What is Winter Camp:
The Winter Camp is held December 16-19 at Camp Barstow. This Winter Camp is held at the beginning of winter break just before Christmas. A volunteer camp staff provides program help, guidance, and supervision in the area of Scout-craft, Nature, Arts, and Citizenship as well as many other specialty merit badges.
What is Winter Camp:
Let’s Talk Summer Camp
Coming up we are holding two opportunities for your unit leadership to find out everything about our plans for summer camp in 2023. Whether you are already planning to come to Barstow or we are in your maybe column, you are welcome to join. The one hour zoom will give you all the details on why Camp Barstow is a great choice for your unit next summer.
In 2023 we have a new bundle that you’ve been asking for along with some other cool stuff to make things even better this summer.
CLICK TO VIEW 2023 CAMP BARSTOW LEADER’S GUIDE
Barstow Trailblazers- We have heard your feedback! New this year we are adding a bundle to complement our first year program.
We are excited to share the news that our very own Max Robinson has agreed to serve as the Program Director at Camp Barstow this summer. Max has served on summer camp staff for a total of 7 summers in a row! He began his journey on staff at Camp Bob Hardin of the Palmetto Council.
Troops can now sign up to hold their campsite for the summer of 2023 with a simple $100 deposit through the end of the year. This coming summer we will run four consecutive weeks of Scouts BSA camp starting June 11 and running through July 8. This summer at Barstow we will continue to build on our bundle program by adding a new bundle for Scouts working on 2nd and 1st class ranks called Trailblazer.
Once a Scout has been to summer camp at Barstow they often want to come back for more fun. We make that easy with a discounted rate for Scouts to “bounce back” Weeks 3 or 4 and save $50 on the price. We call this program Baden Powell and we have recruited two veteran Scout leaders to volunteer those weeks as our provisional troop leaders.
Camp Barstow is located on the Lake Murray in South Carolina and is a camp on the move. We have seen a 70%+ increase in attendance over the last five years. There are so many reasons why units are coming back to our camp. In this video we squeezed many of those into a two minute collage showing some of our secret sauce.
We are currently accepting applications for summer camp staff positions at Camp Barstow. We have a diverse staff with Scouts and Scouters from multiple councils and states represented. Please complete the form below to be considered. We will follow up with you to send an invitation for an interview.
2022 Camp Staff Online Application
Please note that our mandatory staff week is held June 5-11,
There is no greater customer at a Scout camp than the leaders who bring their unit. They are tasked with so much responsibility to keep the Scouts safe, make sure they stay engaged in their classes and yet still have a ton of fun. We interviewed Scout leaders at Camp Barstow to find out what their impressions of the camp were in this video.
If you’ve attended summer camp with your unit, you’ve probably had to help Scouts who couldn’t find their merit badge class sites or had trouble getting from one site to another in time.
The staff at Camp Barstow in Batesburg, S.C., came up with a solution. Camp director Jason Spangler and program director Chris McDuffie implemented a “Barstow Bundle” system.
This summer Camp Barstow is adding new options to our innovative merit badge bundle program. We will now have 26 bundles that include 61 unique merit badges. If you are just hearing about the Barstow Bundles click here to find out more. Here is an overview of the new choices for your Scouts.
In the summer of 2022 older Scouts (age 14+ or completed 8th grade) will have the opportunity to take part in our new high adventure programs operating 30 minutes away from camp at the Dreher Island Aquatics Base. We have partnered with the SC State Park Service to operate a remote base at a nearby state park.
We have a few more pieces of information to share with Scout leaders coming to Camp Barstow this summer. On a recent zoom call we got feedback that folks were curious to see the menu. You can find that linked below!
Camp Barstow Menu
We also are publishing the campsite assignments for Weeks 1 &
On Monday night June 14 the Key-3 at Camp Barstow conducted a pre-camp zoom with over 50 leaders and parents whose troops are coming to camp on Lake Murray this summer. To share the information we have recorded the session and uploaded the Zoom to YouTube. If you were unable to join us then you are invited to watch the video which includes a great question and answer session at the end.
We Look Forward To Seeing You @ Camp
There is going to be ALOT of information in this post and I hope you will take the time to read it carefully and share it with your fellow unit leaders.
Read to hear more about:
Updates to Scoutcraft Merit Badges
Precamp Zoom With the Camp Leadership
COVID Safety Protocol Updates
Mandatory Health Screening Form
BSA Rules on Golf Carts,
Cub Scout Resident Camp is a fun 4-day experience for Cub Scouts along with their leaders and/or parents. While immersed in adventures of the wild, Cub Scouts take part in activities such as archery, slinghshots, BB guns, nature hikes, games and crafts, swimming, and boating. Webelos can earn activity pins, and Wolf and Bear Cubs can also complete advancement requirements.
Join us to support Camp Barstow in this one day of giving effort!
Show your support by either
1) Donating financially (Donate Button)
2) Physical support, and/or
3) by sharing this information with everyone you know.
1) We are shooting for a $10,000 donation goal on May 15 to support Camp Barstow.
Baden Powell Scouts Come With Their Buddy To Camp
During weeks 3 (July 4-10) and 4 (July 11-17) we have availability in our Baden Powell troop! This is an opportunity for your Scout and a buddy to come to camp without the traditional troop structure. At camp we will have the leadership set up and the Scouts will form a provisional troop for the week.
For more than 4 decades Austin China has spent time on camp staff and supporting local Scout units in South Carolina. He is known as a master camp song leader. Some guys just have “it” and you will see in this video how quickly he wins over the mostly middle school age audience and brings the house down.