Remember: three quarters of Scouting
The Boy Scout Program is an outdoor adventure program. Camping is the
predominant application of the outdoor adventures. Travel, sightseeing,
visiting national and state parks, hiking, climbing and many more
adventures also apply to the outdoor adventure plan.
Camping is the focus of our outdoor programs here. Units choose to go
camping as fits their activities and advancements programs. Utilizing a
variety of types of camping, scouting units train their young men to be
experienced in the wide variety of outdoor adventures. We emphasize
everything from day-campouts through long-term resident camp programs.
Most units employ overnight campouts on weekends each month of the year.
This includes our famous Klondike Derby snow campout held each February
in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
The Sequoia Council operates two campgrounds and three campout venues
Our premiere resident camping experience of Camp Chawanakee
Shaver Lake - a week of "mile high camping" adventures. The
Council's alternate site of Camp Wortman is located in the
southern portion of our council and is a primitive camp ground with
minimal facilities and support. It is great for unit camping training
Each winter an outstanding group of mountain pioneers hosts the
famous Klondike Derby at Camp Chawanakee. They set up a series of
towns named after the towns from the 1896 Alaskan Klondike Gold Rush.
Each town is a skill event for Scouts to earn gold and skill points for
awards. The highlight competition is the Iditarod Sled Race "Sierra
Our Cub Scouts experience the total fun of a week long
adventure, it includes one optional overnight campout. Day camp is
conducted by each District locally. And lastly but certainly not least
is the Great Annual Webelos Campout . The campout is run by the
Boy Scouts to prepare the Webelos for their bridging over to Boy
Scouting. Here the Webelos are introduced to Boy Scout skills, merit
badges, campfire activities and high adventures.
In addition to these activities, each Boy Scout Troop, Venture Patrol
and Varsity Team organize and conduct their own unit camping adventures.
Below are links to each of the camping programs we provide. The Order
of the Arrow lodge of the Sequoia Council annually produces a "places to
go camping" resource called "Packs, Poles and Paddles." This link will
demonstrate the value of this resource and how you can get a copy for
your unit's library.