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History and Geography

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Welcome to the Horseshoe Scout Reservation Alumni Association Virtual Museum!  Please take a minute to learn more about the VM before visiting the various rooms filled with artifacts from HSR's rich history.  When you are ready to enter the museum, click Directory at the top of the screen.

Camp Geography
From the majestic rolling hills to the stark beauty of the Octoraro Creek, HSR has breathtaking vistas that have been catalogued as maps and photographed by the amateurs and experts alike. 
Timeline
A chronological walk down history lane, from the birth of HSR to present day.  This room supplements The Spirit of the Horseshoe room, which is a chronological narrative of HSR from 1919 - 1994.  Here, you'll find HSR in pictures through CCC's Diamond Jubilee (1994) and beyond. 

This room was opened July 18th, 2009 at the 10th Annual HSRAA Reunion in honor of G. Ernest Heegard and J.B. Rettew III.
Before there was Horseshoe...
This room is dedicated to preserving the history of Chester County Council camps prior to the developing of Horseshoe Scout Reservation as well as the history of the lands that would become Horseshoe Scout Reservation.
Spirit of the Horseshoe
J. B. Rettew's book, Spirit of the Horseshoe, is a thorough history of the first 75 years of Chester County Council from 1919 through 1994. Much of that history involves the council camps. Excerpts from each chapter pertaining to the council camps have been included as exhibits in this room. The Spirit of the Horseshoe can be found in it's entirety on the main HSRAA website.
Camp Ware
This room is dedicated the history of Camp Ware.  This camp which sits across the Octoraro from Camp Horseshoe to the east.  This Camp had its beginnings as the Explorer Base headed up by Ernie Heegard in the late 1950's.  Next it was known as Camp Jubilee and featured a different style of camping where Troop's were responsible for their own meal preparation.  In the mid-1980's the Camp was renamed to Camp Ware in honor of John H. Ware 3rd.  Today it serves as both the Council's Cub Camp and still has a couple of weeks of Scout camping.
Memorabilia
To show pride in HSR, lots of items from t-shirts, mugs, postcards, patches and more have been adorned with symbols of Scouting and Horseshoe to remind the wearer/user/admirer that they're a part of a special place. 
Publications and Productions
Read/See/Hear all about it! This room features newsletters, press clippings, and other things written or produced by or about the Horseshoe Scout Reservation or its patrons.

Reservation Facilities

Ware Buildings

Camp Ware consists of a number of buildings that are instrumental in delivering the quality program that we all have come to expect.  Some of the structures have been around since the Explorer Base was founded, but many of the large structures have been added in the last decade.  Step into this room to learn more about each building's unique purpose and history. 

Ware Outdoor Facilities

Chester County Council has always vowed to make camping at Camp Ware a positive  outdoor experience.  In this room you will find the history of the outdoor facilities that been delivering on that promise.

Horseshoe Buildings
Camp Horseshoe consists of a number of buildings that are instrumental in delivering the quality program that we all have come to expect.  Some of the structures predate the Camp while others have been added in the last decade.  Step into this room to learn more about each building's unique purpose and history. 
Horseshoe Outdoor Facilities
Chester County Council has always vowed to make camping at Camp Horseshoe a positive outdoor experience.  In this room you will find the history of the outdoor facilities that been delivering on that promise.
Campsites

A mixture of adirondacks, cabins and tent sites, Horseshoe Scout Reservation has something for everyone. Since 1928, many campsites have been added and the occasional few taken away by the elements, but each is the bedrock by which the troop and patrol program flourishes.  Come and experience memories from the many campsites that are home for a few thousand Scouts each summer. 

Infrastructure
When digging into what makes Horseshoe Scout Reservation that wonderful experience that we all remember, one should not forget the supporting infrastructure that is often overlooked.

