WOODRUFF SCOUT CAMP
Your Scouts will have a week of pure adventure at Woodruff Scout Camp. We’re not just talking about a fun week with your best friends, this is the summer of a lifetime. This is where thousands of Scouts come together for a week of awesomeness that will impact them forever.
You'll never forget your summer at Woodruff. With programs designed for maximum fun and achievement, Woodruff offers once-in-a-lifetime adventures for Scouts looking for a pure Scouting experience.
Your typical Woodruff morning is spent knocking out Merit Badge requirements at our class-leading waterfront, nature/STEM center, field sports, handicraft or shooting sports ranges. In the afternoon, Scouts and their Troops have the opportunity to take on adventure challenges like climbing & rappelling, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, mountain boarding, Ga-Ga ball, interpretive programs, and a variety of aquatic activities. Campfires, movie nights, Vespers, and spoof badge sessions fill the twilight hours before taps closes out another great day of camp.
Located in the North Georgia Mountains, Woodruff's natural environment gives you nearly unlimited opportunities for adventure. And our renowned first-year camper program and quality merit-badge instruction means that every Scout will have the time of his life.
31 Woodruff Drive
Blairsville, GA 30512
TRAIL TO FIRST CLASS PROGRAMS
Scouts who are not the rank of Second Class, will be enrolled in Trail to First Class Program.
The Mountaineer Program (TRAIL to FIRST CLASS) is designed for those Scouts BSA who have either just crossed over from Webelos or have limited camping experience. As new rank requirements are adopted, the Mountaineer Program is constantly under review and revision to meet those changing requirements.. Basic Scouts BSA skills for the inexperienced Scouts BSA form the basis of the program. The program focuses on obtaining Tenderfoot through First Class rank advancement requirements.
Mountaineer is a two-hour program held every morning all week. There are two sessions every day. The remainder of the day, Scouts BSA can work on merit badges that may interest them, or participate in troop activity periods.
Scouts BSA are instructed in the following skill areas: woods tools, meal preparation and cooking, pioneering, knots, orienteering, nature, first aid, and outdoor citizenship. Additional skills are also offered focusing on Tenderfoot through First Class advancement requirements. In addition, Scouts BSA can participate in a five mile hike, on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings.
Merit badge sessions are primarily held during 4 morning periods at 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30. Some sessions require 2 back-to- back periods (typically 1 & 2 or 3 & 4). Session sizes vary based on safety requirements and the effective size for the skills to be learned.
In addition to the morning sessions, several merit badges in the Nature area will require afternoon fieldwork sessions and the Shooting Sports merit badges will require afternoon time for target qualification, rifle cleaning, and making a bow string. Scouts BSA taking these badges should plan on one or more afternoons, depending on their skill level, to complete their requirements.
There are several merit badges offered in the afternoon in Outdoor Skills, Nature and Handicraft. These sessions are Periods A and B on either Monday-Tuesday or Wednesday-Thursday. This allows Scouts to take another merit badge class while still participating in other afternoon activities.
Those Scouts BSA and Venturers looking for an exciting and unique experience this summer should look no further than the Adventure Zone. Badges taught in this area are rare and highly sought after by those Scouts BSA looking to get every merit badge they can.
With the equipment and facilities at Woodruff, Scouts BSA can participate in many aquatics activities that otherwise might not be available through their regular troop program. Activities include Swimming Lessons, Mile Swim, Paddle Boarding, Open Boating and Swimming, BSA Lifeguard, and the Merit Badges listed below:
COPE / Climbing
A Scout is brave. And for many Scouts BSA and Venturers, an important act of bravery is climbing and rappelling down the tower at summer camp. Scouts BSA and Venturers at Woodruff have the opportunity to climb and rappel on our fifty foot tower during Open Climb and in the process of earning their Climbing merit badge.
Scouts BSA promise to stay physically strong, and they can fulfill that promise in the Field Sports area. Offering two Eagle Required merit badges, Field Sports is a key destination for Scouts BSA looking to get active during their stay at Woodruff.
For those Scouts BSA feeling creative, Woodruff offers a number of merit badges that should inspire new talents. The Handicraft area is the hub of all arts and creative projects from sculptors to short films created during Summer Camp.
Basketry (Approximately $15 in kits from Trading Post)
Indian Lore (Approximately $10-20 in kits from Trading Post)
Leatherwork (Approximately $10-15 in kits from Trading Post)
Salesmanship (Approximately $5 additional fee)
Woodcarving (Approximately $10 in kits from Trading Post)
Scouting has always taken place in the outdoors. The nature area houses some of Scouting's oldest merit badges, and helps our Scouts BSA appreciate the natural world around them.
Reptile & Amphibian Study
Soil & Water Conservation
Space Exploration ($14 in kits from Trading Post)
From the basics of pitching a tent to the skills needed in the event of a natural disaster, Scouts BSA will learn how to be prepared for anything at Outdoor Skills.
Sharp-shooting Scouts BSA will feel right at home on our three professionally-run shooting ranges. Certified instructors run open shooting times and teach merit badge classes on each of our ranges.
The STEM area is all about innovation. Scouts BSA excited by science, technology, engineering and mathematics will be able to build robots, design games and learn about new technological fields in this area.
