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 Thunderbird District Camping Opportunities

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One of the fundamental purposes of the Order of the Arrow is to promote camping as a part of the unit's annual program, and to help strengthen the district and council camping program as a whole. Thunderbird Chapter and Wauna La-Mon'tay Lodge provides information about these opportunities on this webpage, as well as the Where to Go Camping Guide as an aid to encourage local units to spice up their outdoor adventures, and enjoy the world around us.

Council Properties

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Resident Camps - Boy Scouts

Camp Baldwin - is known for its string of horses and for a well-rounded high adventure program.  This excellent camp operates a commissary-style foodservice, and emphasizes the patrol method in camp.


Camp Cooper - is known for its unique natural setting and 85' waterfallin the middle of the Coast Range.  This seclude camp features a COPE course as well as other outbound high adventure activites.


Camp Meriwether - is one of the few Scout camps in the nation to be situated on the Pacific ocean.  This beachfront camp offers a traditional Scout camp experience at a memorable location.


Camp Pioneer - is well known as a mountain-top experience in more ways that just its setting nestled in the foothills of Mount Jefferson.  This camp provides an excellent statt-to-camper ratio, and features outbound hikes and activities.


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Resident Camps - Cub Scouts

Cub World - at Scouters' Mountain is a resident camp where boys and their leaders stay at camp for 2 nights and three days. Scouts stay in a real fort, railroad boxcars or a teepee village; while adults stay close in tents (bring your own tent). Everyone eats together in the camp dining hall (Golda's Kitchen), and all participate in a three day program of Scouting fun and adventure.


Gilbert Ranch - is Cascade Pacific Council's newest Cub Scout Resident Camp. Opened in 1997, Gilbert Ranch is located at Butte Creek Scout Ranch near Scotts Mills, Oregon. The moment each 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.


Adventure Cove - is a resident camp, which means that the boys and their leaders stay at camp for the whole week. Scouts and leaders stay in campsites, sleeping in separate, large, framed two-man tents (provided). Everyone eats together in the camp dining hall, family style, and all participate in a week-long program of Scouting fun and adventure. A new shower-house was recently built, which is a great improvement to the camp experience.


Rover Camp

For Scouts that are unable to go to summer camp with their troops, or for those who want an additional camping experience, Camp Meriwether offers a ROVER TROOP.  Leadership for these troops is provided by highly qualified Council volunteers.  Applications will be available in the Camp department in the early Spring. All Rover troops are filled on a space available basis.


Independent Camp & Out-of-Council Camping - Click Here

In order for your troop to receive credit for a long-term camp, and you are not attending one of our council's camps, you'll need to complete a Declaration of Intent to Conduct an Independent Camp form. These are available in the camping department in early Spring. At the conclusion of your independent camp, an Independent Camp Final Report should be filed with the Camping department.


Campership Program - Click Here

Financial assistance is available to Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from the Cascade Pacific Council to attend CPC summer camps and day camps. The forms to request financial assistance will be available from the Camping department in early Spring.


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Here are a few of the countless reasons that are frequently expressed:

  • To make lots of new friends in your area, other states, and even other countries
  • To spend a summer in the great outdoors where nature prevails
  • To acquire experiential education (learning by doing) and new skills that will last a lifetime
  • To be part of an effective team and to cooperate with others to get things done
  • To learn how to lead others and to apply leadership skills
  • To undertake and fulfill meaningful challenges and to earn the satisfaction of doing a job well
  • To work with youth and adults of all ages
  • To serve others (the most noble and fulfilling pursuit of all)
  • To give something back for the opportunities you have received
  • To live in a wholesome environment based on the Scout Oath and Scout Law
  • To have the advice, counsel, and support of senior staff who are dedicated to helping you succeed
  • To be paid and receive food and lodging in return for something challenging and fun
  • To be considered for jobs of greater responsibility and to receive letters of recommendation for other pursuits


Why work at a fast food or retail establishment that focuses on sales when you can have opportunities like these that will prepare you for more meaningful endeavors?


