Thursday, December 1, 2011

Summer Camp 2012 Leaders Guide

It is hard to believe that it is already time to start thinking about summer camp 2012! We are extremely excited for the 2012 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 2012 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. Also be sure to check out our newly renovated website - - for the most recent updates and resources to help you prepare for your summer camp adventure. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.

The 2012 Camp Minsi Summer Camp Program Guide will be available on our website by the end of January 2012. 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 2012 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 2012 Leaders Guide

Sunday, October 2, 2011

2012 High Adventure Brochure

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

2012 Summer Camp Brochure

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Camp Staff 2012: The Experience of a Lifetime

Are you tired of the same old routine? Are you looking for an exciting summer job? Did you know that Camp Minsi offers exciting opportunities in a variety of summer camp staff positions? Being on camp staff provides a unique and rewarding outdoor work experience. Staff applications are now being accepted for the 2012 summer camp season at Camp Minsi! You can fill out the online staff application at today.

Why Apply for a Camp Staff Job?
Here are a few of the countless reasons that are frequently expressed:

  • To make lots of new friends with Scouts from your area, other states, and even other countries.
  • To share your skills, talents and knowledge with others.
  • To spend a summer in the great outdoors where nature prevails.
  • To acquire experiential education (learning by doing) and new skills that will last a lifetime.
  • To be a key part of an effective team.
  • To build and apply leadership skills.
  • To undertake and fulfill meaningful challenges.
  • To work with youth and adults of all ages.
  • To give something back for the opportunities you have received.
  • To live in a wholesome environment based on the Scout Oath and Law.
  • To be paid (and receive food and lodging) in return for something challenging and fun.
  • To grow and be considered for jobs of greater responsibility.
  • To have lots of fun!

National standards require that all paid Scout camp staff members be at least 15 years of age. The Boy Scouts of America is an equal opportunity employer that hires both males and females, as well as people of all ages and ethnic groups, diverse cultures, and abilities. Staff members must be, or become, registered members of the Boy Scouts of America. Salaries are based on position responsibility with consideration given to the individual's qualifications and experience.

Camp Minsi also offers an outstanding Councilor in Training (CIT) program designed for Scouts ages 14 and older. The program helps prepare Scouts that may be interested in serving on staff in the future with experience, service, excitement and leadership training. The program is 100% free and allows Scouts to get a taste of what it's like to be a summer camp staffer. The program gives Scouts a taste of what it is like to being a member of the Camp Minsi staff.

Interested applicants can complete the online staff application located at For more information regarding summer camp staff, how to apply, or for information on current or anticipated openings, feel free to contact us.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Stillwater Lake dam repairs completion celebrated

From The Pocono Record

After almost a decade of repairs, the dam at Stillwater Lake is finally finished.

"It's been a long road," said Craig Poland, Minsi Trails Council Scout Executive and CEO. "It's been a 10-year undertaking that we're just finishing now."

The work will be celebrated today at Camp Minsi in Pocono Summit.

Minsi Trails Council, the regional Boy Scouts governing agency and owners of Camp Minsi, have been trying to repair the dam since the Department of Environmental Protection classified the dam as high-hazard in 2002.

It wasn't until 2008 that the Boy Scouts and the DEP came together with a timetable to fix it. Repairs were pegged around $1.8 million and couldn't even go into the planning stages until the state kicked in a grant of more than $1.3 million in 2009.

The project went out to bid a year ago, and construction started in September. The lake was drawn down to accommodate the repairs and by May, they were complete.

The eight-month construction schedule managed to avoid the busy summer season at the camp when more than 1,300 Scouts visit. About 4,000 campers visit per year.

Minsi Trails Council had to cover the remaining costs of about $500,000, which came from private donations and fundraising. When additional expenses are factored in, the council still needs to come up with about $300,000 to cover construction costs.

"We're still looking for how to pay for it," Poland said. "Ultimately, we'll find our way through it."

Minsi Trails Council presides over Boy Scouts in Monroe, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Luzerne counties in Pennsylvania. The Boy Scouts have owned the dam and about half of Stillwater Lake for more than 60 years.

During the eight years of planning it took to fix the dam, the Scouts continued to use the lake for swimming, boating and sailing.

A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. at the camp.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Camp Minsi Kicks-Off 2011 Summer Camp Season

The long awaited start of the 2011 summer camp season at Camp Minsi is finally here! This summer Camp Minsi continues its tradition of providing unique and exciting programs for Scouts of all ages. There are lots of great things happening at camp this year - including our newly renovated waterfront and lake, expanded E-con lodge and progam area, improved camp sites and canvas, new dining hall tables and chairs, enthusiastic program staff, exciting new programs, and much more!

This summer Camp Minsi will host 6 exciting weeks of summer camp – welcoming over 65 Troops and serving more than 1,200 Scouts and 300 Scouters, plus countless families, volunteers and friends.

