Camp Chawanakee

serving the youth of California, Nevada, Arizona
Florida, Montana and Hawaii since 1947

Celebrating 70 Years in 2016

Sponsored by Tah-Heetch Lodge 195
a 5 year accredited camp under the NCAP program

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Welcome to the pride of the Sequoia Council Camp Chawanakee. The camp was founded on Shaver Lake in 1946 by a grant from the federal government, the Civilian Conservation Corps and Southern California Edison Power Company. The first year of operation was 1947.  Camp Chawanakee has grown from a capacity of 100 Scouts and no facilities to today's 4400 Scouts and Scouters with complete group of permanent facilities.

The camp operates nine one-week long sessions for the summer season from June to August, accommodating 500+ Scouts and Adults in 23 campsites at a time, while simultaneously offering a family camping area nearby.

Camp Chawanakee offers opportunities for Scouts to develop their unit and personal programs in a concentrated weeklong full-time scouting achievement environment. There is the Trail to First Class program for new and junior scouts as well as the opportunity for Scouts to earn their choice of over 40 merit badges. For the more accomplished Scouts there are the Trails of Chawanakee, The 52'  climbing tower, rifle and shotgun shooting, sail boating, C.O.P.E. Course and overnight adventure outings.

The first step in making a reservation for camp is to contact Joseph at (559) 320-2100 Ext 107 to find out what is available for camp. After that you will be required to mail in the reservation paperwork and your initial deposit. Remember a reservation is not valid without the $100 per patrol site deposit. Campsite reservations made without deposits will be held for 30 days after which the reservation is subject to cancellation.