Summer Program

Sights and Sounds
Take a hands off approach and open your ears and eyes to the amplitudes of sound and the burst of colors around you at camp. Experience the unique compositions of images, audio and video inside this room.
Group Photos
Group photos have always been a great way to remember your week(s) at Summer Camp.  In this room we have captured many of the Troop, Pack, Crew and even entire camp pictures that have been taken through the years.
Horseshoe Program Areas
Starting with Campcraft, Aquatics and a just few other program areas, Horseshoe has grown its summer program into a multitude of varying departments catering to younger and older Scouts alike. Some offer merit badges, others a unique Horseshoe experience.
Camp Ware Program Areas
Camp Ware has a proud heritage of providing excellent program areas during its Cub and Boy Scouting summer camping seasons, with adventure and learning brimming at each pavilion, hut, tarp, range, cabin or lodge. 
Campwide Activities
Through the years, the Program Department department has sponsered a number of campwide activities including the opening and closing campfirescampwide games and special events like Diving Della, Hawaiian Luaus, Herman the Flea and more.  This room is dedicated to those activities and while the room is somewhat bare, it is our hope that HSRAA members will help out by sending their pictures and memories of these events.
Recognition
Being at camp is a hectic though fun experience. And for those who exhibit leadership skills, devotion to their goals and unswerving ambition to excel in all that they do will literally be rewarded for making the camping program fun and enriching for all around them.

Camp Staff

1919 through the 1930s Staff
We have some faces but not many names. 
1940s and 50s Staff
The Camp Staffs during the '40s and '50s helped the Camp evolve more toward the HSR of today as new buildings (the Health Lodge, Headquarters and OA Lodge) were constructed and the Explorer Base was opened. 
1960s Staff
A room full of great exhibits from the 1960s Summer Camp Staffs.  OK, it's not a 'room full' yet but hopefully through member contributions, the 1960s Staff room will be full of the memories that made that period an awsome time to work at camp!
1970s Staff
A room full of great exhibits from the 1970s Summer Camp Staffs.
1980s Staff
A room full of great exhibits from the 1980s Summer Camp Staffs.
1990s Staff
A room full of great exhibits from the 1990s Summer Camp Staffs.
2000s Staff
A room full of great exhibits from the 2000s Summer Camp Staffs.
2010s Staff

A room full of great exhibits from the 2010s Summer Camp Staffs.

Staff Memorabilia
A room full of great memorabilia from the Summer Camp staffs throughout the years.
Staff Leaders and Recognition
With any succesful organization, strong leadership guides it to achieve great things.  These exhibits exemplify that leadership as well as list the recognition bestowed upon those who went above and beyond the call of duty. 

Special Programs and Events

HSR Training
Scouting isn't anything without qualified youth and adult leadership. HSR has played a large role in hosting many training programs to develop the skills of its leaders.
Special Events

Over the years, Horseshoe Scout Reservation has been fortunate to host special events ranging from OA Conclaves to foreign Scouts Jamborees.  This room is dedicated to those occasions.

HSRAA
The Horseshoe Scout Reservation Alumni Association has been a fixture at camp since 2000, providing projects and annual alumni reunions to HSR.
Special Summer Programs
While HSR prides itself on having one of the best Cub and Boy Scout programs around, the talents of Scouting volunteers and staff are often suited to facilitate the needs of other interests and organizations hoping to provide a fun, outdoor program of their own. Here are the special events that HSR accomodates or has accomodated in the past.
Winter Camping
The Horseshoe Scout Reservation has always enjoyed an active winter camping program and the following exhibits are a testament to the spirit of camping in frigid temperatures.
Octoraro Lodge #22
The Order of the Arrow has been an integral part of the camp maintenance and promotional activities of the camp since the lodge began in 1926. Octoraro #22 members have logged hundreds of thousands of man hours over the years to keep HSR looking great. Note: this room only contains artifacts pertaining to Octoraro #22's activities at HSR; for more information about the Order of the Arrow and Octoraro #22, visit www.octoraro22.org.

Tour

Select the rooms that you would like to visit and start your virtual tour of the museum. As you enter a room you will be presented with the directory of exhibits. Select those that you would like to stroll through and continue your tour.

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