Butte Creek Scout Ranch (Gilbert Ranch)

"Ride for the Brand"

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Butte Creek Scout Ranch is located 30 miles Southeast of Oregon City and 30 miles Northeast of Salem in the foothills of the Cascades. The property is approximately 640 acres, lying on both sides of Butte Creek. Butte Creek has both native cut throat and rainbow trout along with a small run of steel head. Fishing is allowed in accordance with Oregon State Fish & Wildlife game regulations.

Gilbert Ranch is Cascade Pacific Council's newest Resident Camp. Opened in 1997, Gilbert Ranch is located at Butte Creek Scout Ranch near Scotts Mills, Oregon, and is open to Webelos age boys. The moment each Webelos Scout steps onto main street and lays eyes on the old western town of Butte Creek, he will find it easy to imagine himself as part of the old west.

Camp Sessions are 3 days / 2 nights and run from July through mid August. Scouts and leaders stay in large two man platform tents. Each pack stays in a campsite identified by different "brands." The Brands are Setting Sun, Lazy B, Yellow Rose, Happy River, Circle T, 2 of Hearts, Flying J and Rocking K. Meals are served in a large full service dining hall.

Program highlights include horseback riding, BB gun shooting, panning for gold, archery, and of course Cowboy Campfires.  A very special Girls' Camp is also offered, for girls ages 8 through 14, with all the program activities that the boys enjoy, from horseback riding and gold panning to bb and archery.

An exciting horseback riding program occurs nearly every weekend, September through early June at Butte Creek. Weekend camping faciilities consist of eight 10 person Adirondacks, 30 two-person Mini-Dacs, tent sites, and 640 acres of hiking and camping wilderness. Located near Scotts Mills & Silverton, Oregon. Reservations and tour permits required.

If your troop wants more of a camping challenge, you may wish to try one of the unimproved sites. They are located everywhere and we provide nothing. Your troop needs to be totally self-sufficient and be prepared for at least a 1/2 mile walk.

The picnic area is designed for day use only for units not wishing to camp. The facility has a 24'x36' covered area, 10 picnic tables, running water, 2 small barbecues, 1 large barbecue, and a campfire bowl with benches. This is a great place to hold a pack meeting.

There is no firewood provided at this facility. If you do not wish to gather firewood from the surrounding area, please plan to bring your own wood from home.  There is no garbage service available; please plan to pack out all trash.

Vehicles need to be kept on the designated roads and in the parking areas only. Roads at the ranch are for horses and pedestrians. Please use your vehicle only to come into and out of camp, not for transportation around camp.

With this ranch being so close to the Portland and Salem area, it is an easy-to-access, and thus popular back country camping facility.

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Butte Creek Reservations

2015 Summer Camp (online)
Paper Reservation Form
Weekend Property Use
Guest Group Rentals

Council Events at Butte Creek

Girls' Camp
Horse Trek

Butte Creek Contacts

Camping Registrar:
Jeanette Leach - jeanette.leach@scouting.org

Summer Camp Director:
Jeff Phillips - buttecreek@bsa.camp

Camp Rangers:
Scott Depaolo - scott.depaolo@scouting.org
Eric Witkowski - eric.witkowski@scouting.org

Weekend Horse Rides

Butte Creek Scout Ranch offers both half-day and full-day rides for folks of 2nd year Webelos age and up. Second-Year Webelos are able to take 1/2 day rides, Boy Scout age and up may take 1/2 day or full-day rides.

Morning and full-day rides start at 9:00 a.m. with approximately a half of an hour orientation. Please arrive a few minutes early, ready to go. Morning rides return to the barn at noon.


Afternoon rides meets at 1:00 p.m. and return at 4:00 p.m. Please arrive a few minutes early, ready to go. Depending upon what your troop wants to do, a full day ride may or may not come back to the barn at lunch.


All riders should wear suitable riding attire, taking into consideration weather conditions. We ride rain, shine, or snow, so be prepared. Long pants, a coat and a helmet are required. Heeled boots are strongly suggested.


Supervision: All rides are supervised by trained wranglers. Boy Scout and older units need to provide a minimum of 2 adult leaders for troops. Second-Year Webelos rides require one adult per 2nd year Webelos.


There is a minimum of 10 riders for a ride to take place.  Horse rides are scheduled at least two weeks in advance though our property reservation system.  Click here to go to the reservation system and select Butte Creek Scout Ranch to begin scheduling a weekend horse ride for your group.



Camp Calendar

Apr 11: Youth Dutch Oven Clinic
Apr 12: Adult Dutch Oven Clinic
May 29-31: Volunteer Work Weekend
Jun 20-28: Eastbound Horse Trek
Jul 9: Summer Camp Begins
Aug 6-8: Girls' Camp Session 1
Aug 9-11: Girls' Camp Session 2
Aug 22-30: Westbound Horse Trek

Property Facts

Highway Map: Click here to download a map to camp 

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Trail Map: Click here to download a map of camp

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Mailing Address:
13462 S. Butte Creek Road
Scotts Mills, OR 97375
GPS Coordinates:
45.00.199 N  /  122.35.493 W
Location: Near Scotts Mills, Oregon, and about 15 minutes south of Molalla, Oregon
Elevation: XXXft
Size: 670 acres
Date Acquired: 1968

Support Your Camp

Work Weekend: Each camp holds a work weekend during which volunteers get together to complete needed projects over one day or one weekend.  A list of weekends and contact information for other properties can be found on the Work Weekend page. 

Adopt-A-Project: Camp rangers keep lists of projects that a group, from Cub Scout packs to Boy Scout troops, or even families, Rotary or other service clubs, can 'adopt' based on their skill level and resources.  A sample list of projects can be found on the Adopt-A-Project page, along with contact information for camp rangers so you can find a project suitable for your group.

Camp Host Program: Many camps have Camp Hosts most weekends to help visiting campers maximize their camping experience.  Become a Camp Host to help packs and troops have great weekend camping trips.

Make A Donation Of Equipment: Visit our Equipment Donations page to see a list of items that our camps need.  To make a donation, please send an email to info@cpcbsa.orgThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

. If at all possible, include photos of the items. Please provide a detailed description of the equipment so that we may determine if it can be utilized and if so, the best use for it. Either an office staff member or a camp ranger will contact you about your donation offer. Thank you for your thoughtful contribution!

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