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8 Amazing Scout Camps to Try This Summer

Swim, climb, paddle, fish and earn lots of merit badges. At summer camp, you don’t have to pick just one awesome activity. But you do have to pick a summer camp — and with hundreds of incredible options, that isn’t easy. Here are just a few that stand out.

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Denver Area Council
Ward, Colorado


PEOPLE PUZZLE: Tahosa’s ropes courses are some of the nation’s best. Use your hands, feet and brains to conquer high-flying challenges — and your fears.

NICE CATCH: Fly fishing at 9,000 feet? Yes. Lessons in tying your own flies and making the perfect cast? You bet. Fishing licenses or experience needed? No, sir!

CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE: They call it “summer camp at your own pace.” Go all-inclusive, where the staff prepares meals and runs the program, or take the reins and plan your perfect week. The choice is yours.

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Theodore Roosevelt Council
Livingston Manor, New York


THE PAST: Giddyup and go back to the Wild West with lassoing demonstrations, horseshoe-throwing competitions and choice cowboy cuisine.

THE PRESENT: Get hands-on experience — and earn merit badges — in essential skilled trades like Home Repairs, Welding and Automotive Maintenance. Just don’t be surprised when Dad asks you to fix the family car.

THE FUTURE: Become an early adopter at the new STEM pavilion. Test a 3-D printer, build a robot from scratch or design a new game.

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Grand Canyon Council
Parks, Arizona


DON’T LOOK DOWN: When stargazing, light pollution is your enemy. But Camp Raymond’s isolated location and elevation of 6,700 feet offer perfect conditions for seeing otherwise invisible stars and earning the Astronomy merit badge.

LEVELING UP: The Flintlock Trail Awards will make you want to return to Raymond every summer as you progress through the ranks: Pathfinder, Trailblazer, Frontiersman, Mountainman and Guide.

THAT’S COOL: Don’t forget your camera — and a jacket. During the day, you could spot elk, bears and deer. At night, temperatures can dip into the 40s. Hot cocoa at summer camp? Cool.

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Indian Nations Council
Talihina, Oklahoma


A LAKE TO LIKE: Climb the floating iceberg. Speed down the waterslide. Get a friend to bounce you off the giant pillow affectionately known as the blob. At the Lake Bohannon Aquatic Center, everybody makes a splash.

ON TARGET: The Hale shooting sports complex teaches confidence as you learn to safely fire a rifle, shotgun, and bow and arrow.

THE ULTIMATE TEST: Scouts ages 14 to 17 can leave the traditional summer camp behind for a rugged 14-mile backpacking trip. You’ll hike, raft, rock-climb, cook your own food and purify your own water. Those who complete the trip become Kiamichi Warriors.

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East Carolina Council
Blounts Creek, North Carolina


GO COASTAL: Explore the Carolina coast by kayak on Pamlico’s most popular trek. You choose the route, and Pamlico provides the equipment. Keep an eye out for wild horses, lighthouses and boatloads of fish.

SET SAIL: Even if you don’t know the difference between starboard and Star-Lord, Pamlico’s sailing treks will make you a first-rate sailor in no time. You’ll even learn celestial navigation, or the practice of finding your way using the stars.

SPOKES MEN: Prefer a land adventure? Pamlico’s cycling treks let you pick your distance, destinations and activities. Will you surf or bodyboard? Hunt for crabs or go fishing? The power is yours.

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Narragansett Council
Rockville, Rhode Island


READY, SET, H2O: With sailing, snorkeling, swimming, paddleboarding, basketball, volleyball and a campwide swim carnival, you’re in for a wild week at the waterfront.

ELEVATION GAINS: The second G is silent in Yawgoog, but you’ll shout for joy at the camp’s high-ropes course. Twenty-three different activities challenge you to climb, swing and balance — all 50 feet off the ground.

MAKING HISTORY: Yawgoog looks pretty great for 101 years old. It is actually three separate camps, each with unique songs and traditions for you to discover.

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Northern Star Council
St. Paul, Minnesota


BIG UPGRADE: What happens when you convert a 1907 cavalry drill hall into an adventure destination in the heart of the city? You get Base Camp, an innovative facility for overnight lock-ins, weekend retreats and summer camp.

INSIDE OUT: Most of Base Camp is indoors, meaning the climbing walls, archery range and space shuttle simulator can be used even on winter’s coldest day.

PERFECT PIT STOP: Make Base Camp a part of your trip to the Northern Tier National High Adventure Bases in Ely, Minn. You can spend the night at Base Camp before making the five-hour drive to Ely.

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Montana Council
Flathead Lake, Montana


YOU’RE SURROUNDED: Where you’re going, you won’t need roads. That’s because Melita Island is an island. Literally. The only way to get to this camp is by boat. It’s just you, the trees and the water.

BIG LAKE: Speaking of water, the camp is on Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River in the lower 48 United States. Translation: Plenty of space for activities like waterskiing and windsurfing.

THAT’S CRAZY TALK: With daily camp themes — mustache Mondays, tall sock Tuesdays, wacky hat Wednesdays — you have a license to be silly.

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Want even more great Scout camps? Download BL’s free Camp Scout! app for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The app lets you search for Scout camps near you that have the activities you and your friends want.

17 Comments on 8 Amazing Scout Camps to Try This Summer

  1. We love Base Camp, but the real gem of our councils camps is Many Point Scout Camp! And Tomahawk Scout Reservation is no slouch either! I don’t think any other council has such a fantastic 1-2 punch!!

  2. Camp Daniel boone is my favorite

  3. Partial to Seven Ranges Scout Reservation, myself

  4. Camp Sequassen in Connecticut (Connecticut Yankee Council)
    It’s where good scouts belong!
    the BEST EVER!

  5. How about Camp Hiawatha in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula!!

  6. Raven Knob, Old Hickory Council camp.

  7. Camp Wolfboro, In California is great.

  8. Camp Cedar Valley, Pine Trail Reservation, Viola, Arkansas. Was the camp I spent time at. I even spent time there without my troop. (I think mother took me, just to keep me out of the house all summer).

  9. How did Philmont not make this list!

  10. Nate the Scout // March 4, 2017 at 3:58 pm // Reply

    I want to go to all of these!!!!

  11. Wow

  12. Has someone heard about Guajataka Scout Reservation in PR ?

  13. Onteora is a great camp with a long history of serving Scouting! Make this a destination for your troop! You will not be disappointed.

  14. Onteora is where I went as a scout in the early 70s

  15. These all look great! I cut my teeth on Treasure Island Scout Camp in the middle of the Delaware River and my favorite now, although not on your list, is Wehinahpay Mountain Camp in New Mexico (totally sold out for 2017)!

  16. I love Melita Island. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in boating or being away from the rest of the world. But they still have cell phone service, so you are not totally away!

  17. Troop 189, The Rainmakers of Wantagh // February 14, 2017 at 2:22 pm // Reply

    ONTEORA SCOUT RESERVATION Is awesome. You need to go there to try the ATVs. The staff is fantastic

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