About the Camp. Camp Citta was unusual compared to many of the camps we've attended. It was about 3 hours away from home, not far from Long Beach Island. It was in the NJ Pine Barons, so it was flat and sandy with smaller oak trees and pitch pines. No rocks, no hills. The camp has some nice facilities including a newer dining hall which served 2 cafeteria style meals a dat and a family sitle Dinner... It could use air conditioning. The rifle and archery range were superior to many camps, there were compound bows, but the rifles were older. The cafeteria program was excelent and contagious. The food was good, nobody was hungery. Lunch was the favorite meal of the day.
The traiding post was open often, but did not sell soda.
The staff was professional and friendly. they were very thorough. Expect your classes to run for 45 minutes evry day - even friday. Open programs were great.
Many of the program areas did not have permanent shelters, but most camp sites did. Most classes were held out doors or under a tarp. The tents were generally in good shape, and all the cots were metal framed and in good shape. Facilities for female scouters were a bit difficult. Coffee was available in the dining hall at breakfast and lunch.
There were lots of evening programs, but we did not participate in many of them, as the older scouts had other plans. We did take a trip to Long Beach Island one evening. The boys roamed the town or played in the surf.
The best feature this camp offered was the SCUBA program. - it was challenging. Scouts in this program should not be waiters or plan on taling only 1 afternoon merit badge because of the amount of work required... classroom work was done during siesta and evenings form 7 - 9. It has a unique treck program that included kayaking in the bays and rivers, deep sea fishing and Rock Climbing. It had a great cope course on site.
It had a great first year scout program that covered almost all the requirements to make first class scout, and these scouta also earned 2 or 3 merit badges as well.
I would recommend returning to this camp in 3 years to take advantage of the trecks and SCUBA for older scouts.
Troop 174 meets every Friday, during the school year, 7:30 - 9:00pm, American Legion on Ball Park Rd. Dingmans Ferry, PA.