EcoChallenge 2017


Oct 13, 2017 7:00 pm to Oct 15, 2017 10:00 am



Horace A. Moses Scout Reservation
310 Birch Hill Rd
Russell, MA 01071


The Western Massachusetts Council Conservation Committee is pleased to coordinate the Fall 2017 camporee at the Horace A. Moses Scout Reservation focusing on the conservation and ecology program that the Boy Scouts of America offers. This camporee is open to all Boy Scout Troops, Venturing Crews and Explorer Posts.

Looking for something a little different in a camporee? EcoChallenge 2017 will be showcasing real life career and educational opportunities in the conservation related fields. Coupled with a sampling of activities related to the merit badges in the ecology and conservation program will be hands on competitions and presentations by outside partners and agencies. These partners will be demonstrating some of the day-to-day jobs and techniques used in their professions.

William T. Hornaday Award

The national William T. Hornaday Award display will also be at the camporee. Come learn about the BSA's highest conservation award and how you can join the ranks of those who have earned the badge, the bronze medal or the silver medal! Yes, the famous bison head mount will be included!


Looking for some competition to test your skills? Here are some of the challenges you can expect:

  • Learn to measure the height and board feet in a standing tree. Race against other patrols to see how accurate you are!
  • Hone your mammal tracking and bird ID skills.
  • Can you visit a campsite and identify the 7 principles of Leave No Trace being (or not being) applied?
  • Fish casting competition- can you hit the target? How about a chance to put the lure in Russell Pond and catch the “reel” deal?
  • What about a water bar competition? Learn how to properly construct a water bar to control trail erosion and then apply your skills against the clock!
  • Star gazing instruction will happen after the sun goes down and a guided night hike is available.

Camping and Registration

Camping will be by District in "subcamps" throughout camp with troop cooking in the sites. The fee will be $10 per person.

Leaders Guide

Click here to download the Leaders' Guide.


Use the form below to register for the camporee.


If you have questions please email Steve Scannell or leave a message at (413) 267-9771. We look forward to seeing you in October!