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. 

HSR Maps

Throughout the years, camp maps have been drawn and produced for various purposes, to highlight the camps' facilities or to direct hikers along the trail system of the reservation. Some have had a cartoonish look while others would make a cartographer proud. Some have even made it onto bandanas.

Eagle's and Scouter's Grove

Eagle's Grove and Scouter's Grove were planted on either end of the Athletic Field in 1930.  Chester County Council Scouts planted a new tree in Eagle's Grove upon reaching the rank of Eagle for many years while the trees in Scouter's Grove honored Council adult leaders.

Landscapes & Aerial Photography

Ever wonder what HSR looks like from Space? Well, keep wondering, but we'll let you see from several thousand feet.   And for those afraid of heights, take a gander at the wonderful views of the camp scenery from a more earthly perspective.

The Octoraro Creek

The Octoraro Creek winds through the camp in the shape of a horseshoe for which Horseshoe Scout Reservation received it's name. The creek has been the source of recreation, beauty and destruction over the years.

Flagpole Hill

For many years, Old Glory flew over Camp Horseshoe from atop Flagpole Hill.  Each morning a pair of Scouts from one of the troops would raise the flag and then in the evening it would be lowered during the retreat ceremony.  Eventually the surrounding trees grew to a height where you could no longer see the flag from the rest of camp and the tradition ended.

Buzzards Rock

The large rock outcropping overlooking the Octoraro has been a popular spot to explore since the early days of Camp and before.  Buzzard's Rock was also found to have Native-American artifacts, and is presumed to have been a shelter for the Lenni-Lenape during their tenure on the property.

Mason-Dixon Marker

The Mason-Dixon line, also called Mason's and Dixon's line, was surveyed between 1763 and 1767 by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon in the resolution of a border dispute involving Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware in Colonial America. It is still a demarcation line among four U.S. states, forming part of the borders of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia (originally part of Virginia).

Stone #19 lies in the Horseshoe Scout Reservation near Camp Horseshoe's Archery Range.

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