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“The Philmont of the East”

–Scouting Magazine

During the fleeting summers of youth, a few experiences shape your view of the world and yourself. The camps of the Blue Ridge Mountains Council…Ottari, Powhatan, and Claytor Lake Aquatics Base…offer a range of activities for Scouts and leaders to enjoy and connect with one another and nature. Although each camp offers a variety of activities, all are designed to convey the definitive Appalachian nature experience.

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Camp Powhatan


While Camp Powhatan is the largest of the three camps, each campsite offers a small-camp atmosphere. Scouts have the option to sleep in canvas tents or Adirondacks. All campsites have modern shower facilities. Camp Powhatan has a large waterfront offering BSA Lifeguard, Mile Swim, a beginner swimming class, blobbing, and swimming.

 

  • Base Camp Powhatan
  • Brownsea Island for first-year campers
  • Fish Camp
  • New River Adventure
  • Voyager
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Camp Ottari

A smaller camp focused on a traditional Scout experience. Scouts stay in traditional tent campsites with remodeled shower facilities. The mountainous terrain offers scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Waterfront activities include swimming, canoeing, and small boat sailing. Older Scouts and Leaders can soar over the lake on an 800-foot zip line.

 

  • Base Camp Ottari
  • Brownsea Island for first-year campers
  • High Knoll
  • Mountain Man Adventure
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Claytor Lake Aquatics Base

Claytor Lake Aquatics Base is the Reservation headquarters for advanced fun on the water. Sitting on the edge of Claytor Lake, this camp gives participants many opportunities to enjoy the lake. The Aquatics Base offers SCUBA, waterskiing, sailing, motorboating and more. Claytor Lake Aquatics is the newest base camp on the Blue Ridge Scout Reservation, offering attendees comfortable cabins and modern shower facilities. Meals are served in the air-conditioned dining hall.

  • Base Camp CLAB
  • SCUBA Camp
  • Wakeboarding
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No fee increase for 2020!

Since 1949, we have strived to create experiences that are both enriching and affordable. While we have upheld the traditions of scouting, we have continually worked to upgrade our facilities and integrate modern technologies and time-tested values. We have made a commitment to make 2020 a mountaintop experience for campers and leaders. We hope you'll be a part of it!

To Preregister, learn more, or access an on-line presentation including pricing, click here.

Inquire now and receive a coupon for an exclusive World Scout / Blue Ridge Buff when your campers arrive.

One buff per camper in your group with coupon. Not for sale, final art will vary.

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Camp Powhatan

“Probably the best summer camp program I have ever seen.”

“This camp is amazing and truly one of the best in the East. Its layout will make you feel completely isolated in the woods.”

“I've been coming to Powhatan half of my life; it's my home away from home. It's honestly one of the happiest places on earth.”

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Camp Ottari

“One of the best camps in the United States. Excellent staff, fantastic program, beautiful location.”

“The zip line is amazing.”

"What an amazing camp. The Little Laurel Woodshop made the trip for me!"

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Claytor Lake Aquatics Base

“ Truly fantastic people, great facilities and superb location.”

“Great camp, I had a blast and so did everyone else in my troop.”

"Our troop came all the way from Sugar Land, Texas and everyone had a great time."

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High Adventure Specialty Camps

Provisional High Adventure is unique to the Blue Ridge Scout Reservation and the perfect fit for your troop with both young and older Scouts. Older Scouts attending the high adventure programs do not need to be accompanied by an adult. This gives the adults that do attend camp time to focus on the younger Scouts in the troop. Of course, if you have adults that want to attend one of the High Adventure Specialty Camps they do so as a participant in the program. This unique provisional opportunity provides both large troops with a diverse age range of Scouts and smaller troops that struggle with leadership at camp the ability to provide programs for all the Scouts in their troops.

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