about us

Camp Merz, located south of Mayville, NY on Chautauqua Lake has 350 acres of hardwood forest, evergreens and open meadows.


The 1200 feet of waterfront on the lake provides opportunities for swimming, rowing, canoeing, motor boating, sailing, and water-skiing.

vision statement

Our council is a premier youth-serving organization in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties in New York, and McKean and Potter counties in Pennsylvania. Through scouting experiences, we strive for the very best for all the young people in all our communities. We provide the tools necessary for all our leaders to be effective, from thorough training opportunities, great council programming, and outstanding camps. We are committed to service, quality, and growth. We exist to deliver on the promise of fun, excitement, and fundamental learning experiences that will expand our children's horizons for life.

mission statement

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people through character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. By instilling in them the values of the scout oath and law, they will be prepared to be responsible, contributing members over their lifetime.

boy scout oath

On my honor, I will do my best, To do my duty, To God and my country, And to obey the Scout Law. To help other people at all times. To keep myself Physically Strong, Mentally Awake, and Morally Straight.

boy scout law

A scout is : Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

boy scout Motto

Be prepared.

Code of COnduct

Everyone must follow the Code of Conduct, Scout Oath and Law. THE CAMP DIRECTOR MAY ASK ANY SCOUT, LEADER OR STAFF MEMBER EXHIBITING UNSCOUTLIKE OR DANGEROUS BEHAVIOR TO LEAVE CAMP. Flying the confederate flag is strictly prohibited.  Displaying any overtly political signs, flags or messages is strictly prohibited.

welcome to 

camp merz