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The Website


This website was started to create a place we, concerned Scouts and residents of Staten Island and New York City, could come to get informed and get involved in saving Pouch Camp.


Help support our efforts! Consider donating to the Greenbelt Conservancy Pouch Preservation Fund. More information can be found here.


The Committee to Save Pouch Camp can be reached by email or by mail:


Post Office Box 60565 
Staten Island, NY 10306-0565



Pouch Camp is located in Staten Island; it is New York City's only Scout Camp & sits in the ‘heart’ of the Greenbelt. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


The Committee to Save Pouch Camp, in formation 


The Committee to Save Pouch Camp was founded and formed by Eagle ScoutsDominic DeRubbio, Brandon Linker and Alex Zablocki - all Staten Island residents.


The Committee's mission is to raise awareness of the possible sale of Pouch Camp and to bring all stakeholders to the table to formulate a solution to save Pouch Camp.


The Committee consists of dozens of community leaders and groups, including:


Clove Lake Civic Assoc.

Community Resources Gardening Group

First District Federated Garden Clubs of NYS

Freemasons-Perfect Square Lodge No. 204

Friends of Blue Heron Park Friends of Pouch Grant City Civic Association Grasmere Civic Association Greenbelt Conservancy

Iron Hills Civic Association Jewish War Veterans –Post 80

Lighthouse Hill Civic Association

Natural Resources Defense Council

Natural Resources Protective Association

New Dorp Central Civic Association

New Yorkers for Parks

Northern Great Kills Civic Association

NYC Audubon Society Sierra Club-NYC Group

Prince’s Bay, Pleasant Plains, Richmond Valley Civic Association

Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Richmondtown & Clarke Avenue Civic Association

Richmond County Ancient Order of the Hibernians

SI Herb Society

SI Taxpayers Association

Staten Island Museum

Tottenville Improvement Society

United Staten Island Veterans Organizations

Westerleigh Improvement Society Where-to-Turn, Inc.


MORE TO BE ADDED SOON! Want to join on? Email us at



UPDATE: December 5, 2013: Governor Andrew Cuomo announces Approval of Conservation Plan for William H. Pouch Scout Camp  


This site was started to create a place where we, concerned Scouts and residents of Staten Island, New York City and beyond, could come to get informed and get involved in saving the William H. Pouch Scout Camp.


Through organization and awareness, we can save Pouch Camp - we have to. Pouch Camp has touched the lives of countless young people throughout the years. Maybe you have hiked in Pouch, camped in a cabin or fished in Lake Ohrbach. Maybe you just drove by Pouch Camp on Manor Road and remember a Staten Island that was greener and never thought this property could be sold to developers.


Since the Committee to Save Pouch Camp organized in late 2009 to early 2010, the Committee has held numerous rallies, community events, fundraisers and lawn sign drives.  With the announcement of a deal to save Pouch Camp by the GNYC-BSA and the Trust for Public Land, we must focus now, more than ever, to see this three phase preservation plan become a reality.


We are greatful that in 2012 Phase 1 of the plan was completed but more work needs to be done. Join us in continuing to fight to preserve the camp.


Please suggest content that should appear on this site and get (and stay) involved. Together, we can save Pouch Camp!



2011: We are happy to announce that an agreement has been reached to save Pouch Camp through a three phase preservation plan.




Read what the Trust for Public Land says about Pouch Camp


Boy Scout Council Enters into agreement for Pouch Camp Preservation - July, 2011


2012: Phase 1 of the Pouch Camp Preservation Plan completed.


Read what the Staten Island Advance had to say about this historic milestone and read more below

The sign above was placed by the Department of Environmental Conservation on Manor Road at the entrance to the William H. Pouch Camp. For more information on the completition of Phase 1, click here.

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