New Jersey December 26, 2017
This Creepy Spot Deep In The Woods Of New Jersey Is Like Something Out Of A Horror Movie
New Jersey is such a fascinating state. We’ve got so many gorgeous places, but some spots seem straight out of a horror movie. No, I’m not talking about Camden. Deep in our Pine Barrens, you may come across the Jersey Devil, but up north…I hear you may come across something even worse.
It doesn't look too sinister at first glance...
But a slasher wanders these woods! You see, this is Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco, forever engraved into cinematic history. A private Boy Scout camp in Hardwick, New Jersey, the first Friday the 13th movie was filmed here. A horror movie centered around mass murderer, Jason Voorhees, Friday the 13th is considered one of the most successful media franchises in America. Jason turned a hockey mask into a horror icon.
The premise is this... Jason Vorhees was just a boy when he drowned at this very camp (Camp Crystal Lake, in the film); it has since been cursed. Friday the 13th is both silly and jump out of your seat spooky. Murder follows murder in this horrifying film, which may have left its mark on the area. Maybe not, but it's still fun to explore. If you're not into the film factor, this camp also has history; it opened in 1927, making it the oldest continuously operating Scout camp in New Jersey.
Though the camp is privately owned, it has occasionally been opened up for tours.
Though Friday the 13th was filmed all the way back in 1980, the camp was closed to the public until 2011. On Friday, May 13th, the first public tour was held - it was a hit. Attendees traveled for miles (some up to 3,000) to experience this chilling (scenic, spectacular, and iconic) spot in person. The second tour was held on Friday, September 13th, 2013, selling out in 8 minutes with 5 times the number of attendees. The third tour took place on Friday, November 13th, 2015 and sold out within seconds. Their fourth and largest tour (with visitors from three countries) took place on October 13th, 2017 and instantly sold out. As you can guess, they're kind of a big deal. And we're so lucky to live within a day's drive, no matter where we live in the Garden State. For details on the next tour as soon as they become available, you should sign up to their newsletter.
If you can't make the tour, you may be able to snag souvenirs. And you can find more than just t-shirts - these are one-of-a-kind. Snag bottled water from the lake, sand from its shores, shavings from the dock and pricier pieces, like the wood pictured. The framed fraction of a board was featured in the film, as part of camp counselor Alice's cabin.
So, how creepy is it here?
It's actually pretty great. The camp encompasses 380+ acres, and is virtually surrounded by the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, as well as Green Acres projects. Campers also have access to over 112,250 acres of public land, including the Blair Creek Preserve, Worthington State Forest, Stokes State Forest, High Point State Park, and the Flatbrook-Roy, Walpack, and Hainesville Wildlife Management Areas. The Appalachian Trail runs immediately adjacent to the camp property. The Delaware River is located three miles away. It's pretty much picture perfect...but anything can happen in the woods at night.
Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco was also featured on an episode of MTV’s show Fear, which aired in 2010 – it’s got quite the horror history.