Does your unit want to use the camp property for the day to hike and explore? Units can use the camp as a basecamp for their day activity. Members of the unit must check in and out with the camp ranger and are limited to usage of the parking area and bathrooms. Usage of the open fields must be coordinated ahead of time.
The Eagle Lodge is a classic camp building at the foot of the Main Road in East Camp, adjacent to Pine Point and beautiful Browning Pond. Once known as the Commissary, then as a bunkhouse, and more recently as a year-round Trading Post, the Eagle Lodge is once again a fall-winter-spring bunkhouse.
A large main room has nine double bunks for a total youth capacity of 18. A separate adult bunk room has four single bunks. Various tables and chairs are also provided.
The Eagle Lodge has electricity, wi-fi, and a wood stove for heating. Though the wood stove does a decent job, in very cold weather please ensure that all participants bring winter sleeping bags and have plenty of warm dry clothes. The building is handicapped accessible; if you require the ramp in times of heavy snow, please be sure to let us know.
The Eagle Lodge does not have bathrooms but the year-round Boonesville Restroom is a short walk away. Likewise, this building does not have a kitchen and cooking is not allowed indoors. Picnic tables are available nearby on Pine Point and units are encouraged to bring whatever shelters and cooking equipment they normally do for camping trips. If you would like half-barrels please let us know. Water is available at the Magee Lodge as is true for all of East Camp in the cold weather months. In times of heavy snow, parking near the Eagle Lodge may be limited.
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.