For generations, Scouts have made the pilgrimage to Camp Wolfeboro to experience the joys of an old-fashioned summer camp. It’s a place where Scouting traditions are of great consequence, and the ghosts of Wolfeboro’s venerable Pioneers are with every day!
Camp Wolfeboro was founded by the former Berkeley Council in 1928 in the area known as Hell’s Kitchen, across the river from a family-oriented camp, Camp Baxter. It is located on the north fork of the Stanislaus River near Bear Valley. The council leases the land from the United States Forest Service. Camp Baxter later closed down and its property was absorbed by Camp Wolfeboro, who built camp sites and remodeled the dining hall and medical shack into a nature lodge and hike shack. Not much has changed at Wolfeboro since then.
The ancient Dining Hall is a reminder of a time when Scouts said Grace before meals, removed their hats indoors, and cheered themselves hoarse, and so what if they have to sit on wooden benches. Add to that a caring, enthusiastic, interactive staff that helps you with your summer camp goals and you get an unbeatable Scouting experience.
The troop campsite is the heart of the program and the staff is available to help you with advancement, high adventure outings, developing better leaders, or just setting a fishing line and breathing pristine mountain air. This season offers six sessions of the Wolfeboro experience that will challenge and inspire everyone who attends.
And then there is the lake. Screams, bribes, curses, threats, boasts, and an occasional splash are the sounds of the waterfront. The Wolfeboro Swim Test is where the “men” are separated from the “boys” in one slow, numbing, breath-taking plunge. Described as the “coldest water on the planet” by experienced campers, it is not unusual to see Scoutmasters chasing hysterical little Scouts around the small beach area, yelling at them to get into line for their swim test.
The camp is rich in traditions such as the “Wolfeboro Rassle” quick skits at each morning’s flag assembly to present the week-long theme culminating in a campwide game Thursday, with concluding skits at the final campfire on Friday evening. Wolfeboro has enough history and grandeur to warrant a visit amongst the beauty of the Sierras.
Also, the camp has a well known tradition called the Wolfeboro Pioneers. This is one of the few surviving local BSA honor societies in the United States that has not been absorbed by the Order of the Arrow. The society was founded in the summer of 1929 by returning Scouts and Scouters who were devoted to creating and preserving the camp’s unique tradition.