Jersey Shore Council

Jersey Shore Council
Jersey Shore Council
Jersey Shore Council
Owner Boy Scouts of America

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The Jersey Shore Council serves all of Ocean and Atlantic Counties, and part of Burlington and Cape May Counties. Its camp is Joseph A Citta Scout Reservation, located in Barnegat, New Jersey. The council is divided into the following districts:

  • Northern Star District
  • Whispering Pine District
  • Friendship District
  • Lighthouse District
  • Atlantic District (District 5)

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Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation

Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation
Owner Jersey Shore Council
Location Brookville, Barnegat, Ocean County, New Jersey
Founded 1957
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The Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation at Brookville is a Boy Scout Camp located in the Brookville section of Barnegat, Ocean County, New Jersey, USA, and is part of the Boy Scouts of America's Jersey Shore Council. First opened in 1957, it was originally called the Ocean County Scout Reservation, but then changed its name to the Brookville Scout Reservation. It is currently known as the Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation.

Recently celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the Citta scout camp is a home away from home to many troops and other Scouting organizations. Citta's summer program offers a variety of activities such as COPE, First Year Camper Program (Beaver), and numerous merit badges.

The Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation is located at 39 degrees 46'39.33 North by 74 degrees 18'37.83 West.


Citta currently has 9 campsites that can be used year round. The sites are Apache, Seneca, Comanche, Iroquois, Algonquin, Kewe, Chippewa, Mohican, and Mohawk. For Resident Summer camp, two-man canvas tents are provided for camper usage. When summer camp is not in session, you need to bring your own tent. Except if you are staying in Kewe which has year round Lean-tos

Summer camp program areas

As mentioned earlier, The Citta Scout Reservation offers a large variety of programs for a wide spectrum of ages.



Also known as The Waterfront, this area offers the Swimming, Personal Fitness and Lifesaving merit badges in addition to other boating merit badges such as Canoeing, Rowing, and Small Boat Sailing. Scouts can also receive BSA Guard Certification and participate in the Mile Swim. Troops can also enjoy swims on there free time or siesta.


In this area scouts learn about nature and the environment, scouts also will learn about the Earth's ecosystem, their effect on it and how it affects them. Numerous merit badges are available to earn such as Environmental Science, Nature, Weather, Geology, Forestry, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Soil and Water Conservation, Fish and Wildlife Management, Mammal Studies, Reptile and Amphibian Studies, Oceanography, Bird Study and Nuclear Science(new in 2009).


This area is focused on teaching outdoor skills such as camping, knot tying, hiking, cooking, wilderness survival, and leave no trace. The Camping, Pioneering, Cooking, Backpacking, Hiking, Orienteering, Metalwork, and Wilderness Survival merit badges are taught at Scoutcraft. Totin' Chip and the Paul Bunyan Woodsman award can also be earned by scouts at this area.

The Range

The Range

Learning to shoot a rifle, a shotgun or a bow and arrow is possible at the Range. Using strict safety rules and precise directions, scouts are instructed how to fire a weapon, an activity that few very teens outside scouting can experience. The merit badges taught at the Range are Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting, and Archery. Troops can also set up troop shoots, so every kid can have a chance to shoot a rifle.


The Handicraft area of camp is where the scouts take their arts and crafts merit badges. They offer Basketry, Leatherwork, Woodcarving, and Art.

First aid

During the summer, camp has a full time Health Officer and other staff members who serve as assistant health officers. This area offers merit badges including First Aid, and Emergency Preparedness.

First Class Frontier

The First Class Frontier program is for first year campers. This program allows Scouts the opportunity to work on many rank requirements up to First Class. It also allows them to meet other Scouts from the same age group. The First Class Frontier program covers Basketry and Leatherwork Merit Badges and allows Scouts time to earn additional Merit Badges.

Eagle's Nest

The Eagle's Nest Area is where aspiring Eagle Scouts can take Eagle required merit badges. Although it was incorporated into Scoutcraft in 2009, it still offers all the same merit badges including; Citizenship in the Community, Nation, and World, Communications, and Public Speaking.


The COPE Tower

C.O.P.E. is an acronym for Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience. This program, which is based on developing teamwork, communication, and problem solving, allows scouts to form experiences outside troop activities. Together, groups of scouts must maneuver their way through various obstacles, strengthening the teamwork and trust between themselves. During the end of the week, scouts use their new found trust to climb Citta's rock wall. C.O.P.E. also offers the Climbing merit badge to scouts.


Over the past decade, Citta Scout Reservation has been improving their trek program. Usual treks include surfing, biking, and kayaking within the area. Trek programs traditionally are designed to provide levels of character building most commonly found on high adventure bases while keeping the price reasonable and the experience close to the troop.

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Coordinates: 39°46′57″N 74°18′02″W / 39.7826°N 74.3006°W / 39.7826; -74.3006

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