Welcome to Camp Pioneer
Scouts BSA camp (for boys and girls ages 11 – 17) | Mt. Jefferson Wilderness (between Salem and Bend, OR)
Pine Ridge Lake at Camp Pioneer.
Wilderness Adventure Camp
At 4526 ft., Camp Pioneer offers no shortage of outdoor rugged adventure. This small, true mountain camp located in the scenic Mt. Jefferson Wilderness allows Scouts to escape into nature and experience the wonder of the pacific northwest. Established in 1936 on Pine Ridge Lake in the shadow of Mt. Jefferson, the camp features rowing, canoeing, swimming, fishing and kayaking; as well as Scoutcraft skills like cooking and pioneering.
Camp Pioneer believes that merit badges should be educational and fun in nature. The camp’s small size is used advantageously to provide a highly-flexible program. Badges are earned through hands-on, collaborative processes that excite and prepare Scouts to apply what they learn.
Outbound hiking from Camp Pioneer.
Outbound Hiking & Overnight Trips
Test and strengthen your unit and patrol. Camp Pioneer recommends that each unit spends at least one night out of camp on an outbound experience. Within a few miles of Camp Pioneer, there are several great destinations to choose from, including Cleo Lake, Scout Lake, Temple Lake, Turpentine Lake and Marion Mountain.
Scouts enrolled in the Cascade Rangers Program at Camp Pioneer.
Cascade Rangers Program
Cascade Rangers is Pioneer’s signature program designed to give older Scouts (14 – 17 years of age) a more challenging outdoor experience. Scouts have the opportunity to climb Mt. Jefferson (10,495′ elevation) or Three-Fingered Jack (7,844′ elevation), hike to Eight Lakes Basin and spend at least two nights out in the wilderness.
Pioneer allowed my troop to plan our own adventure. With endless outbound excursions, mountain views from camp and stand up paddle boards on-property, our week was perfect. We all agreed whitewater rafting was our favorite activity. – Carter T.
I didn’t become a Scout until last year, so I was excited to quickly work towards second and first rank in my week at Camp Pioneer. If you’re sights are set on achieving Eagle Scout rank, Camp Pioneer is the place for you! – Scott M., Troop 320
Camp Pioneer Activities
Camp Pioneer provides a traditional rugged mountain camp experience, balanced with modern-day Scouting activities. Scouts practice fundamental Scouting skills such as cooking, pioneering and rowing, alongside modern STEM activities which include engineering, inventing and robotics. At Camp Pioneer, enjoy both wilderness and STEM-oriented exploration!
Camp Pioneer’s STEM programming area features merit badges that are rarely found at camps – including Electronics, Robotics, Electricity, Engineering, and Inventing. You will build and tinker with fascinating gadgets that spark your imagination and have the power to grow and foster an interest for in demand career fields.
Test your Water Skills
Camp Pioneer features a beautiful lake that’s ideal to explore by kayak, stand-up paddle board or by canoe. Swimming is always an option on hot summer days, and you’ll love the whitewater rafting as you traverse class II and III rapids down the North Santiam River. Warning: You will get wet!
Trail to First Class
Are you focused on earning the Eagle Scout rank? Put your Scouting skills to the test! At Camp Pioneer, you may participate in the Trail to First Class , a program designed to knock out your Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class rank requirements. You’ll leave camp well on your way to becoming an Eagle Scout.
Improve your Marksmanship
With safety a priority, Camp Pioneer features an archery and .22 rifle range staffed with trained professionals who teach you how to skillfully and safely shoot.
Planning for Camp
2019 Camp Pioneer Sessions
Session 1 (boys & girls): June 23 – June 29
Session 2 (boys only): June 30 – July 06
Session 3 (boys & girls): July 07 – July 13
Session 4 (boys only): July 15 – July 20
Session 5 (boys & girls): July 21 – July 27
Session 6 (boys & girls): July 28 – Aug. 03
Session 7 (boys & girls): Aug. 04 – Aug. 10
Session 8 (boys only): Aug. 11 – Aug. 17
Fees for 2019 will vary depending on the session you attend and whether you are attending from in or out of Council. Prices are per person.
Sessions 1, 6: $355 | $335 for in Council troops
Sessions 3, 4, 5: $370 | $350 for in Council troops
Session 2, 7, 8: $340 | $320 for in Council troops
Price for adults: $155/adult (1 free adult for every 8 scouts with a maximum of 3 free adults).
2020 Session Dates and Pricing
Reserve your camp now for the summer of 2020! Camp prices, session dates and registration are now available for Camp Pioneer. Early bird pricing is available between now and Aug. 31. Camp sessions fill up quickly so plan ahead and reserve your spot.
Each campsite is equipped with 9’x7′ canvas tents placed on mini sleeping decks. You’ll also find a hand wash station, garden hose, picnic tables, flag pole, campfire rings and other campsite essentials.
Separate shower facilities are offered for Scouts 17 and under, adult women, and adult men.
All meals are served in a combination of cafeteria and family style in the camp dining hall. Between meals, Scouts and adults may find fruit and a bagel & cream cheese bar available to them.
Already Registered for Camp?
Now that you’re registered for camp and looking forward to your summer scouting adventure, we’ve put together helpful resources to make planning for camp a lot smoother. Check out the Camp Resources section for maps, planning guides, meal plans, forms as well as camp policies and frequently asked questions.
Want to Reserve this Camp for a Weekend?
You totally can. Our camps are available for reservation by groups between September and May (weather/staff dependent). Learn more about renting our properties for your Scouting unit or private group.
This camp is nationally accredited by the Boy Scouts of America through its National Camp Accreditation Program (NCAP). This program helps councils elevate camps to new levels of excellence. Each camp is reviewed based on rigorous standards. The goal is to 1) ensure that each camper and leader has a fun, high-quality program consistent with BSA brand; and 2) ensure the health, safety and well-being of every camper, leader, visitor and staff member while participating in a BSA accredited camp.