Camp History

Situated in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, Resica Falls Scout Reservation is a 4200 acre Scouting Paradise. Set in an endless track of mountain trails, clear streams and waterfalls, Resica has an amazing program of activities for Scouts to enjoy during their summer camp experience. This paradise is the home to hundreds of different trees, plants and animals, and to over 3000 Scouts each summer.

In 1957, the Valley Forge and Philadelphia Councils entered into a joint venture to develop this magnificent piece of land into a camp for Scouts to enjoy for generations to come. Although the Valley Forge Council would become the sole proprietor of the property in 1965, these same two councils would merge in 1996, creating the Cradle of Liberty Council. The Council would later enter into a land trust agreement, preserving the property forever as an undeveloped forest for scouting use. In 2017, Reisca Falls will celebrate its 60th summer season of Scout camping. Tens of thousands of Scouts have enjoyed an experience among the hidden natural treasures, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

The camp capacity is 600 participants each week in our Dining Hall operation. The camp boasts a new pool and shower house facility built in 2006 with a three story water slide. Additional recent improvements have included the construction of a boat house at Lake Roger (2004), office facilities (Unami Lodge - 2006), a renovated Trading Post (2011), a Rifle Range & Shotgun Range (2008 & 2011), an Archery Range (2009), a Dining Hall Expansion (2010) and improved Handicapped Campsite Facilities (2011). In 2012, the Richards Arena was constructed. A campfire amphitheater that seats 900 people and is state-of-the-art in lights and sound, it is an ideal home to our campfires and award ceremonies. In 2014, a Clock Tower and central meeting place was constructed on the Parade Field, as well as two additional campsites behind the Trading Post. In 2015, a new shower house facility was added in the Great Bend, as well as a human foosball court and a blacktop basketball court. The following summer a new Handicraft Lodge was built and the STEM Center was relocated to the renovated Great Bend.

Our summer program is top-notch. We offer over 70 merit badges spread throughout our camp in the areas of aquatics, scoutcraft, ecology and shooting sports, as well as handicraft, sports and media & technology. Beyond badges, the camp boasts an extensive COPE course, lunch club programs and an afternoon High Adventure Club. Every evening, there are things happening in camp; from night swims to scavenger hunts, campfires to religious services, there is always something to do during the week. Monday evenings are home to expansive campwide game competitions that challenge patrols in skills and to have fun.