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.
Staff Opportunities Still Available (updated)
Every year we have to bring some new people into the family. With COVID making things a challenge to meet potential new staff members we are really pleased that most of our 2020 staff chose to return. However, we do have a few key openings so if you are a candidate or know someone who is please reach out!
Time To Make Plans In 2021
So far we have almost 400 Scouts and leaders signed up to attend Camp Barstow in 2021. We hope you will be part of the fun and adventure as we bounce back from the disappointment of last season. We are hiring the staff, making improvements to the camp,
What is Klondike Winter Camp
The Klondike Winter Camp is held December 27-30 annually at Camp Barstow. This Winter Camp is held just after the Christmas holidays. A volunteer camp staff provides program help, guidance, and supervision in the area of Scout-craft, Nature, Arts, and Heritage as well as many other specialty merit badges.
You can secure your spot for 2021 in just a few easy steps:
Select the week you plan on attending summer camp using the tabs on the right side of this page.
Enter an estimated number of scouts and adults attending.
Enter your name, e-mail, and phone number or log-in.
Before booking the registration and paying the deposit,
This past weekend we hosted an outdoor open house at Camp Barstow and welcomed Scouts, parents and leaders to see the camp in person. But if you could not make it just know that we will come to you! Please reach out to schedule a 15 minute camp promotion zoom with the Camp Director Jason Spangler or Program Director Chris McDuffie.
For several years now leadership from Camp Barstow has traveled to the Florida Camp Shows to introduce Scouts and leaders to how much fun they can have on Lake Murray. The weekend of October 3-4, 2020 you can find Camp Director Jason Spangler and Program Director Chris McDuffie once again answering questions about our camp.