About Camp Marriott
Looking for something different? We’re Goshen’s Specialty Camp.
Camp Marriott offers camping for 300 participants and includes an extensive aquatics program including sailing, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, and the ever popular water sports merit badge. Also of note is our ecology area, where there is an ever-changing zoo to showcase the flora and fauna of Goshen. Camp Marriott is located near great hiking trails, and offers the option of Patrol Cooking or Heater Stack dining options.
Find information on the standard program and our specialty highlights below.
At Camp Marriott, Scouts will have the opportunity to earn Merit Badges and participate in other programs taught and led by our highly trained program staff.
Merit Badge Program 2023
Program Schedule available in the
Small Boat Sailing
Citizenship in the Nation
Citizenship in the World
Mining in Society
Reptile & Amphibian Study
Search & Rescue
Signs, Signals, & Codes
Climbing (offered through Camp Post)
For New Scouts
New Scout Quest (NSQ)
New Scout Quest is our program for those Scouts who have recently crossed over from Cub Scouts or have just joined the Scouts. It is a fun sampler plate of Scouting and Scout Camp for those who want to experience all the basics or who are not sure what they want to do yet. Participants will earn a variety of rank advancement requirements as well as have an opportunity to choose up to three Merit Badges to pursue.
For Older Scouts
In addition to advanced Merit Badges and activities, Older Scouts and Venturers at Marriott can take part in four of the reservation-wide programs offered to Scouts at the three Goshen Scout Camps – Bowman, Marriott, and Olmsted. When necessary, Scouts should arrange transportation with the Camp Staff at the Admin building or provide their own transportation.
Goshen’s Older Scout Program
Offered to Scouts at Camps Bowman, Marriott, and Olmsted, the Vets program allows Scouts to create their own program from a variety of challenges, including wakeboarding, action archery, a mini iron man, and a Taste of Lenhok'sin with visits to outposts. The program can also include an overnighter and hikes to higher altitudes and beautiful views. Potential Merit Badges include Geocaching, Search & Rescue, and Water Sports.
Vets is recommended for Scouts ages 14 and up and is offered out of Camp Bowman.
Come ride ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles) this summer at Goshen Scout Reservation!
There are two different opportunities to take part in the ATV program. The morning option runs from 9:00am - 12:00pm Monday through Friday. The afternoon option runs runs from 2:00pm – 5:30pm Monday through Thursday with dinner provided. Scouts complete a safety course before embarking on a week of excellent fun and adventure, involving circuit courses, mud pits, and trail riding.
Riders must be at least 16 years old on the first day of the program (new in 2021, due to a change in our leasing partner). It is recommended that they be strong enough to handle a 300-600 pound machine.
This program has additional fees. Please see Camp Costs on the Registration page.
We have a limited number of machines. Sign ups are first come, first served. Scouts are not required to attend with a buddy from their cohort.
- Long sleeve shirts
- Pants that cover the shins
- Boots that cover the ankles
- Water bottle
Gloves, goggles, and helmets will be provided but participants are free to bring their own. This program is run out of Camp Olmsted.
During the day, we offer two sections of Climbing Merit Badge – from 9:00am to 10:20am and from 10:30am to 11:50am. Climbing Merit Badge is recommended for those ages 13 and above. On select evenings, the tower is opened up for Open Climb. All ages are welcome, as long as you fit in a harness! Recommended equipment:
- Water bottle
This program is run out of Camp Post.
COPE is an acronym for Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience.
COPE is an acronym for Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience. The program is a series of initiative games, trust events, low elements, and high elements that challenge on an individual and group level. The concept of “challenge by choice” encourages each person to participate fully while maintaining the right to opt-out of an individual part of the program. The program is designed for older Scouts (ages 14 and up) and Venturers. COPE is offered Monday through Friday from 2:00pm to 4:50pm. Recommended equipment:
- Water bottle
This program is run out of Camp Post.
Training by Camp Staff
The Camp Staff hold a number of training sessions for Adult leaders. Training includes Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, and others.
There is no fee for these courses and no online registration required. For more information on the training offered by the camp staff, please check out the program materials in the downloads section below or contact your Camp Director.
Training by NCAC Training Committee
Every year, volunteers from the National Capital Area Training Committee offer training sessions for adult leaders at Goshen camps at no additional cost. Past training sessions have included IOLS and BSLST. Not all training sessions are offered each week.
If you have any questions, please contact: Julia Mae-Shen Lesko at Scouter.Julia@gmail.com or Bill Mayo at email@example.com.
Special Program: Provisional Camp
Attend camp as an individual. Scouts who have found that their units are not signed up for camp, cannot attend with their Troop, or Scouts who want to attend a second week are eligible to attend Camp Marriott as a Provisional camper.
Scouts may attend as many weeks as they want. Participants must be registered Scouts or Venturers. There is no minimum age requirement.
Provisional Camp is available all weeks of camp.
Meet Your 2023 Camp Director
Joe first camped at Goshen at Camp Olmsted in 2009 and 2010 before camping at Beautiful Camp Marriott in 2011. He loved Goshen so much he decided to work there, working at Camp PMI for seven years in a variety of roles including Scoutcraft Instructor, Scoutcraft Director, BB Gun Director, Facilities Director, and Program Director. When the opportunity arose to return to Goshen last summer, he jumped at the chance to be the Facilities Director at Beautiful Camp Marriott. Heading into his 9th summer on Goshen staff and first as Camp Director, Joe is looking forward to improving Marriott’s program and making the camp experience as great as possible.
