Central New Jersey Council Patch

Central New Jersey Council, BSA

Yards Creek Scout Reservation (YCSR)


The camp is located on the grounds of the Yards Creek Pumping Station in Blairstown, New Jersey adjacent to the Appalachian Trail, within hiking distance of the Delaware River and the Delaware Water Gap.

This following description describes YCSR before the camp was closed to summer camping in February 1997 when the George Washington Council merged with the Thomas A. Edison Council to form the Central New Jersey Council.

Yards Creek Scout Reservation is a 510-acre Scouting retreat where camp staff, unit leaders and scouts worked together to learn the best that Scouting could offer in developing better units, qualified Scouters, and skillful, self-reliant boys and young men. 

Yards Creek has a private lake, row boats, canoes, sail boats, archery range, rifle range, shotgun trap shooting range, handicraft area, ecology area, Scoutcraft area and campfire circle. A first-year camper program was conducted at a special area in camp. Equipment was also available for hiking, canoeing on the Delaware River and overnight camping. Three well-balanced meals, all checked by a dietitian, were served daily in the central dining hall. The camp contained fourteen campsites equipped with tent platforms, two-man tents, cots, latrine, and wash stands with running water. Hot central showers were available.

Yards Creek was annually certified by the State of New Jersey and was a Nationally Accredited Camp, inspected annually by the Boy Scouts of America. Rules for acceptance and participation in Scouting programs were the same for everyone without regard to handicap, race, color, or national origin. Central New Jersey Council reserved the right to include the likeness of any Scout or leader in any photographic or video promotional material.

Yards Creek Scout Reservation celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1997 with a special, limited edition, 12-color patch.