Visit Camp Pico Blanco in the heart of California’s Big Sur area

UPDATE: Pico Blanco is closed for 2017 but is accepting 2018 reservations.

WHEN ESCAPING CIVILIZATION for a week, you might as well surround yourself with natural beauty. Nestled in 600 acres of redwood forest in the Big Sur area of central California, Camp Pico Blanco has picturesque perfection everywhere you look.

It’s at the climbing tower, where coastal redwoods seem to coax Scouts skyward.

And it’s at the Mount Pico Blanco hike Monday afternoon, when those Scouts who are at least 14 and in excellent physical condition brave the strenuous climb to a panoramic view atop the 3,709-foot summit.

Tuesday night brings the popular staff vs. Scoutmasters volleyball tournament. Wednesday is Adventure Day, when troops can run their own program or sign up for one of several day hikes in the Ventana Wilderness. And on Thursday, everyone gathers at the dining hall to trade patches and play board games.

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