Camp Olmsted

Situated on the Allegheny Reservoir in the midst of the Allegheny National Forest, Camp Olmsted provides nearly 500 acres of natural woodlands and offers a 31 mile waterfront with water-skiing, motor-boating, and sailing, in addition to the more traditional water activities of swimming, lifesaving, snorkeling, and BSA Lifeguard training. Other program features include a wide array of Merit Badges and activities, such as art, bird study, electricity, plumbing, and many more! Our excellent handicraft lodge provides Scouts with opportunities to learn leather work, Indian crafts, and woodcarving. The field sports area features archery, .22 caliber rifles, shotguns, muzzle loaders, and trap shooting.  Scoutcraft skills are also a big part of the camp program. The Scoutcraft area specializes in teaching wilderness survival, camping, cooking, and pioneering skills.  Our Camp also boasts a new blacksmith’s forge and a challenging COPE course, along with spectacular views of the Reservoir that are second to none.

Scouts attending camp for the first year will have the opportunity to participate in their own special program with other first-year Scouts. Working toward the First Class rank is the emphasis of our “Cornplanter Braves” program.

High adventure opportunities abound at Camp Olmsted! Learn to climb and rappel on the camp’s climbing tower or spend a few days on the Reservoir.

Whether this is your first year at Camp Olmsted, or you are a returning veteran of several seasons, new and exciting adventures await you around every bend!

Camp Olmsted, BSA

3123 Roper Hollow Road, Russell, PA 16345

(814) 757-8021 or (814) 757-5437



$50 deposit is required for each camper by April 16th.

$275 basic camp fee if paid by May 1st.

$325 if Troop pays after May 1st.

All Scout merit badge request lists Must be submitted by May 1st.

Leader Fee: First two leaders are free, $100 per leader thereafter to cover the cost of meals. Those volunteering their time in program areas will not be charged for camp attendance.

The biggest thing that might catch your attention is the large basic camp fee. This was instituted because many of our Troops do not pay on time and most do not turn in the list of the merit badges their Scouts want to take at camp. As you can imagine, this presents us with huge administrative problems in terms of what to order for camp and how many. It’s a huge frustration to the volunteer merit badge counselors at camp and we’ve needed to take action to address this. So, yes, the basic camp fee appears to be tremendous if paid late.. However, all a Troop needs to do is to pay by May 1st and submit a merit badge request list for all Scouts attending and they receive an automatic $50 per Scout reduction in the fee.

Please note: We will not accept any registrations after June 3rd, 2019.


All-Annual Medical Form

The Healthform can be downloaded Here. All overnight campers, staff and other volunteers staying overnight must have parts A & B and C all completed. This is a PDF file to print. Information cannot be saved on this form.

For a map of Camp Olmsted; Click Here