Camp at Elk Tannery where vets find solace in the idyllic pennsylvania countryside

The Camp at Elk Tannery is comprised of 110 acres in Northeast Pennsylvania, nestled in the valley between the North and Central Mountains, just below the beautiful Ricketts Glenn State Park. The camp is located approximately 3 hours from Philly and 45 minutes from Wilkes Barre, PA. The area surrounding the camp is rich in outdoor recreational opportunities, and is situated adjacent to one of the largest state game lands in Pennsylvania, State Game Lands 13, constituting over 49,000 acres of wilderness and hunting land.

Central Mountain Viewed From Camp Elk Tannery
Blackberry Run

Several outings a year are held at Camp Elk Tannery. A typical weekend outing would begin with fellowship on Friday evening with everyone introducing themselves, and sharing their experiences. The evening is often capped off with a card game and further conversation.

Friday Evening Fellowship

Saturday morning begins with more fellowship over breakfast, followed by the most popular event at the camp - archery.

After breakfast (top), Jerry Gronchik , a USA Archery Level 4 Coach and fellow vet, gives archery lessons.

The vets enjoy other outings, including hiking in the area.

Top; Hiking in Rickett's Glen State Park. Bottom; Hiking along Blackberry Run at Camp Elk Tannery.
Falls on Blackberry Run

The capstone event is the crab feast at the local VFW Post.

Crab Feast at the Local VFW Post.

And often a campfire chat afterwards...

Evening over the campfire.

Monte Kapec, an Army veteran and retired Army officer who has served in Army medicine for over 28 years and currently serves as a Department of Army civilian at the Office of the Army Surgeon General in Falls Church, VA, owns the camp property.

At the end of every outing, Monte gives a conservation talk, and discusses the improvements that he is making at Camp Elk Tannery to enhance the long-term sustainability of his property.

Monte discusses the history of Camp Elk Tannery, and gives a tour of the improvements being made on the property to make it more environmentally-friendly.
Come Join Us One Weekend at Camp Elk Tannery
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