There are no TV cameras around, but Scouts can still get plenty of airtime at Claytor Lake Aquatics Base, a new lakeside facility in Pulaski County, Va. The 4,500-acre reservoir is about a 40-minute drive from Blacksburg, Va., home of Virginia Tech University, or a two-hour drive from The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.
The new buildings, seen above, serve as the dry-land home base for visiting units. From there, the water becomes a Scouting playground with these activities:
- Wakeboarding, waterskiing, and motorboating to get the adrenaline flowing.
- Kayaking or piloting an Olympic-style rowboat for when it’s time to slow down.
- Scuba certification for Scouts who prefer underwater fun.
Most of the activities are for adults and Venturing-age youth, so make sure your guys and girls meet the camp’s and the BSA’s requirements before planning a trip. Once you’re ready, find more details at brmcreservation.org/summer_camp.htm.
(Photo by John R. Fulton Jr.)