Your Doorway to Scouting Adventure!
Greater Tampa Bay Area Council camps are allowing Unit Camping.
Each of the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council's camps has something special to offer your group.
Start by clicking the GTBAC Camps menu to see what is available for your outdoor adventure.
Scouting Groups - if you have any questions contact Christine Chansley at:
813-872-2691 Ext. 101 or email Christine.Chansley@scouting.org
Free Camping for Units - Scouting for Food and Friends of Scouting
If your unit participates in Scouting for Food and schedules a Friends of Scouting presentation for 2020 then the unit is eligible for free tent camping (was $3 / per person per night) from January 1, 2020 - February 28,2021. To book the free camping, do the following:
- Pick the group type Greater Tampa Bay Area Bay - FOS & SFF from the group type drop down when asked.
- For all bookings made after January 1, 2020 the tent camping (was $3/per night) fees will be $0/per night.
- Units that book free camping for January or February and do not participate in Scouting for Food at the required level will be billed.
- Units that book free camping and fail to have the scheduled Friends of Scouting presentation will be billed.
- Please note that Adirondack sites and sites with cabins are still the same pricing.
If your unit has already booked camping between January 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021 and paid for it, after the Scouting for Food drive is complete we will issue credits to units that participated in the food drive and have scheduled a Family Friends of Scouting Presentation.
Camping Reservation Policies
With the introduction of the online reservation system full payment is now due at time of booking. In order to allow the most Scouts to enjoy our facilities we reserve the right to move units to comparable sites and single sites if needed.
Program Areas Reservation Policies
All reservations for program areas: Shooting ranges, climbing or aquatics are for the facilities only. Your unit must provide the appropriate volunteers with credentials to the camp master or ranger to be given access to the facilities. The Greater Tampa Bay Area Council will not be able to provide individual units with staff for program areas. We are moving our efforts to providing instruction for unit volunteers to empower the units to be able to open these facilities. Having more trained volunteers will give your unit more freedom and will be beneficial to all of the Scouts in our area.
What If My Unit Doesn't Have Leaders That Are Trained?
Choice 1 - Get Your Leaders Trained
Each of the program committees will be running training several times a year.
Check the Council Calendar at: https://tampabayscouting.org/calendar for upcoming training.
For best results in the calendar, open filter and select training. Then press apply filter. The List view shows everything at once.
Choice 2 - Talk to Other Leaders at Roundtable and Collaborate
Every district has leaders who are trained in it. Many times units can team up for a weekend day or volunteers from one unit will help another. You can ask talk to your District Executive about volunteers in your district that can help.
Choice 3 - Attend One of the Council Activity Days
Each of the program committees (shooting sports, climbing and aquatics) will be scheduling days throughout the year to open the facilities. You will be able to sign up for them as any other event. This allows our volunteers to maximize their time and serve as many youth as possible while also giving your Scouting Families more choices in activities throughout the year.
Check the Council Calendar at: https://tampabayscouting.org/calendar for upcoming events. NOTE - these will be fully scheduled Mid-August once the program committee members return from the World Jamboree.
Non-scout groups looking to reserve facilities should contact Jason Borton at firstname.lastname@example.org to get pricing and availability.