BALOO Approved Camp Sites

Cherokee Area Council

Yes, Cub Scouts can go camping!

When a boy and his family join Cub Scouting in your Cub Scout Pack, they join an organization that values the fun and excitement of experiencing the outdoors.  Each Cub Scout Pack is encouraged to provide its youth members with enriching, positive outdoor activities.  In addition to Cub Scout Day and Twilight Camps, Cub n Partner, Cub Scout Family Camp, and Webelos Resident Camp as part of your Pack’s annual plan, Pack family camping and/or overnighters can be an exciting addition to your Pack’s program.

Pack overnighters are Pack-organized overnight camping activities involving more than one family from your Pack, with the program focused on age-appropriate Cub Scout activities and conducted at a Council Approved Pack Camping Location.  If siblings participate, the program must be structured to accommodate them.

This type of activity may well be the first time a Cub Scout and his family has experienced the fun and excitement of camping in the outdoors.  Careful program planning and adherence to the BSA health and safety policies found in the “Guide to Safe Scouting” and BSA Youth Protection guidelines will assure a positive experience for you Pack, the Cub Scout, and his family.

Each youth member must be under the supervision and is the responsibility of a parent or guardian on the overnight.  Adult leader(s) that are participating in the Pack overnighter or camping activity must complete Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO).  BALOO trains participants to properly understand the importance of program intent and age appropriate activities, Youth Protection guidelines, health and safety, site selection, and sufficient adult participation.  BSA Safe Swim Defense training is strongly recommended for any camping done at campsites that have swimming areas.

The following is a list of Council Approved camping areas that units have used in previous years.  If a site that you choose is not on the list, then a Site Selection form must be filled out and submitted to the Council.  If the site is outside of the Cherokee Area Council, a Tour Planning form must be submitted to the Council at least 2 weeks prior to the event.


