do all the abbreviations stand for?
FOGG Friends of Glen Gray
OG The Old Guard of Camp
TPL Trust for Public Land (www.tpl.org)
NNJC Northern New Jersey Council (the local
organization of the Boy Scouts
BSA Boy Scouts of America
FOS Friends of Scouting (a private
fundraising group for the BSA)
What is Glen Gray?
Glen Gray is a 750 acre camp formerly owned and operated by the Northern New
Jersey Council (NNJC) of the Boy Scouts. Glen Gray was the largest and
most valuable of the camps owned by the NNJC. The NNJC announced its
intention to sell the camp on January 17, 2001.
The sale was completed on January 31, 2002.
The camp was founded in 1917 and is one of the oldest Boy
Scout camps in the nation. For a complete history of the camp go to http://www.glengray.org/history.html
Where is Glen Gray?
The camp is located in Mahwah, northwest Bergen County, New Jersey and is only
25 miles from Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Glen Gray is the largest tract of
undeveloped land left in Bergen County, in the most densely populated state in
the country. All of northern New Jersey's major cities are within a 45-minute
drive. One in twelve Americans lives within two hours of the front gate.
The camp backs up to the Ramapo Mountain State Park and
adjacent expensive suburban home development.
Maps of northwest New
Jersey and inset of Mahwah-Oakland area (low resolution):
Who has used Glen Gray?
The camp has been used extensively for 85 years by
Boy Scouts from the nearby suburbs as well as by urban scouts from Newark,
Paterson, and New York City. Glen Gray's unique location makes it easily
accessible to the 40,000 Scouts in the area for day trips as well as overnight
Approximately 5000 Boy Scouts use Camp Glen Gray per year and
the Camp has been booked every weekend for programs and events.
In addition, the camp is open to the public for family camping
What is the Friends of Glen Gray
Friends of Glen Gray was formed when the NNJC announced its intention to
sell the Glen Gray property. FOGG is made up of former Scouts, Scout Leaders,
Scout families, and conservationists. FOGG is a private, non-profit
organization, not affiliated with the NNJC, the Boy Scouts of America, or
the Friends of Scouting. FOGG is a 501C3 non-profit group.
The core 200 acres of Camp Glen Gray will open under the
management of the Friends of Glen Gray, with the support of the Old Guard, under
a lease agreement with Bergen County and the Trust for Public Land.
FOGG and OG volunteers will be responsible for the day-to-day operation
and preservation. Equally important, FOGG has established an Endowment fund to
finance this historic undertaking. The goal is to raise $1 million dollars, the
interest from which will support FOGG’s outdoor programs and camp maintenance.
Click here to donate.
In addition, FOGG will expand access to Camp Glen Gray to
include non-Scout outdoor education programs. Mission
What is The Old Guard of Camp Glen Gray?
The Old Guard of Glen Gray was founded in 1918 to assist in the functioning of
Camp Glen Gray, helping younger Scouts, and preserving and protecting the Camp.
The Campmaster Corps is one of the mainstays of the OG. Its members are
intimately familiar with the camp workings: from issuing overnight permits to
unfreezing water pipes. These
volunteers will be instrumental in assuring the success of the lease agreement
with Bergen County. The Old Guard, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has teamed
up with FOGG to preserve Camp Glen Gray. The
Who bought Camp Glen
Bergen County has purchased Camp Glen Gray from the NNJC in a deal orchestrated
by the Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit land conservation
organization. TPL negotiated the
purchase of the property and directed the deed to Bergen County.
As the new owner, the county will steward the land and manage it in
conjunction with approximately 3,000 adjacent acres that it already owns in the
Ramapo Mountains. TPL put together
a public-private partnership of diverse funders such as the County of Bergen,
the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres
Program, and the Trust for Public Land through grants from the Victoria
Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and private contributions.
How to I make a donation and what can I donate?
You can make a donation by making out a check to Friends of Glen Gray,
attaching it to the Donation
Form, and mailing it to the address on the form. In addition, if you would
like to make a gift of appreciated securities or a life insurance
policy, please contact the donationmaster.
Will Camp Glen Gray be a Boy Scout camp?
Camp Glen Gray is open to all, including Scouts,
and school, youth, and community groups with an interest in outdoor education
and overnight camping programs. While the Boy Scouts will be encouraged to use
Glen Gray, it will not be exclusively a Boy Scout camp. Mission
Will FOGG discriminate?
All programs offered by FOGG will be open to all, without discrimination of
any kind. Mission
Is Camp Glen Gray the oldest Boy Scout camp in the
The answer seems to be "no." According to author David Eby,
Glen Gray is the sixth oldest camp. Read the article.