When you enter Kidder Township you are entering the front door of the Pocono’s.  The Township covers 70-square miles of beautifully wooded terrain in the northern tip of Carbon County.  It is primarily a heavily wooded area easily accessible. If taking I-476 (formerly called the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike) use Exit 95 and if taking Interstate 80, Exit 277 / Lake Harmony or Exit 284 / Blakeslee.  We’re only 20 minutes south of Wilkes-Barre.  The Township encircles Hickory Run State Park and has thousands of acres of Pennsylvania State Game Lands which provide excellent camping, hiking, cross country skiing and hunting.  The many resorts within Kidder Township offer facilities for conventions, ski slopes, golf courses and lakes for boating and fishing so there is something for everyone year round. Kidder Township is a zoned community that consists primarily of vacation and seasonal homes from small rustic A-frames to large glass fronted contemporaries suitable for executive entertaining.  The full time residents are, rightfully so, proud of their Township and strongly support the governing ordinances that provide building codes, anti-littering laws, trespass and abandoned vehicle controls as well as other laws that promote living in a civilized community.

As many have experienced, it is a popular vacation and seasonal home location, governed and patrolled to keep it as peaceful, tranquil and beautiful as it is.  Whatever your reason for being in Kidder Township, we welcome you!


You can now view Kidder Township Ordinances online. Click here for Kidder E Codes




PennDOT invites you to attend the Penn Forest Township Board of Supervisors meeting where a presentation will be given for the Bridge Replacement Project, T-516 (North Old Stage Rd) over Mud Run located in Kidder & Penn Forest Township, Carbon County. All attendees will have the opportunity to meet the project team, view the displays showing the proposed project and to discuss the project details. Individuals or groups with interest within the project limits, surrounding businesses, and local property owners that may be affected by the proposed project are encouraged to attend.

Representatives of PennDOT, Carbon County and its consulting engineers will be in attendance to provide specific information on the project and to address questions and concerns. The Public Meeting will be held on December 2, 2019 at the Penn Forest Township Municipal Building, 2010 State Route 903, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229 at 7:00 pm. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. If you need special accommodation or more information, please contact Duane E. Gaugler P.E., Larson Design Group, (570) 374-5700 or Laura Montgomery, PennDOT District 5-0, (717) 461-7908


♦     The  Monthly Board of Supervisors Meeting

will be held

 Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

♦    Kidder Township has approved a Preliminary Budget for 2020

It is available for inspection at the Township Municipal Office during regular

business hours Monday thru Friday 8 am – 4 pm


Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Services

Townships and Boroughs across the commonwealth are facing the hardship of not having enough volunteers. Fire and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Agencies are at the mercy of local government budgets and their ability to collect more revenue from property owners already facing a high tax burden.

Many communities cannot afford to lose local volunteer ambulance and fire services. Fire and EMS volunteers save the U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars annually. Volunteers respond to 911 calls in rural, low volume areas with few exceptions. Realistically there is no way to replace their service without significant tax increases or dangerously extended response times. Funding for volunteer service comes from billing, fundraising, grants and varying amounts of financial support from the communities served.

Fire and EMS service is one of the most diverse and challenging vocations today. It is this diversity that attracts most men and women to join our ranks. Different people volunteer for different reasons. Action oriented people enjoy the excitement and adrenaline rush that emergency services has to offer. Some see the volunteer fire service as an alternative to ‘driving a desk by day’ – by allowing them to ‘drive a fire truck or ambulance at night!’ Many like the feeling they get when they help people in their time of need and some feel it’s their obligation to serve the community. Yet others just want to belong to the team. Whatever motivates you to volunteer – everyone gains the self-satisfaction of being at their best when others are dealing with what is often the worst that life has to offer.

Imagine having to prepare yourself to cope with situations that range from structure fires to childbirth to hazardous chemical spills to heart attacks to almost any imaginable emergency in between. This diversity is coupled with the fact that these skills may be needed at any time of the day or night, seven days a week, in any kind of weather, and very often under potentially stressful and emotional circumstances. Yet these same factors contribute to our profession being so personally rewarding.

We realize that firefighting & EMS is not for everyone, but we believe that volunteering can be. There is plenty of work to be done on or behind the scenes, too.

The personal rewards and satisfaction received from what we do is often beyond description. There is the sense of accomplishment when you control a building fire, joy and elation when a child is born, compassion for accident victims, and fulfillment from teaching fire safety.

Volunteering in emergency services is one of the most important decisions you may make. We hope that you give this decision the time and serious consideration it deserves, and decide to join our ranks.

Please take a moment to view these short videos of Kidder Township Emergency Services and the brave men and women who selflessly give their time and energy to their community.

These videos were produced by Dave Figenshu/Digital Media and funded by the Carbon County Community Foundation, Albrightsville VFC, Lake Harmony VFC, Lake Harmony Rescue Squad, Split Rock Resort and Kidder Township.


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