Stony Point, NY – September 25, 2022 – In an age where change comes at an ever-increasing pace, some things show they stand the test of time. The Greater Hudson Valley Council of BSA’s (GHVBSA) Camp Bullowa stands as one such gem, having just celebrated its 75th anniversary.
In addition to welcoming New York State Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick and Rockland County Legislator Doug Jobson, GHVBSA was host to over 400 Scouts from all over the Hudson Valley over the weekend.
Senator Reichlin-Melnick presented a proclamation commending the camp for their inspiring commitment to lifting up the community.
“We truly appreciate the recognition,” says GHVBSA Board President, Ben Mills. “We are immensely proud of our history in Rockland County and look forward to the next 75 years at Bullowa.”
The property was purchased in September 1947 using a gift from Miss Grace A.M. Bullowa and Dr. Addison S. Boyce as a memorial to Dr. Alma Boyce. The first campout, a Fall Camporee, was held the next month with 250 Scouts in attendance.
While none of the Scouters – as adult volunteers are called – in attendance go as far back as far as 1947, many have memories of camping at Bullowa 25 years ago, or more. Some were involved in burying a time capsule at the 50th Anniversary celebration in 1972. The opening of the time capsule was one of the highlights of the weekend. Contents included Scout handbooks, neckerchiefs and slides as examples of the then-current Scout uniform, pictures, troop rosters, and the ubiquitous Scout patches.
Many of the activities enjoyed by Boy Scouts at Camp Bullowa in 1947, such as fishing, hiking, and camping, are still enjoyed by Scouts today. You’ll notice some significant differences however. Today, Scouts include male and female Troops. And there is an increased emphasis on “Leave No Trace” which teaches the tenets of sustainability while enjoying outdoor activities.
“Scouting has deep roots in Rockland County,” says Rich Stockton, GHVBSA Scout Executive, “and we’re really just getting started.” Council plans for 2023 and beyond include renovating cabins, the dining hall, fresh paint, and improving our program areas for their 5-week long Summer Day Camp Program, says Stockton.