Camp Shands is located on the nearly 900 acres of the Baden Powell Scout Reservation near Melrose, FL.
We offer exciting programs like Summer Camp, Winter Blast and weekend training and camping, Don’t miss Frog Jog Cub Scout Family Campout, BSA/NRA Training, District events, Echockotee Lodge events and MORE. Watch for updates as we plan for new facilities to serve our Scouting families.
Camp Shands offers11 large camping areas, housing, a beautiful lake, pavilions,a dining hall, and meeting rooms. Plus the camp has Shotgun, Rifle, Pistol, BB Guns and Archery Ranges, a 65' Climbing Wall, a COPE Course, an XTreme Obstacle Course, and a waterfront area for water sports.
The next Frog Jog Family Campout will be held Friday November 21-22, 2015 at Camp Shands. 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
Frog Jog Registration
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.
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
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!
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.
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?
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.
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!
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
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
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 - 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
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
Find out about Winter Blast for Cub Scouts, Webelos and Boy Scouts, December 2014
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:
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Check our pictures for a draft of the 2015 patch!
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