Hood Scout Reservation, Andrew Jackson Council

Hood Scout Reservation, Andrew Jackson Council

Hood Scout Reservation, Andrew Jackson Council

BLUR THE LINE BETWEEN snowboarding and summertime, and you’ll find mountain boarding — the hottest new extreme sport finding its way to Boy Scout camps everywhere.
At Hood Scout Reservation, about 30 miles south of Jackson, Miss., summer campers can zoom down three different mountain-boarding runs. Unlike their winter cousins, mountain boards have big off-road wheels and hand brakes to keep speeds in check.

Mountain boarding rolled onto the Scouting scene at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree, where snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler, the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, showed Scouts how it’s done.
Hood Scout Reservation has harnessed that excitement into a staple of its summer offerings.

But there’s more:

A tough climbing tower and COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) team-building course.

Two of the BSA’s pilot programs available only at select council camps: pistol shooting and all-terrain vehicles.

An unofficial “Scouter’s Merit Badge” for leaders who fulfill several requirements, such as completing the mile swim, helping cook meals or working on a camp repair project.
Plan a visit to Hood Scout Reservation by visiting bsa-jackson.org.


  1. Troop camped at HSR as it is called. Fantastic program. Staff outstanding! ALL the support staff, dining, admin, fantastic. Will camp ther again.

  2. Just got back from a week at HSR. Their advertising is not accurate – they are better than advertised! Camp Hood is a “Must Do” for any troop. They accommodated our 54 Scouts without hesitation. The program and the staff are among the best in the country. Our Scouts are already talking about and looking forward to coming back, even with Tropical Storm Cindy coming through during our stay!

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