One of our Council’s hidden treasures is Big Foot Wilderness Camp, located in the Green Swamp east of Dade City. It is situated in a 30,000 acre wilderness preserve owned by the State of Florida–Southwest Florida Water Management District. The facility has a 1,200 square foot cabin, with lights and indoor plumbing, two wood stoves for heating, an outdoor shower for Scout use, a troop campfire area, and patrol campsites. There’s a 5-mile loop trail starting and ending at the cabin, which is perfect for completion of a second class 5-mile hike requirement. This loop intersects with a portion of the Florida National Scenic Trail extending approximately 25 miles in a northerly direction and 10 miles in a southerly direction. Big Foot Camp offers a great camping and hiking experience in a rustic wilderness setting.
About the Camp
- One 1,200 square foot cabin with lights, indoor plumbing, and two wood stoves for heating
- Outdoor shower for Scout use
- Troop campfire area
- Patrol campsites
- Part of 30,000 acre SWFMWD wilderness preserve
- Hiking on 5-mile loop trail which intersects with 35 mile stretch of Florida National Scenic Trail
Reserving the Camp
The cost for use of the camp varies dependent on partial rental or the entire camp. Reservations are on a first-come basis with limited availability during hunting seasons, so plan ahead. (Note: Big Foot is NOT an approved Cub Scout pack camping facility.)
To make a reservation, please contact Angelique Saffore, Council Business Manager, Angelique.Saffore@scouting.org or (813) 872-2691 ext. 103 -OR- Ralph Snyder, Assistant Director of Field Service, Ralph.Snyder@scouting.org or phone (813) 810-4195.
The gate is next to the Withlacoochee Missionary Baptist Church, 41946 Cumpressco Grade Road, Dade City, FL 33525. After your reservation is received and confirmed, you will receive the combination to the gate, the master key to the cabin, and the name and phone number of the Campmaster. Be sure to take the key to camp with you. Campmaster will meet you at the gate to camp.