The James C Justice National Scout Camp uses the adventure capabilities of the Walter Scott Summit Center together with New River Gorge to provide programs focused on advancement and Scouting traditions to Boy Scouts, Venturers, or Explorers. All of these programs are intended to build upon the programs offered at a local resident camp or unit campout.
The Justice Scout Camp offers program through three distinct avenues: The Senior Scout Camp, Appalachian Adventure, or Council Adventure Partnership. In all three of these, participants spend an action-packed time at the Summit Bechtel Reserve camping at the James C Justice National Scout Camp located on the north side of Goodrich Lake in the Walter Scott Scouting Valley. Tents and cots are provided and meals will be served in the Summit Bechtel Reserve dining hall. Morning and afternoon activities focus on skill development or advancement activities like skateboarding, rock climbing, archery, kayaking, ecology/conservation, Project COPE, Outdoor Skills, mountain biking or wilderness survival. Evening programs are centered around special events, competitions, or open programs. (For more specific descriptions, please download one of our Fact Sheets or Leaders’ guides on one of the pages below.)
Please note, the James C. Justice National Scout Camp is not a National High Adventure experience. It has a different focus and does not grant access to all of the venues used by the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base.
Senior Scout Camp is our week-long resident camp targeted at Venturers, older Boy Scouts, and their adult leadership. Participants will have a variety of instructional courses available to earn merit badges, Ranger electives, or other awards/certifications. Most program blocks consist of two ½ days of instruction of qualified adult staff members who are passionate about their fields. To be eligible Boy Scouts will need to have attained the 1st Class rank and have a minimum of two weeks of resident camp experience. Adult leaders are welcome to participate in any programs or take advantage of any of the training opportunities available in the National Scout Camp. For more information, reservations, documentation, and promo materials click here!
*Some programs have added costs
**Discounted rate for first two leaders and for additional leaders based on 10:1 ratio
Youth & Adults: $220*
Appalachian Adventure is our short-term unit campout for any registered Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer, or Explorer. The unit can participate in advancement and open programs throughout the Scott Summit Center similar to the Senior Scout Camp, but on a shorter timeline. This is a great first taste of what the Summit Bechtel Reserve and National Scout Camp has to offer and could be paired with other activities in the New River Gorge area as a great long weekend or week-long trip for your group. Units may choose from a Sunday to Wednesday session or a Wednesday to Saturday session. For more information, reservations, documentation, and promo materials click here!
*if paid in full before April 30th, after which fee is $250.
Price Varies by Local Council
The Council Adventure Partnership serves as an adventure program for a local council camp for Scouts, Venturers and Explorers ages 13 and up. Scouts begin and end their week at their council resident camp with their unit. However, rather than participating in that camp’s program during the week they are transported in a council contingent to the National Scout Camp. Interested groups should encourage their council Program Director, Camp Director, or Scout Executive to contact the Summit Bechtel Reserve about taking advantage of this opportunity. More info can be found here!
Note: These programs do not include open access to high adventure venues (ie- The “Big” Zip, Barrels, Rocks, etc). Groups interested in Council Contingents or unit reservations for the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base should visit this page.
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