Year-Round Camp Activities
The fun camp doesn’t stop when the summer is over. The Cascade Pacific Council offers year-round events at our camp properties and full programs. To view upcoming events at camp, visit our upcoming events calendar.
Our flagship year-round programs happen on multiple dates throughout the year or can be booked for a specific weekend by your troop or pack.
The Cascade Pacific Council’s various, scenic camp properties are available to Scouting units year-round on the weekends. Reservations are required. Camps are available for unit camping between September and through the end of May. Some camps may have restricted access due to weather/road conditions. Reservations are on a first-come, first served basis.
How to Reserve a Site for Weekend Camping
Scouting packs and troops can reserve Cascade Pacific Council camps on the weekends.
Step 1 – locate the property you want.
Step 2 – log into Tentaroo (our online reservation system) using your unit login and follow the prompts to reserve a camp.
Step 3 – check date availability.
Our camps are also available to private groups who are not associated with the BSA. View our “rent a camp” section for more details.
Special Programs at Camps
Our camps host a variety of special programs throughout the year that include unique programming. These include “Mom and Me,” “Dad and Me” and “Parent and Pal” as well as training courses – like our certified instructor trainings for shooting sports. Special events like these can be found in our Upcoming Camp Events calendar.
Can’t wait for summer fun at Camp Meriwether? Come out to one of the Super Weekends to enjoy an adventure at Meriwether in the off-season.
All shooting ranges will be open, along with the waterfront and climbing tower. Nature and Campcraft areas will also have self-guided activities for your Scouts. The weekend has been designed for play and for advancement work, both with the Trail-to-First Class and working on partial requirements that your Scouts need to finish up to earn a specific merit badge.
Cost: $15 per Scout (or $18 if registering within two weeks of a Super Weekend). There is no charge for adults. The rifle, shotgun, and muzzleloading programs will have additional fees to cover the cost of the ammunition and firearm maintenance.
Now that you’re registered for a Super Weekend, we’ve put together helpful resources to make planning for your trip a lot smoother. Check out the Camp Resources section for maps, planning guides, forms as well as camp property policies and frequently asked questions.
Super Weekend Dates
March Super Weekend
March 01 – 03, 2019
April Super Weekend
April 12 – 14, 2019
October Super Weekend
October 04 – 6, 2019
Horse Riding Programs
The Cascade Pacific Council manages a herd of about 75 horses housed primarily at Butte Creek Scout Ranch. Horse riding is an integral part of our summer camp program at both Camp Baldwin and at Butte Creek. And year-round, we offer weekend horse rides with unique instructional programs as well as the once-a-year horse trek.
Weekend Horse Rides
On most weekends from September through April, horse rides are available for Scouting units and other groups. Rides are available as ‘half-day’ (3 hours including instruction) or ‘full-day’ (6 hours including instruction) rides in and around the vast, beautiful property of Butte Creek Scout Ranch located near Scotts Mills, Oregon.
Lil’ Buckaroo Program
This is a fun instructive introduction to horsemanship for Cub Scouts ages 6-9. Scouts will learn about the history and nature of horses; how to be around horses safely; horse care and grooming; basic riding skills and cowboy gear! This event is held in the fully covered riding arena, so weather is never a factor. Two sessions are offered each day, starting at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. The sessions run for about 2 hours and need a minimum group size of 7 participants and have a maximum group size of 10 participants.
Cost: $30 per participant
Scouts, Webelos and older have the opportunity to go out for half-day rides. Half-day horse rides start either at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. and last for about 3 hours and need a minimum group size of 10 participants with a maximum group size of 35 participants. Groups will meet with wranglers to go over some basic horsemanship and riding skills before heading out for the ride.
Cost: $45 per ride
Full-day Horse Rides
Scouts BSA and Venturing Scouts can do a full-day horse ride. Full-day horse rides will start at 9 a.m. and will go to 4 p.m. and need a minimum group size of 10 participants with a maximum group size of 35 participants. Riders will need to pack a lunch for their ride. Groups will meet with wranglers at the start time to go over some basic horsemanship and riding skills before heading out for the ride.
Refund Policy: Horse Rides
Because your reservation stimulates the rate and at times the cost of shoeing the horses, veterinarian rotations, training schedules for horses and volunteer wranglers, there are NO refunds within two weeks of your riding day. Prior to two weeks, we will refund up to 50% of the fee.
Adirondacks are available for units and private groups that would like to camp over at Butte Creek.
You will need to reserve the Adirondacks using the facilities section of the online reservation system. (Adirondacks are no longer first come first served when arriving at Butte Creek). Make sure to use your unit’s Tentaroo account and not a personal one. View registration instructions if you need help.
You can reserve an overnight stay at Butte Creek. Please begin your reservation process by contacting Juliana Helwig (503.226.3423 or email@example.com) to inquire about open dates, facilities, and fees. All facilities carry a rental charge. To learn more about renting our camp properties, go to our rental properties section.
Now that you’re registered for a weekend horse ride, we’ve put together helpful resources to make planning for your trip a lot smoother. Check out the Camp Property Resources section for maps, planning guides, forms as well as camp property policies and frequently asked questions.
Annual Horse Trek
Want a 165-mile adventure through the majestic Mt. Hood Wilderness while riding horses? Each year, the Cascade Pacific Council takes its herd of horses on a trek from Butte Creek Scout Ranch (mid-Willamette Valley area) to Camp Baldwin in Central Oregon in the beginning of summer and in the opposite direction at the end of the summer. This is a chance to experience a horse program like no other. Each day of the trek, you care for the horses, enhance your horsemanship skills and enjoy the outdoors through this unique opportunity. Spots are limited for the trek.
The Cascade Pacific Council has two incredible lodges at Government Camp at the base of Mt. Hood offering incredible snow-filled fun for packs and troops each winter. Snow weekends are organized from December through March each year.
Aubrey Watzek Lodge – off of Highway 35 at White River crossing
Nanitch Lodge – at Government Camp off of Timberline Road
Weekend Snow Fun at the Lodges for Scouting Units
Each weekend date is assigned an age group: Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, etc. to keep the tubing hills safe and fun for everyone.
Council-wide Events at the Lodges
A few council-organized events are held at the lodges each winter, such as Venturing Weekend, Exploring Weekend and Scoutreach. These events are open to members of specific unit types. For dates, please visit our Upcoming Events section of this site.
Winter Lodge Service Days
Lodge Service Days are opportunities for your units to earn discounts for Winter Lodge Weekends as well as early access to the reservation system to ensure space for your preferred weekend. Wood stack weekends occur at both lodges on the second weekend of September and the Lodge Clean-up occurs at both lodges on the second weekend of October. Other dates are available for service if your unit cannot attend either of these weekends. For more information on and to register for any of these service days, please click on the links for the corresponding lodge below. Pre-registration for these service days is required.
2019 Service Days registration will open soon.
Registration for Winter Lodges
Registration for winter snow weekends opens each year on October 30. Scouting unit reservations are made online using our Tentaroo registration system. When making a reservation, it is important to use your unit’s Tentaroo account and not your personal one.
Scouts BSA: $20 per person
Cub Scouts: $10 per person
Discounts available for Scouts who participate in council-led clean-up and wood cut weekends.
Interested in reserving the lodges between April and mid-November for your unit or for a private group? Learn more about renting the lodges.
Now that you’re registered to visit a winter lodge, we’ve put together helpful resources to make planning for your trip a lot smoother. Check out the Resources section for maps, planning guides, forms as well as camp property policies and frequently asked questions.