Saturday, January 31, 2015

Summer Camp 2015 Leaders Guide

It is hard to believe that it is already time to start thinking about summer camp 2015! We are extremely excited for the 2015 summer camp programs and can't wait to help you begin the planning process. This summer we are preparing a variety of new programs while continuing to build on our lasting traditions.

The 2015 Camp Minsi Leaders Guide is the first resource to answering your summer camp questions. This guide is full of essential information and forms for unit leaders.

The 2015 Camp Minsi Summer Camp Program & Merit Badge Guide will be available on our website by the end of February 2015. This guide will include: merit badge information, program schedules, and details on other activities happening during your week of summer camp.

On behalf of the entire 2015 Camp Minsi staff, we'd like to thank you for choosing Camp Minsi; and we look forward to sharing a memorable summer with you and your entire unit.

Yours in Scouting,

Lisa Empfield
Camp Director
    Greg Larson
Program Director

Download the 2015 Leaders Guide

Friday, January 16, 2015

Mark Your Calendars! - Important Dates for 2015

For more than 100 years, the tradition of "Be Prepared" has been the motto of the Scouting movement. As such, we have planned several events to help you get prepared for the 2015 summer camp season. Please be sure to mark your calendars for these important pre-camp meetings and events.

Summer Camp Informational Meeting: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Minsi Trails Council will be holding an informational summer camp meeting for unit leaders on March 4, 2015 at Northeast Middle School in Bethlehem, PA. The gathering will start at 6:30PM, with the meeting starting promptly at 7:00PM. The purpose of the meeting is to share information with unit leaders regarding the council's summer camp programs. This meeting also gives leaders an opportunity to ask any questions, connect with other leaders, give feedback, and meet some of our key staff members. All unit leaders are invited to attend this meeting. If you are have any questions, or need directions, please contact the Minsi Trails Council office at 610.264.8551.

Campsite Service Day: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Come out and help lend a hand as we prepare our campsites for Beaver Weekend and summer camp. This day of service is open to all willing to lend and hand setting up tent canvas, cots, and cleaning up around our sites. Work will take place from 9:00AM to 4:00PM on Saturday (lunch and refreshments provided). Please RSVP your attendance to us at campminsi@gmail.com.

Beaver Weekend: Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10, 2015
Beaver Weekend is a unique opportunity for service, fellowship, recreation, and camping! Take the opportunity to bring your unit to Camp Minsi for the weekend. You can explore the camp, meet the staff, participate in open programs, and give back to Camp Minsi and Scouting through friendly service. This event is completely free! All we ask in return is that your unit gives a few hours of service to the camp on Saturday. Lunch on Saturday will be provided for all who are participating in the weekend. If your unit decides not to make a weekend out of it, you are invited to come just for the day on Saturday to participate in some of the fellowship events and service projects. If interested, please register your unit as soon as possible. A registration form is located in the resources section of this site.

Pre-camp Leader's Meeting & Luncheon: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Camp Minsi will hold an informational meeting on Saturday, June 13, 2015. This meeting will be held at Camp Minsi in the Dining Hall starting at 12:00PM. A complimentary lunch will be served as well. This meeting allows us to ensure that all leaders have the accurate and up-to-date information and to answer any questions you may have about your week at camp. You are invited to remain after the meeting to tour camp or check out your campsite. Please do your best to have your unit represented at this meeting. If you are unable to attend, please contact Lisa Empfield, the camp director (campminsicd@yahoo.com), so that she can answer any questions and distribute any vital information to you.

Summer Camp 2015 at Camp Minsi
Camp Minsi will host 6 weeks of summer camp this year. To reserve a spot for your troop or crew, contact the Minsi Trails Council camping secretary at 610-465-8568 or visit www.minsitrails.com/camping
  • Week 1: Sunday, June 24, 2015 – Saturday, June 27, 2015
  • Week 2: Sunday, June 28, 2015 – Saturday, July 4, 2015
  • Week 3: Sunday, July 5, 2015 – Saturday, July 11, 2015
  • Week 4: Sunday, July 12, 2015 – Saturday, July 18, 2015
  • Week 5: Sunday, July 19, 2015 – Saturday, July 25, 2015
  • Week 6: Monday, July 27, 2015 – Saturday, August 1, 2015

Fall Open House: Saturday, October 17, 2015
It's not to early to start thinking about summer camp 2016! Come stop by our Fall Open House from 12:00pm (noon) to 5:00pm. Learn all about our 2016 programs, receive guided tours of the camp, apply for camp staff positions, and much more!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Camp Minsi Fall Open House


It's not to early to start thinking about summer camp 2015! Come stop by our Fall Open House on Saturday, October 11, 2014 to check out what Camp Minsi has to offer your troop or crew. Our summer camp staff will be hosting an open house from 12:00pm (noon) to 5:00pm at Camp Minsi in Pocono Summit, PA. Learn all about our 2015 programs, receive guided tours of the camp, apply for camp staff positions, and much more!