WHITEWATER RIVER TREKS
Your Scouts BSA and Venturers camp fee includes one off site activity (either horsemanship merit badge, horse trail ride, a whitewater river trip, or the whitewater merit badge). You will have the option of choosing the day that you would like to go rafting when class registration opens. We will have trips on the Nantahala River Monday through Thursday, while trips on the Ocoee River are only available on Mondays and Thursdays. (The Tennessee Valley Authority does NOT run water in the Ocoee on Tuesday and Wednesday.)
Adults have the option to participate in whitewater river trip or a horse trail ride, for an additional fee of $40.
Note: All whitewater participants must pass the BSA Swim Test.
Nantahala River trip is better suited for the younger members (first and second year scouts) of your unit. It consists of a river float combined with Category II-III rapids and provides a young Scouts BSA a wonderful introduction to the excitement of whitewater rafting. Waiver forms (WWE) are required for this “off camp” activity.
The Ocoee River trip is a more advanced whitewater experience consisting of category III-IV rapids. Camp Woodruff guidelines require that only youth 13 and older with two previous trips on the Nantahala or a similar river participate due to the more physically and mentally strenuous demands of the trip. Whitewater Express Waiver forms are required for each participant attending this “off camp” activity.
Note: Due to the overwhelming demand for Ocoee River trips, each unit is limited to a maximum of two (2) adults on the Ocoee each week. There is no limit on the number of adults on the Nantahala.
ADVENTURE ZONE -- OLDER SCOUT PROGRAMS
Climbing, Zip-lining, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Whitewater Challenge Activities, Rafting, Swimming, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Ropes Courses, Kayaking and Backcountry Experiences. If these sound like fun, then sign up for one our great High Adventure Programs!
LAUREL MOUNTAIN HERITAGE PROGRAM (ON CAMP)
Designed for older scouts, the program will be held in the mornings during periods 2 thru 4 (9:30 until lunch). Scouts will meet on Monday morning at the Nature Lodge at the start of period 2 and walk out to the Davis Inn.
The program will cover the Metalwork merit badge (using the forge) and the Woodworking merit badge, in addition to fulfilling requirements to earn the BSA Paul Bunyan Woodsman award.
Throughout the week, Scouts can also participate in many of the activities at the Davis Inn: knife and tomahawk throwing, slingshot range, panning for gold, candle making, branding, as well as gathering eggs from the chickens.
WOODRUFF XTREME (OFF CAMP)
Looking for a great fun filled week of river trips, kayaking, fly fishing, ropes courses, mountain biking, horseback riding and field games?
Are you 13 or older and have completed the 8th grade?
Then the Woodruff Xtreme program is for you. You’ll leave Woodruff Sunday evening, during the opening campfire. The next 5 days will be spent at the WWE Outpost Camp near the Ocoee River in Ducktown, Tennessee. Housing will be in rustic cabins.
Activities for this week-long adventure may include: rafting the Nantahala and Ocoee rivers, backpacking, horseback riding, climbing, rappelling, ropes work, canoeing, mountain biking
The Woodruff Xtreme participants will leave Woodruff Sunday evening, stay at an outpost camp during the week and return Friday afternoon.
The schedule is subject to change based on many variables: weather, individual participant ability, trek specific situations, along with policies of the US Forestry Service & the National Parks Service.
The Woodruff Xtreme Program is made available through an independent outfitter and is not conducted by the Boy Scouts of America. A Woodruff Staff member accompanies the participants during the entire adventure.
All participants must pass the swimmers test at Woodruff Scout Camp during the current season. The swim test must be completed on Sunday before you leave camp.
All Woodruff Xtreme Participants must have a valid Annual Health and Medical Record Form (parts A, B & C) and MUST meet the height/weight requirements.
WHITEWATER CHALLENGE (OFF CAMP)
Whitewater Challenge is for experienced Scouts BSA and Venturers who are ready for the ultimate whitewater experience.
Whitewater Challenge is for older Scouts BSA and Venturers who desire a lot of additional river experiences in an independent program. Activities for this week-long adventure may include rafting, kayaking and canoeing on rivers in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Activities will include kayak training, whitewater rafting, capsizing, stroke and paddle work, reading rivers, canoe handling skills and paddle skills – such as side slips, eddy turns and peel outs.
Participants will leave Woodruff Scout Camp on Sunday evening, returning Friday afternoon, and will stay in cabins at the Nantahala Outpost in North Carolina.
All participants must pass the swimmers test at Woodruff Scout Camp during the current season. This program is designed for youth. As such, there will be limited availability for adults.
Scouts attending Woodruff Scout Camp are fed seventeen meals in our camp dining hall. Meals are provided in a modified cafeteria style. Please provide us an email with the specifics of any dietary restriction at least three weeks prior to attending.
Two men “Philmont style” platform tents with folding army-style cots are provided. The campsites are in wooded hilly areas and all registered campers and leaders must be housed in an established campsite.
This year we're traveling on a chartered bus to and from camp. This makes the trip easier on the adults and allows us to avoid overnight stops in each direction, shortening the overall duration.
REQUIRED MEDICAL FORMS
All Scouts and leaders are required to have a physical examination before camp and complete the appropriate medical form. Scouts and leaders must have Parts A, B, and C of the “Annual Health and Medical Record" completed. Download the form here https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_ABC.pdf
Medicine Man who they are and that we communicate with them.
Parents need to turn in medicine and schedule to medicine man ahead of time.
Bag with medication with name of scout and a current photo of that scout on outside of bag.
All prescription medication dosing forms required by camp must be filled out ahead of time.