Summer Camp – 2014

Hello Boys. This post is about our different options for our upcoming summer camp in 2014. Of the many options, I will be previewing each one and giving my “Two Cents” on each one.

Our first choice is Camp Buffalo Bill located in Wyoming.

The rates are: $285/Scout and $150/Adult

This camp offers the “usual” summer camp experience, as well as high adventure. It is located roughly 10 miles east of Yellowstone National Park so we really wouldn’t have to drive that far. Located right off of a river, the camp offers a variety of Aquatic Merit Badges, as well as a fair share of Nature, Scout Skills, Shooting etc.

One merit badge that stood out to me is the Whitewater Merit Badge. In this you get to go over the safety measures required to Whitewater raft/canoe and you actually get to test your skills on the water! This sounds really fun to me!

Secondly, we have Camp Cherry Valley on Catalina Island, California.

The rates are: $625/person

This camp is truly extraordinary. It is on Catalina Island in California. Need I say anymore?? You ride a ferry to the camp for heavens sake! This camp offers the usual array of merit badges, but offers a wide variety of water sports (go figure). It has a beautiful sandy beach and perfectly clear ocean waters to swim on.

One thing that stood out to me is the other activities that it offers. You can go into an old silver mine and explore it, participate and conquer other teams in canoe races, and interact with the local marine life.

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Thirdly, we have Camp Chawanakee located near Fresno, California.

The rates are: $365/Scout and $210/Adult

Along with the 64merit badges it “carries”, this camp has a C.O.P.E. course and high adventure! This sounds great to me! But wait, that’s not all. It has a 52′ HIGH CLIMBING TOWER! That would be outrageously fun to climb that! They offer the usual rifle and shotgun shooting as well as small boat sailing being that it is indeed located on a lake.

Next on the list is Camp Emerald Bay located on the WEST end of Catalina Island, California.

The rates are: $564/Scout and $474/Adult

This camp looks amazing! With ocean-front water and opportunities, we would be busy the whole week and never want to leave! It offers many of the usual Merit-badges along with some “foreign” activities to us Montanans like Snorkeling and Mountain Biking. This looks pretty darn awesome and I would definitely look at this one twice!

One thing that stuck out to me was their “Sunrise hike”. This is a 4 hour hike where you hike to the third largest peak on the island and watch the sunrise from literally every angle!

Additionally, we have Camp Honokia located on the big island in Hawaii. This is a HIGH ADVENTURE CAMP: MEANING NO MEALS ARE PROVIDED.

The rates are $125/Scout BUT we would need a plane ticket and food.

This camp looks pretty fun! It is definitely for the more adventure-seeking scouts, but looks like it’s 210 acres could contain our energy. This would provide an opportunity to camp in dense, rain forest like conditions. It sounds good to me! It offers a variety of merit badges as well!

Nearing the end, we have Camp Parsons in Washington State.

The rates are: $310/Scout and $185/adult with the first 2 adult getting in for free!

This camp looks almost like everything that I would want to see in a camp! It is located on the shore of the Dabob Bay (which leads to the Atlantic Ocean), allowing for many aquatic activities and badges to be earned, and has a huge climbing and repelling wall for loads of fun. It also has the regular assortment of shooting, scout craft, etc. badges.

One particular thing that interested me in this camp was the tower it has. It has a 30+ foot high bouldering wall that allows climbers of all skill to climb and rebel down. Not only that, but they have a huge wall made strictly for repelling as well. It also has High-Adventure treks for older boys. This looks fun to me, but you must be 13 or older to do this so younger scouts will have to sit out (but it’s in 2014 so that’s a whole year).

Second to last is Camp Pupukea on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

The rates are $450/person with the first 2 adult getting in for free!

I think this camp looks like a blast! It has a beach out it’s front door and a shooting range out the back! With the usual assortment of merit badges and activities, it also has training for CPR and life-guarding. And, with the beach, snorkeling and swimming are there as well!

I liked the part about their High-Adventure trek. You get to go canoeing, hiking, and climbing and have a great time! Your time is split into these and more activities like it!

Last but not least is Camp Tesomas in Rhinelander, Wisconsin

The rates are: $275/Scout and $132/Adult

For all of you who didn’t go in 2011, is the coolest and funnest camp I have ever been to. Located on an awesome lake, there are aquatic merit badges, along with shooting and zip-lining. It is a blast, no doubt, and has a lot of different activities so you will never get bored!

One thing I really loved was the water-front there. Along with the usual canoeing and sailing, there is a water trampoline and wind surfing! It’s the most fun in the water I’ve ever had!

As always, we will have our last two choices as well. This camp is the classic: Melita Island near Polson, Montana.

The rates are: $265/Scout and $130/adult

This camp is always a winner, and I have had a blast along with many of my fellow scouters over the years. Along with the “common” array of merit badges offered, there are shooting and aquatic badges as well!

One thing it boasts well is the lake it is on. It’s great to wake up to the beautiful sunrise across the lake and later that day go swimming in the cold water. It is especially fun to have races and participate in annual events such as the Polar Plunge and Mile-Swim!

Boy Scouts' Camp Melita Island abuzz with activity

Lastly, we have K-M Scout Ranch, near Lewistown, MT.

The rates are: $225/Scout and $75/Adult

This camp is really fun and very true to the Montanan wilderness that most would expect from a Montana camp. While being surrounded by trees and sitting on a small lake in the mountains, K-M offers most every merit badge aside from specialty aquatic ones (i.e. Small boat sailing, scuba etc.) AND this year they are starting a new ATV program! It also offers an exciting COPE course.

One thing I really like there is the lodge and food. It has great food, every night, and will keep you full daily! It tastes great and there is always a salad bar for those who like to stay “plain” ;).

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Posted on April 4, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Jordan; you did EXCEPTIONAL work writing this article. GREAT job!

    I hope every Scout in our unit takes the time to read your reviews here closely.

    By the way, I suspect that Camp Parsons is on the PACIFIC Ocean. It would be quite a swim to the Atlantic from Washington State.

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