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Saving Pouch Camp: Its preservation is a Staten Island triumph - SI Advance, December 11, 2013

$6 million deal will help save Pouch Camp - SI Advance, December 5, 2013

$5 million in state funding could be on the way... - SI Advance, April 16, 2013

Phase 2 deadline for SI's Pouch looms - SI Advance, March 10, 2013

SI Pols urge state to preserve second portion of Pouch - SI Advance, February 5, 2013

First Phase of Project to Camp Complete - NY 1 News, December 4, 2012

Critical parcel in Pouch Camp saved - SI Advance, December 1, 2012

Conservation Easement filed for Pouch Camp - SI Advance, November 26, 2012

Staten Island Groups Donate Funds - $12,000 donated to the TPL to save Pouch Camp SI Advance, September 9, 2012 

Keep Pouch Camp Forever Wild Campaign Urges - SI Advance, June 27, 2012

Save all of Pouch Camp on Staten Island - SI Advance, June 23, 2012

To Save Pouch Camp: Editorial - SI Advance, May 10, 2012

Port Authority poised to donate $4 to preserve Pouch - NY 1, April 19, 2012

PA to provide $4 in funding to preserve Pouch - SI Advance, April 12, 2012

First funding for Pouch Camp is Welcome - Letter to the SI Advance, February 7, 2012

In State of the Borough, BP Molinaro announces $1 million for Pouch Camp- Staten Island Advance, January 26, 2012

Volunteers Needed to Clean Up Pouch Camp - NY 1 News, September 23, 2011: and the Staten Island Advance, September 23, 2011

New life for old camps - TPL

Staten Island's Imperiled Boy Scout Haven is Saved - NY Times, July 7, 2011

Trust for Public Land - Information on Pouch Camp

Boy Scout Council enters into agreement for Pouch Camp Preservation - Trust for Public Land, July 7, 2011

Agreement Reached to Save Parts of Staten Island's Pouch Camp from Development - Staten Island Advance, July 6, 2011

Staten Island's Secret Oasis - NY TIMES PHOTO ESSAY, May 9, 2011

Free book highlights wonder of Pouch Camp - April 28, 2011

Pouch Camp gets two year reprieve - NY 1 News, April 8, 2011

Scouts looking to Parks to save Island's Pouch? - Staten Island Advance, March 6, 2011

Outdoor Channel Rolls up its sleeves - September 28, 2010

Outdoor Channel Highlights Effort to save Pouch Camp - September 25, 2010

Boy Scouts Camp Out in the Conrete Jungle - NY 1 News, August 2010

Every effort must be made to save Pouch Camp - Letter to the Editor, SI Advance, June 13, 2010

Save Pouch Camp supports walk through Greenbelt... - SI Advance, May 22, 2010

Scouts restructure debt - SI Advance, April 20, 2010

Pouch Camp stakes out new financial deal - NY 1 News

McMahon Pursues new stream of funding for Pouch Camp - SI Advance, April 13, 2010

SI Scouts desperately in need of a good deed - SI Advance, April 6, 2010

Senator Schumer fights to save Pouch Camp - March 24, 2010

Pouch Camp Supporters get the Mayor's ear - SI Advance

Staten Island Residents fight to save Boy Scout Camp - NY 1 News

Famed Scout camp threatened by public, private budget crisis - Gotham Gazette, February 17, 2010

State unlikely to cough up money to save Pouch Camp - January 28, 2010 SI Advance

A Celebrated Scout Camp on Staten Island is in Jeopardy - January 22, 2010

Richmond County Country Club could save Pouch Camp - January 4, 2010

Possible sale of Boy Scout Camp - NY Daily News, December 2009

Commercial real estate firm hired to market Pouch Camp - December 15, 2009

Scrambling to Keep Pouch Camp Green - SI Advance, December 1, 2009

Group Rallies Behind SI Scout Camp - New York 1 News

Pouch Camp: Last Stand for Preservationists? Staten Island Advance, November 29, 2009

Boy Scout Council Explores Marketing of Staten Island Camp... GNYC BSA, November 24, 2009

Conjuring Environmental Battles of Decades Past... Staten Island Advance, November 25, 2009

Vital Greenbelt Piece at Risk Staten Island Advance, November 25, 2009


Pouch offers a number of camping options for scouts and has full service cabins, leantos, tent sites, a Chapel and a low- impact Camp-O-Ree field with an adjacent Amphitheater.  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Pictures from past events


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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