Family camps offer family fun at beachfront property

If your family likes to go camping at the beach, you should consider leaving all those noisy, unpredictable public campgrounds behind to head for the seclusion of Boy Scout beach-front property!

New for 2007, Cascade Pacific Council is offering Family Camps, which began with a Memorial Day Weekend Family Camp held this spring. As members-only activities, families are assured of a more peaceful and pleasant experience than they might have at public campgrounds, and more elbowroom and friendly faces throughout the property.

At these relaxed events, families enjoy a variety of activities such as sand-castle building, beach walks to the tidepools, beach games and more. The events are very loosely scheduled with an ‘open campus,’ so families can pick and choose from family camp activities, head into town to visit local attractions, or just enjoy the quiet coastline.

At the close of the spring event we asked each family for their thoughts about the new program:

“Great family experience; safe & fun for the whole family.”

“The tents were in good shape; the shower-house was especially nice.”

“Very reasonable - you can’t get all this at [other places] at the beach.”

“Its a great deal.”

“Fantastic schedule. We were able to enjoy some camp activities and explore the surrounding area each day.”

“It was wonderful! We loved having pre-planned activities and the ability to attend or not to attend.”

“Will definitely come again. Would love to see family camps at other camps.”

“This was a wonderful experience; planning to come back in August.”

“Please do it again next year! We had a fantastic time and want to come back.”

“This was an awesome alternative to the typical holiday weekend we typically avoid!“

The next family camp will be held August 18-21 at Camp Clark near Tillamook. For details and to sign up online, visit

[Originally published in the summer 2007 edition of CPC Times; these family camping events are still going strong]

[ Editor update: These Holiday Weekend Family Camps have been going strong each year since 2007, and have grown to the point where we moved them next door to Camp Meriwether where there are more activities and more room for families to spread out.  These events fill up fast, so families are encouraged to get their resevation early each year. As always, look to or for online registration options.]

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