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 Matthew.Hall@scouting.org to inquire about reserving a camp.
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.
No Pets Allowed
Except Service Animals
“Service Animal” means any ADA recognized animal that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. Pets providing emotional support, wellbeing, or comfort companionship are not recognized service animals under ADA regulations. Misrepresenting an animal as a service animal is a violation of Florida State Statute. If you are bringing a service animal to camp, please contact the camp director or ranger beforehand.
Policy on Personal Firearms
The BSA has specific policies regarding handguns or other firearms at Scouting activities.
- While various state laws have authorized individual Scouters to legally carry or conceal firearms, Scouters/parents/volunteers are not permitted to carry them while involved in Scouting activities outside of the shooting sports program.
- This applies to all persons involved in the activity, as the activity should be under the control of an appropriate Scouter.
- The BSA policy in the Guide to Safe Scouting in both the Shooting Sports section and the unauthorized activity listing (see p.39 for full listing) states, “Except for law enforcement officers required to carry firearms within their jurisdictions, firearms shall not be brought on camping, hiking, backpacking, or other Scouting activities except for those specifically planned for target shooting under supervision of a currently certified BSA national shooting sports director or National Rifle Association firearms instructor.”
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Information for your unit about camping at the Greater Tampa Bay Area camps.
Camp Facility Usage
Visit the Camp Facility Usage page to discover:
- What training my leaders need to open a program area: Swimming, Shooting, Climbing, Kitchen
- What activities are available to my scouts in each program area
- How to get an instructor for my unit
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.
Camp Activity Days
Come enjoy the camps and their amenities in an affordable a la carte way. Your unit can even camp for the weekend. Find out more about Camp Activity Days.
Cub Scout Approved Sites
Here is a list of local campgrounds that have been approved for Cub Scout Camping.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions asked when looking at camping at a GTBAC facility.
Beginning January 1, 2022 the council program service fee will make the following free for GTBAC units at council camps:
- Campsites (primitive, improved and Adirondacks)
- Camp Shelters/pavilions
- Council Rings
No Show / No Call Policy
If a unit makes a reservation and does not call the council office at 813-872-2691 before the reservation (by 5 PM Friday for weekend reservations) to cancel, the Council may charge a $100 penalty to the unit.
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. In the event of a no call/no show for a camping reservation, the council has the right to impose a $100 penalty on the reservation. You must call the office at 813-872-2691 before the reservation (by 5 PM Friday for weekend reservations) to cancel a reservation.
No. Chartering organizations play an important role in the program and activities for their chartered units. Chartering organizations promote well-planned unit program for the units they charter and encourage their units to have active outdoor unit programs. Chartering organizations are not authorized to plan, promote, or deliver programs for units outside of their charter.
It is the role of councils to plan long-term or resident camps and the role of councils or districts to plan camporees (short-term camps) and other outings following National Camp Accreditation Program standards.
Units with different chartered organizations that wish to hold activities together must have council approval. In addition, some states require such activities to be licensed.
Should your troop, crew or ship decide to conduct a long-term camping program for your unit (Cub Scouting units are prohibited from this activity) please note that the Scouter Code of Conduct and relevant program safety and training requirements are still in place, e.g., Safe Swim Defense, Hazardous Weather, Wilderness First Aid, etc.
No. Family camping is for Cub Scouts only. In Scouts BSA youth must sleep separate from adults, even if they are members of the same family. Likewise, only Scouts of the same gender can share a tent, even if they are siblings. These are a part of Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse in Scouting.
Unfortunately no. Our insurance only covers official BSA events and unit outings. The Greater Tampa Bay Area is blessed with many great state and county parks that offer great camping experiences.
Outside groups that coincide with the ideals of Scouting can apply to rent GTBAC facilities provided they have the proper insurance and waivers. For more information, please contact Matthew Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.