New Backcountry Camping procedures
Reservations for required permits must be obtained through Recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Davis Park or access points west, and involve a 2½ to 10 mile hike. More »
Fire Island Programs for Scouts
Fire Island National Seashore Activities for Scouts
Fire Island National Seashore provides a number of opportunities for scout groups to learn more about the park and earn special awards at the same time. Some Fire Island National Seashore Junior Ranger activity booklets can be completed in a single day, while other booklets may require multiple visits or more research.
Pick up a copy of Fire Island National Seashore's basic 16-page Junior Ranger Activity Booklet: Learning All About Fire Island National Seashore at any of the park visitor centers.
A 24-page Advanced Junior Ranger Activity Booklet has been created for ages 13 and up (or for anyone who has already completed the basic Junior Ranger booklet). Upon completion of this booklet, participants will earn a special bar.
One of the requirements of Learning All About Fire Island National Seashore: Advanced is to attend a ranger-led program.
Fire Island National Seashore offers a balance of recreational and educational programs for individuals, families, and groups. Most programs are free, but program fees are charged by some of the park's partners or for special events.
Fire Island National Seashore
Additional booklets are also available to help young people and their families learn more about the National Park Service and Fire Island National Seashore.
National Park Service/Boy Scouts of America
The Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger program engages Scouts in educational programs and volunteer service projects in national park sites to:
Resource Stewardship Girl Scout Ranger Program
Girl Scouts can earn a certificate and/or patch to recognize their leadership development and resource stewardship activities by participating in a new National Park Service program.
Overnight Stays on Fire Island
Fire Island National Seashore provides one group campground at Watch Hill, accessible by ferry or private boat from mid-May through late October. Wilderness camping is also available by permit for smaller groups of backpackers.
Did You Know?
The Piping Plover is one of Fire Island National Seashore's threatened and endangered species. It makes its nest above the high tide line on clean, undeveloped beaches in the early spring. Chicks are fledged by late summer. More...