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Have the Best Week Ever at One of These Chill Summer Camps for 2019

Summer’s just around the corner. Make plans for fun with our guide to eight amazing Scout camps.

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Camp Morrison

Ore-Ida Council

McCall, Idaho

Boy Scouts leaping into Payette Lake at Camp Morrison's Waterfront facility.

DIVE IN: There are waterfronts — and then there’s the waterfront at Camp Morrison, located high in the Rocky Mountains. The clear glacial waters of Payette Lake offer the ultimate swimming, sailing and snorkeling experience.

LOOK AROUND: As you walk to merit badge class, keep your eyes open for deer, foxes and eagles. You might spot a black bear, too, which is a good reminder to keep food out of your tent.

CLIMB ON: Here, you don’t get the Climbing merit badge; you earn it. Instead of climbing an artificial wall, challenge yourself on natural rock. Learn advanced techniques and how to stay safe while having fun.

Learn more here!

Camp V-Bar

Southeast Louisiana Council

Perkinston, Mississippi

COOL IT: Wild Water Wednesday offers a break from merit badge instruction and a chance to take advantage of open aquatics areas — especially the 40-foot slip-n-slide by the lake!

STAY LATE: The V-Bar fun doesn’t stop when supper ends. Each evening features something special. We’re told the Watermelon Bash, ice-cream social and Friday night closing campfire are not to be missed.

GO GUMBO: They’re called “gumbo troops,” and they’re made up of individual Scouts who, for whatever reason, couldn’t attend summer camp with their troop. Now everyone can experience summer camp and make new buddies.

Learn more here!

Camp Raven Knob

Old Hickory Council

Mount Airy, North Carolina

Camp Raven Knob

JUMP RIGHT IN: The docks at Lake John Sobotta give you multiple jumping-off points into aquatics awesomeness. Earn a merit badge (or three) — or just have fun kayaking, rowing, sailing or getting your lifeguard certification.

SHINE ON: At 9 p.m. each Tuesday, the nature staff invites you to a “frog hunt,” where you’ll search for nighttime wildlife. It’s required for Scouts earning the Reptile and Amphibian Study merit badge but open to all.

GET CRAFTY: Head to the handicrafts area to tie-dye a T-shirt or braid your own paracord survival bracelet. You can also finish up requirements for merit badges like Art, Basketry and Wood Carving.

Learn more here!

Camp Buffalo Bill

Central Wyoming Council

Cody, Wyoming

FIRE IT UP: Bring long pants and sturdy shoes if you want to earn Metalwork, one of the camp’s most popular merit badges. Learn to manipulate red-hot metal that was heated in a handcranked coal forge.

GET OUT THERE: Venture into Yellowstone for an unforgettable experience at the country’s first national park. Choose from a menu of five-day backpacking, kayaking, rafting or climbing adventures.

JOIN THE CAST: The fast-flowing North Fork of the Shoshone River is one of the nation’s best fly-fishing spots. Lucky for you, Camp Buffalo Bill is right on the river, giving you a shot at catching trout all week long.

Learn more here!

Great Lakes Sailing Adventure

Michigan Crossroads Council

Mackinaw City, Michigan

For vessels more than 20 feet in length, like the one pictured, life jackets need not be worn when the qualified supervisor determines that it is prudent to abide by less restrictive regulations concerning the use and storage of life jackets.

SET SAIL: Step aboard the Retriever, a sailboat that’s your home for a week of crisscrossing the northern Great

Lakes. The 52-foot Retriever has room for up to 12 participants — usually 10 youth and two adults.

LEARN ON THE JOB: No sailing experience? No problem. A seasoned sailor will teach you the basics of sailboat handling, navigation and marine safety — plus the right way to cook, sleep and live on a boat.

DROP ANCHOR: Pick which ports you’ll visit on Lake Huron or Lake Michigan. Sample that famous Mackinac Island fudge, hike the trails of Beaver Island or fill your camera roll with photos of lighthouses.

Learn more here!

Fire Mountain Scout Camp

Mount Baker Council

Mount Vernon, Washington

GAIN ELEVATION: Climb, jump, balance and swing at the Fire Mountain COPE course. COPE, or challenging outdoor personal experience, takes teamwork and confidence-building to new heights.

STAY COOL: Want a break from the summer heat? Average summer temperatures at Fire Mountain are in the upper 70s, and the camp’s huge evergreen trees offer plenty of shade. Bonus: The bug population is low.

TAKE THE PLUNGE: Fire Mountain’s lake features a swim beach complete with palm trees and sand. Head to Sea Dog Marina to try sailing, rowing, canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.