Cherokee Area Council #556 Approved Pack Camping Locations

Skymont Scout Reservation
243 Talidandaganu Road
Altamont, Tennessee 37301
Skymont Scout Reservation
3344 Cabbage Patch Road
Altamont, Tennessee 37301
 (423) 892-8323
Skymont is the home of Cub n Partner, Cub Family Camp, Webelos Resident Camp, as well as Summer Camp for the Boy Scout Troops.  Skymont offers lakes for fishing and trails for hiking.  Individual campsites or a group campsite are available.  Reservations must be made through the Council office.  For more information visit
Camp Columbus
8601 Camp Columbus Road
Hixson, Tennessee 37343
(423) 842-7011
Camp Columbus is owned by the Knights of Columbus and is available for Cub Scout camping from April to October.  A large field is available next to the bathhouse for Cub Scout camping and group games/activities.  A swimming area (no lifeguard) and plenty of fishing areas are available.  This is a non-profit, private membership campground that Scout units are allowed to use.  Reservations are required and there is no charge for Scout units, as long as youth are participating.  For more information visit the campground’s website at
Camp Ocoee
111 YMCA Drive
Ocoee, Tennessee 37361
(423) 338-5588
Call the number above for reservations.  Reservations are required for YMCA Camp Ocoee on Parksville Lake.  A number of recreational activities including hiking trails, fishing, and swimming.  Cabins are available for groups to use, but there are not any areas for tent camping.  For more information visit the website
Booker T. Washington State Park
5801 Champion Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee  37416
(423) 894-4955
This Tennessee State Park does not have individual campsites.  There is a group camp area that is offered on a case by case basis. A number of activities including fishing, swimming, and hiking trails are available.  For more information visit the park’s website at
Harrison Bay State Park
8411 Harrison Bay Road
Harrison, Tennessee 37341
(423) 344-6214
This Tennessee State Park offers Patton Hill camping area for non-profit and Scout groups.  A number of recreational activities are available.  Reservations are available and cost is $1 per person per night.  For more information visit the park’s website at
Chester Frost Park
2277 North Gold Point Circle
Hixson, Tennessee 37343
(423) 842-3306
Contact person:  Lt. Morrison
The crown jewel of the Hamilton County Recreational Department, Chest Frost offers a large area for tent camping as well as individual and group camping sites.  A wide range of recreational activities are available.  The camping season is April thru November.  Reservations are required.  For more information visit the park’s website at
Cloudland Canyon State Park
122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road
Rising Fawn, Georgia 30738
(800) 864-7275
This park is one of the most scenic parks in the Georgia Park system.  Located on Lookout Mountain, this park offers cabin, group lodge, and tent camping.  Some facilities and areas will be closed during the winter months.  A number of recreational activities are available.  Reservations are required.  For more information visit the park’s website at
Fort Mountain State Park
181 Fort Mountain Park Road
Chatsworth, Georgia 30705
(800) 864-7275
This Georgia State Park offers hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails. During the summer months, swimming and miniature golf are available.  Mention that you are a Cub Scout group and they will place you in the designated Scout Camping area.  Reservations are required.  For more information visit the park’s website at
2 Rivers Campground – Benton, TN
397 Dentville Road
Delano, Tennessee 37307
(423) 338-7208
2 Rivers Campground is located just north of Benton, Tennessee just off Highway 411.  It has trailer sites and open fields for tent camping, as well as individual campsites.  Program opportunities include areas for outdoor games and sports. Full restroom facilities and showers are available.  Reservations are required.  For more information visit the park’s website at
Chilhowee Campground
Cherokee National Forest
3171 Highway 64
Benton, Tennessee 37307
(423) 338-3300
Large lake with beach for swimming, but there is NO LIFEGUARD.  Tent and trailer camping, shower houses, and numerous trails for hiking are available.  There is a group campsite that can accommodate up to 75 people.  Contact the Ocoee Ranger District at the listed number.  For more information visit the website
Fall Creek Falls State Park
2009 Village Camp Road
Spencer, Tennessee 38585
GPS:   10821 Park Road
           Spencer, Tennessee 38585
Main:  (423) 250-5298
Camping Information and Reservations:  (800) 250-8611
Trails, Cave and Environmental Education:  (423) 881-5708
A large State Park with all the amenities of a family outing.  Tent and trailer camping, sports fields, boating, fishing, hiking trails, and swimming are available.  Individual and group campsites are available.  And, yes, there is still a restaurant.  For more information visit the park’s website at
Gee Creek Campground
Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park
404 Spring Creek Road
Delano, Tennessee 37325
(423) 263-0050
Geek Creek is a primitive campground with 47 sites, each with tables, fire ring, and a grill.  Public water and a bathhouse containing sinks, commodes, and hot showers are located near the center of the campground.  Campsites are provided on a first-come-first-serve basis and there is a fee for their use.  Activities include fishing and hiking.  For more information visit the park’s website at
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park
2800 Sloppy Floyd State Park
Summerville, GA 30747
(800) 864-7275
Surrounded by rural countryside and the Chattahoochee National Forest, this quiet park in northwest Georgia offers outstanding fishing on two stocked lakes.  Visitors can hike along three miles of lake loop trails and relax in swings while watching for the many bluebirds that live in the park.  Access to the scenic 60 mile Pinhoti Trail is only a 1.6 mile hike from the park.  Reservations are required.  For more information visit the park’s website at
Audubon Acres
900 North Sanctuary Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421
(423) 892-1499
Audubon Acres is bisected by the South Chickamauga Creek and the Elise Chapin Sanctuary contains a rich diversity of plant and animal life.  The forested portions of the property are predominately mixed bottomland hardwood with mixed upland species covering the slopes and ridges.  There are more than four miles of walking and hiking trails on both sides of the creek.  Picnic tables, a group fire circle, and a tent campsite are available.  Please note that there is an active railroad that passes through the park near the parking lot and visitor center.  For more information visit the park’s website at