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Established in 1936 by the Cascade Area Council on Pine Lake in the shadow of Mt. Jefferson, Camp Pioneer is a beautiful location with the national wilderness area almost encircling the camp.
A true "mountain camp" located on the western edge of the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, Camp Pioneer offers outstanding opportunities to make your summer camp experiences memorable. Pine Ridge Lake offers rowing, canoeing, small boat sailing and swimming. "Outbound activities" and Scoutcraft skills such as pioneering, cooking, and nature study are offered. The field sports of archery, and .22 rifle are also available.
Incredible hiking and backpacking program. The wilderness backcountry of Mount Jefferson and dozens of mountain lakes are within hiking distance of camp. Become a Cascade Ranger to take part in our high adventure activities: hikes, climbs, caving, overnighters. A week of exploring, learning, and having an incredible experience in an incredible environment, the Mt Jefferson Wilderness.
Camp Pioneer's remote and elevated location restrict the camping season to about five months. Winter snow typically blocks road access and covers the camp into June, and returns in mid-October. Troops that wish to weekend camp at Pioneer are able to do so during the month of September
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62681 Twin Meadows Road,
Idanha, OR 97350
44. 33.357 n / 121. 55.924 w
Location: Near Detroit Lake, halfway between Salem and Bend, Oregon along Highway 22; in the southern foothills of Mount Jefferson
Size: 48 acres
Date Acquired: 1936
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.
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