Summer is Coming

Check out pics for a copy of the 2015 Camp Shands patch

Frog Jog 2015

The next Frog Jog Family Campout will be held Friday April 17 - 19 at Camp Shands.  Cost is only $45 per Scout and adult if paid by April 3, 2015.  Don't miss the fun and excitement of this well organized event.  Enjoy BB guns, archery, crafts, games and a super campfire while you leave the cooking to us.  For more info just follow this link to registration.

Frog Jog Registration

Camp Staff Interviews

Camp Staff interviews will be held Saturday February 21 from 8:30 am - 11:30 am at the Council Service Center in Jacksonville and from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Camp Shands.  Those that have completed a Camp Staff application will be notified.  Staff applications can be found under Summer camp and staff information on this site.  Scouts are eligible to be Counselors in Training at 15 and full staff at 16.

Arrow Tour - Order of the Arrow Centennial Tour

The 2015 Arrow Tour will be coming to Camp Shands on Friday July 10, 2015 as part of the Order of the Arrow's 100th Anniversary. The ArrowTour will provide opportunities to reflect, connect, and discover the Order's Century of Service, both past and future. The Order of the Arrow and the North Florida Council are excited to partner to provide this program accessory to Camp Shands. We also look forward to the involvement of Echockotee Lodge as we celebrate this milestone of Scouting. Echockotee Lodge and Camp Shands have always been a great team!

News and Upcoming Events

  • Under Construction

    Great news!  Camp Shands is now officially under construction.  The machines are on site, the work has begun.

    Campsite Pavillions should be ready for this summer. 

     

  • 2015 Camp

    Winter Blast was a great success!

    Nathan Baumgartner from my original home state of North Carolina was the first two time winner of the Winter Blast 6K.

    Cub Scouts, Webelos and Boy Scouts earned advancement and adults received training and a good time was had by all.

    Thank you to all participants and staff!

    Looking ahead to 2015 Summer Camp signups are still open for every week.  We will start off with a great week with our partners from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  In addition we will have a week of JROTC, 4 more weeks of traditional camp, and finally National Youth Leadership Training.

    Staff applications can be found on our website under Summer Camp then Staff Information.

    Thanks for everything  Brian Patterson

  • Winter Blast

    We look forward to a great week of Winter Blast.  Boy Scout program is officially full!   We do still have openings for Cub Scout and Webelos programs.  Looks like an action packed week with merit badges, Cub advancement, Webelos Activity badges, the 6K run, adult training, and MORE! 

  • Room for Winter Blast

    Boy Scout slots for Winter Blast are almost full!  Sign up today to ensure your spot. 

    We have lots of room for Webelos and Cub Scouts.

  • Polar Bear Plunge

    Don't miss our annual Polar Bear Plunge during Winter Blast.  We will plunge Tuesday Dec. 30 right after lunch.  Check the website for the cute and cool new patch! 

    Scouts under 18 must have a permission slip signed by a parent and an adult leader from their troop.  I am plunging...are you?

    Brian

  • Trading Post Merchandise

    The Camp Shands Trading Post has three new items.  We now have bolo ties, neckerchief slides, and dog tags all with the Camp Shands logo.  We are open the next two weekends or make sure to stop by during Winter Blast.

  • OA Centennial Tour at Camp Shands!

    The 2015 Arrow Tour will be coming to Camp Shands on Friday July 10, 2015 as part of the Order of the Arrow's 100th Anniversary. The ArrowTour will provide opportunities to reflect, connect, and discover the Order's Century of Service, both past and future. The Order of the Arrow and the North Florida Council are excited to partner to provide this program accessory to Camp Shands. We also look forward to the involvement of Echockotee Lodge as we celebrate this milestone of Scouting. Echockotee Lodge and Camp Shands have always been a great team!


  • Busy

    Camp Shands is busy this time of year with lots of awesome District Cub Scout Family Campouts, Ghost Busters Shooting Sports Day and Frog Jog Family Campout November 21 - 23.  Great to see such excited families learning about the great outdoors and spending time together.  So far this fall the weather has been dry and relatively cool.   The trading post will be open on Saturdays Nov. 8, Nov. 15, and Nov 22.

     stop by and visit me

     Brian Patterson

  • Oct. 14

    October 14, 2014 - Many troops are currently making decisions about Summer Camp locations for 2015.  Please consider Camp Shands.  We are proud to be a smaller camp with an emphasis on customer service.  Call our camping department at any time at (904)388-0591 or follow this link for a 2015 Registration Form

     Click here to download the 2015 Registration Form

  • Facebook

    October10, 2014 - For those use facebook please like Camp Shands.  I just put in an interesting post related to some cool stuff we will have in our Camp Shands trading post.  More to come on this blog and lets be safe and have fun!

  • October 7, 2014

    October 7, 2014 - I had a great weekend promoting our camp to Scouts and Scouters in the Southwest Florida Council and the South Florida Council.   We are proud of our program and we will work hard to give Scouts a great Summer Camp experience.  Email me at brian.Patterson@scouting.org if you want a 2015 Guide and reserve your 2015 campsite now using the link below.

    Download 2015 Registration Form Here

  • Signed up for WinterBlast?

    Have you signed up for WinterBlast yet?  For 2014 we have programs for Cub Scouts, Webelos and Boy Scouts.  We will have a one day Cub Scout program for the first time this year.  Webelos programs are over the weekend which should be convenient for everyone.  For Boy Scouts we are offering 42 merit badges along with other fun programs.  New merit badges this year include Digital Technology, Home Repair, Plumbing, Programming, Sculpture and Stamp Collecting. 

    Click here to register for Boy Scout WinterBlast

    Click here to register for Webelos WinterBlast  

    Click here for info on Cub Scout WinterBlast

     

  • Winter Blast


    Find out about Winter Blast for Cub Scouts, Webelos and Boy Scouts, December 2014

  • Frog Jog

    Cub Scout Family Campout

    Cub Scouts will participate in fun Scout related Round Robin activities, meet new friends from around North Florida Council and enjoy an exciting Campfire program. Take advantage of the early bird pricing. Each Scout will receive a special patch signifying their participation.

    Pick a weekend:

    • November 21—23, 2014
    • April 17—19, 2015

    More information and registration >>>

     

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Summer is Coming

Check our pictures for a draft of the 2015 patch!