What is Base Camp?

Base Camps are unique outdoor education adventure space. The program is owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America. Base Camps provide outdoor adventure for ALL families in addition to providing programs for Scouts.

For over 100 years the Boy Scouts have been known for outdoor skills and leadership development. Now those programs and adventures are available to everyone! So bring your daughter, your husband, and your grandparents to enjoy an educational adventure for everyone!

What kind of activities do you have?

Our programs are open year-round! Although many activities are seasonal there is always something exciting going on at Base Camp.

Depending on the location, you can climb the 50-foot ropes course, learn to shoot archery or throw axes, try bouldering, rock climbing, or ice climbing, and even ride BMX bikes! Prepare for the worst with wilderness survival training and perfect your camping skills and outdoor skills including cooking, ropework, and woods tools. You'll learn about Native Americans, make primitive pots, tools, and clothing, and jump in the indoor Olympic-size competitive pool!

Are parents required to attend with their child?

Our “Adventure Day” programs are family programs and a parent or guardian must attend with their child. At many activities, parents can participate with or along-side their child.

We do offer specialty workshops on certain days where parent-participation is not required.

Many activities are self-guided. At others, our staff will provide program instructions and safety oversight. However, parents are expected to maintain discipline of their child and to intervene with their child if they become frustrated, disruptive, or unruly.

How much does it cost?

All our adventures and more are available starting at $20 per person, per day.

What ages are the activities geared to?

All our activities are age appropriate, yet everyone can do just about everything. There are activities perfect for elementary, middle and high school age youth. Almost all our activities are scaled to provide an achievable challenge. There are a few activities like ice climbing at New England Base Camp that require certain physical capabilities, so those activities have age and weight restrictions.

Can we buy our lunch there? Or should I bring a lunch for everyone?

A full breakfast, lunch, and dinner is available for purchase at New England Base Camp on Saturdays.

Adventure Base Camp in Cranston and Granite Base Camp do not provide food service at this time. You are welcome to bring snacks or a picnic lunch.

Who operates Base Camps?

The Base Camps are a collaborative project of three independent Scout councils that are part of the Boy Scouts of America. The camps are owned and operated by their respective council, each a non-profit corporation based in their state.

Can I work on staff?

We are always looking to build up our staff. If you are interested in education or the outdoors this is the job for you! We have weekend positions as well as a small number of M-F positions.

If you're interested in employment opportunities, please contact:

Can I volunteer on staff?

We provide great volunteer opportunities at each Base Camp. All volunteers go through the same rigorous background checks and safety training as staff. Many volunteers often share unique skills and opportunities to enhance the programs, while others volunteer on a regular basis and gain skills along the way. To learn more about volunteer opportunities reach out to the location manager above.

Base Camp offers a number of programs that are designed for children and adults of all ages to build character, explore nature, and create lifelong memories.