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After one weekend at Camp Balboa you will feel comfortable with your next campout.

Camping At Camp Balboa

Looking for help with outdoor program? Camp Balboa is the place to go! Camp Balboa offers weekend program assistance to all Scouts and Leaders in outdoor activities, camping and advancement. Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venture Crews will find a full weekend of fun, skills, sports, skits and songs every weekend.

First Time Camper

Our goal is for you to have an enjoyable, successful and educational weekend experience. "Let us know your needs". We start before you check in for the weekend helping you with anything you are not comfortable with. At camp you will find assistance with: camp layout, tent setup, cooking, camp safety, rope & knot skills, basic compass, knife ax & saw safety, campfire ... and that's just the beginning.

Campmaster Orientation

Held at Camp Balboa on two or three weekends of your choice to make you familiar with the facility. We will cover the necessary locations of Electric shut-off boxes, Water shut-off valves, Gas shut-off valve, and the Scout Bowl sound and light system. The location of weekend activity materials, craft shop, Hogan, Baden-Powell Lodge, Swimming Pool, Training Materials, etc. Become familiar with the unique weekend activities of Camp Balboa. Campmasters will know what you can do, can't do, where to go camping, what our camps have for you, how to set up your weekend outing, who can use the camps, how to get there, plus all your questions about camping and outdoor program answered.

Balboa Weekend Program

Each weekend (year round) from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon Camp Balboa offers a complete outdoor program for Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and their leaders. Check in Friday afternoon with your camp reservation form, set up camp, and attend the planning meeting (to plan the weekend) at 9:00 PM in Baden-Powell Lodge. The weekend will be planned out to best benefit all units in Camp. Balboa Program activities do not have pre-set times. You schedule the weekend Friday night. Swimming Pool is open from 1:00 to 4:00 PM Saturday from May until October.

Balboa Activity ARCs

When you come to Camp Balboa the ARC program will make it easy to get your Scouts to work on some of their advancement and activity requirements because of that little patch they can earn for doing the requirements. Several of the ARC's parallel those activities. i.e.; Knife Safety, Camping, Scouts Own, Knots, and Fire Safety. Learn More…

Saturday Night Campwide Campfire

Each unit at camp for the weekend will be encouraged to participate in the Saturday night campfire held in the Scout Bowl from 8:00 PM to 9:15 PM. Two skits and two songs from each unit at camp usually make a successful and enjoyable campfire program. Scout Bowl is always available for units to hold award ceremonies Sunday through Thursday.

Example of a Typical Weekend

4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Check in at Baden-Powell Lodge
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Set up camp, Eat dinner, Relax
8:00 PM Leader meeting in Lodge to plan weekend activity schedule.
10:00 PM All campers in campsite and quiet (Camp Gate Locked)
6:00 AM - 7:45 AM Breakfast and clean-up
8:00 AM Flag ceremony at Lodge Flag Pole
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM Activities, Hikes, Sports & Games
(Per Friday night meeting)
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch, Clean-up, Relax
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Activities. Cooking skills, Dinner, clean-up, Relax
(Assistance on request)
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM Skit Approval and Practice
6:50 PM Assemble in Scout Bowl for Campfire
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM Saturday night CAMPWIDE campfire (all units)
10:00 PM All campers in campsites and quiet (Camp Gate Locked)
6:00 AM - 7:45 AM Breakfast and clean-up
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Flag ceremony at Lodge Flag pole
8:15 AM - 8:45 AM Scouts Own - (Balboa Chapel by units)
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM Camp activities - Clean camp - Check out

Assistance and information will be available throughout your weekend outing at Baden-Powell Lodge (Any Scouting subject).

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Police Campsite, Take trash to dumpster in parking lot -- Check out, Pay fees, Purchase patches at Baden-Powell Lodge --