Scout Camp Question - How do you find them?
Mark F Vonderschmitt (vonderschmitt@JUNO.COM)
Mon, 1 Sep 1997 01:26:21 -0400
Hello Fellow Scouters.
I am a Webelos Den leader in Louisville, Ky and started thinking about
how many Scout Camps there are that I know of and how many more are out
there that I DON'T know of just waiting to be camped at...
How do you find out about Scout Camps not in your area? I don't mean the
biggies like Philmont or Seabase, etc. I mean those little gems tucked
away two districts over that have been don't attract any attention from
outside of district? We have 2 scout camps here in Lincoln Heritage
Council, Camp Crooked Creek, a fairly new (about 10 years old I think)
and another one in Indiana called Tunnel Mill. Tunnel Mill is much
smaller, but has been around since the '30s if the various memorabelia
decorating the dining hall is to be believed. It doesn't have a lake like
Camp Crooked Creek, it has a pool. They don't have Boy Scout Camp there
during the summer any more (it does do Webelos Resident Camp and many Cub
Camporees and the like) but it has a COPE course and is a great camp with
tons of Scout tradition.
These little out of the way spots are, to me, a great place for a short
campout or stopover on the way to somewhere else.
Is there a national directory of Scout Camps?
Do I write to a different District Offices and ask?
And as a side question, We used to have another Boy Scout camp here. It
closed when Crooked Creek opened. I think it was called Horine. It is now
a part of the Jefferson County Memorial Forest and you can still camp
there. They used to have an OA trail there I think. What happens to a
scout camp after it closes? Does the history of scout camps like this get
written down somewhere? I would hate to think all the fun and good times
had at a camp would fade away after it was closed. Reading about them and
what used to go on there sounds interesting to me. Each one must have
stories and traditions unique to it. Many years ago, before I was
involved with scouting, I was at an auction in my home town in Indiana
(Washington, IN) and several brag vests were sold. Each one was covered
with patches. The auctioneer mentioned how many of these camps had been
closed for years. (They sold for quite a bit each if I remember right.)
Are these patches all that remain after a camp closes?
Webelos Den Leader
Lincoln Heritage Council
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