Seneca Waterways Council

Seneca Waterways Council
Seneca Waterways Council
Seneca Waterways Council
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Country United States
Founded 2009
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Seneca Waterways Council was formed in 2009 as a merger of Finger Lakes Council and Otetiana Council.[1]

The Seneca Waterways Council currently operates 2 Servicenters. The Todd-hale Servicenter located at 474 East Avenue, Rochester, New York and the Sprague Servicenter is located at3685 Pre-Emption Road, Geneva, New York



Following the merger in 2009, Seneca Waterways Council now has these districts:

  • Towpath District (Southeast section Monroe county)
  • Lighthouse District (Northwest section Monroe county)
  • Bay Waters District (Northeast section Monroe county)
  • Black Creek District (Southwest section Monroe county)
  • Genesee Crossroads District (Center Section Monroe county)
  • Seneca District (Finger Lakes West)
  • Mohawk District (Finger Lakes East)

The Seneca Waterways Council Historical Society has a collection of memorabilia relating to the history of Scouting in Seneca Waterways Council. Exhibits are displayed at the council headquarters near the entrance to the Scout shop and are changed bi-monthly. The society meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm, visitors are welcome.


Finger Lakes Council served the Finger Lakes region of New York. The council Service Center was located in Geneva, New York. Its camp is Camp Babcock–Hovey, located in Ovid, New York.

Otetiana Council served the Rochester City and surrounding areas. They housed two camps, Camp Massawepie in the Adirondacks, and Camp Cutler in Naples, NY.


Camps maintained by Seneca Waterways Council and its predecessors include Camp Otetiana (1918–1926); Camp Pioneer (1927–36); Camp Three Lakes (1930–39); Camp Arrowhead (1933–37); Camp EONAC (1938–1951?); Camp Eagle Island, 19??-1951; Camp Archibald (1938–?); Camp Cutler (Webster- 1939–1965); Misc. Finger Lakes Council Old camps. Seneca Waterways Council maintains three year-round camps: Camp Cutler in Naples, New York, Massawepie Scout Camp in Piercefield, (Adirondack Park) New York, and Camp Babcock-Hovey in Ovid, New York.

Camp Babcock-Hovey

Located in the midst of the scenic Finger Lakes region of western New York State, the Camp Babcock-Hovey sits on the east shore of Seneca Lake and spans 350 acres of woodlands and fields. This site serves as a gateway to summer camp Scouting adventure. Babcock-Hovey accommodates every type of camper and meets all ability levels, whether a beginner or an advanced camper. The camp is fully handicap accessible. With its lakeside waterfront, hiking trails and 10 campsites equipped with tent platforms and lean-tos, the staff of Camp Babcock Hovey is always ready to provide a fun and memorable time. In 2007 the camp had a gravel Road put in from the entrance to the Dining Hall and in 2008 constructed a new Science and Tech Building to be used to promote Science and Technology to 14–18 year olds.[2]

J. Warren Cutler Scout Reservation

The J. Warren Cutler Scout Reservation, also known as Camp Cutler, is a 1,200-acre (4.9 km2) camp located in the very heart of the Finger Lakes Region of western New York State. It is named after Joseph Warren Cutler (1857–1934), a prominent Rochester businessman who ran the Cutler Manufacturing Company with his brother James Goold Cutler (1848–1927). Joseph Cutler was an avid supporter of Scouting and served as the treasurer of the Rochester Council. After the younger Cutler's death, his widow, Mrs. Amy Jenkins Cutler (1874–1958), donated their family summer home on Lake Road in Webster, New York to form part of the original Camp Cutler, which was dedicated in 1939. Chief Scout Executive James E. West was present for the event. In the early 1960s Monroe County purchased the property along with additional acreage that had been obtained by the council and added the property to Webster Park. During the same time, negotiations began with the Keenan family to purchase their lands for a new camp. An agreement was reached and the first portion of the new camp was purchased in January, 1962. Five years later, in 1966, a dedication ceremony was held. The new Camp J. Warren Cutler has been in continual operation since that time.

Camp Cutler is a year-round facility that provides many unique Scouting programs in a woodland setting of rolling hills, lush meadows, and sparkling streams.

Camp Cutler offers many camping opportunities for Scouts. Campsites range from primitive to rustic sites with lean-to’s, to buildings with wood burning stoves, winterized buildings, training centers with kitchen equipment that can support large groups, and the theme buildings that house the Cub Scout Adventure Camp.

Each Summer Camp Cutler offers a rare program opportunity found only in a few Scout camps throughout the United States – the Cub Scout Adventure Camp!

The Cub Scout Adventure Camp, also known as "CSAC," was dedicated in 1993 and operates at Camp Cutler in July and August. Cub Scout Adventure Camp is an action packed three day, two night Cub Scout summer camp with a fun filled learning experience based on five adventure themes: the ships of the High Seas, a Fort of the old west, a Castle of medieval times, a Mountain Man encampment, and a Native American Village.

Massawepie Scout Camps

Massawepie Scout Camps (the MSC) is a Boy Scout reservation, owned by Seneca Waterways Council Council, situated around scenic Massawepie Lake in St. Lawrence County of New York. Otetiana Council (Seneca Waterways Council Predecessor) purchased the Massawepie property in 1951, and opened the first summer camp in 1952. The area is divided into 4 camps — Mountaineer, Pioneer, Forester, and Voyager — although only Pioneer is currently in use. The size of the entire reservation, as of 2006, is approximately 5,000 acres (2,000 ha). The reservation includes all of Massawepie Lake, and nine other freshwater ponds (Catamount, Long, Round, Horseshoe, Boot Tree, Deer, Town Line, Pine and Lost). The camp is one of the largest Boy Scout reservations in the Northeastern United States, and attracts visiting Boy Scout troops from throughout the region and the country.

Tschipey Achtu Lodge

The Order of the Arrow is represented by Tschipey Achtu Lodge. The lodge was formed in 2010 by a merger of Ty-Ohni Lodge, founded in 1936, and Ganeodiyo Lodge, founded in 1949. Tschipey Achtu means Ghost Deer. The Lodge membership voted to use the official name Tschipey Achtu Lodge #0, but the ability to use 0 as a lodge number is under some debate. From all signs Tschipey Achtu is currently operating without a lodge number.

See also


  1. ^ "News". Finger Lakes Council. Retrieved June 17, 2009. [dead link]

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