Camp Shands is an affiliated camp for the Greater Tampa Bay Area. The camp is run by the North Florida Council. For more information, please visit their website at https://www.campshands.org/.
In the heart of the Florida wilderness, Camp Shands is a destination for youth, families and volunteers who are seeking adventure, fun and the creation of life-long memories. The 900-acre facility, located at the Baden-Powell Scout Reservation in Putnam County, is home to top-quality facilities and instruction including Shooting Sports, COPE and Climbing and, of course, Aquatics. Shooting Sports activities include BB Guns, Rifle, Shotgun, Archery, Action-Archery and Pistol. COPE and Climbing is home to the tallest climbing structure for Scouts in Florida with a rock climbing wall, rappelling, a zip line and ropes course. Aquatics activities at beautiful Lake Osborne include fishing, rowing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, stand-up paddle boarding and log-rolling. Camp Shands is home to a world-class Aquatics Center, which includes a beautiful pool, covered pavilions, gas grills, a splash pad and two waterslides. The slides are both more than 110-feet long; one is enclosed and one is open to the sunshine. They are theme-park quality and feature exciting twists and turns. The pool features swimming lanes and an area deep enough for SCUBA instruction. During Summer Camp, Troops camp in one of 11-big, comfortable campsites. Each site has its own screened-in pavilion, which features housing for up to 8-volunteers and a large paddled-fanned meeting space for youth. Scouts. BSA troops can also reserve a spot to stay in the famous Camp Shands treehouses, a unique way to camp, off the ground and in the trees. More than 55-Merit Badges are offered by a staff that prides itself on customer service and the experience. REGISTRATION