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Cool Camps goes digital

Cool Camp Sid Richardson

Besides lifelong memories, camps across the U.S. boast incredible activities that keep Scouts coming back for more, year after year.

Every camp offers unique experiences. But with more than 400 Scout camps to choose from, how can you select a stand-out destination and one-of-a-kind program suitable to your Scouts’ interests?

That’s where we come in.

Since the latter part of 2009, the editors of Scouting have been culling through hundreds of camps, selecting a “Cool Camp” to feature in each of our magazines (published five times per year). So far, we’ve accumulated a list of 12 camps, and we’ve got plenty more to come!

But, new this month, we launched a new home for this exclusive list of Boy Scout camps: the online Guide to Cool Camps.

From Sid Richardson Scout Ranch in Texas (shown in the photo), Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation in Maryland, or even the chilly Okpik Adventure at Northern Tier High Adventure Base in Minnesota, this list is just the beginning of a carefully curated database of destinations.

When you visit the Guide to Cool Camps, click an image to read more about the can’t-miss features of each location. And, if you’ve visited the camp yourself, share your experiences by posting a comment.

Know of a camp missing from this list that we should check out? Share it with us in the comments.

This feature will continue to appear in our print version, but keep checking back for more as this useful online database grows.

3 Comments on Cool Camps goes digital

  1. Caleb Wright // October 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm // Reply

    As a past participant, Sid Richardson isn’t that good of a camp. Most of the merit badge facilities are nice, but the campsites and bathrooms could be better, and the staff isn’t that good. If you want a good camp in Texas, go to Bear Creek Scout Reservation. They have nice facilities and a great staff.

  2. The thing I wonder about the simulators at Sid Richardson Scout Ranch:
    Scouts are not supposed to engage in activities that can even suggest harming others — laser tag, for instance. But it’s ok to give them a stick and rudder approximation of a modern fighter aircraft?

  3. Is there something like this for cub scouts? My son is just a tiger but we are interested in camping this summer.

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