Camp Toad Hollow History

HISTORY:  Camp Toad Hollow began operation in the mid 1920s. I have evidence that the camp existed in 1930 from a "Where to go Camping" booklet. The camp was likely well-established by that point and appears to have been created around 1924. However, I need some firm print evidence to be certain. Toad Hollow had approximately 200 acres and offered scouts the opportunity for year-round camping. Several cabins were available for winter camping. The camp was originally owned by Buffalo Council (BC). In 1949, Erie County Council (ECC) merged with Buffalo Council and the camp became part of the Buffalo Area Council (BAC). The camp was still being used as a year round camp when the Buffalo Area Council merged in 1967 with the Niagara Frontier Council (NFC). The Greater Niagara Frontier Council (GNFC) countinued to use Toad Hollow as a year round camp in the 1960s and 1970s for weekend troop camping, hosting District camporees and OA Chapter Ordeal/Brotherhood induction weekends. The camp was also used for Cub Scout Day Camps in the 1970s. Toad Hollow was used by the GNFC until 1980 when it was unfortunately sold to a private group.

ADDRESS: Toad Hollow was located on Route 75, Hamburg, NY 14075. In the 1930s, scouts were encouraged to take the City Line to Hamburg and hike the four miles to Toad Hollow. Specifically, scouts were told that "A good scout never begs an auto ride. It is dangerous and should be discouraged. Hiking is part of the scout program." Try telling that to your troop these days!

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