MTC - Camp MinsiSea Scout Academy 2021

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Introducing Sea Scout Academy 2021 at Camp Minsi

Sunday - Wednesday, August 1-4

Sea Scout Academy is a regional BSA summer camp experience focusing on youth leadership skills and advancement through the Sea Scout ranks. This Sunday through Wednesday event will feature both shore-based and water-based sessions at Camp Minsi’s Aquatics Center on Stillwater Lake, located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains in east-central Pennsylvania. There will also be several fun activities designed to build camaraderie between Ships, culminating with Tuesday’s “The Big Day Out” event, featuring biking, hiking, and rafting in the Lehigh River Gorge State Park. Venture Crews interested in water-based adventures are also welcome to participate.  The Sea Scout Academy is sponsored by BSA Northeast Region – Area 5 Sea Scouts and hosted by Minsi Trails Council at Camp Minsi, Pocono Summit, Pennsylvania.



  • YOUTH (14-20): Sea Scout Ships, as well as any Venturing Crews interested in a week of water-based adventure!  Provisional camper registrations are not yet active.
  • ADULT (over 21):  Adults are welcome to participate in all open programs and sessions, with preference to youth participants (such as marksmanship programs).  Additionally, adults are welcome to attend the Tuesday "Big Day Out".



    • YOUTH (14-20):   $300 all inclusive fee
    • ADULT (over 21): $100 base fee, plus optional ...
      • Additional fee for Tuesday's "Big Day Out": $60



    • Open for Ships and Crews
    • Individual / provisional youth and adult participants registration opens early Spring, 2021, space permitting.


    Academy Location:

    The Academy will be conducted at  Camp Minsi, which is located in Pocono Summit, PA, approximately 90 miles west of New York City and 90 miles north of Philadelphia.  It is near the intersection of I-80 and I-380 on PA 940 west, across form the Pocono Mountain Regional Police station.  The camp address is: 106 Camp Minsi Rd., Pocono Summit, PA 18346.


    About Camp Minsi:

    Camp Minsis located on the shores of Stillwater Lake in the heart of the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Donated to the scouts in 1949, Camp Minsi encompasses more than 1,200 acres of relatively flat Pennsylvania woodlands. The camp's 314-acre lake provides sailing, swimming, fishing and other aquatic activities to the thousands of Scouts and Scouters who visit throughout the year.

    Camp Minsi Aquatics includes a "flotilla" of sunfish sailboats, kayaks, paddle boards, a 15-person Voyageur Canoe, a Hobie Cat as well as the traditional canoes and rowboats.

    Camp Minsi features a centrally-located and spacious dining hall that serves three delicious meals a day. Within a short walk from the dining hall are 11 troop campsites with capacities that range from 20 to 90 campers. Further away are a number of backwoods outpost sites for a more rustic camping experience. There are over 20 miles of hiking trails throughout the camp that give Scouts an opportunity to experience a variety of flora, fauna and the intriguing geology of a glacial moraine. The varied wildlife that makes the camp their home grants both youth and adults the opportunity of experiencing and interacting with nature first-hand.

    Tentative Schedule:  Last updated: March 5, 2021


    Sunday, August 1

    2 pm                Check-in, health screen and move in

    3 - 5 pm           Swim test (All participants are expected to be able to pass.)

    • Apprentice: BSA swim test

    5:45 - 7 pm     Colors, Dinner

    7 - 8 pm           Aquatics /Sailboat orientation

    7 - 9 pm           First aid / safety discussions for swimming and lifesaving merit badges

    8 - 10 pm         Meet and greet beach party hosted by Minsi Trails Council Ship 940

    10 pm              Taps


    Monday, August 2

    7:45 am           Colors, reflection, breakfast

    9 - 12 am         BSA Kayaking Award

    9 am - Noon    Rank Advancement Sessions

    Noon – 1 pm    Lunch

    1 - 5 pm           Rank Advancement Sessions

    1 - 5 pm           Aquatics session - Ordinary: Swimming Merit Badge

    1 - 5 pm           Aquatics session - Able: Lifesaving Merit Badge

    4 - 5:30 pm     Open swim, boat, fishing on Stillwater Lake or Tunkhannock Creek

    5:45 - 7 pm      Colors, Dinner

    7 - 9 pm           Aquatics, Marksmanship, Fishing activities

    10 pm              Taps


    Tuesday, August 3

    7:45 am           Colors, reflection, breakfast

    9 am                “The Big Day Out !“

    • Experience the Pocono Mountain’s Lehigh River Gorge on whitewater raft and mountain bike and trail climb
    • BSA Whitewater Rafting Award

    ~6:30 / 7 pm    Late Dinner (upon return)

    8 - 10 pm         Movie night

    10 pm              Taps


    Wednesday, August 4

    7:45 am          Colors, reflection, breakfast

    9 - 12 Noon            Voyageur Outpost Adventure

    • Canoe up lake to experience northwest fur trapper activities

    9 - 10:30 am   Youth Introduction to Leadership Skills for Ships (ILLS) training - Module 1 of 3

    9 - 10:30 am   Aquatics competitions

    9 - 10:30 am   Fishing on Stillwater Lake or Tunkhannock Creek

    9 - 10:30 am   Swimming / Lifesaving MB catchup

    9 - 12 noon      Paddlecraft-based Long Cruise Planning Tips (Youth and Adults)

    9 - 12 noon   Service opportunities for Ranks
    10:30 - Noon   Youth Introduction to Leadership Skills for Ships (ILLS) training - Module 2 of 3

    10:30 - Noon   Weather requirements (ORD #13) for Ordinary

    Noon - 1 pm    Lunch

    1 - 2:30 pm    Service opportunities for Ranks

    1 - 2:30 pm    Youth Introduction to Leadership Skills for Ships (ILLS) training - Module 3 of 3

    1 - 2 :30 pm   Weather requirements (ABL #13) for Able

    2:30 - 5 pm     AUXSCOUT  / Sea Scouts – The youth program of The Coast Guard Auxiliary

    5 - 545 pm      Pack and clean up campsite

    5:45 - 7 pm     Closing colors, awards, and parent pickup picnic

    7 pm                Depart for your home port

    MINSI TRAILS COUNCIL                                           MINSI TRAILS COUNCIL                                                      
    Service Center                                                           Scout Shop
    (610) 264-8551                                                          (610) 266-7770

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Mon-Wed-Thur-Fri)                       10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs-Fri)         
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Tues)                                         Closed daily for lunch 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm    
    Closed Sat - Sun                                                        10:00 am - 2:00 pm (Sat)
                                                                                    Closed Sunday

    Physical Address:                  Mailing Address
    991 Postal Road                       P.O. Box 20624
    Allentown, PA 18109                Lehigh Valley, PA 18002-0624