Claytor Lake Aquatics Base

Claytor Lake Aquatics Base

Claytor Lake Aquatics Base, Blue Ridge Mountains Council – Radford, Va.

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

(Photo by John R. Fulton Jr.)


  1. My troop was here years ago, the boys, all in their mid 20s now, still talk about it! We are from the Jersey Shore Council. We go to a different camp every year.

  2. Sorry, but “Virginia Tech University” does not exist. The official name is Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the popular name is just “Virginia Tech” (no university added). This is a sore spot with members of the Hokie Nation, when their fine school is mis-identified.

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