Organized camping is a creative, educational experience that takes place in cooperative groups living in the outdoors. It uses natural surroundings to significantly contribute to physical, mental, spiritual, and social growth. Denver Area Council (DAC) camps take advantage of the beautiful landscape and terrain of Colorado, so that youth can experience the best of what the Colorado outdoors has to offer.
The DAC offers a wide variety of camping options for Scouts and non-Scout youth of all ages.
Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch (PV) is the larger of the DAC’s two camp properties. Located in Central Colorado on the edge of the Black Forest, PV is 65 miles southeast of Denver, near the town of Elbert. The property includes 3,316 acres of mountain park terrain and sits at 7,000 feet in elevation along the Palmer Divide. PV home to Camp Cris Dobbins, Camp Dietler, and Magness Adventure Camp. In addition to summer opportunities, there are numerous opportunities for weekend camping during the off-season, including unit use of the shooting ranges, rock climbing, and the ATV safety program. Learn More
Tahosa High Adventure Base has been a part of the DAC since 1938. It is nestled in the Rocky Mountains, near the town of Ward, at an elevation of nearly 9,000 feet, making it one of the highest Scout camps in the United States. Tahosa consists of 320 acres, which includes several high alpine meadows, a large lake stocked with trout, and access to adjacent national forest lands. Tahosa is home to Eagle Point Base Camp, Tahosa Trek, Alpine Adventure, Mountaineer, National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), and Angel Fire. Year-round program options at Tahosa include winter camping, climbing, mountain biking, backpacking, mountaineering, fishing, and team-building activities on the high ropes course. Learn More
Donald E. Scott Colorado Adventure Point (CAP) is a 20,000 square foot facility that includes a two-story rock-climbing wall, archery and air rifle shooting ranges, industrial fabrication lab, sustainability lab, and technology lab. CAP hosts summer day camps, Merit Badge classes, adventure overnights, birthday parties, conferences, and school group programs. CAP also develops custom activities for groups. CAP is open to the public as well as Scouts and is located at Hamilton Scout headquarters in Lakewood. Learn More
Scouting programs emphasize the development of qualities such as leadership, character, citizenship, and fitness. To develop these skills in Scouting, youth need the opportunity to push past their comfort zones in real-world settings so they may begin to understand who they are and envision who they can become. High adventure programs provide crucial experiences that help youth individualize their personal values, goals, and vision for the future. Learn More