Organized camping is a creative, educational experience in cooperative group living in the outdoors. It uses the natural surroundings to contribute significantly to physical, mental, spiritual, and social growth. Capitol Area Council offers amazing opportunities to experience the outdoors, with ownership of seven different camping properties that cover areas from Giddings to Gonzales to Bastrop to Liberty Hill. Scout units can use these facilities for hiking, camping and other activities.
Council Camp Properties
Lost Pines Scout Reservation
Nearly 400 acres, on the northern shores of Lake Bastrop and home to the tallest climbing tower in Texas – DOK’s Tower
Cub World at Camp Tom Wooten
150 acres with access to shores of Lake Bastrop
Griffith League Scout Ranch
Nearly 5,000 acres and one of the few remaining intact land grants from the Republic of Texas
Camp Alma McHenry
250 acres of pastureland, oak trees and several private stocked fishing ponds
Camp Green Dickson
Near Historic Gonzales, Texas (between Gonzales and Shiner)
Roy D. Rivers Wilderness Scout Camp
Nearly 400 acres of heavily forested, rugged terrain
Smilin V Scout Ranch
91 acres of improved Hill Country ranch land featuring 8 campsites
For use only by Scouts BSA Troops, Venturing Crews
Sam Houston Area Council Camps
In partnership with the council headquartered in Houston, here are additional Scout-owned camping properties you may consider for your unit's use.
Weekend Camping and Off-Season Property Use
Camping and activities are allowed at Capitol Area Council Camps after reserving campsites with our council office. Unit leaders must check in with the Campmaster, Ranger, or the Administration Building upon arrival.
NOTE: Capitol Area Council units do not have to pay a fee to use Capitol Area Council camping property for regular weekend camping or day events, except for Smilin V Scout Ranch and Rathgeber Wilderness Scout Camp which both require a $2.50 fee per camper (youth or adult). Out of Council units have to pay $5 per camper (youth or adult) for all council properties.
Campmasters are volunteers trained and registered in Scouting who serve at council weekend camps whenever Scouting groups are using any part of camp property. Campmasters select their own time and frequency of service, but they usually serve two to four times a year. Campmasters generally meet twice a year to evaluate their program, schedule ahead, and arrange for the training of any new members. You can learn more about the Campmaster Corps and how to volunteer by visiting its website.