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 Camp, Cub Scout Twilight Camp, Cub Resident Camp and Webelos Camp as part of the pack's annual plan, Pack Family Camping or Pack 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 nonmembers (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 experience the fun and excitement of camping in the outdoors. Careful program planning and adherence to the BSA's health and safety policies found in the Guide to Safe Scouting and Youth Protection guidelines will assure a positive experience for your pack, the Cub Scout and his family.
To begin with, each youth member must be under the supervision of a parent or guardian and, in all cases, each youth participant is responsible to a specific adult who is on the overnight. Adults giving leadership to a pack overnighter must complete Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO Training), and be present on the campout as well. BALOO trains participants to properly understand the importance of program intent, Youth Protection guidelines, health and safety, site selection, age-appropriate activities, and sufficient adult participation.
Council Approved Pack Camping Locations
Skymont Scout Reservation
Contact – Cherokee Area Council (423) 892-8323
Skymont is the home of the Cub n’ Partners, Cub Family Camp, Webelos Resident Camp and Cub Scout Resident Camp. Skymont offers two lakes for fishing and a number of trails to plan a pack’s camping adventure. Individual campsites or group campsite available. Reservations must be made through council office.
Contact – Linda Dickenson, Facilities Manager, (423) 842-7011
Camp Columbus, located on the shores of Chickamauga Lake, is available from April to October. A large field is available for group games and other recreational activities. Large area for group camping. Reservations are required. No charge to Scout units.
Contact – Tracy Gibson, Caretaker, (423) 338-0669
Reservations are required for YMCA Camp Ocoee on Parksville Lake. A number of recreational activities including hiking trails, fishing, swimming. Small area for group camping. Camping on Wesson Point will hold 15-20 campers. Shelters and grill available.
Marion County Park
Contact – Park Staff, (423) 942-6653
Located on the shores of Nickajack Lake, the Marion County Park offers a number of recreational activities for Cub Scout Packs. Nearby is Nickajack Cave, home of the endangered Gray Bat, is a perfect area for nature study. Individuals and group camping sites available. Reservations are required.
Booker T. Washington State Park Chattanooga, Tennessee Contact – Park Staff, (423) 894-4955
This Tennessee State Park offers a group lodge and group cabins. A number of activities are available including fishing, swimming and hiking trails. Individual and group camping site are available. For more information visit the park’s web site. Reservations are required.
Harrison Bay State Park Harrison, Tennessee
Contact – Park Staff, (423) 344-6214
This Tennessee Park offers group camping in cabins and tent camping. A number of recreational activities are available. Individual and group camping sites are available. For more information visit the park’s web site. Reservations are required.
Chester Frost Park
Contact – Ranger Station, (423) 842-3306
The crown jewel of the Hamilton County Recreation Department, Chester Frost offers a large area for tent camping. A wide range of recreational activities are available. The camping season is April – November. For more information visit the park’s web site. Reservations are required. Individual and group camping sites are available.
Cloudland Canyon State Park Rising Fawn, Georgia
Contact – Park Staff, (706) 657-4050
This park is one the most scenic parks in the Georgia Park system. Located on Lookout Mountain, this park offers cabin, group lodge and tent camping. A number of activities are available. Visit the park web site for more information. Reservations are required.
Fort Mountain State Park Chatsworth, Georgia
Contact – Park Staff, (706) 695-2621
This Georgia State Park offers hiking, mountain biking and horse back riding trails. During the summer months swimming and miniature golf is available. A wide range of camping facilities are available. Visit the park web site for more information. Reservations are required.
TWO RIVERS CAMPGROUND Benton, Tennessee 423-338-7208
Two Rivers Campground is located just north of Benton, Tennessee of off Hwy 411. It has trailers sites, and open fields for tent camping. Program opportunities include areas for outdoor games and sports, hiking trails. Full restroom facilities and showers are available. Reservations are required. Individual and group campsites are available.
Chilhowee Campground Cherokee National Forest
Rt 1 Box 348 D, Benton, TN. 37307 Contact Ocoee Ranger Office 423-338-5201
Large lake with beach for swimming, NO LIFEGUARD, tent and trailer camping, showers houses, numerous trails for hiking. Individual camping sites only, larger groups will need to report as unit to be together.. No reservations available.
Fall Creek Falls State Park Rt. 3 Pikeville, TN. 37367 Contact Ranger Station
A large State Park with all the amenities of a family outing. Tent and trailer camping, sports fields, boating, fishing, swimming are available. You name it, they got. Individual and group campsites are available. There’s a restaurant for you city slickers.
404 Spring Creek Road PO Box 5 Delano, TN 37325
Gee Creek primitive campground has 47 sites, each with a table, 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-served basis, and there is a fee for their use.
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park 2800 Sloppy Floyd Lake Rd Summerville, GA 30747
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 needed. www.gastateparks.org/jameshfloyd
Audubon Acres 900 N. Sanctuary Rd. Chattanooga, TN 37421
Audubon Acres is bisected by South Chickamauga Creek, 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 for visitor use.