The event is free to any Scoutmasters, SPLs, committee members, Scouts, parents, or aspiring staffmembers; if you are you planning on attending the Fall Open House, please let us know your plans by sending a brief E-mail to campminsi@gmail.com so that we can be prepared for your visit. If you want to make a weekend out of the event, overnight camping accommodations are also available.

Program includes:
  • Guided Camp Tours
  • 2015 Program Preview
  • Scoutmaster & SPL Q&A
  • Venturing Opportunities & High Adventure Information
  • 2015 Summer Camp Staff Job Fair & Staff Interviews
  • Councilor-in-Training (CIT) Registration
  • Community Service Opportunities
  • Refreshments & Give-Aways
  • Summer Camp Registration

- Download the full informational flyer -

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Camp Minsi Kicks Off Summer Camp 2014

The anticipated start of the 2014 summer camp season at Boy Scouts of America's Camp Minsi has arrived! This summer Camp Minsi will host 6 exciting weeks of summer camp programs – welcoming more than 1,300 individual Scouts and 350 adult leaders.

Camp Minsi has been serving Scouts at it's location in Pocono Summit, PA since 1949 and will kick-off their 65th summer camp season on June 22th and will run until August 1st. The camp encompasses more than 1,200 acres of Pennsylvanian woodlands along the shores of the 314-acre Stillwater Lake. Owned and operated by Minsi Trails Council, Camp Minsi provides unique and exciting programs for Scouts of all ages.

Camp Minsi offers a wide variety of programs from Scouts of all ages, including: aquatics, shooting sports, ScoutCraft, handicrafts, athletics, climbing, cycling, nature study, Indian lore, trade skills, citizenship and communications, and much more.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Beaver Day 2014 Project List

Beaver Day is fast approaching! This event (May 17, 2014) is a special opportunity for Scouts, Scouters and volunteers to come to Camp Minsi and participate in service projects to help prepare the camp for another busy season of summer camp.

Be prepared! Below is a list of many of the projects currently planned for Beaver Day. Dress appropriately for the jobs – you may end up working in the dirt, clearing brush, or painting. If you have any special skills, tools, interests or expertise that could help with any of these projects, please be sure to let us know.

Lunch on Saturday will be provided (free of charge) to all Beaver Day participants; and in the afternoon you will have an opportunity to explore camp and participate in special open programs. We also hope that you plan on joining us for our 7th annual spaghetti dinner in the Camp Minsi dining hall on Saturday evening (cost $7 per person).

We hope to see you there!

Beaver Day 2014 Project List:

  • Set-up campsite canvas on frames.
  • Set-up and disperse campsite cots to individual tents.
  • Set-up campsite canopies.
  • Spread sand at Waterfront from beach to pavilion and up to latrine area.
  • Spread stone on trail in front of ScoutCraft (from Fire Circle to Ad-pad).
  • Clean-up area behind the Dining Hall – re-spreads stone, clean up brush and logs across the road from the shower house, fix up area where ditch was dug, clean up around the dumpsters.
  • Remove winter walls from Handicraft and store for the summer.
  • Remove winter walls from Waterfront Pavilion and store for the summer.
  • Finish painting backside of the Trail to Adventure pavilion.
  • Apply second coat of paint to inside of Central Showers.
  • Construct seating/tables for Shotgun pavilion.
  • Construct changing station at Waterfront.
  • Perform road repairs to fix pot holes on Service Road (parking lot to Shooting Sports) and Outer Circle Road.
  • Clean-up fire circle area – rake around benches, dig out fire pits, etc.
  • Rake around buildings, clean-up brush and clear central camp trails and roadways.
  • Remove old boats along the trail to the ice house.

For more information on any of the Beaver Day projects or to register your unit for the weekend or a project, please feel contact us at campminsi@gmail.com or call Minsi Trails Council's Director of Camping, Paul Oswald, at 610-465-8576.