Hoge Scout Resevation, New Hampshire
Daniel Webster Council
The Daniel Webster Council aquired Hoge Reservation in 1971 and continues to be active. The Reservation is a "Scouting Activity" area. Scouts generally come for short term activites and may choose to stay for camping. The Reservation is an excellent place for Scouts to earn their Genelogy badges.
The Reservation does not offer Weekly Programs. Patches earned by visiting Scouts are provided by the Scout Troop or Troop Council, not by the Reservation. There are no Resevation patches available.
Hoge Resevation History
Located in Walpole New Hampshire, Pierre Hoge Reservation is one of Daniel Webster Council’s many camping opportunities. Pierre Hoge was an engineer for Dupont Co. for many years working on projects like “The Manhattan Project” and water cooling for machine guns on aircraft during WWII. He came to Walpole as a retreat home where he was interested in nature and forestry and studied the foliage at his property. He met Buck Taylor, Walpole T299 Scoutmaster, and they became friends. Pierre Hoge willed the property to Daniel Webster Council in 1971 for use as a wilderness conservation base. It has been used for weekend camping and district camporees since 1972.
With over 200 wooded acres, Hoge is ideal for units looking for a rustic short term camping experience. There is an activity field, a conservation pond, activity Pavilion, Plumb Lodge cabin, many undeveloped campsites and plenty of woods for wilderness camping. Drinking water is available on site during spring thru fall seasons. A network of trails for hiking and mountain biking are being developed. This allows for basic outdoor skills to be practiced. Chickering Mine is also located on Hoge reservation.
There is no charge for Scouts to visit during the day and they may camp overnight. The facility is open for use year round, although access may be difficult during winter and spring months since it is off of a Class 6 road. Reservations and fees for facilities can be made by contacting DWC headquarters. Wilderness camping in non-established camping areas is also available. Plumb Lodge can accommodate up to 18 persons and is open year round for camping or training sessions. The Pavilion is 24’ x 40’ and can be reserved for ceremonies and events like Cub Scout cookouts. There are a series of latrines scattered in the established camping areas and near the cabin for scouts use. There is no electricity on the property and cell service is spotty.
Several compass/orienteering courses and hiking/biking trails are being developed on the property for use by Scouts and the community. The trails will eventually loop around and through the property, connecting to other trails in the town of Walpole.
Chickering Mine is a favorite place for rock hounds due to some of the rare minerals found there. The mine was a feldspar quarry that stopped operating in 1929, and has been filled in by BSA with tailings from the mine and by blasting the edges about 1995. There are still good specimens of feldspar, mica, tourmaline and other minerals at the site, as well as garnets embedded in the schist rocks on the property.