Learn more here!

Camp Chawanakee

Sequoia Council

Shaver Lake, California

PICK A SPOT: Find Chawanakee on the banks of Shaver Lake, a popular recreation destination in the Sierra National Forest. One look and you’ll see why vacationers visit to water-ski, fish for trout and camp among the pines.

MAKE A SPLASH: Head to Boy Scout Cove on Shaver Lake to earn your Canoeing, Kayaking, Lifesaving, Rowing, Small Boat Sailing or Swimming merit badge in a setting that belongs on a postcard.

SAY ALOHA: Celebrate Hawaii on the mainland during Aloha Friday. Wear your Hawaiian shirt to the luau-style barbecue in the afternoon. That night, head to the Point Campfire Bowl for an unforgettable closing show where troops show off their best skits and songs.

Learn more here!

Massawepie Scout Camps

Seneca Waterways Council

 Tupper Lake, New York

BREATHE IT IN: The camp’s location in the Adirondacks means cool temperatures at night and the call of loons in the morning. But don’t sleep in! With nine ponds and lakes on property, there’s more climbing, kayaking, biking, swimming and log rolling than you could fit in a week.

SWITCH IT UP: For something different, try the Mountain Fox program for older youth. Leave your troop after breakfast to enjoy daylong outings to climb a mountain, conquer Class IV rapids and more — while still making it back for dinner!

GO FOR IT: Massawepie is the launch point for three- and six-day backpacking, canoeing or fishing treks through the Adirondack Mountains. Choose one of 12 predesigned treks — or customize your own.

Learn more here!

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13 Comments on Have the Best Week Ever at One of These Chill Summer Camps for 2019

  1. Former Counselor and camp ranger // March 31, 2019 at 2:10 pm // Reply

    When we promote only the “Best” camps, are we negating the efforts of the great numbers of volunteers trying to upgrade their camps with today’s limited funds? It is the counselors who make a camp Great! Support our youth leaders well and our Scouts will have the “Best” camping week of their lives no matter how limited the resources.

  2. While every camp has its own unique features and programs, the best summer camp is your local Council’s camp. That’s where you build loyalties, usually less expensive, and, most importantly, most accessible to everyone in your troop.

  3. Buck Knife & Jeep Wrangler // March 28, 2019 at 7:09 pm // Reply

    Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation in Pearson, Wisconsin – The Land of Sky Blue Waters!

  4. My son is headed to The Summit! (not for Jambo)

  5. Luke Skywalker // March 28, 2019 at 1:21 pm // Reply

    This is great. Always wanted to go to Camp Chawanakee. Kinda feel like Camp Emerald Bay should have made the list though.

  6. Don’t forget about the smaller camps like Mount Norris Scout Reservation located in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Scouts experience a small-town vibe while earning lots of merit badges and hiking and canoe trips. My son has been to 7 different scout camps, and Mt. Norris is the one he chooses to work at as a staff member.

  7. somebody who is a scout // March 28, 2019 at 8:43 am // Reply

    I wish they told us exactly what makes them better, most seem like every average scout camp I have been too, and I have been to 5 in the North Carolina/Virginia Region.

  8. Swift Silver Hawk MOS // March 28, 2019 at 8:40 am // Reply

    Should mention H Roe Bartle Scout Camp near Osceola, Mo. where over 4500 acres of Ozark hillsides provide over 40 different MBs on three camp grounds. Camp has three pools, three mess halls and three ceremonial rings. Camp offers a variety of outposts to challenge skills in both Scout and adult leaders. The Truman Lakefront offers boating , skiing, canoeing, and kayaking. This is the land of the Great Mic-O-Say.

  9. Swift Silver Hawk, m // March 28, 2019 at 8:30 am // Reply

    H Roe Bartle Scout Camp, Osceola, Mo where over forty different MB’s are offered on over 4000 acres of ozark county hillsides. Camp has three pools on three camp grounds and off The Truman Zlake where lakeside Mb’s Offer boating, skiing canoe and kayaking. On the reservation of the Great Mic-O-Say. Bartle should have been mentioned.

    • Friend of Spirit Elk // March 29, 2019 at 8:18 pm // Reply

      Bartle is probably the most unique because of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. An experience all boys should share. It provides a rite of passage missing in our society today, not to mention the pride of being a member of the tribe!

    • Our troop is wanting to try a new summer camp. do you know who we might contact directly for more info? thanks

  10. Summer Camper // March 28, 2019 at 7:27 am // Reply

    Camp Cris Dobbins, Elbert, Co.
    Great staff and programs. Well run. Scouts enjoy the mild weather.

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