Blue Ridge Council - Boy Scouts of America - Greenville, South Carolina

Camping

Welcome to the Camping Page for the Blue Ridge Council. This page will help you learn about year-round camping opportunities and camp programs.
Year Round Camping
The Blue Ridge Council has facilities available for year-round use by Packs, Troops, Crews, Posts, and Teams. For information about use of council camps and facilities and unit camping, click on Camps & Facilities.
Click here for information on other camping locations.
Youth Hostelling Opportunities
The BSA and Hostelling International USA are working together to provide Scouting youth with opportunities to experience hostelling. A "Discover America" brochure is available that shows locations, reservation contacts, and facilities for hostels in the US. Units with older Boy Scouts or Venturers may want to take advantage of the opportunity to stay at hostels at a member price by joining Hostelling International USA. Interested unit leaders are encouraged to contact Bob Sylvia at gm@bostonhostel.org (phone 617-536-1027) to receive a free group membership. Member costs for staying at hostels in the US range from $12 to $35 per person per night. In addition, many hostels offer programs and activities ranging from organized tours and walks to musical performances and community outreach. For more information, check out the Hostelling International USA website. Information is also available about overseas travel.
Summer Camping Programs
To learn more about summer camp programs for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers, select a link below.
Camp Old Indian - Summer Camp for Boy Scouts and Venturers
Cub Resident Camp - Residential Summer Camp for Cub Scouts and a parent
Cub Day Camp - Day Camps held in each District
BSA Progressive Camping Programs
Select picture below for a graphic showing the progressive camping programs of the BSA. This illustrates what type of camping program is appropriate for Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers.
Cub Scout Leave No Trace Program and Awareness Award
Download a flyer that describes the program and the steps for earning the award (Acrobat format, 1.5 Mb).
Cub Scout Camping Guidelines
The Boy Scouts of America has established the following guidelines for its members' participation in camping activities:
Den Camping
Overnight camping by first-, second-, and third-grade Cub Scout dens is not approved, and certificates of liability insurance will not be provided by the Boy Scouts of America. A Webelos Scout may participate in overnight den camping when supervised by his mother or father. It is essential that each Webelos Scout be under the supervision of an adult. Joint Webelos den-troop campouts are encouraged for dens of fifth-grade Webelos Scouts with their parents to strengthen ties between the pack and troop. Den leaders, pack leaders, and parents are expected to accompany the boys on approved trips.
Council-Organized Family Camp (Cub Parent Weekends)
Council-organized family camps are overnight events involving more than one pack. Blue Ridge Council family camping takes place in the fall during the Cub Parent Weekends at Camp Old Indian. The Blue Ridge Council provides all of the elements of the outdoor experience, such as staff, food service, housing, and program. In most cases, youth members will be under the supervision of a parent or guardian. In all cases, each youth participant is responsible to a specific adult. All overnight activities involving more than one pack must be approved by the council. Council-organized family camps must be conducted in accordance with established standards as given in National Standards for Council Family Camping, No. 13-408. Tigers, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may participate.
Pack Overnighters
These are pack-organized overnight events involving more than one family from a single pack, focused on age-appropriate Cub Scout activities and conducted at council-approved locations or on council property. Contact the Blue Ridge Council service center for a list of approved locations. If nonmembers (siblings) participate, the event must be structured accordingly to accommodate them. BSA health and safety and youth protection guidelines apply. In most cases, each youth participant is responsible to a specific adult. Adults giving leadership to a pack overnighter must complete Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) (No. 34162A) to properly understand the importance of program intent, youth protection guidelines, health and safety, site selection, age-appropriate activities, and sufficient adult participation. If a Pack is camping outside of Blue Ridge Council boundaries or more than 500 miles away they must file a Tour Plan
Approved Pack Overnighter locations*:
Blue Ridge Council Properties & Facilities:
Camp Old Indian
Camp White Pines
Camp Carroll Brown
Camp Arrowhead
Other Approved Locations:
Andrew Jackson State Park
Camp Bob Hardin
Cow Pens Battlefield
Devil's Fork State Park
Gray Moore's Farm (Greenwood Area)
Keowee-Toxaway State Park
Kings Mountain State Park
Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area
Oconee State Park
Table Rock State Park
*Please contact the Scout Service Center at 864-233-8363 for more information about the above locations.
Camporees
Webelos Dens are encouraged to visit Boy Scout district camporees and Klondike derbies. The purpose of these visits should be for the boys to look ahead with anticipation to their future as Boy Scouts and observe troops they might join. Webelos Scout dens should not compete against or participate in activities designed for Boy Scouts. Webelos Scout dens should not spend the night as participants at the event if the program is Boy Scout-based.
Camping Resources
The current editions of the following manuals provide information about Cub Scout camping: A Guide to Safe Scouting, Cub Scout Leader Book, and The Webelos Leader Guide.
Please Note: If a well-meaning leader brings along a child who does not meet these age guidelines, disservice is done to the unit because of distractions often caused by younger children. A disservice is also done to the child, who is not trained to participate in such an activity and who, as a nonmember of the group, may be ignored by the older campers.
 


 
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