James C. Justice National Scout Camp

James C. Justice National Scout Camp

Summer Camp at the Summit Bechtel Reserve

Activity Exploration, Advancement & Scouting Traditions

The Justice National Scout Camp offers week-long resident camp sessions for Scout troops and Venturing crews looking for challenging advancement opportunities, activity exploration, and Scouting traditions. The Justice Scout Camp program is built to support unit efforts throughout the year and to enhance the experiences available at local council camps. Justice Scout Camp offers merit badge sessions, elective activities, high-adventure experiences, trainings, and camp-wide fun set within the Walter Scott Scouting Valley at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

This page offers a brief overview and some basic information. For full details about the Justice Scout Camp program, be sure to download and read through the Scout Camp program supplement and check out the schedules, packing lists, and other documents on the sidebar (or near the bottom on a mobile device)!

Please note: The James C. Justice National Scout Camp is not a National BSA high-adventure experience. With a strong focus on advancement and Scouting traditions, Scout Camp participants have limited access to the high-adventure venues and program elements of the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base

Program Opportunities

When it comes to advancement at the Justice National Scout Camp, there is a major emphasis on quality and quality. Each course is instructed by a qualified adult instructor, trained in merit badge counseling. More than forty merit badge programs, including numerous Eagle-required ones, have been selected to offer engaging and experiential advancement and enrichment opportunities to Scouts. Some merit badge sessions and programs have prerequisites or additional fees. For detailed information about the program offerings, visit the Program Details and Prerequisites Web page.

The Justice National Scout Camp offers more than forty merit badges, along with a wide variety of awards, trainings, and instruction in the following program areas:

Learn swimming, water rescues, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, or test your ability on the water obstacle course at Goodrich Lake.

New Scouts can enroll in the Brownsea Island program to have a lot fun exploring the Justice Scout Camp’s various program venues, while also working on their rank advancement.

Develop your teamwork & communications skills through the obstacles at Project COPE or master your rope work and climbing at Boulder Cove

Explore natural world here in the New River Gorge and beyond through hikes, experiments, and plant/animal identification in and around our nature area.

Learn how to catch the big one fishing & fly-fishing at Cushman fish camp or around Goodrich Lake – East.

Learn about wildlife conservation and how to be a responsible hunter through orientations or a full-on Hunters’ Education course.

Explore and capture the world of music, photography, or moviemaking in an exciting outdoor setting with the guidance of professionals in their art form.

Master your Scoutcraft skills like pioneering, orienteering, and camping on Brownsea Island so that you can take your next unit campout to to the next level.

Site-in your shooting ability in one or all of your favorite disciplines: rifle, shotgun, or archery at our brand new ranges.

Fulfill your adrenaline needs on world class mountain bike trails, BMX trax or our skatepark

Registration Info

Participation Requirements

  • Minimum of two adults and five youth
  • Registered member of the Boy Scouts of America, in the Scouts BSA, Venturing, or Exploring programs
  • Completed BSA Annual Health & Medical Record
  • Some programs have height/weight, age, or rank requirements; see the Program Details and Prerequisites page and/or the Scout Camp program supplement for additional information.

What's Included?

  • One week (six nights) camping at the Justice National Scout Camp at the Summit
    • Arrive Sunday, depart Saturday
    • Early arrivals and late departures available for additional fees
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the Pigott Dining Hall
    • Sunday dinner through Saturday breakfast
  • All campsite equipment except tents
    • Fold-out cots
    • Dining fly/shade shelter
    • Picnic tables
    • Above-ground fire ring
  • Ambient-temperature shower house adjacent to campsites
    • Flush toilets
    • Sinks with mirror
    • Electrical outlets
  • Access to all programs Listed on the Program Details & Prerequisites Page
    • All program and personal protective equipment (bikes, skateboards, life jackets, helmets, harnesses, etc.)
  • AT&T Wi-Fi in subcamp and Summit Center venues
  • Adult access to leader lounge