Decker Hollow Road
RR #3 Box 448-D
Tyrone, PA 16686
Statement of Purpose
Camp Anderson is a short term (weekend/overnight) use facilities, offered as a service to Scouting units for this purpose. It will serve as a training base to educate adult and youth leaders in the methods of the Scouting program. The camp will serve as a resource to the community at large, as a facility that provides hospitality to groups to conduct their own program. Camp Anderson will be promoted as a hospitable site that is a comfortable place to enjoy an “outdoor experience” while experiencing adventure at various attractions in the surrounding area.
Camp Anderson will supply both Scouters and the greater community with a useful facility that will meet their needs for short-term encampments, training sessions and general group activities. By doing so, Camp Anderson will realize an increase in group activity and will be developed and maintained as a long-term asset to the Laurel Highlands Council, BSA.
Camp Anderson is located just north of Tyrone, in Bald Eagle, Pennsylvania. Camp Anderson serves as a local retreat for several Boy Scout Troops, Cub Scout Packs and Venture Crews, as it provides short term or overnight tent or cabin camping. Camp Anderson plays host to the following activities each year: Chief Logan District Day Camp, and Camporees and Order of the Arrow Events. Throughout the year, a number of Training programs are held at the camp, including, but not limited to - Outdoor Leader Essentials, Boy Scout Leader Specific Training, Baloo Training, Webelos Leader Outdoor Training, and Venturing Leader Specific Training.
The Camp is maintained by Volunteers of the Laurel Highlands Council Properties Committee. Camping is supervised by the Laurel Highlands Council Camping Committee- Campmaster Corps. For information on how to volunteer as a member of the Properties Committee or Campmaster Corps, contact the Laurel Highlands Council Service Center at (412) 471-2927.
Camp Anderson is a short drive from many local attractions in the Blair County Area. Several Troops and community groups like to utilize the camp for lodging as they enjoy activities outside of camp, such as - The Altoona Railroaders Museum and Historic Medal Trail (new), Horseshoe Curve, The Blair County Ballpark-Altoona (Home of the Altoona Curve - Minor League Baseball Team), Lakemont Park - Altoona, Lincoln Caverns, Penn's Cave, Lake Raystown, Penn State University Attractions in State College PA., United States Military Museum in Boalsburg, DelGrosso's Amusement Park in Tipton and Fort Roberdeau near Altoona, plus many others. The area is steeped in history, scenic beauty and entertainment opportunity. Camp Anderson is just a "stones throw" from much of it.
Camp Anderson has ample tent camping sites, the camp also has showers, flush toilets and pit toilets. Two Cabins are available for rental as well, each cabin houses at least 16 people. The Camp Anderson Dining Hall, currently being renovated to include a modern gathering area suitable for group meetings of all types and sizes, will be name the Joseph P. Roseenhammer Memorial Program Hall (made possible through a gift by Ward Trucking) and an updated kitchen facility and equipment to be name the Reliance Bank Commissary, made possible through Reliance Bank). The newly renovated dining hall will also feature internal restrooms, accessible to people of all abilities, ADA compliance, high efficiency heating and electrical service, structural improvements and improved infrastructure. Along with facilities for a comfortable overnight or weekend stay, Camp Anderson also has ample room and facilities to conduct programs right on site. Camp Anderson has seen multiple improvements over the past several years, including the addition of two pavilions, fishing access at the pond for people with disabilities, Camp Freedom, a barrier free tent campsite that meets all ADA, for use by people of all ability levels (made possible by the Altoona Rotary, Altoona Sunrise Rotary and Tyrone Rotary Clubs). Other recent capital developments at Camp Anderson include: The Jake Cranage Memorial Chapel and the remodeling of the Camp's Rifle Range, which includes a handicapped accessible ramp, security fence and shooting tables, all rifle range improvements were sponsored by the Tyrone Sportsman's Club and The Friends of the NRA.
Camp Anderson is slated for many more improvemetns over the next several years, including the construction of additional bunkhouse shelters, and picnic pavilions.