Claytor Lake Aquatics Base

Blue Ridge Mountains Council - Radford, Va.

Photograph by John R. Fulton Jr.

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

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