Special Program Opportunities

You can customize the Camp Barton program to fit your troop by taking advantage of the many special program opportunities for troops. Select from one of the following, or come up with your own ideas:

  • Fine-tune your Scout cooking skills by cooking one or more meals for your troop in your campsite.
  • Arrange for a Troop Shoot or Troop Archery, or a troop session on the climbing wall.
  • Tour the Camp Barton Nature Trail, and learn about the great outdoors.
  • Take a walk up to Frontenac Falls, our own private waterfall
  • Teach a special merit badge of interest to your troop.
  • Sail or canoe down Cayuga Lake to Taughannock Falls State Park (pronounced "tawGANuck"). Pack a dinner and cook out there, then hike up the gorge to Taughannock Falls itself - at 300 feet clear drop, it's one of the highest falls east of the Rocky Mountains. For a longer hike, go around the gorge on the upper trail.
  • Visit one of the area attractions over breakfast or lunch (provide your own transportation). Go fossil hunting in Ithaca or Lansing, take an early trip to watch the birds at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge or the newly renovated Cornell Sapsucker Woods Laboratory, visit the Sciencenter or Cornell University. The Paleontological Research Institute (PRI) has a brand-new "Museum of the Earth" not far from Barton. 
  • Take a day hike or overnight hike on the Finger Lakes trail.
  • Take the COPE course at the Cayuga Nature Center. Note: This is given by CNC, and is not a BSA activity. Contact them at 607-273-6260 for costs and time.
  • Orienteering: The Syracuse Orienteering Club has set up some orienteering courses that will challenge any Scout's map and compass skills. Experience the fun and learn the skills of this very popular European sport.
  • CIT PROGRAM: Looking forward to becoming a Camp Barton staff member? If you are fourteen or more years old, at least a First Class Scout, and will be spending at least one week at Camp Barton with your troop this summer, you can develop your leadership skills by working as a Counselor-In-Training with the Camp Barton Staff for an additional two weeks. CITs who successfully complete the two-week course will receive special consideration for staff positions in future years. Applications are available at the Council Service Center, 215 NYS Route 12, Binghamton, New York 13901.

Baden-Powell Council - Camp Barton, BSA

  • By mail: 
    • Council Office: Baden-Powell Council, BSA - 2150 NYS Route 12, Binghamton, NY 13901
    • During the camp season: Camp Barton, BSA - 9640 Frontenac Road, Trumansburg, NY 14886
  • By phone: 
    • Council Office:  - (607) 648-7888 - 877-674-8876 (toll free) 
    • Fax: (607) 648-7895
    • Camp phone: (607) 387-9250
  • By E-mail: 


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