Let’s Go Camping!
Say “Scouting”, and to many you also say “camping” . . . the backcountry . . . wood smoke from a campfire . . . backpacks . . . tents . . . streams! It's all there just waiting for those who belong to the Boy Scout of America.
Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, set up the first summer camp for boys in 1907 at Brownsea Island , England , to test his theories about Scouting for boys. Since that time, the Outdoor Program has been an important part of the Scouting program.
In June each year, the Golden Spread Council operates summer camps for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts!
”All Golden Spread Council Camps are Nationally Accredited Camps”
Cub Scouts attend the fun filled Cub Scout Adventure Camp at Camp Don Harrington and other locations. Summer Cub Camping includes local day camping experiences for Cub Scout age boys grades 1-4 and a three day Resident camp for boys grades 1-5
Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Varsity Scouts spend a week at
near Mobeetie, TX
Boy Scouts ages 10 1/2 (and have completed the 5th grade) - 17, can attend Camp. MKB offers Aquatics, Standard Camp Merit Badges, a Polaris 1st year camping program and Patrol/Troop Activities.
Council Properties / Short Term Camping
The Golden Spread Council owns and operates two excellent camp properties: Camp Don Harrington in Canyon, Texas and Camp MK Brown by Wheeler, Texas.
These facilities offer a wide range of camping, hiking and outdoor opportunities including miles of hiking trails, ponds and lakes, open fields, rustic camp sites, sheltered camp sites, tent camping sites, and a dining hall with restroom facilities. It can also be used for training and unit programs.
All camp use requests MUST be submitted to the Scout Office by close of business the Wednesday before the requested date..
Addendum to Camp Usage Policy
From time to time a fire ban is imposed at Camps Don Harrington and/or MK Brown by the state, county, or other authority. During times of fire ban, units will be limited to camping in established campsites within a reasonable distance to water sources and maintain appropriate fire fighting equipment as determined by the Camp Ranger.
Fees for any Council/District camping opportunity are posted on the individual Registration form. All of our camping programs are fully certified and accredited by the National Camping Service of the BSA & the State of Texas.
Camp Staff Opportunities
Cub Scout Camp and Cub Scout Resident Camps are staffed primarily of volunteers. Parents of Cub Scouts are welcome to be a part of the staff. Certified Directors provide expertise in the management and program areas. All Staff MUST complete a Camp Staff Application per BSA Standards.
Boy Scout Camp staff are paid seasonal staff. There are several positions that require National Certification but many do not. All Staff MUST complete a Camp Staff Application.
For application, Click below.
High Adventure camping
Scouts who want to experience even more adventure can check out some of the National High Adventure Treks such as the Philmont Scout Ranch, the Northern Tier High Adventure Area, or the Florida Sea Base. Periodically the Council has Council contingent that goes to one of these areas. Watch the website for announcements. 2011 Philmont Expedition Information
2018 National Scout Jamboree @ The Summit
The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, West Va., will become the BSA's permanent home for the National Scout Jamboree as well as the organization's fourth high-adventure base.
High-adventure activities such as whitewater rafting, rappelling, mountain biking, and hiking will be available at this site. It will also host leadership development training year-round and has the potential to host World Scout Jamborees.
Work on the new site has already begun, thanks to a $50 million contribution from the Stephen D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation.
Tour and Activity Plan
Tour Permits are required to be completed by the unit.
New Tour and Activity Plan now available at www.myscouting.org
Click here for more information ---> link to FAQ page
For a look at the Weather at the camps go here!
More about the Camps
For more information on Camp Don Harrington go here!
For more information on Camp MK Brown go here!
Where to go Camping - The OA has a large list of places. OA Camping Page
Scouting offers a wide variety of outdoor experiences!