Scout Camping and the Outdoor Experience

Why the Outdoors?

Access to outdoor adventure is the promise made to young people when they join Scouting.  Boys and girls yearn for outdoor programs that stir their imagination and interest.  In the Outdoors we strive to meet the Aims of Scouting as follows:

Character Development:

In the outdoors, Scouts have opportunities to acquire skills that make them more self-reliant. They can explore canoe and hiking trails and complete challenges they first thought were beyond their ability. Attributes of good character become part of them as they learn to cooperate to meet outdoor challenges that may include extreme weather, difficult trails and portages, and dealing with nature’s unexpected circumstances.


Good youth leadership, communication, and teamwork enable them to achieve goals they have set for themselves, their patrol, and their troop. This working together through the patrol and troop teaches active citizenship. 

Personal Fitness:

Scouts are challenged in the outdoor adventure and high adventure and are pushed physically and mentally to accomplish tasks of the outdoors. 


Scouts plan and carry out activities from start to finish. With thoughtful guidance from their Scoutmaster and other adult leaders scouts make a plan and carry out this plan. Learning by doing is a hallmark of outdoor education. A youth or adult leader may describe and demonstrate a Scouting skill at a weekly meeting, but the way Scouts truly learn outdoor skills is to do it themselves on a troop outing.


It becomes so obvious that the lessons of Scouting are best learned, and most fondly remembered, when taught in the outdoors.  We have amazing scenic resources in the beautiful natural areas all around us throughout Northern California.  Marin Council is especially fortunate to have three outstanding camp properties:  Camp Tamarancho high above the village of Fairfax in Marin County, Camp Marin Sierra in scenic Yuba Gap off I-80 and the Transcontinental Railway in the Sierra Nevada, and Slane's Flat on the edge of the Yolla Bolly Wilderness near the Mendocino National Forest in northern Mendocino County.

We encourage Scouts to take advantage of these beautiful properties as often as possible.  In addition, both camps are available to non-Scout non-profit groups, and make outstanding locations for a retreat or other getaway.  

Contact the Marin Council Service Center for details and to request your reservation.  Click here to register or find out more information for Scouts BSA Summer Resident Camp weeks at Camp Marin Sierra.

To work at either camp (Tamarancho Cub Scout Day Camp or Marin Sierra Scouts BSA Summer Camp), download a camp staff application.


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