Camp-Wide Activities

Special Programs

Every afternoon after merit badge classes we will have special programs for your Scout to choose from. Some special programs include: open swimming, mile swim practice, Xtreme Course, open shooting, handicraft activities like learning about Blacksmithing to creating your own projects, to various competitions for awards. More Information will be given out at the pre-camp meeting.

Campfire Programs

All Scouts and leaders should attend the opening and closing campfires in their uniform. The opening campfire is presented on Sunday night by Camp Shands staff as an introduction and welcome to the Scouts and leaders of the week. Troops can participate in the closing campfire by performing a skit or song. They must be screened by the staff before performing. The staff will present awards of the week during the closing campfire as well.

Movie Night

Movie night has become a favorite among the campers at Camp Shands. On Thursday night beginning at 8 pm, a movie will be shown in the Meninak lodge. Pizza will be for sale as well as drinks. Don’t miss the fun of movie night. Troops may preorder pizza at the Trading Post by 8 pm on Monday.


All campers and leaders are encouraged to attend vespers on Sunday and Wednesday night at 7:30 pm. This non-denominational service is held as a special opportunity for Scouts to observe reverence to God and a chance to reflect upon themselves.

OA Powwow & Family Night

All Scouts, even if you are not an order of the arrow member, are invited to join in fellowship on Wednesday at 8:00 pm at the Dance Arbor for an evening of Native American traditional dance. Wear your sash and be ready to share stories and meet new brothers. Camp Shands and the Echockotee Lodge will host an informal cracker-barrel social sure to be a hit!

Pick Your Program

Our Monday evening activity is a Pick Your Program evening from the following choices: 3 Gun Airsoft, Swimming, Bow & Arrow shooting, climbing the tallest tower in the Southeast, earning your Firem’n Chit or Totin Chip cards, rifle shooting or test your skills on our Xtreme Challenge where we guarantee Scouts will have a blast!

Sports Competition

On Tuesday Night we will have our intense battles of troop vs. troop. The top three in each sport will be able to go home with a special trophy! This will include gaga ball, basketball, and ultimate. 

Lake Loyal Boating

Every Tuesday Evening all the boating activities will be opened! You must be a swimmer in order to use the boats as lifeguards will not be provided for a 1-1 watch. 

Catapult Challenge

An event for the entire troop. This should test your Scouts’ teamwork and design ability. This event will be held in Meninak field on Thursday immediately following dinner. Each unit can enter only one catapult for competition. See appendix for rules.

Captain Shands Luau

For our annual Luau we have changed it up and have moved everything to the waterfront. A new tradition we started is the Scoutmaster vs Staff Paddleless Canoe Race! Come out and cheer on your favorite team! Who will win this year’s soon-to-be favorite spectacle? Scoutmasters, you’ve been warned… time to prepare!

Evening Cracker Barrels

Each evening we will have a designated group of individuals to join us in a cracker barrel to meet and greet with other like-minded scouts and scouters. Use this opportunity to network and share ideas and stories to advanced Scouting in your life! The evening cracker barrels will be: Eagle Scouts, Order of the Arrow Members, and Staff interest groups!