Camp Catoctin BSA originated in or about the Summer of 1958 by Troop 799 of the FSK District. The Camp was held at Camp Airy, a camp for Jewish boys owned and operated by the Strauss Foundation, and located just outside of Thurmont, Maryland. For use of the camp for the week, the Troop helped clean and shut-down the camp for the winter. Eventually more troops were invited to come to attend Camp Airy until the camp had grown to include all of Frederick County Scouts and Scouters.


The original concept of the camp, beyond cleaning and shutting down the camp, was to provide a close-in camp where new scouts could adjust to leaving home and to provide the older scouts an opportunity to complete merit badges they had begun earlier that summer at other camps, since in those days there was a time limit to complete partial badges. One year camp was not held, as FSK scouts went to Echo Lake. Another year they went to the World’s Fair.


In 1993, the camp had grown to the point that NCAC required the ALL Volunteer Staff of Camp Airy (BSA) to become certified and accredited as a BSA Camp. Starting in 1994, Camp Airy (BSA) has become an accredited camp of the National Capital Area Council and has remained so ever since. The Camp Airy (BSA) staff has also been accredited High Adventure Camp for the Catoctin Trek (1996 – 1999) and runs an accredited First Year Camper program in conjunction with Camp Catoctin BSA. From 2001 – 2004 the First Year Camper Program was run in Catoctin Mountain Park at Greentop or Misty Mount, while the merit badge program ran at Camp Airy. The school calendar made Camp Airy unavailable 2005 – 2006 and the full camp was held at Greentop/Round Meadow/Misty Mount and Camp Westmar. In 2007, camp returned to the Camp Airy facility, where it has remained until 2021, when the school calendar has led us back to Catoctin Mountain National Park.


Camp Catoctin BSA is currently sponsored by Venture Crew 758 for the benefit of the Scouts of Frederick County, Maryland and has provided more than 60 years of a week-long resident camping experience and advancement opportunity to local Scouts. Female Explorer Post youth members became part of staff more than 50 years ago and female campers began attending in 2019. The majority of our combined youth and adult staff have been part of our camp for more than 5 years and many for more than 30 years. Through the years, numerous families have had multiple family members on staff, providing the leadership and continuity, as each new generation takes its turn at making camp the special place we know it to be.

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