Greater Tampa Bay Area Council camps are closed to Scouting Activities
until at least June 1, 2020.
Unit camping will resume once Florida has reached Phase 2
of the Governors Roadmap to Re-Opening.

Council Camps

Booking a Campsite

Here is a guide with the recommended steps to booking a campsite for your Pack, Troop or Crew.

 Booking a Council Camp Site Recommendations

Affiliated Camps

As we pave the way to week long Scouts BSA summer camp at Flaming Arrow, the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council has affiliated with several nearby camps to provide a long term camping experience for our Scouts.

Find out more about our affiliated camps!

Want to help?

Are you interested in weekend service at one of our staffed camps? Consider joining our Campmaster Corps!

Camper Code of Conduct

These rules are made for the safety of campers, protection of equipment, and to provide fairness to all, for the protection of our Scout units, outside groups, all adults, youth, campers, non-campers using any of facility owned by Greater Tampa Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, and must be observed at all times.

 Camper Code of Conduct

Camping Fee Schedule

The current fees for Scouting units reserving our camps are in the online reservation system.  For your reference, a fee schedule is provided below.  Please note that the current online reservation system pricing will supersede any written fee schedule.

Camping Fee Schedule

Reservation Refund Policy

The Greater Tampa Bay Area Council does NOT issue refunds for camping reservations.  In the event you need to cancel a reservation, your fees will be credited to another reservation within the following year.  The Greater Tampa Bay Area Council does require either a 2 week or 4 week advance notice when changing a reservation.  See the policies below for details.

Cub Scout Approved Sites

Here is a list of local campgrounds that have been approved for Cub Scout Camping.

Cub Scout Pack Overnighter Approved Sites

 

Making a Reservation

For BSA groups, to make a reservation at one of our camp properties, please use the online reservation system.

For non-BSA groups, please contact Jason.Borton@scouting.org to inquire about reserving a camp.

Free Camping for Units – Scouting for Food and Friends of Scouting

If your unit participates in Scouting for Food and schedules a Friends of Scouting presentation for 2020 then the unit is eligible for free tent camping (was $3 / per person per night) from January 1, 2020 – February 28,2021.  To book the free camping, do the following:

  1. Go to our reservation site at: https://campreservation.com/089/Home 
  2. Pick the group type Greater Tampa Bay Area Bay – FOS & SFF from the group type drop down when asked.
  3. For all bookings made after January 1, 2020 the tent camping (was $3/per night) fees will be $0/per night.
  4. Units that book free camping for January or February and do not participate in Scouting for Food at the required level will be billed.
  5. Units that book free camping and fail to have the scheduled Friends of Scouting presentation will be billed.
  6. Please note that Adirondack sites and sites with cabins are still the same pricing.

If your unit has already booked camping between January 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021 and paid for it, after the Scouting for Food drive is complete we will issue credits to units that participated in the food drive and have scheduled a Family Friends of Scouting Presentation.

Council Policies

Unit Campsite Reservation Policies

Refunds and Credits

The Greater Tampa Bay Area Council does NOT offer refunds on camping reservations.

In the event we issue a credit, that credit is valid for future camp reservations.

Site Reservation

Please only book one site unless you are beyond the site capacity.

Site reservations may be moved within a camp based on size.

Units reserving more than one site may be combined into a single large site.

Reservation Blackout Windows

Reservations for camp sites must be made 2 weeks in advance.

Reservations for amenities and activity areas must be made 4 weeks in advance.

Payment and Changing Headcount

Payment for the estimated number of attendees is made at the time of booking.

The reservation headcount may be adjusted up to 2 weeks before the booking date.

Cancellations and No-Shows

Cancellations must be made 4 weeks in advance of booking date or they may incur a 50% cancellation fee (up to $200 max).

No shows/no calls may result in a 60% cancellation fee.

Weather related cancellations will result in a full credit being issued.

Reconciliation of camping reservations

Any unit seeking a reconciliation of camping reservations must be done within 2 weeks of the reservation date.

If families on your reservation cancel due to illness or family emergency, we will give a credit for their reservation in the system.  We do not credit for no-shows.

A Scout is Honest – if more people attend camp, please call the office to reconcile.

Any damage or cleaning fees will be assessed to your unit.

All bills will be paid online with the reservation system.  Invoices will be sent via email.

Unit Program Areas Reservation Policies 

All reservations for program areas: Shooting ranges, climbing or aquatics are for the facilities only.  Your unit must provide the appropriate volunteers with credentials to the camp master or ranger to be given access to the facilities.  The Greater Tampa Bay Area Council will not be able to provide individual units with staff for program areas.  We are moving our efforts to providing instruction for unit volunteers to empower the units to be able to open these facilities.  Having more trained volunteers will give your unit more freedom and will be beneficial to all of the Scouts in our area.

What If My Unit Doesn’t Have Leaders That Are Trained?

Choice 1 – Get Your Leaders Trained

Each of the program committees will be running training several times a year.

Check the Council Calendar at:  https://tampabayscouting.org/calendar for upcoming training.

For best results in the calendar, open filter and select training.  Then press apply filter.  The List view shows everything at once.

Choice 2 – Talk to Other Leaders at Roundtable and Collaborate

Every district has leaders who are trained in it.  Many times units can team up for a weekend day or volunteers from one unit will help another.  You can ask talk to your District Executive about volunteers in your district that can help.

Choice 3 – Attend One of the Council Activity Days

Each of the program committees (shooting sports, climbing and aquatics) will be scheduling days throughout the year to open the facilities.  You will be able to sign up for them as any other event.  This allows our volunteers to maximize their time and serve as many youth as possible while also giving your Scouting Families more choices in activities throughout the year.

Check the Council Calendar at:  https://tampabayscouting.org/calendar for upcoming events.

Have questions or feedback about this page? Last updated June 2, 2020

Please contact the page author with your feedback:

Jason Borton

Director of Camping and Scoutreach

Email | 813-624-9764