For over 100 years, the Boy Scouts have been leading youth through a variety of outdoor adventures. Today, the properties and programming offered by theSuwannee River AreaCouncil are not only educational and fun but open to ALL youth – both boys and girls! The core values of all our outdoor programming is still the same: develop leadership skills, get kids outdoors and have some fun.
TheSuwannee River AreaCouncil, Boy Scouts of America offers the most diverse and adventurous outdoor facilities in north Florida.
Our facilities, programs and staff meet American Camping Association and Boy Scouts of America requirements, so youth engage in activities that are completely safe in well maintained easy to find locations. With over 100 years of experience in developing premier outdoor facilities and programs, our camp facilities are about more than location. They are about tradition and family values.
Our staff is motivated enthusiastic and trained, so that parents and youth leave our camps with sense of enrichment rather than a sense of unfulfillment. We offer a rich variety of year round activities, for virtually all of your recreation interests.
How important is camping in Scout retention?
51% of dropped Scouts come from Troops with 5 or fewer camping outings per year.
71% of dropped Scouts come from Troops with 8 or fewer camping outings per year.
Only 15% of dropped Scouts come from units that camps every month.
Scouting’s founders recognized early on that camping provided one of the best opportunities for developing character and helping a boy become a man. In fact, the Boy Scouts of America is widely credited with making camping a part of mainstream America.
Each year, more than 600,000 boys camp at one of the 423 Scout camps and 258 high-adventure camps across North America. While Scouts still learn many of the same skills that have been taught for generations, a week at camp is more than just hiking and swimming.
In fact, a recent study by New York-based Harris Interactive revealed that Boy Scout summer camp increases a youth’s self-confidence, improves their decision-making abilities, and helps them develop conflict-resolution skills.
The study, titled the Boy Scouts of America Summer Camp Outcomes Study also revealed that while at camp:
80 percent of Boy Scouts participated in a decision-making processes.
69 percent reflected on their personal relationships with God.
68 percent reflected on their personal principles and values.
At a time when television, video games, and negative peer pressure interfere with a child’s ability to make sound decisions, parents are looking for ways to help their youth successfully navigate these challenging times; Scout camp offers a safe haven for today’s youth.
Ultimately, camping provides an experience that reinforces personal values and character, increases self-esteem, and builds friendships. Camping, like Scouting, is adventure plus.
If you are interested in using the facilities or camping at Wallwood Scout Reservation, please contact the Council Service Center at 850-576-4146.