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Camp Minsi at Lake Tobyhanna  

After losing their beloved camp along the Delaware River, the Scouts relocated to Lake  Tobyhanna, a 1230-acre property owned by the Mountain Ice and Fuel Corporation. The camp,  much larger than their former one and included a three-story building that had previously  housed the workers of the ice company. ix The new location offered significant improvements  over their previous spot, including a 170-acre lake for more boating and swimming activities,  which was much safer than the river. At one point, the Scouts even had a 20+ foot long, double masted wooden sailboat.

However, in July 1948, the Mountain Ice & Fuel Company, owned by Samuel Rubel, decided to  sell the land and move operations elsewhere. After twenty-one years, Camp Minsi had to  relocate again. Fortunately, J. Jay Wilcox, the Chief Executive, was able to convince Rubel to  

donate the land around Lake Stillwater. Lake Stillwater is almost twice the size of Lake  Tobyhanna and the acreage of the property donated, 1100 acres, is also comparable to the  Tobyhanna site. Sadly, Rubel would not live long enough to see the new camp dedicated. He  died on April 29, 1949, aged 66. x

The 1949 camping season was the last one held at Lake Tobyhanna. xiii


ix Bethlehem Globe Times,  June 11, 1928, Page 11, New Boy Scout Camp Visited Saturday

x The Morning Call June 17, 1949, Page 3,  New Camp Site for Bethlehem Area Scouts

xi Wilkes Barre Times Leader, May 25, 1951, Page 3, Facilities  Planned for Tobyhanna State Park 

xii The Scranton Times, January 17, 1951, Page 14, Part of Tobyhanna Military Camp Site Reclaimed from State for  US Army Signal Corps Depot

xiii The Morning Call, June 30, 1949, 2nd and 3rd Edition, Page 36, Bethlehem Boy Scouts  Open Final Season at Tobyhanna Camping Site on Sunday 

 

 

 

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