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Horseshoe Scout Reservation (HSR) is Chester County Council's summer camp. The camp is located on the Pennsylvania/Maryland border (AKA the Mason-Dixon Line) along with its sister camp, Ware. Scout troops from all across the East Coast come to this premier camp run by Paoli 1's own council.

Camp Horseshoe's website can be found here.

The Horseshoe ProgramEdit

Paoli 1 can be found at Horseshoe during the first week of the camp's seven week program. Week one is typically at the very end of June and stretches into early July. Some years this includes the Fourth of July but often scouts will be home for the holiday or even before June even ends. The first week of camp is considered to be the best because both the counselors and the camp grounds are fresh and ready to begin the summer program.

Summer camp serves numerous purposes. First, it provides the fun experience you would expect from any summer program. Scouts are able to get away from home for a week and have fun with their peers in an interesting and unique environment. Second, the camp's daily function is as a merit badge factory of sorts. Scouts can easily earn four or more Merit badges each summer while also acquiring numerous other scouting skills toward rank advancement. Third, Horseshoe is the first troop activity after the Birthday and the change of command. It is a test for all the new patrol leaders, the SPL, and his staff. The common saying associated with the week at Horseshoe is, "We're teaching more than knot tying." Horseshoe is the place where the scouts learn the most from the scouting program. In addition to the tangible skills and badges they will learn, the experience of camp helps each boy grow as a person.

Camp LisleEdit

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When not participating in camp activities, Paoli 1 scouts spend their time living in a campsite known as Lisle. Lisle is a completely unique campsite located at the "bottom of the hill" far away from most camp locations. Much of Camp Horseshoe has been built or in some way was improved by a Paoli 1 project (largely thanks to Dick Bensing) but the Lisle campsite is a 100% Paoli1 creation.

After a series of bad floods, the old campsite Paoli 1 used was relocated further inland and away from the Octoraro thanks to a donation by the widow of Clifton Lisle. A latrine was built and soon the rest of the camp sprung up around it. Original lean-to and tent accommodations were gradually phased out in a massive building project. The camp is now full of one-of-a-kind open air pavilion bunk houses in a modified Adirondack style. Each patrol (including staff) has its own bunkhouse and most recently a separate Scoutmaster's Quarters has been constructed.

In addition to the living accommodations, the rest of the campsite has been improved as well. The standard latrine has been upgraded internally and a section was added to allow for showers, the flag pole has recently been replaced with a larger and more modern pole, and a large archway has been constructed over the main entrance. The fire circle was rebuilt in 2010 with new benches and a new bridge to it. Prior to that, the bridge to the latrine and the campsite bulletin board were also replaced.

Currently, the field below the camp, nicknamed "Bensing" by the scouts, is being developed. It has been cleared to provide for a convenient practice field for marching but also as a small athletic field for the troop. It also provides a rear driving entrance if needed by the various work projects and possible room for further building expansion.

Further ReadingEdit

Information on what to pack for camp can be found here.

Information regarding the various locations and facilities of Camp Horshoe can be found here.

For a look at a typical schedule of camp activities and programs go here.

For more detailed information of the actual activities, programs, and duties that a scout would experience in camp go here.

On the Saturday night campfire, numerous patches are handed out to recognize the accomplishments of all the scouts in camp. A full list of patch segments can be found here.

The Horseshoe camp song can be found here.