Western Los Angeles County Council Camps
CAMP EMERALD BAY
Emerald Bay is located on Catalina Island, some 26 miles off the Southern California coast. Nestled in the West End of the Island, this 88-acre camp tender’s some of the best ocean camping at any Boy Scout Camp. In addition to the premiere Snorkeling, Kayaking, and Canoeing. Emerald Bay offers programs in Scoutcraft, Nature, Field sports, Handicraft, and High Adventure. During the summer months the camp is the location of a fully operational summer camp. Reservations are accepted for the off season – March through May and September through November.
Facilities: at the camp include 16 campsites of various sizes and 14 cabins sleeping 8 persons per cabin (bunks with mattresses provided). There are flush toilets, kybos, open-air showers and a 400-person capacity dining hall. There is an Archery and Rifle/Shotgun Range (qualified supervision is required). A campfire circle with amphitheater is available. Opportunities for Hiking and Backpacking.
Camping: from the beginning of June through the beginning of September the camp is reserved as a summer camp (Reservations are taken in September for the following year. Get your reservations in early because it fills up fast!). During the rest of the season camp is available for all groups to enjoy.
High Adventure – Canoe Catalina: Take an incredible 5 day adventure paddling around the beautiful and rugged coast of Catalina Island. Spend nights under the stars and the days Snorkeling, Canoeing and Hiking the interior. If you are lucky you might see Bison, a Bald Eagle, Flying Fish, Dolphins, Seals and Sea Lions.
This program is set up for Scouts 14 years and older who are looking to canoe more than 50 miles. Scouts and earn the 50 Miler Award.
Camp Whitsett is located in the rugged Kern River Country about 90 miles northeast of Bakersfield, 25 miles north of Lake Isabella. This 80 acre camp is nestled in the beautiful Sequoia National Monument. The camp is situated at 4300′ and provides great outdoor adventure and the opportunity to organize activities in the area of Nature, Scoutcraft, Aquatics, Handicraft, Rock Climbing and Project C.O.P.E. (Challenging Outdoor Program Experience). During the summer months Camp Whitsett is the location of a fully operational Boy Scout Resident Camp. Reservations are accepted for the off season April through mid June and September through November.
Facilities: at the camp include 19 campsites of various sizes, all having kybos and showers facilities conveniently located. There is an Archery and a Rifle/Shotgun Range (qualified supervision is required). A campfire circle with amphitheater is available. Lake Ida is filled from Memorial Day until the end of summer. Canoes and Kayaks are available and White-Water Rafting is available nearby on the Kern River. Opportunities for Hiking, Backpacking and Rock Climbing.
Camping: from mid-June through mid-August Whitsett is reserved as a summer camp (Reservations are taken in September for the following year). During the rest of the season the camp is available for all groups to enjoy.
High Adventure – Whitsett Sierra: Adventure at its best. You and your crew can embark on a challenge that will be a Scouting memory to last a lifetime. Your trek will take you through majestic stands of 2,000-year-old Giant Sequoias, ridges high above timberline with peaks towering above 14,000 feet and streams, filled with fish, that flow through Golden Trout Wilderness.
Two programs are offered; the High Sierra Trek and the High Adventure. All Scouts must be 14 years old or older. The High Adventure program will consist of 3 days of Backpacking, 1 day of White-Water rafting, 1 day of Mountain Biking and 2 days of Rock Climbing. The High Sierra Trek program includes 5 days of Backpacking and 2 days of Rock Climbing.
Camp Josepho is hidden away in Rustic Canyon of the Santa Monica Mountains near the beaches of the Pacific Palisades and Malibu. You would never know that Los Angeles could have a camp so close and yet feel so remote. Access is just off the 405 (San Diego) Freeway at Sunset Boulevard near the towns Brentwood and Santa Monica. The camp offers a traditional camp setting of years gone by featuring the Malibu Lodge, seat of the Order of the Arrow, and cow trails that follow the old creek bed to 16 campsites stretching through the canyon wilderness.
Facilities: The 16 campsites are supported by flush toilets and hot showers at the Olympic size Swimming Pool. Separate Range for BB shooting, Rifle and Archery and an outdoor setting for Campfires, Nature and Scoutcraft. There are plenty of trails for Hiking and Biking in the Santa Monica’s.
Camping: There are many opportunities for all age groups to enjoy organized Scout Camping from the new Boy Scout, Webelos and Cub Scout Resident Camps to Junior Leader Training Conferences, and other weekend events.
Emerald Bay Outdoor Academy is a top-notch science, conservation, and research outdoor education camp located on Catalina Island in California. We offer a curriculum focused on leadership, character development, marine and earth sciences. Students that visit Emerald Bay are never ready to go home!
Other Local Camping
- Paradise Springs, Big Rock Creek
- Saddleback Butte State Park
- Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area
- Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area
- Red Rock Canyon State Park
- Angeles National Forest
- Los Padres National Forest
- San Bernardino National Forest
- Inyo National Forest
- Joshua Tree National Park
- Mojave National Preserve
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The Outdoor Adventures Team is here to help you unlock Scouting’s adventure. From the mountains to the ocean, High Adventure to international adventure and everything in between, nobody does it better.