Family Camp – Goshen Scout Reservation

Good morning Family Camp Attendees!

Thank you for registering for family camp this coming weekend at Goshen! A few things you should know before you arrive at the Goshen Scout Reservation:

Check In:

Check-in for Family Camp will take place at the Camp Olmsted main entrance on Friday, May 26th from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Goshen Staff members will be at the check-in table to greet you. Trash bags, toilet paper, and event schedules will be available at the check in table.

Campsite Selection and Amenities 

Campsites at Camp Olmsted are available on a first come, first served basis. There is no pre-registration for campsite selection. Each campsite has a picnic table, wooden tent platforms, a fire ring, and latrines. There is no need to buy firewood, as there is plenty to choose from in the woods there (In accordance with Virginia State law, no outside firewood is permitted to be brought onto the camp property).

Program and Activities

    • Shooting Sports (some age restrictions): Archery (all ages), BBs (ages 6+), Rifle (ages 11+), Shotgun (ages 11+)
    • Aquatics (all ages): Swimming Hole (located at Camp Post), Open Boating, Open Swimming
    • COPE & Climbing (all ages): Giant Swing, Climbing
    • Handicraft (all ages): Gimp, Leather stamping, paint, and other arts and crafts.

Other activities we encourage you to take advantage of are the Camp Olmsted Orienteering Course and Trail Hiking to Viewing Rock (course and trail maps available at Handicraft pavilion).

Please see the Family Camp Schedule for information on activity times and locations. Don’t forget to join us for a campfire Sunday night!

Copies of the Family Camp Schedule are available here:

Food Storage

All food and “smellable” items must be stored in vehicles when not in use. Food should not be left out in campsites for any reason. We do have bears present that are going to be attracted to the smell of food if it is left in the campsite. Please lock it in your car.

Trash Disposal

A large dumpster is available for your use outside of the Camp Olmsted Forester Dining Hall. Throughout the day, if you are not in your campsite, please place your trash in your locked car or the dumpster.

Water Availability

Potable water (safe for drinking and cooking) is available in all campsites for your use. The shower house, with single stall showers are available for your use.

Need Ice?

Ice is available by request at the Camp Olmsted Forster Dining Hall. Please ask a staff member for assistance.

Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any other questions. Looking forward to seeing all of you there!

Yours in Scouting,

Elisabeth Warren | Goshen Scout Reservation Director