2010 – Webelos Woods

Troop 947 Webelo Woods Weekend

October 8 – 9

Each year Boy Scout Troop 947 hosts an overnight camping trip for 1st and 2nd year Webelos and their parents at Camp Hook in Franklin, Ohio. The weekend’s activities, include games and outdoor skills demonstrations, are all planned and organized by experienced boy scouts under the supervision of the Scoutmaster.  These activates are designed to assist the Webelos in completing many of the requirements for their Arrow of Light Award. Cost for the weekend is $5 per person.

Saturday evening our scouts will entertain the Webelos and their families by putting on skits and singing songs around a campfire at the amphitheater.  On Sunday morning our troop chaplain will provide a non-denomination church service.  All meals will be prepared by the troop’s adult leaders and often feature dutch-oven recipes like apple cobbler and a hearty mountain man breakfast.
Each family should plan to bring their own tents, sleeping bags and personal camping gear.

This is also a great opportunity for Webelos to meet the scouts and scouters in our troop and help smooth the transition to the next phase in scouting.

The History of Camp Hook

Camp Hook Boy Scout Camp was founded in 1926 by the Middletown Council and was in operation until 1991.  The Middletown or “Mound Builders Council” as it was sometimes know, merged with the Dan Beard Council in 1985.  In 1997, the Camp Hook land was purchased by the Metroparks of Dayton and is now part of the Twin Creek Metropark.  Several group campsites are still available by reservation for scouting use.  Each site includes well maintained out-houses but no running water.  The camp also features an amphitheater and large grassy areas for group activities.

Finding Camp Hook

Camp Hook Entrance Aerial View

Camp Hook Entrance Aerial View

Finding the camp for the first time can be somewhat challenging.  The camp is accessed from an unmarked driveway on the west side of Morningstar Road.  There is a small parking lot at the side of the road that serves a catch and release fishing pond and associated with the lot is a drive that continues up the hill.  If you follow the drive past the pond about a quarter mile, you’ll find a larger parking lot on your right that serves Camp Hook.  There are four group campsites of varying sizes, which are accessible from this lot.

Just across the road from the entrance to Camp Hook and the fishing pond is the more visible and clearly marked entrance to the Twin Creek Metropark horse-riding trail, which includes a large parking lot for the horse trailers all of which is easily visible from the road.  Note that Morningstar Road is narrow and frequented by trucks pulling large trailers, please drive carefully.

Driving directions from Lord of Life Lutheran Church to Camp Hook

Camp Hook
8539 Morningstar Rd
Franklin, OH 45005

Warren County, Ohio, USA.

Latitude: 39.57722 : Longitude: -84.35111
Via OH-4
21.0 mi – about 44 mins

This is the scenic route, which requires a minimum of highway miles but expect a few traffic lights and stop signs as you pass through the back side of Middletown.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church
6329 Tylersville Rd
West Chester, OH 45069-1214

1. Head west on Tylersville Rd    3.3 mi
2. Turn right at OH-747/Princeton Glendale Rd    4.5 mi
3. Turn right at Hamilton Middletown Rd/OH-4
Continue to follow OH-4    8.5 mi
4. Turn left at Germantown Rd/OH-4    2.4 mi
5. Turn right at Thomas Rd    0.8 mi
6. Turn left at Franklin Madison Rd    0.5 mi
7. Take the 1st right onto Morningstar Rd    1.0 mi
Destination will be on the left
If you pass the horse trail parking lot, you’ve gone too far

Camp Hook
8539 Morningstar Rd
Franklin, OH 45005
Via I-75

21.9 mi – about 36 mins

There are sometimes delays during rush hour on this route due to heavy traffic on Taylorsville and I-75 between West Chester and Monroe.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church
6329 Tylersville Rd
West Chester, OH 45069-1214

1. Head east on Tylersville Rd        1.5 mi
2.Turn left to merge onto I-75 N toward Dayton        13.7 mi
3. Take exit 36 for OH-73        0.4 mi
4. Turn left and head west on 73 (signs for Carlisle/Franklin)        1.2 mi
5. Turn right at N Riley Blvd, follow signs for OH-123          0.9 mi
6. Slight left at N Main St        0.3 mi
Look for the 2 flying saucers
7. Turn left at Central Ave        2.4 mi
8. Slight left at Chamberlain Rd        0.8 mi
9. Take the 3rd left onto Morningstar Rd        0.8 mi
Destination will be on the right just past the horse trail parking lot

Camp Hook
8539 Morningstar Rd
Franklin, OH 45005