Other Programs

Horse Trek - Click Here

Join us on this once in a lifetime adventure traveling the 165 miles between Butte Creek Scout Ranch, near the Scotts Mills area northeast of Salem, and Camp Baldwin, near Dufur. Travel through the majestic Mt. Hood Wilderness area where you'll learn about horses, the wilderness, horse-packing, and lots of cowboy tales from head wrangler Scott DePaolo and his crack team of wranglers. Each rider will bring their personal gear, sleeping bag and a tent. If the heavens are smiling down on us, plan to sleep under the stars while listening to the crickets chirping and bull-frogs croaking. Grub is served chuck wagon style by Cookie and his staff.


Canoe Flotilla - Click Here

The council owns a Flotilla of 12 canoes on two trailers that are rented out to units for use. These canoes have made their way all around Oregon and Southwest Washington, and are the perfect addition to any water themed campout.


National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) - Click Here

Cascade Pacific Council proudly offers one of the finest leadership courses in the nation, National Youth Leadership Training. NYLT, for short, is a premier youth leadership training course based on the syllabus of the National youth training program. This training course closely mirrors the same training that adult leaders' receive during Wood Badge, so a troop that has adults and youth who have completed Wood Badge and NYLT will be a troop that is stronger, better organized, and provides outstanding Scouting for boys. This amazing program is offered at Camp Cooper which is located near Willamina, nestled in the coast range within an old-growth timber preserve. With its nature trail and waterfall reminding us of the pristine forests of the great northwest, this is the perfect setting for teaching leadership.


Ranger Quest - Click Here

Ranger Quest is a five-day Venturing event that will be held on August 6 through 10, 2012, at Willamette Mission State Park in Gervais, Oregon. Ranger Quest is designed to provide Venturing Crews or individual Venturers the opportunity to work on or to complete Ranger Core Requirements or electives that will be offered in the event program. Any pre-work needed to complete a requirement or elective at the event will be identified in advance. And, opportunities will be provided at the event to sign up for follow-on activities to complete a requirement or elective, or to enjoy new-found skills.


Challengine Outdoor Personal Experience - Click Here

Project COPE is an activity that attracts and holds the interest of older boys in Scouting. It is perfect for Venturing crews and Explorer posts. It offers a set of stimulating activities designed to meet the needs of today's younger people seeking greater challenges to their physical and mental abilities. The underlying goals of a project COPE course are consistent with the methods of Scouting. Group activities help promote personal growth. Other Scouting methods are incorporated into the program. COPE provides an opportunity for every participant to achieve success as an individual member of their patrol or team.


National High Adventure Opportunities


Florida Sea Base - Click Here

The Florida National High Adventure Sea Base is a unique Scouting program that offers aquatics programs found nowhere else. Whether your interests lie in sailing, scuba diving, rustic camping on an undeveloped barrier island, fishing or a combination of all, this is the place for your troop or crew.


Northern Tier - Click Here

Northern Tier is the Boy Scouts of America's gateway to adventure in the Great Northwoods. In the Summer, scouts from Northern Tier's three wilderness canoe bases explore millions of acres of pristine lakes, meandering rivers, dense forests and wetlands in Northern Minnesota, Northwest Ontario and Northeast Manitoba. In the winter, Northern Tier is home to the Okpik Cold-Weather Camping program, the BSA's premier winter high adventure program. Fall programming is also available.


Philmont Scout Ranch - Click Here

Born in 1938 as Philturn Rockymountain Scoutcamp, today's Philmont Scout Ranch is a bustling center for high adventure and training. Youth and adults take advantage of the Ranch's camping, training and work programs. Most activity takes place during the summer, but Philmont also offers Autumn Adventure and Winter Adventure programs.

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Order of the Arrow High Adventure - Click Here

Order of the Arrow High Adventure is a National program that allows Arrowmen to and experience and serve the three High Adventure bases. There are currently four High Adventure programs consisting of Trail Crew at Philmont Scout Ranch, Wilderness Voyage and Canadian Odyssey at Northern Tier, and Ocean Adventure at Sea Base. These are all two week programs where Arrowmen serve for the first week and the plan their own trek for the second week. There are sessions of the programs starting all throughout the summer. The National Order of the Arrow Committee subsidizes the cost of participation in all four high adventure programs to minimize the fee paid by all participants. Our local lodge and section offers scholarships for those interested attending one of these programs; talk to your lodge or chapter chief for more information.



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page last updated on: 4/5/2013