Be part of the future of Camp Arrowhead
Since its founding in 1924, Camp Arrowhead has been the home of Scout camping in the Ozarks to thousands of young people. We're working hard to make our camp a place that generations of Scouts and their families will continue to return home to each summer. With your help, we can make those dreams reality. Learn more about how you can be part of the future of Camp Arrowhead.
Click here to see a list of ongoing projects at Camp Arrowhead.
Camp Arrowhead has come a long way in the past few years, and we are excited to share some of those improvements with you!
Capital Improvement Campaign
This process began with a group of Scout Leaders and Scouting supporters developing a plan with priortizing needs and wants. Bringing electrical systems, water lines, and waste water treatment up to today's standards were clear priorities. To date, more than $730,000 has been raised to make needed improvements. Hundreds of our Scouting volunteers and Cout parents have engaged by providing skilled labor in the construction of numerous projects. Having a high level of buy in from our Scouting families is the key to the future success of Camp Arrowhead.
Waste Water Treatment System
This new waste water treatment system was completed in 2016 and is in use today. The contractor indicated that the water leaving the system is clean enough to drink. The Missouri Small Flows organization view it as a Best Practice for facilities with challenging soil conditions.
Kitchen and Dining Hall
Several new pieces of equipment have been purchased to replace equipment that, in some cases, was over 50 years old.
Walk in freezer
Two reach-in coolers
Two new convection ovens
Two food warmers
New hot water boosters for the dishwasher
Powerful fans installed in the dining hall
Windows and screens were repairs and replaced
New PA and projection systems were added
Nine new campsite program shelters have been built by Scouting units and the Order of the Arrow Lodge. The shelters provide shade and protection from the rain,making for a much-improved camping experience.
Storm Hardened Bathrooms
This new storm hardened shelter and restroom facility is capable of withstanding 250 MPH winds, falling trees, and impacts from projectiles traveling at 150 MPH. The outside is textured to collect sap and promote moss growth, eventually camoflauging the facility to blend into it's natural surroundings. The plan is to have one at every campsite eventually.
Three new cabins have been added. These cabins are heated and air-conditioned and are used by camp staff during the summer months, but will also be used by Scouting units during the non-summer months. The addition of year-round housing will provide the opportunity to run program activities throughout the year. The old Administration building has been remodeled into staff housing. There are six bedrooms and three bathrooms in this air-conditioned and heated building. Twelve staff members can be housed in this building during summer camp.
A number of improvements have been made to our existing shower house. Privatized showers have been created and accessibility issues have been addressed.
Accessibility issues throughout camp are being addressed as facility improvements are being made. A new wheelchair accessible campsite has been created. This campsite includes larger tents, accessible ramps, electricity, and close access to the existing shower house and restrooms.
A Power Lift has been installed by the pool. This lift can be operated by a Scout with a disability and allows the swimmer to enter and exit the pool without assistance.
ATV Safety Training Program
Through a partnership with Honda, the council offers ATV training and riding program during the summer camp season and on weekends throughout the year. It is an extremely popular program for older Scouts.
Shooting Sports Ranges
New rifle, shotgun, and archery range shelters have been constructed. The rifle range has been expanded to allow 16 Scouts to shoot at the same time. doubling the capacity. Larger earth berms were built to meet current NRA and BSA standards for shooting ranges. Wheelchair accessibility to and from the three ranges is being addressed. A new trap throwing machine, rifles, shotguns,and Genesis Bows have been added.
A program shelter with a Bouldering Wall has been built near the climbing tower to support the climbing program. A Bouldering Wall allows staff to teach Scouts climbing techniques without having them on belay and using a belay team. The techniques for climbing vertically are much the same as climbing horizontally, just a foot or two off of the ground. This allows for larger numbers of Scouts to experience cimbing and speeds up the learning process. This shelter serves as home base for any programs held at the climbing tower.
The High Ropes Course has been expanded with additonal features as well.
McGeehan Fishing Lodge
This lodge is currently under construction. This 1,250 square foot, wheelchari accessible building will serve as program training space for the fishing program during summer camp, training courses throughout the year, and can be utilized by Scout units and families year round. It will also provide year round restrooms for the lakefront.
Hampton Family Fishing Dock
This dock provides great fishing opportunities. Efforts are being made to improve the fishery.
Some fish stocking has occured and a fish feeder is being used to help grow a population of large Blue Gills and other bait fish which will support a stronger population of Large Mouth Bass.
Numerous pieces of equipment have been purchased to supprot program and camp development:
- A UTV was purchased to help provide Scouts and leaders with disabilities better access to program areas. This vehicle is also a work horse throughout the camp
- Upgraded the Ranger truck
- New, commercial grade, zero turn lawn mower
- Top of the line video and photo equipment for Scouts to use for journalism, movie making, and photography merit badges, as well as for staff to document summer camp experiences.
- Stand up paddle boarding has been offered and is extremely popular with Scouts
- Kayaks have also been added
- GaGa ball pits
- New backboards and nets for basketball courts
Call us today to be a part of making Camp Arrowhead great!