We look forward to sharing all the fun of camp with you online – check back for updates throughout the summer.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The 2011 Camp Minsi Directors

We are pleased to introduce your 2011 camp hosts. Our roster of summer camp directors is full of experienced, dedicated, and nationally certified staff members. If you have any questions regarding Camp Minsi or our 2011 programs, please feel free to contact Lisa Empfield at or Michael Wiencek at

Camp DirectorLisa Empfield
Program DirectorMichael Wiencek
RangerJohn Leach
Head ChefWilliam "Chef Billy" Broderick
Health OfficerChristopher Wiencek
Training CommissionerRyan Lilly
Dining Hall StewardEric "Bubba" Gross
Waterfront DirectorTed Hughes
Ecology-Conservation DirectorGreg Larson
Handi-Craft DirectorSarah Emert
ScoutCraft DirectorDoug DeLabar
Shooting Sports DirectorJim Emert
Trail to Adventure DirectorSidney Lariar

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Camp Minsi Silver Turtle Award

The Silver Turtle is a special award program unique to Camp Minsi. As a 5-year progressive award, the Silver Turtle gets more and more difficult at each stage. The Silver Turtle has been created to encourage Scouting spirit throughout camp while promoting the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Scouts must participate in certain program activities, learn of camp history, participate in service projects, and perform some extra fun activities.

The Silver Turtle tracking sheets will be distributed at the Sunday Night leaders' meeting. Since this is only the second year of the Silver Turtle program, only levels one and two are available. Scouts will be able to get their tracking sheets signed by staff members for certain requirements, but unit leaders will also be asked to sign for certain requirements pertaining to the Troop.

All scouts who complete level 1 of the Silver Turtle program will receive a special patch to wear on their uniforms. As each level of the Silver Turtle is earned, Scouts will earn special beads to add to the turtle's tail.

We hope to see many Scouts earning their Silver Turtle this year; and for those of you who earned your Silver Turtle last year, we hope to see you continuing on to level 2... and be sure to come back in 2012 to earn level 3.

Download the Silver Turtle Level 1 Requirement Sheet

Download the Silver Turtle Level 2 Requirement Sheet

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pre-Camp Leaders Meeting Set for June 18th at Camp Minsi

Camp Minsi will be holding an informational leaders' meeting and luncheon on Saturday, June 18, 2010. The gathering, which will include a complimentary lunch, will start in the Dining Hall at 12:00PM (noon). The purpose of the meeting is to share important information with unit leaders regarding their Troop's week at camp. The meeting gives leaders a chance to ask any questions they may have regarding camp, a place to connect with other leaders, an outlet to give feedback, and an opportunity meet some of our key staff members.

Unit leaders are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting. It is important that your unit is represented, so you are prepared for your week at camp with all the latest information. Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Summer Camp Coordinators, and Senior Patrol Leaders are all welcome.

We recommend that you prepare a list of any questions that you or your unit may have regarding camp, so that we can be sure to address them all at the meeting. If you are unable to attend, please contact the Camp Director, Lisa Empfield (, so we can distribute any vital information and answer any questions.

You are invited to come to camp as early as 10:00AM to take a look around camp. This is a great opportunity to check out your camp site, preview the program areas and facilities, or just enjoy the beauty of the Poconos. If you are new to Camp Minsi, you are also invited to remain after the meeting for a guided tour of the camp.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Stillwater Lake Dam Update

Construction nears completion on the Stillwater Lake Dam renovation project at Camp Minsi. Construction on the Stillwater Lake Dam has moved into its final phase and the 300-foot long roller compacted concrete dam is nearly complete. The best news of all it that the 314-acre Stillwater Lake is now refilling with water and will be ready for swimming, sailing, and boating this summer!

Construction, which began in September, was slowed by wetter than expected weather during the fall and winter. As a result, the lake completely refilled during several storms that hit the Poconos. With a little cooperation from the weather, construction will wrap up soon and the lake will be refilled in just a few weeks.

Additional fundraising to cover the remaining construction costs is taking place. Minsi Trails Council would like to thank you to all the municipalities, organizations, legislators, public officials and individuals who helped make this project a reality.

However Stillwater Lake is not the only thing filling up fast; reservations for the 2011 camping season are also filling up, so be sure to register for summer camp at Camp Minsi soon. We hope you and your Scouts can enjoy the lake and everything that Camp Minsi has to offer this summer and for many summers to come.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New High Adventure Logo Celebrates History of Local Scouting Adventures

Above you'll see the logo for our new high adventure programs. Participants in the summer high adventure programs will earn one of these patches along with an exclusive "rocker" pannel for their specific program. The high adventure patch, plus shirts and other items, will also be available for purchase in the trading post throughout the summer.

Recognize the design? If you are a "seasoned Scouter" or a Scouting history buff, then you may recognize the logo's design from Camp Weygadt. 90 years ago this summer, way back in 1921, Camp Weygadt began offering exciting summer camp programs for the Scouts of what is now Minsi Trails Council's Forks of the Delaware and Pocono districts. The premier Scout reservation was located along the Delaware River in the Delaware Water Gap. The property was the original home of Camp Minsi before the Bethlehem Area Council moved it's camp to its own property the Poconos. Sadly, in 1968, Camp Weygadt was forced to sell their property, however many of the camp's resources and legacies have been able to live on at Camp Minsi. For example, the cannon used in the parade field was originally from Camp Weygadt and funds from Weygadt have supported many projects at Camp Minsi — including the expansion and dedication of the "Weygadt Trust Dining Hall" in 2007.

