Property Details: Pioneer

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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.

Summer Program:

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.

For more information about the summer program, please see the Camp Pioneer Summer Camp page.

To place a reservation for summer camp, use the summer camp reservation form.

Weekend Camping:

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

To place a weekend camping reservation, please CLICK HERE to access the online property reservation system for pricing, scheduling, and other details.  If you have further questions in making a reservation, please contact Volunteer Services at 503.225.5759 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Facility Rental:

These facilities are available for rental by guest groups.  Please CLICK HERE to access the online property reservation system for pricing, scheduling, and other details.  If you have further questions in making a reservation, please contact Volunteer Services at 503.225.5759 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Property Facts:

Size: 48 acres

Location: Near Detroit Lake, halfway between Salem and Bend, Oregon along Highway 22; in the southern foothills of Mount Jefferson.

GPS Coordinates: 
Highway 22 turnoff: 44. 34.441 n  /  121. 59.349 w
Camp Pioneer:  44. 33.357 n  /  121. 55.924 w

Elevation: 4,500ft

Mailing Address: 62681 Twin Meadows Road, Idanha, OR 97350

Date Acquired: 1936

Maps: Click here to download trail maps of camp, and highway maps to camp