued through July of 2022. GNYC contacted local elected officials to determine the validity of the letter and to address any remaining restrictions that might exist. It turns out that the letter received in November was fraudulent, and all camping restrictions have been lifted for New York City. GNYC will cooperate with authorities to determine who might have sent the letter. We are grateful for the support of Council Member David Carr, Borough President Vito Fossella, Minority Leader Joseph Borelli and Council Member Kamillah Hanks for their support. In anticipation of weekend camping returning to William H. Pouch Scout Camp, GNYC has announced a volunteer service day on Saturday, March 19, at camp to help the camp quickly resume operations. Information about the day of service can be found at
We welcome the support of all volunteers and we look forward to getting back to camping on Staten Island.


All units camping with GNYC must submit a roster upon arrival:

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Ask any American what they think of when you say “Boy Scouts” and the vast majority will mention camping and the outdoors. It is as American as baseball, hotdogs, or apple pie. While the association of Boy Scouts and the fun of outdoor adventure is a natural one, it is perhaps more important to understand that camping experiences provide more than just fun. While our organization recognizes the importance of providing enjoyable experiences for youth, our program is designed to accomplish much more. Specifically, the BSA is committed to providing a program that comprehensively addresses the important elements of healthy youth development. The long-term goal is to prepare young people to achieve their full potential for happy and productive lives.

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All Attendees must bring a complete COVID questionnaire and BSA Medical Form parts A&B. you can find it here.


CABINS: At Pouch Scout Camp, we have seven cabins with capacity ranging from 10 to 20 beds. Also, two of our cabins are equipped with electric and forced-air-heat. All cabins have heat and a four-burner propane stovetop.

LEAN-TOS: All of Camp Pouch’s lean-to sites are in established areas and include from two to six lean-tos, picnic tables and fire rings. There are currently 16 lean-to sites available in camp.

Tenting: The real camping experience! Get close to nature in our wooded tent sites which have ample space for pitching tents. Some cabins are adjacent to tent sites; tents can be used in connection with cabins and/or lean-tos to expand capacity. All of Camp Pouch’s Tent sites are in established areas and include picnic tables and Fire rings. There are currently 18 Sites available in camp.


Effective with reservations made 08/01/15 and later:

Cancellation of reservations 45 days or more prior to the scheduled date will receive a full refund or credit. Cancellations made 21 days or more prior to the scheduled date will receive a full credit, but will not be eligible for a refund. Cancellations made 14 days or more prior to the scheduled date will receive a 50% credit only. Later cancellations, or “no-show” units, will forfeit the full camp fee paid. Credits are valid for 6 months, and can be used in any GNYC camp. Cancellations must be made to 212-651-3077.