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The Westchester-Putnam Council, BSA

In Scouting’s second century, we are building the leaders of tomorrow. Scouting’s dynamic and engaging journey   beckons to America’s young people. Our exciting programs and outdoor adventures inspire lives of leadership, character, and service. Relevant and adaptive, we are a trusted advocate for youth. Our adult volunteers and employees are widely admired for their leadership excellence. The Westchester-Putnam Council of the Boy Scouts of America is strong and financially secure. True to our mission, Scouting reflects our nation in its ethnic diversity and shapes our nation by developing responsible citizens.

A Brief History….

In the 1920s, both Westchester and Putnam counties were served by many individual councils that were based in the local communities of the area. Among them were the Bronx Valley Council which served the Mount Vernon area, the Siwanoy Council which served Pelham, New Rochelle,Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Harrison, Rye and Port Chester, and Yonkers Council which served thatcity. In 1958, the Bronx Valley Council joined with the Siwanoy Council, forming the Bronx Valley-Siwanoy Council. The name was later changed to Hutchinson River Council in 1962. In northern Westchester, the Hendrick Hudson Council, which served the Ossining area, and the James Fennimore Cooper Council,which served the White Plains-Bedford-Brewster area, merged to form the Washington Irving Council in 1950. The Yonkers Council was later absorbed in 1955. In 1973, the Washington Irving Council merged with Hutchinson River Council to form the present-day Westchester-Putnam Council, originally headquartered in White Plains. In 1993, the council headquarters relocated to the current location in Hawthorne, NY.

In addition to operating the Council Service Center, Westchester-Putnam Council operates two camp properties that are second to none.

Located in Putnam Valley, New York, the Agatha A. Durland Scout Reservation (previously Clear Lake Scout Reservation) boasts 1,400 acres of largely undeveloped land with many campsites and miles of hiking trails. In 2001, nine bunk style, passive solar cabins were constructed which include dinning and kitchen areas and adjacent composting restroom facilities.


The Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation is located in Brant Lake, New York, at the southeast corner of the six million acre Adirondack State Park. Located at the heart of the Stevens Valley, the property includes 1,000 picturesque acres, two lakes, two resident camps and a high adventure base. It is also home to the largest climbing tower in the northeast and since 2005 the camp has received over $4 million in renovations and additions making it an unparalleled platform for one of the premier scout camps in the United States. 


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