A black and white photo of Theodore Roosevelt and several boy scouts posing on the porch of Sagamore Hill.
Theodore Roosevelt with local Boy Scouts at Sagamore Hill, circa 1910.


Theodore Roosevelt and Scouting

Theodore Roosevelt was a guiding figure in the early years of the Boy Scout Movement in the United States. A former president, proponent of training young men for service to their nation and their community, and proponent of the "strenuous life", Roosevelt thought that the Boy Scouts of America would answer the need for guiding boys to manhood. He was the first commissioner of the Nassau County Council, and was declared Chief Scout Citizen in 1911.

Today, the Boy Scouts of America and the National Park Service are national partners in encouraging young people to explore their National Parks. Sagamore Hill continues Roosevelt's dedication to scouting by offering opportunities for achievement-based programs as well as opportunities for community service.


Cub Scout Programs

Flag Ceremonies:
All scout groups are welcome to schedule a flag raising or lowering ceremony which includes folding the flag and a discussion of the history and meaning of the symbol of our country. Flag ceremonies are generally at 4:00 on Friday afternoons or 10:00 on Saturday mornings. Other times can be arranged. 30 minutes

Nature Trail:
The 1/2 mile loop wood chip trail follows TR's route to a saltmarsh and beach on Cold Spring Harbor. Hiking, birding, and nature study are available. Open from sunup to sundown daily. Guides available by advance arrangement. 45 minutes

Tiger Scouts:
1G, 2D, 5G Utilizing Theodore Roosevelt's Home, the Old Orchard museum, and the Nature Trail, this program explores the park and the way TR lived with his family. 60 minutes

Wolf Scouts:
"Your Flag"
Focused on the 80 foot flagpole in front of TR's Home, this program is all about the U.S. flag. 30 minutes

Bear Scouts:
"What Makes America Special?" 60 minutes

Forester, Naturalist, and Citizen Activity Badges. 60 minutes each


Last updated: December 17, 2021

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Mailing Address:

20 Sagamore Hill Road
Oyster Bay, NY 11771


516 922-4788
Main phone line for Sagamore Hill NHS.

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