Camp Hi-Sierra is one of the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council camps. Located in Long Barn, Calif., in the Stanislaus National Forest, it has been around for over 50 years. Hundreds of Scouts from a wide variety of troops attend each week of the summer. It is known for its popular Metalwork program, refreshing Mi-Wuk lake and enthusiastic high quality staff. Some of the Scouts like it so much they end up working here as paid or volunteer staff or counselors in training.
Camp Emerald Bay currently serves over 4500 Scout Campers per summer. With such a large property and many exploration sites on Catalina’s West End, the possibilities for activity and growth are limitless. The troop goes here most years.
Wente Scout Reservation in Willits, Calif., offers a chance to backpack, sail, mountain bike, fish, ride horses, and go rock climbing all in one week. Scouts may try black powder musket firing, kayaking and rappelling. Wente is rich in wildlife and allows for the study of conservation, re-forestation, wildlife management, woodcraft and nature study. Rifle, shotgun, and archery shooting are also popular activities.
Northern Tier is a High Adventure™ camp and canoe trip for older Scouts that takes place in the Boundary Waters between Canada and Minnesota: Troop 566 participated during the summer of 2018. The scouts and adult leaders who attended experienced the beautiful wilderness for several days. One activity the scouts enjoyed was fishing for Northern Pike. This does not take place every year.
We’ve visited these and other camps in the past and may go back in the future:
Chawanakee is a fun, weeklong summer camp with lots of merit badge opportunities. Since it is located next to a lake, there are also fun waterfront activities like the Swimming merit badge and Canoe Outpost, an overnight canoe trip to an island in the lake. Usually, Troop 566 attends Chawanakee a week or two after school is over for the year. Some of our Scouts work here on staff from time to time.
Philmont Scout Ranch, BSA’s premier High Adventure™ base challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Members of our troop completed the multi-day Philmont hike in 2017 and plan to return some time in the future.