August 4th – August 9th


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Who Can go?

  Trail Life Adventurers and Navigators.

Registration Dates:

  • Until March 30: Early Bird Registration – save $ to spend on other things

  • April 1st: Early Bird Registration Closes

  • June 1st: Last day to register.

Important Information

For Troops:

Troops that send youth without any Leaders will be combined with other troops in tent city.  All parts of the Trailman oath will still apply.  A common question about Man Camp ’24 – What happens if we are not able to register/send enough adults to keep YPT ratios for our troop?

Troops that have youth registered and do not have enough Registered Adults/Leaders for YPT ratios will be grouped in Expeditionary Troops (ET) of about 12-14 youth.  Trail Life leaders from troops with extra leaders will then be assigned to each ET to meet the appropriate YPT ratios.  The ET will allow for maximum participation of youth from troops both large and small.

If your medical forms haven’t been updated since August 2023, you will need to update them before you can come to camp.

All Adults:  Trail Life USA Ministry Safe background check required!

IMPORTANT NOTE: The State of Pennsylvania requires all adult leaders to complete additional Child
Abuse History Clearance Background Checks when leading any children’s activities.  For Pennsylvania
based troops, leaders must assure compliance among all adult registered adults participating in camp.
Out of state troops have a short-term provision.  They must have clearance from their state.  Our
advisement is that the Trail Life USA Ministry Safe background check is sufficient clearance.  Each Troop
must have in their possession copies of cleared background checks from for
each and every adult.
If you do not have a copy of your completion certificate, you may request a copy of your report by
sending an email to  Expect it to take at least two weeks for processing.
Some leaders may still be under the former background check provider.  If so go to to obtain your own report.  This takes a couple
weeks so do it soon.

  • A sign up genius link will come out after registration to sign up for jobs at camp.
  • There will also be a sign up genius for equipment/supplies (i.e. extra pop-up tents)
  • Remember: bring a paper copy of your background check with you to camp!

Cancellation Policy

  • Prior to June 1st: 100% refund  minus administrative and credit card fees
  • Between  1 June and 1 July: 50% refund minus administrative and credit card fees
  • No refunds after 1 July

Bonus Activities


Adventurer Backwoods Primitive camping

    • New this year and open only to Adventurers – Primitive Backpacking/Overnight Adventure.  Adventurers and leaders will get to experience the thrill of primitive camping for one night at camp.  This will be a first come, first serve event with registration taking place when you register for camp.  If needed, we will run a wait list for this event.  Camp staff will drop you off at a random trail head with no supplies, no tent, and no sleeping bag.  You will then have to navigate a few miles towards your evening campsite, build and use a primitive shelter for the night and then hike a few miles back to Cove Valley Base Camp in the morning.  Good Luck!
    • Expect to leave just before dinner on one evening (make sure you pack some snacks for the evening!) and return before breakfast the following morning.
        • If you are interested, select “yes” to the primitive camping option during your registration process. You will receive a separate email if you are selected.  Generally, this will be a first come first serve event.
    • The Primitive Camping Packing List is based on what you would need to do a regular day hike:
      • water bottles (you need to be able to carry at least 2 liters of water)
      • First aid kit
      • back pack to carry your stuff
      • You may want to carry additional items (light, emergency blanket, etc…)


    • Up to 20 Trailmen and a few adult leaders will take a guided tour of a truly wild cave.  There is an additional cost of $25 per person.  The $25 should be brought to camp and paid to the camp staff in person.

      Caver MUST bring a helmet, Headlamp, small spare flashlight, boots and long pants and shirts (that will probably be destroyed).  This adventure will be on a first come, first serve basis and registration is done when you register for camp.  If you did not register for the wild cave adventure and you want to, please let us know.  Additionally, if you RSVPd yes and you changed your mind, let us know so we can let someone else go caving.

      Helmets may be construction helmets, climbing helmets etc.  (Bike helmets are not allowed. They are designed to break on impact and will be destroyed.)

      Trailmen who do not have the required safety equipment may be removed from the trip.

      There is a separate release form for the wild caving adventure.  This form is at the end of the leader guide for easy printing.  Each Trailman who is participating should complete a separate form with parental signature.  The form is a little confusing but do your best.

Helpful Forms and Information


High Adventure Medical Form (bring two copies to camp)

Adult Participant Health and Medical Form (bring two copies to camp)

Youth Participant Health and Medical Form (bring two copies to camp)

Activity Permission Form

Leaders Guide (coming soon)

Recommended Packing List

Where is it

     Cove Valley Camp 

Questions about registration or the event?



Venue Phone: +17173283055

Venue Website:

5357 Little Cove Rd, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, 17236, United States


Cove Valley Camp is a Christian camp and retreat center nestled between two mountains in south-central Pennsylvania. Our setting is one of natural beauty, with 169 acres of mostly wooded land, and miles of trails to explore. We have several youth and adult retreats throughout the year, a summer youth camp program, and ample lodging facilities available to rent for groups to relax and fellowship.

  •  August 4, 2024 - August 9, 2024
     12:00 pm
Details Price Qty
Wait List: Adultsshow details + $0.00 USD  
Adult Leadershow details + $210.00 USD   Sold Out
Trailmanshow details + $290.00 USD   Expired
Wait List: Trailmanshow details + $0.00 USD  
Trailman Regular Priceshow details + $315.00 USD   Sold Out

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