Tahquitz Summer Camp

Summer Camp 2023!

We are very excited and looking forward to this summer camp 2023 at Tahquitz!  You can easily access registration here.

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Session 1 Session 2Session 3Session 4
July 9- July 15 July 16- July 22 July 23-July 29 July 30-Aug 5


Tahquitz Pricing 2023* Youth AdultYouthAdult
 In Council Out of CouncilIn Council Out of Council
Patrol Dining (cook in campsite)$ 430 $ 445$ 280$ 295
Commissary Dining$ 475 $ 490$ 325$ 345

*We reserve the right to adjust pricing prior to event if economic conditions dictate
*Registrations made after 5/1/2023 will incur a $10 per person increase in above pricing
*Troops that register for camp within two weeks of requested camp session will have a late surcharge of $15.00 per person.

Andy Long Summer Camp Director
Joe Warner Director, Camp Tahquitz

Camp Tahquitz
41700 State Hwy 38
Angelus Oaks, CA 92305


Payment ScheduleDateAmount Due
Deposit**October 1 — December 31 $200 per Troop
First Payment February 1$190 per Scout
Second payment April 1$190 per Scout
Third paymentJune 1Balance due


**During the deposit period, a troop may reserve a place at camp for a particular week. Beginning January 1st troops should start registering individual Scouts through our online registration system.

Leader’s Guide

Our leader guide is now interactive on Google. Please click here to view the most current guide, updated 12/29/22.

Thunderbird Experience

Thunderbird is an experience unique to Tahquitz. It’s a way for an older Scout to still be involved in their troop’s summer activities even if they don’t want to experience the traditional program of merit badge classes and campfires. In a nutshell, the Thunderbird program gathers all of the participants and they whisk off to a corner of the property most people have never seen before. There patrols for the week are organized and each patrol then decides which activities they will do and when they will do them through Thunderbird’s menu-based approach to program.

These activities are experience based; this means that rather than drafting the activity based on an established merit badge or BSA award, they are drafted to provide an opportunity for learning, skill development, or just plain old fun. In the past these activities included: black powder rifle shooting, COPE (low and high), field archery, mug-carving, and spending the night way up in a hammock higher than many trees.

2023 Merit Badges

*Merit badges are subject to change

Climbing CenterCraft LodgeLakeNature Center
ClimbingArtCanoeingEnvironmental Science
Wilderness SurvivalLeatherworkKayakingGeology
Search & RescueWood Carving Mammal Studies
 Indian Lore Nature 
   Plant Science
   Reptile/Amphibian Study
Outdoor SkillsPoolShooting SportsWrangler
First AidSwimmingRifleAnimal Science
Pioneering Shotgun 
Game Design   

Mentor Program

(designed for Scouts to work independently, utilizing opportunities at the camp and staff)

Outdoor AdventureWhat’s CookingAnimalsSky Above
BackpackingCookingFish & WildlifeSpace Exploration
Hiking Bird StudyAstronomy
Pioneering Insect Life 
Powering our LivesEarth Below, Sky Above Additional 
EnergySoil & WaterChess 
Pioneering Scouting Heritage 

Videos of Camp:

Welcome to Camp Tahquitz!

We understand the importance of planning, and we at Tahquitz would like to help you. This guidebook is a great place to start, as it will give you all the information that you will want to prepare for your week at Tahquitz.

A week at camp can be a fun and exciting adventure for your entire troop. However, it will take some time and effort to prepare your troop to get the most out of their week at Tahquitz. Because different individuals in your troop will be helping get the troop ready, instead of a single guide we have prepared 8 separate sections. This way you can print out a specific section for each person who is helping you prepare. We have also placed PDF versions on CampMaster for your use to download and print.

Although we have tried to anticipate every question that you might have, there is bound to be something that we forgot. In that case, please do not hesitate to contact us!


  • If a scout is unable to attend camp, we can refund all but $25 for requests made prior to June 1.
    • After June 1, we will refund all but $100 for any scout who cannot attend due to verified injury or illnesses as documented by a medical doctor, a death in the family, or relocation of the family outside of the area. Requests for refunds after June 1 must be directed to the Tahquitz Director.
  • We are unable to honor refunds for any fees once the troop arrives at camp, or if a scout or leader leaves camp before the week has ended. 
  • We will provide a full refund if the council must cancel the camp program due to outside circumstances.

Map of Camp Tahquitz

Directions to Camp Tahquitz


Camp Tahquitz 2021

Video Library

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Trading Post Camp Store

Welcome to our camp store! Camp Tahquitz has a complete Trading Post. Located in the historic Barton Flats store — a 100 year old cabin in the center of camp — the store is stocked with many items, including:

  • Leather and  wood carving kits for Merit Badge courses or just for fun
  • Snacks, candy and beverages
  • Souvenirs
  • Merit Badge books
  • Apparel such as fleece jackets, vests, polo shirts, souvenir shirts and socks
  • Patches, patches and more patches.
  • Sundries which include, lip balm, sun screen, chapstick tooth paste etc


“The boys said it was EPIC.” – Scoutmaster

“The wranglers are great! We’d like to do another overnighter!” – Scout leader

“Our Troop enjoyed camp here immensely!” – Scoutmaster

“Excellent!!! Outstanding!!! Loved It!!!” – comments on Food Service

“Lots of yummy goodies for kids to choose from” – comments on Trading Post

“We love camping here. Our Scouts had a wonderful experience.” – Scout leader

“Camp Tahquitz is the GREATEST camp. I will always be here.” – Scout parent