Camp Yawgoog welcomes Boy Scouts from across the Northeast for its 102nd season which got underway this week. The 1,800-acre reservation, located in Rockville, RI, serves over 6,400 Scouts during the eight-week summer season. Known as a “Scout Adventureland, Forever,” Yawgoog is the country’s second oldest continuously operating Boy Scout camp and is owned and operated by the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
The camp not only serves Scouts from Rhode Island and throughout New England, but also attracts many Scouts and volunteer adult leaders from nearly every state on the East Coast and from across the country.
“Yawgoog has a long and proud history in Rhode Island,” said Tim McCandless, the Narragansett Council’s Scout Executive/CEO. “The camp has not only become a staple in many Scouts’ childhoods, but 102 years later it still continues to be a place where young men learn values and leadership that will serve them throughout life.”
Yawgoog is continuously growing and adapting its programs to capture the imagination of the next generation of Scouts. This year, over 200 counselors on staff will teach classes in 40 merit badges including robotics, medicine, camping, small boat sailing, fishing, lifesaving and first aid. Courses are also offered to adult leaders who would like to improve their skills in technology, basic leadership, CPR and more. More than 200 Scouts learn how to swim at Camp Yawgoog each summer and over 250 boys earn the Mile Swim Award.
Scouts of all ages from Webelos Outdoor Adventure Camp to the New Frontier Program can attend any of Yawgoog’s three separate camps: Camp Three Point, Camp Medicine Bow, and Camp Sandy Beach. Each Camp has its own traditions – a color, songs, and cheers – but share reservation program facilities.