Welcome to Camp Pioneer

"Jewel of the Cascades" 

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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


Camp Calendar

Jun 5-7: Volunteer Work Weekend (Beaver Weekend)
Jun 12-14: Order Of The Arrow Ordeal
Jun 28: Summer Camp Begins: June 28
Sep 19-21: Volunteer Work Weekend (Black Bear Weekend)

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:
62681 Twin Meadows Road
Idanha, OR 97350
GPS Coordinates:
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
Elevation: 4,500ft
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.

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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