Let’s go camping!
Say “Scouting”, and to many you also say “camping” . . . the backcountry . . . wood smoke from a campfire . . . backpacks . . . tents . . . streams! It’s all there just waiting for those who belong to the Boy Scout of America.
Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, set up the first summer camp for boys in 1907 at Brownsea Island, England, to test his theories about Scouting for boys. Since that time, the Outdoor Program has been an important part of the Scouting program.
Each June and July, the Golden Spread Council operates summer camps for Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA!
“All Golden Spread Council Camps are Nationally Accredited Camps”
Cub Scouts attend the fun filled Cub Scout Adventure Camp at Camp Don Harrington located near Canyon, TX. Summer Cub Camping includes local day camping experiences for Cub Scouts in grades 1-4 and a three day Resident Camp for Scouts in 1-5 (no Lions or Tiger Scouts).
Scouts B.S.A. and Ventures spend a week at Camp MK Brown near Mobeetie, TX . Scouts ages 10 1/2 (and have completed the 5th grade) – 17, can attend Camp. MKB offers Aquatics, Standard Camp Merit Badges, a Polaris 1st year camping program and Patrol/Troop Activities.
Council Properties / Short Term Camping
The Golden Spread Council owns and operates two excellent camp properties: Camp Don Harrington and Camp MK Brown.
Camp Don Harrington
Camp Don Harrington, named for its donor, was first opened in 1945. This 1600 + acre property is located in the west section of the Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle just 10 miles south of Amarillo on south Washington Street (FM 1541). It is on the Prairie Dog Fork of the Red River.
The camp has 12 campsites. The camp is open year-round for weekend camping. Other camp features include a new full dining hall and kitchen, two large swimming pools, bike trail, archery, rifle and the best and largest shotgun range in the area. The large lake offers canoeing, rowing, and excellent fishing.
Another exciting feature is the Ropes Challenge Course (COPE) including low and high elements. A popular attraction is the “swinging bridge” over the lake. A four element Cub World is also available including a tepee, a fort, a castle, and pirate ship.
For more information contact the Camp Don Harrington Camp Ranger at (806) 679-9617.
Camp M.K. Brown
Camp M. K. Brown, was named after its philanthropic donor and was first opened in 1968. Camp M. K. Brown is located approximately 35 miles east of Pampa, Texas on Highway 152 in Wheeler County. Close to historic Mobeetie, Camp MK Brown is a campers dream in the desert. There is an adult shower house, dining hall and kitchen, nature and craft building, and an administration building. The camp has 11 campsites.
This facility has a 65-acre lake offering many aquatic opportunities and excellent fishing. In addition to the lake the camp is heavily wooded with huge, old cottonwoods. Camp MK Brown also has archery, rifle and shotgun ranges. The camp is open year-round for weekend camping.
For more information about the camp, contact the Camp M.K. Brown Camp Ranger at (806) 826-0250.
All camp use requests MUST be submitted to the Scout Office by close of business the Wednesday before the requested date. See the Forms Tab to download Camp Use Request Form.
Addendum to Camp Usage Policy
From time to time a fire ban is imposed at Camps Don Harrington and/or MK Brown by the state, county, or other authority. During times of fire ban, units will be limited to camping in established campsites within a reasonable distance to water sources and maintain appropriate fire-fighting equipment as determined by the Camp Ranger.
Fees for any Council/District camping opportunity are posted on the individual Registration Form or Informational Flyer. All of our camping programs are fully certified and accredited by the National Camping Service of the BSA & the State of Texas.
Camp Staff Opportunities
Cub Scout Weeklong Camps and Cub Scout Resident Camps are staffed primarily of volunteers. Parents of Cub Scouts are welcome to be a part of the staff. Certified Directors provide expertise in the management and program areas. All Staff MUST complete a Camp Staff Application per BSA Standards.
Summer Scouts B.S.A Camp staff are paid seasonal staff. There are several positions that require National Certification but many do not. All Staff MUST complete a Camp Staff Application.
High Adventure Camping
Scouts who want to experience even more adventure can check out some of the National High Adventure Treks such as the Philmont Scout Ranch, the Northern Tier High Adventure Area, or the Florida Sea Base. Periodically the Council has a Council Contingent that goes to one of these areas. Watch the website for announcements.
Health Record Requirement
Each Scout and Leader attending either camp, may need an up-to-date health exam conducted by a physician within twelve (12) months prior to camp. Please check with the event leader or camp director to see if the health form is required. If so, please make a copy because the physical form will not be returned.
The name of the camper’s parents’ insurance carrier and their insurance policy identification number must be listed on the camper’s medical form. If they (parents) do not have medical insurance, other arrangements must be made by the unit with which the Scout is attending camp. Health forms are available at the Scout office or on the Forms page.
Leadership in Camps
It is the policy of the Boy Scouts of America that at least two adults, one of whom must be 21 years or older, are required for all trips or outings. Camp leaders must be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America and at least 21 years of age. Assistant camp leaders must be at least 18 years of age.
Consistent with the policy of the BSA, separate housing must be provided for all female leadership. While facilities in camp remain the same, scheduling is designed to assure the privacy of both male and female leadership. Special consideration is given to the maturity of leadership. Prudent judgment must be exercised to assure that proper role models are provided for our young people. If you would like more information about our Camp please contact our Camping Department at Golden Spread Council Office.