About – Baden Powell Council

About Us

The Baden-Powell Council was formed in 1998 by the merger of the former Baden-Powell Council (headquartered in Dryden, NY) and Susquenango Council (headquartered in Binghamton, NY). The council’s new headquarters are in Binghamton, NY. The council covers five counties in New York State — Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Tioga and Tompkins—as well as Susquehanna County in Pennsylvania.

As of 2018, the Council has four districts:

The Baden-Powell Council operates two Scout Camps:

Camp Barton is a Boy Scouts of America camp located on 300 acres on Frontenac Point on the west shore of Cayuga Lake in New York State’s Finger Lakes. It is approximately nine miles north of Ithaca.

Camp Barton has nine summer camping sites with 2- and 4-man platform tents, as well as winter lean-tos in one of the two gorges which surround the camp. The camp facilities include many water-based activities on the camp’s half-mile of waterfront, including rowing, motorboating, sailing, waterskiing and swimming, as well as handicrafts, nature, rifle and archery ranges, and scoutcraft areas. Camp Barton also has a special Intro to SCUBA course.

The camp’s buildings and cabins are available for off-season use by Scouting and other youth organizations. For more information contact the Council Office.

Tuscarora Scout Reservation is a Boy Scouts of America camp located on 1100 acres around Summit Lake in New York State’s Southern Tier.

The camp has twelve summer camping sites with 2-man platform tents. It also has four winter units with a center lodge equipped with wood stoves, refrigerators and electricity and four 8-man lean-tos. Tuscarora Scout Reservation also offers a Nature lodge, dining hall, a nationally known Handicraft program, and a 40-foot climbing wall.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Baden-Powell Council, Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.