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.
COMMITTEE TO SAVE POUCH CAMP (in formation)
Post Office Box 60565
Staten Island, NY 10306-0565
DID YOU KNOW?
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.
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 THE SI ADVANCE STORY HERE (JULY, 2011)
2012: Phase 1 of the Pouch Camp Preservation Plan completed.
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.