Camp Pahaquarra, active from 1925 to 1972, was the first council-wide camp owned by the George Washington Council. Originally, the 1000 acre camp was the site of many commercial copper mines.
Copper ore was mined in the area at least as early as 1659, but by 1917 the mines were no longer profitable and most of the mines were closed by 1924. You can read about Pahaquarra in Compressed Air Magazine, March 1951, "The Mystery of Pahaquarry Copper" (sic). In the early days of Camp Pahaquarra, Scouts drove to camp on dirt roads on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River. They crossed the river at Dingmans Ferry, using a raft powered by a tow rope.
Scouts swam in the Delaware River and liked to construct towers with rope swings that took them in a arc out over the river. The boys cooked all their own meals on-site.In the evenings, they used kerosene lamps. Some of the things that Scouts remember about Camp Pahaquarra are the waterfalls, the Lodge, the Indian Dancers of the Order of the Arrow, waterfront activities in the Delaware River. Apparently, as part of the Pioneering merit badge, boys would build small log buildings that they could live in and would become a permanent part of the camp. The camp is closed now, only memories remain with no one to dream them. The Federal government announced plans to construct the Tocks Island Dam, creating a huge reservoir by flooding much of the land along the Delaware River. The government began acquiring ownership of the area, taking farms, houses, other properties and forcing occupants to move from the area. In 1972, the George Washington Council acquired Yards Creek Scout Reservation near Blairstown, NJ, and closed Camp Pahaquarra forever.
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