Camp Kern

Camp Kern

Camp Kern, Southern Sierra Council

Sit back, relax, and let the wind do all the work? Think again. At Camp Kern in the High Sierras, the winds are strong, but earning Small-Boat Sailing merit badge is hardly a breeze. All that extra effort doesn’t faze Scouts, though. They’re too busy enjoying one of the best sailing programs in the West. And the location? It doesn’t get much better than Huntington Lake (elevation 7,000 feet), which is nestled in a remote part of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range.

It’s so remote, in fact, that no roads lead to camp. Instead, troops travel aboard one of several daily barges across the lake. Once there, sailing’s far from the only attraction. Be sure to consider:

A day trip, giving Scouts and Scouters the chance to hike, backpack, or fish at elevations between 7,000 and 10,320 feet. Two highlights: The Indian Pools and Rancheria Falls hikes. Both offer plenty of places to cool off.

Renting a mountain bike and helmet from camp and spending the day exploring one of the nearby Forest Service trails with a few buddies.

Catching rainbow trout in Huntington Lake. Scouts can cook their catch back at camp.

One or two of the 32 merit badges offered, such as Archaeology, Horsemanship, Motorboating, Pioneering, and Wood Carving.

The Brotherhood of the Mountain Man, an in-camp honor society for Scouts who return to Camp Kern year after year.

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Photo by Trevor Clark.


    • Hi Jeff! We would love to have you and your Troop Leaders stop by Camp Kern and check out the amazing program there. Give us a call at our Council office 661-325-9036 or you can call Camp Kern Directly at 559-893-3387, but not until the last week of June when the staff is in camp.

  1. You have to go! I am glad I did! When I was a scoutmaster I spent one Summer at summer camp & my son was on staff there in the 1990s . I have never forgot this camp & I never will.

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