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Lets get ready for camping

Welcome to our council's camp page, where you can find all the information you need for an unforgettable camping experience!

 

We are proud to share a variety of options for both Scouts BSA and Cub Scouts, from resident summer camps to local day camp opportunities. Our camps provide opportunities for youth to connect with nature, develop new skills, and create lifelong memories.

 

The resident summer camps offer a full week of adventure, with activities such as swimming, boating, hiking, and more, depending where you choose to go. Scouts will also have the chance to earn merit badges and advance in their ranks. For Cub Scouts, the day camps provide a fun and safe environment to explore the outdoors, make new friends, and learn new skills.

 

In addition, we also provide information on camping sites used by units in our council. Whether you prefer primitive camping or camping with amenities, unit has something to offer for everyone.

 

We believe that camping is a valuable experience that helps develop leadership, independence, and teamwork skills in young people. We are committed to providing safe and fun camping opportunities for Scouts of all ages. We hope you'll join us on our next adventure!

Remember, to have a safe and fun campout or camp day there must be at least an adult with Outdoor training, and Weather Hazard training. The best thing about these trainings you can take them online in the confort of your own home and for free.  visit - my.scouting.org to complete these trainings.

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Arrow of Light Den Camping Reminders 

The Arrow of Light Scouting Adventure is an important step to preparing our Arrow of Light Scouts to transition into a Scouts BSA troop. Part of this adventure provides them the opportunity to “participate in a troop’s campout or other outdoor activity. Use the patrol method while on the outing.” 

 

As with all Scouting activities, this participation must follow the policies of the Boy Scouts of America as outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting. Here are a few helpful tips: 

  • It is not required for the Scouts to camp overnight. The troop event could be a campout or other outdoor activity such as an age-appropriate hike or other outdoor event. That is a decision the Arrow of Light den, the den leadership, and the Scouts BSA troop they are working with should make in collaboration. If the troop and pack do not share the same charter partner, the troop and pack/AOL den must receive permission from the council to hold the join activity. 

  • If the outdoor event is an overnight campout and the Arrow of Light Scouts are staying overnight, the Arrow of Light den must camp according to the specific camping guidance for Cub Scout found in the Guide to Safe Scouting. This includes:  1.) The den must have a BALOO trained adult leader in attendance.  2.) Webelos and Arrow of Light Den Camping: Each Scout should attend with their parent(s) or guardian(s). A Webelos or Arrow of Light Scout whose parent or legal guardian cannot attend a den overnight camping trip may participate under the supervision of at least two registered leaders. The leaders and a parent or legal guardian must agree to the arrangement, and all Youth Protection policies apply. Reminder, a Scout cannot share a tent with any adult other than their parent or guardian. 3.) Cub Scout youth may tent with a parent or guardian as outlined in Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse.

  • Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse outline registration requirements for adults. AOL dens must have registered two deep leadership in attendance at the overnight event. Additional parents/legal guardians who also attend with their own child/legal ward may qualify for the registration exception indicated in Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse so please review to determine applicability.  

  • What does it mean to “use the patrol method while on the outing”? First, engage the youth leadership of the troop you are collaborating with to find ways they can help the Arrow of Light Scouts in attendance see and experience the patrol method. There are many wonderful ways to use and see the patrol method during this event! Examples could include: 1.) Assign a member of the Arrow of Light den to serve as the “patrol leader” of their “Arrow of Light” patrol during the event. 2.) Provide the Arrow of Light den the opportunity to divide up chores or other necessary tasks to enable them to work together as a group to meet their group’s goals. 3.) Showcase the patrol method through the Scouts BSA patrols in attendance at the event/activity so the Arrow of Light Scouts can see the value and fun that comes from participating in a patrol.   

  • Regardless of the activity, verify that your planned Arrow of Light “Scouting Adventure” aligns with the policies in the Guide to Safe Scouting, including whether the planned activities are approved for an Arrow of Light Scout to participate in. Check out the Age Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities for a reference.  

  • Finally the “SAFE Checklist” is a helpful tool for your Arrow of Light den leaders and Scouts BSA troop youth leaders and adults to review and use as they plan for a successful event.

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Wehinahapay

Situated over 8,500  feet in elevation and shaded by tall pines, Wehinahpay boasts an array of accessible programs ranging from relaxing to exciting to challenging.

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We are located on 2,650 acres of high-desert beauty in the foothills of  the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico. in addition to being a nationally accredited camp (NCAP). The rolling hills of piñon, ponderosa, and juniper will captivate the mind and enchant the spirit.

Leasburg Dam State Park

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After a short 25-minute drive from bustling Las Cruces, you’ll arrive at this quiet park along the Rio Grande.

Leasburg Dam State Park offers peace and relaxation, a beautiful cactus garden, several hiking trails, and opportunities for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and birding. Night sky programs are very popular at this park, which features an observatory.

Aguirre Spring Campground

Have a campsite in mind that you would like to share with Yucca Council,  press button below to be directed to fill out page. Make sure you have pictures to show us how much fun you and your unit had. 

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