The first campsite on the right-hand side of Snake River Road, Arrow is the summertime home of Treasure Valley’s CIT (Counselor in Training) program and is also available for fall-winter-spring camping. The campsite has two patrol sites with three two-man platforms each, one two-man staff platform (for a platform capacity of 14 people), a completely enclosed hard-roofed shelter, and a year-round vault latrine. The access road is currently very rough and is not plowed in winter. Care must be taken driving in and out and there is very limited parking in the campsite. Guests are strongly encouraged to park at the nearby Magee Lodge, where water is available year-round through an exterior spigot. The heated Central Restroom is across the street from the Magee Lodge.
Arrow is also the site of our two newest Adirondack Shelters, currently referred to as Adirondack A and Adirondack B. The first structure was funded by a legacy gift from Pachachaug Lodge 525, Order of the Arrow; the second by the Chuck and Monica McQuaid Family Foundation. Both Adirondacks were built by our volunteer Friends of Treasure Valley with the support of our Ranger, Matt McLaughlin. These Adirondacks each feature four built-in wooden double bunks for a capacity of eight people each (for a combined Adirondack capacity of 16 people). Guests may wish to bring a foam pad or air mattress. A privacy panel and bench allow for changing. There are no fireplaces in front of these structures, and units should carefully consider whether they are appropriate for very cold-weather camping. The campsite has a fire ring with benches along with picnic tables. Half-barrels and stands can be provided for cooking on request.
Located more than halfway up the hill, to the south of Ridge Road, Tall Maples offers a great deal of privacy. It is closest to Shooting Sports, through various trails as well as Ridge Road offer access to other parts of camp. Tall Maples is appropriate for small-to-medium-sized units, with two patrol sites holding eight Scouts each. One leader tent holds a maximum of three adults. Extra adults can always be housed in unused camper tents. The site includes a handicapped-accessible pit tank latrine. Tall Maples is not a designated unit cooking site and the hard-roofed shelter does not have a cooking extension. This campsite is available for fall and spring camping; it is NOT available for winter camping when there is snow on the ground.
High Mesa is situated along Snake River Road on one of the flattest sections of East Camp. It is closest to Ecology-Conservation, Magee Lodge (first aid station), Brown Sea Island (first year camper program), and Scoutcraft. Welcoming larger-sized units, High Mesa has tents for 42 Scouts, arranged in a large semi-circle. Two leader tents hold a maximum of three adults each. Extra-large units may also be able to use an eight-Scout patrol site situated part way between High Mesa and Pine Acres. High Mesa is a designated unit cooking campsite, and the hard-roofed shelter has the cooking extension with a food storage cabinet and a propane stove, griddle, and hot water heater. The site also includes a pit tank latrine. Both the latrine and hard-roofed shelter have solar powered LED lighting systems (summer only). This campsite is available for fall-winter-spring camping. Though Snake River Road is plowed in winter, the access road to the campsite is not.
Hickory is a centrally located campsite about halfway up the hill on Ridge Road. Connected by a number of trails as well as Ridge Road, it is no more than an 8 or 9 minute walk to most program areas. One nearby trail features a remarkable 60-foot trestle bridge built by one of our troops a number of years ago. Hickory is appropriate for medium-sized troops. It has four well defined patrol sites of eight Scouts each on two-person platforms. The two leader tents hold a maximum of three adults each. The flush latrine is handicapped accessible. Though not a designated unit cooking site, the hard-roofed shelter has the cooking extension for extra unit equipment storage space. Both the latrine and hard-roofed shelter have solar powered LED lighting systems (summer only). This campsite is not available for fall-winter-spring camping when the water system is shut down.
If you can visualize the moon rising over Browning Pond at night, you have likely been to Fort Courage! One of the original West Camp campsites, Fort Courage was resurrected in 2017. Located in one of the few flat spots in West Camp, this campsite offers a spectacular view overlooking Browning Pond. It has four patrol sites of five tents each, with two additional two-person tents, for a total capacity of 44 individuals. The site includes A pit tank latrine and includes two hot water shower stalls (summer only) and solar powered LED lighting (also summer only). Fort Courage does not currently have a hard-roofed shelter. This campsite is available for fall-winter-spring camping, though in winter the access road is plowed only as far as Venture Lodge. However, parking is in the large West Camp parking lot.