Just as Scouts were introduced to a new summer adventures at Camp Weygadt 90 years, today Scouts and Venturers of the Minsi Trails Council are once again being introduced to new kinds of summer adventure – high adventure. It seems only fitting that we preserve just a bit of our past as we jump into the future.

And it's not too late to join the adventures! If you are looking for a challenge beyond the traditional summer camp experiences, check out our great high adventure summer camp opportunities. Be sure to visit or contact Field & Camping Secretary Jane Chase (610.465.8568 or for details.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Beaver Weekend 2011 at Camp Minsi

Beaver Day is fast approaching! This event (Saturday, May 14, 2011) is a special opportunity for Scouts, Scouters and volunteers to come to Camp Minsi and participate in service projects essential to preparing the camp for yet another busy season of summer camp.

Beaver Weekend is always important, but this year it's more than ever! If you haven't heard, Minsi Trails Council has made significant investments to improve facilities and complete other vital projects at camp. There are a lot of projects that we need your help to complete! Specific projects include building storage sheds in Troop campsites; cleaning, painting and making improvements to the shower facilities; finishing renovations to our E-con Lodge, reestablishing our Waterfront area after the Stillwater Lake dam rehabilitation; setting up the Troop campsites; and completing work on numerous other projects throughout camp.

We hope that you are able to join us for a fun-filled weekend of service, fellowship, recreation, camping, and fun! Beaver Weekend is a great opportunity to get out, explore camp, and give back.

Below is a list of just some of the projects currently planned for Beaver Weekend 2011. Many of these jobs require specialized skills, equipment and planning – if you are interested in assisting with any of these projects, please contact Todd Heyn, Director of Support Services at 610-465-8576 or You can register yourself or your unit for a project – this will help us be better prepared for you and the project crews.

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 join us for our 4th Annual Spaghetti Dinner in the Camp Minsi dining hall for a delicious meal and great Scout fellowship. And even if your unit decides not to make a weekend out of the event, you are still invited to come up just for the day on Saturday to participate in all the fellowship and service projects.

Hope to see you all there!

Beaver Day 2011 Project List:

  • Set up campsite canvas on frames
  • Set-up and disperse campsite cots to individual tents
  • Clean-up brush and clear trails
  • Repair picnic tables
  • Electrical upgrades and work at Ad-Pad and Maintenance Shop
  • Framing, sheathing, electrical, plumbing and roofing at Campmaster Building
  • Replace concrete section at Central Showers
  • Install metal roofing on new addition of E-con Lodge
  • Paint new siding on Econ Lodge
  • Landscaping and install signage at entry way
  • Replace siding on one wall of Handicraft Lodge
  • Paint interior of Health Lodge
  • Replace kitchen gutters
  • Clear brush to establish River Trails Campsite
  • Shed Construction
  • Finish perlins, install roof, and build storage area on Shotgun Pavilion
  • Storage area creation at the Trail to Adventure Pavilion
  • Reinstall Waterfront fencing, racks, and other items after the dam rehabilitation
  • Paint exterior and repair window trim of Weytrex Cabin

For more information on any of the Beaver Day projects or to sign-up to assist with them, please feel free to contact Todd Heyn, Director of Support Services, at 610-465-8576 or

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Fourth Annual Beaver Day Spaghetti Dinner

Please join us on Saturday, May 14th for the fourth annual Beaver Day Spaghetti Dinner. Coinciding with the Beaver Day festivities at Camp Minsi, the dinner is a way of bringing together the entire Camp Minsi community – Scouts, leaders, families, friends, staff, alumni, and neighbors - for great food and funfilled fellowship. The dinner is open to all, with open seating from 5:30 - 8:00pm at the Camp Minsi Dining Hall.

The dinner costs $7.00 per person and all proceeds will be used to support Venturing Crew 940, a Scouting group with a focus on carrying out service projects and providing leadership at Camp Minsi.

Bring your whole Troop, your entire family, your friends, or just yourself! We hope to see you there and enjoying the great Italian food. If you have any questions about the event please contact us at

What: 4th Annual Beaver Day Spaghetti Dinner
When: Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 5:30 - 8:00pm
Where: Camp Minsi Dining Hall - Pocono Summit, PA
Cost: $7.00 per person

Monday, January 31, 2011

2011 Program Guide

The 2011 Camp Minsi Program Guide is now available for all Scouts, Scoutmasters, leaders, and parents! This detailed guide describes the entire summer camp program - including merit badge information, daily program schedules, special programs and awards, adult leader programs, evening activities, and so much more!

This extensive guide allows you to plan out your entire week at summer camp and make it an overall unforgettable experience! Please, feel free to contact the Program Director, Mike Wiencek (, with any comments or questions.