Phone (summer 2022 only): —
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To send mail to a camper, please use the following format:
Recipient’s name, Troop/Crew #
Goshen Scout Reservation
340 Millard Burke Memorial Hwy
Goshen, VA 24439
2023 Summer Schedule
|Week 1||6/25 – 7/1|
(Open for Provisionals)
|Week 2||7/2 – 7/8|
|Week 3||7/9 – 7/15|
|Week 4||7/16 – 7/22|
|Week 5||7/23 – 7/29|
Availability indicates if new units are able to register for a specific week of camp. If your unit has already reserved a week at camp then your Goshen coordinator will be able to add campers as space allows.
The Heater Stack dining method is limited to five (5) units per week.
The Patrol Cooking dining method has no unit limits.
|Price Per Camper||If paid by...|
|Deposit Price||Deposit Youth: $450||October 31
(First youth only to hold unit's spot)
|Early Discount Price||Youth: $455
|Regular Price||Youth: $485
|After April 14|
*All units will receive two free adult leaders per unit!
Early Bird Special! All who pay in full by the Early Bird Deadline will be eligible for the new Goshen hat!
For more information about registration, including quick facts, add-on program fees, the Goshen refund policy, and camperships, please visit our Registration Page.
Forms & Downloads
Camp Marriott Specific Downloads
Camp Marriott Map [PDF]
2023 Camp Marriott Program Schedule [PDF] – updated 2/24/2023
2023 Camp Marriott New Scout Quest Schedule [PDF] – updated 2/24/2023
2023 Camp Marriott Leader Guide [PDF]
2023 Camp Marriott Daily Schedule [PDF]
2023 Service Project List [Google Doc]
2023 Equipment Wish List [Google Sheets]
General Goshen Downloads
2023 Goshen Leader Guide [PDF] - Updated 11/10/2022
Goshen Scout Reservation Map [PDF]
BSA Medical Form with NCAC Health Advisory - Fillable [PDF]
2023 Goshen Pre-Camp Swim Check Form [PDF]
2022 Goshen Pre-Event Screening Checklist [PDF]
2022 Goshen Unit Pre-Camp Screening Form [PDF]
2023 Goshen Venturing Opportunities [PDF]
Scouts BSA Camp General Downloads
Scout Equipment List [PDF]
2023 Scouts BSA Program Guide & Prerequisites [PDF]
2023 Goshen Vets Activity Menu [PDF]
How To Guide - Merit Badge Sign Ups [Blog Post]
How To Guide - Get Merit Badge Records [Blog Post]
2023 Patrol Cooking Menu [PDF]
2023 Heater Stack Menu [PDF]
Cook the food the way you want it!
Patrols pick up ingredients from the commissary and prepare the food for their patrol in their campsite. This is a great option for units tired of Dining Hall songs and looking for more opportunities to use the Patrol Method, wanting more unit time in their campsite, and hankering for greater influence and creativity with their food.
All meat, except bacon, is pre-cooked. The camp provides cook kits, but feel free to bring your own. The camp also has two burner propane stoves and propane tanks, both of which are available for checkout from the Camp Quartermaster. Cooking instructions are provided.
Opt for Goshen’s curbside pick-up!
Patrols pick up pre-prepared meals and eat them in their site. This is the hybrid option, for those looking for a dining experience that is not quite a Dining Hall, but not quite Patrol Cooking. Like a Dining Hall, you do not have to cook your own food. Like Patrol Cooking, you get to eat meals in your campsite and hang out with your friends.
Hot meals come in large insulated boxes, or “heater stacks”. The camps supplies basic condiments and serving utensils. Campers will need their own mess kits. After the meal is over, campers should make sure to wash their mess kits and serving utensils. The serving dishes from the heater stack as well as the box itself should be given a cursory clean and returned to the commissary so that they can be sanitized and used for the next meal.
Due to kitchen capacity, Heater Stack has a limited number of unit spots each week on a first come, first served basis. Units select their dining option during registration, prior to completing their registration and making their payment.
Both dining methods have units form into patrols of about 10 people. Smaller units will often be all one patrol. Larger units will have multiple patrols. The camp will ask for your unit’s patrol breakdown (patrol name, number of people, and dietary concerns for each patrol) as part of the pre-camp e-check-in process in the weeks leading up to camp.
Units will be assigned campsites with Patrol sub-sites for the number of patrols they have. Each Patrol site has an area for food preparation and eating with a picnic table and a chuckbox. The area is covered by double canvas tarps.
For units with multiple patrols, we frequently see unit leaders to one of two options:
- Split up into each patrol for meals and then sleep in a separate Leader sub-site or
- Cook and sleep in their own Patrol sub-site.
Get more information on dining methods and dietary concerns on the Food & Menus page.
There is a wide variety of wildlife at Goshen Scout Reservation. We've got many different species of reptiles and amphibians. There are also a number of birds, from your regular sparrows to turkeys, hawks, and eagles. We have what we call mini-bears (skunks, foxes, raccoons, etc.) and actual black bears.
Both to ensure our safety and to preserve the wonder of our bit of wilderness, it is important to understand how to interact with the wildlife around us.
No Food in Tents
Store food in a manner approved for your camp. Remember to take trash to the dumpster each night.
What to Do When You See Wildlife
Report to Camp Staff at the Admin building if you see a bear or any injured wildlife, or if there is any wildlife interfering or otherwise negatively impacting your stay. See any cool wildlife? Let the Nature staff know. If you can, take a picture of it and share it with us on Facebook or Instagram when you get home!