Weekend Camp Reservations
Oregon Trail Council Camps
Camp Baker - Map
Our flagship camp located on a peninsula on Siltcoos Lake just outside the coastal town of Florence, Oregon. Camp Baker has been serving Scouting and western Oregon for 50 years with a high-caliber open program. Troops come from as far away as eastern Oregon, Montana, Washington, Idaho and California. 17 great meals are served from the Kenneth Ford Dining Hall. Camp Baker is a popular destination for outdoor schools, church groups and family reunions. Wheelchair-accessible campsites and cabins are available. For weekend camping, campsites are available for troops to use on a reservation basis. Four sites have Adirondack-style 3-sided wooden shelters.
Camp Melakwa - Map
Located at the crest of the Cascade mountains near McKenzie Bridge, this camp offers high mountain adventure to the troops and teams who want a "real trail" experience. The Scouts do their own cooking and there is a full range of Scout advancement and program available. Camp may be reserved for unit overnight use in early fall at no charge. www.campmelakwa.org
Marion Mooney Scout Ranch - Map
580 acres featuring rolling hills, beautiful meadows, a stream, a program shelter and latrines. The ranch is west of Winston on Highway 42. Great camping and hiking. New flush toilets and 12 Adirondack cabin sleeping shelters.
Camp Kitson - Map
50308 Hills Creek Rd, Oakridge, OR 97463 (using Google Maps, this address will get you to the turn-off)
Near Hills Creek Reservoir outside Oakridge, Kitson is a 160-acre camp ideal for weekend camping. You can drive right to the campsite. There are 9 Adirondack cabin shelters (sleeps 4 each), a program shelter, many tent sites, and a pit latrine. Please bring your own water. Bring firewood. There are also stacks of firewood for your use. More logs are stacked between trees and ready to split if you're feeling strong. Be safe!
40576 Little Fall Creek Road, Fall Creek, OR (using Google Maps, this address will get you to the turn-off)
This primitive camping site is located on the Little Fall Creek east of Jasper. Bring your own water and leave no trace. Pick up the key at the council office the week of the campout and return it by the next Tuesday.
Camp Murnane - Map
[Under forest work construction currently. See below.] Located 15 miles west of Eugene, Camp Murnane is an excellent location for weekend camping and skill development. Latrines and a huge program shelter make this easy to get to camp a great destination for Scout craft development, camporee training, merit badge instruction and more.
Camp Murnane Forest Update (June 2017)
As many are aware, the December 2016 ice storm was historic. The storm was particularly damaging to Lane County and especially heavy in the Coyote Creek Valley. Sadly, Camp Murnane’s forested hillsides suffered extensive damage with many fallen trees, blow-downs, and several trees with broken tops, which eventually kills the tree. The access road was impassible and a few Adirondack shelters were surrounded by downed timber. After surveying the damage, the camp has been closed until more clearing work can be done. It is not currently a safe place for Scouts to experience the outdoors.
Oregon Trail Council has several camp properties. Each is cared for and managed by experienced volunteer committees. With the long-term health of the forests of Murnane in mind, the forest managers on these committees have personally surveyed the damage and determined there are only two options for recovering from the damage.
Option 1: A selective “salvage” harvest to remove fallen, broken, and dangerous timber. This proposal allows the most of the forest to remain, but has several drawbacks: it is not cost-effective, it does not improve the long-term health of the forest allowing “trash trees” and invasive species to fill voids, and it exposes the forest to be more prone to wind damage in the next storm, potentially when Scouts are camping.
Option 2: A full harvest and re-plant of the timber along the south hillside and surrounding the access road. The trees along the meadow and near the camping and program areas would remain as they suffered little damage and are not it need of clearing. The primary downside to this option is short-term appearance. The hillside will be clear cut and replanted. The plan ensures the long-term health of the forest without threats of more wind damage or invasive species. Scout packs and troops will be involved in replanting. Small trees will cover the hillside in a few years. Any revenue generated will be permanently endowed and allocated toward capital property improvements.
It is the opinion of the volunteer committee that a full harvest is the best overall solution for the long-term health of the forest. In addition to involving Scouts in the replanting process, it has been proposed that this work can be a great teaching opportunity for Scouts to see first-hand the requirements in merit badges like Forestry, Soil & Water Conservation, and Plant Science.
Work is anticipated to begin as soon as possible. Updates will be published as it develops. Your patience is appreciated. Note that Camp Kitson, near Oakridge, suffered no damage from the storm and is ready to serve your Scouts. Work is also being done at Weyerhauser Woods, a primitive camp near Little Fall Creek, to better serve weekend campers.