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*NEW*

The 2013 Beginner’s Guide to Scheduling at Ockanickon: For scouts and scouters that are new to Ockanickon, and need a guide to help navigate through the massive amount of programs and help make planning their schedule for the week that much easier.


Click on the links below to learn about what activities occur in each of our

Program Areas

Click below to learn about

Merit Badges Offered

(In Alphabetical Order)

Other Links:

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WE ARE PROUD of the many Scouts and adult Scouters who serve on our staff. Listed here are the program departments of our summer camp and links to schedules and more information. We hope that you will have time to acquaint yourself with our Camp Program Director and the Department Heads as they are key to the camp program.

James McCabe

James McCabe

Program Director

This is James’ 8th year working here at Ockanickon.  He worked in the Aquatics Department for most of his time on staff. He was the Lake Director for 3 years and Assistant Program Director for 2.

In the off-season, James works at PSC in Hatfield, PA performing environmental testing of fuels. He obtained his degree in chemistry from Temple University.

James is the Advisor for Venture Crew 507. He loves rock climbing, camping, canoeing, and photography. He is even a Climbing Director and works on the off-season COPE weekends. James is a certified Rescue Diver, as his favorite thing to do is to go SCUBA Diving.

Ages & Stages

It is the goal of the Boy Scout program to offer appropriate challenges for each age group. Participating in an activity well above or well below a Scout’s ability level often leads to disappointment. When advising your Scouts on which merit badges and activities to participate in at camp, please keep in mind this Ages & Stages format. Our departments offer programs appropriate for the different age groups in your troop. For example: The Dan Beard Program, some Handicraft and Scoutcraft badges are appropriate for first year campers. Second and third year campers may still be involved in the offerings of the Dan Beard, Handicraft and Scoutcraft Departments, but they should be ready for the new challenges in the Aquatics and Shooting Sports Departments. Third and fourth year campers may be ready for the more challenging activities offered in the Ecology, Eagle, Rock Climbing departments. Your older Scouts should be ready for just about anything we have to offer, including the required Eagle badges and the unique offerings of the Science Center. Ages & Stages has not been designed arbitrarily. It involves constant feedback from Scoutmasters and members of our own staff as to what age Scouts tend to get the most fulfillment out of a specific program or merit badge. Ages & Stages has been is meant to act as a guide. A particularly gifted or challenged Scout may move outside the normal range of activities of their peers. For some physically challenging areas like Aquatics, Adventure Sports or Climbing, the staff may request that a Scout not participate for the Scout’s and other participants’ safety. Each of the Merit Badge pages lists the recommended Ages and Stages specific to it. Any questions can be directed to the Area Director or Program Director.