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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. 

White House

In 1826, the Horseshoe Property passed into the Reynolds' Family, a local family who ran a pottery below Rock Springs. Then known as Horseshoe Farm, the property was conveyed by Samuel Reynolds to his son Ira. Much of the farm was still covered with a fine stand of timber. Ira Reynolds commenced his task by cutting cord wood and hauling it to the Reynolds' Pottery, the old Reynolds' homestead. When the ground was cleared, rye was the principle crop planted. Field irrigation was achieved by interrupting the flow of the river and diverting it through a trench that surrounded the athletic field. Ira continued clearing, meanwhile building a large double-deck barn, a wagon shed and a smoke house. Little by little the beautiful and fertile Horseshoe Farm took shape.

The old Reynolds' family farm house served as the Camp's first Headquarters and Hospital.  In 1929, Council decreed that the building be known as the White House

Allen Memorial Dining Hall

Food is always on the mind of young Scouts.  One of the first buildings erected at Camp Horseshoe was the Allen Memorial Dining Hall.  Funding for the construction came in large part from the Manufacturer's Casualty Insurance Company of Philadelphia and the building was named for the company's president, James K. Allen.

Kindness Center

Kindness Center was constructed during the inaugural year of Camp from funds donated by the S.P.C.A.  The upstairs has served as a forum for rained out campfires and camp-wide games.  The lower level has housed the Handicraft Department and the original Trading Post.

Browning Lodge

Browning Lodge, originally called Scoutmaster's Lodge, was built on the foundation of the Reynolds farm wagon shed.  The construction of camp's first winter lodge was funded by contributions in memory of Edward Browning, the first Scoutmaster of Devon Troop 50.

McIlvaine Lodge

McIlvaine Lodge was built in the mid 1930's by C. C. Cole and the Camp Staff from lumber acquired by dismantling the Cecil Paper Company Superintendent's house.  The building was dedicated to Gilbert McIlvaine, a Horseshoe founder and chief architect, in 1940.

Morrison Health Lodge

The Morrison Health Lodge replaced the White House as the Camp Hospital in the early 1940's. 

Rothrock and Roberts Lodges

These twin buildings were built in 1959 to be used primarily as Winter Lodges.  Roberts' Lodge is also used during Summer Camp as the Nature Lodge.


The Camp Headquarters was moved from White House when the current Headquarters building was built in the late 1940's.  In the early 1980's, Headquarters was expanded when the Rossiter Visit Center was added.  In 2006, the trading post was moved out of the HQ building to what is now called Trader Bill's.

Schramm Lodge

Campmaster's Lodge was converted into a winter lodge in 1982 with the addition of sleeping quarters.  At that time the building was renamed Schramm Lodge and dedicated to Harold Schramm, a long-time Scouter from West Chester.

OA Lodge Building

Octoraro Lodge 22 has always been a big part of Camp Horseshoe.  In the 1950's the OA Lodge Building was built near the Dining Hall and was completed in 1959.  Since then it has been used for special events such as Conclaves, for OA Snacks during summer camp as well as staff housing, and also as housing for OA Winter Camp Staffing.  

Trader Bill's

The much expanded Trading Post, Trader Bill's, was opened in 2005, and is named so in honor of the William R. Hess, who served as HSR Reservation Manager for more than a decade.

Shower Houses

A Scout is Clean!  The Camp Shower Houses have gone through some changes down through the years.

Maintenence Buildings

Ongoing maintenance has always been a big part of keeping Camp Horseshoe running smoothly. 

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