History

Nestled at the base of Black Cap Mountain and surrounding Little Fitts Pond, Camp Roosevelt has served as Katahdin Area Council's outdoor classroom since 1921. Located 15 miles east of Bangor, on more that 1800 acres of pristine forest land with a 300 acre pond. Camp Roosevelt is named in honor of President and conservationist Theodore Roosevelt. Katahdin Scout Reservation offers to its membership a year-round "Learning Center for Outdoor Skills".

Camp Roosevelt has 16 campsites that will accommodate up to 32 participants. Campsites have either 2 person tents or 4 person Adirondacks complete with cots or bunks. latrine and wash stands are at each site. Showers are available at several locations. The James E. West Campsite is for units that need handicap facilities during the summer camp season.

The hallmark of Camp Roosevelt was the log cabin style dining lodge. It was built in 1929 with logs harvested from the reservation and is one of the largest free standing log cabins in the country.

The Adam Vickerson Memorial Health Lodge is the newest additions to the Camp. The Health Lodge is open 24 hours a day during the season with a qualified health officer on duty.

The Doc Mann Nature Lodge is full of Maine's natural treasures. It is a learning center for the Council ecology program.

The Wes Shorey Handicraft Lodge is the workshop for learning and building wood projects.

A Trading Post operates during the camp season with souvenirs, camping items and snack foods.

A large waterfront area with opportunities for swimming, row boating, canoeing, kayaking, and small boat sailing.

Other facilities include a Quartermaster Store, Archery and Rifle Ranges, Scoutcraft Area and a special place where everyone gathers for a campfire overlooking the water and surrounding mountains.

In 2001, the new COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) challenge course opened and will continue to provide exciting new experiences for youth 14 years of age and older.

Certainly one of the highlights of the Camp Roosevelt is the dining hall! It seats 400+, over looking Little Fitts Pond and Black Cap Mountain.