Chesebrough Scout Reservation

A Retreat Among The Redwoods

Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Camp Chesebrough includes a state-of-the-art training center with a large meeting room for 135 people, commercial kitchen, restrooms, volleyball court, archery and Air-powered BB ranges.

Whether you are joining us for one of our council hosted adventures, or just looking to get away for the weekend, Chesebrough has something for everyone, all being a short drive from civilization.

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Camp Leadership

Dylan Hendrickson

Council Camping Director

Professional (Career) Scouter responsible for the development of the year-round camping program in the council. Supervises the long-term camping program and may serve as the resident camp director. Also oversees the property management of each council owned property alongside volunteers.

Dan Lazzarini

Chesebrough Property Chair

Volunteer member who oversees the property and volunteer corps to improve and maintain camp in a way that enhances the scouting experience for all. We are always looking for more volunteers to join our team, so contact Campbell if you are interested!

Camp Resources

Family Camping is Now Open!

Families are now able to reserve campsites for family group camping. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at camping@svmbc.org

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Chesebrough FAQ

  • What are your Camp Policies?
    • We have many great policies in place to make sure you have a wonderful visit, Click Here for those policies. 
  • Are pets allowed?
    • Unfortunately no. As much as we would love to see your furry friends at camp, they are too disruptive to the natural environment and should stay at home when you visit.
  • Is alcohol allowed?
    • No. As this is a campground primarily geared for families involved in Scouting, we do not allow alcohol.
  • Is smoking allowed?
    • No. As this is a campground primarily geared for families involved in Scouting, we do not allow smoking.
  • Can I drive into the campsites?
    • We are working on improving our roads to allow two-wheel drive access year-round. Access to the lower campsites is unavailable during the wet season. We allow vehicle access to drop off gear, but require vehicles to return to the parking lot. If you need assistance moving your gear from your vehicle, we have several metal carts that you can use to wheel your gear to your site. The other option is to pack in a manner that you can easily walk your gear to your site.
  • Is there a map available?
    • Yes! You can view it HERE. You are encouraged to print out the one liked on this page for your reference.
  • What is there to do?
    • Lots of things! We offer all sorts of program opportunities at Chesebrough Scout Reservation. From Archery to Rock Climbing there are activities for all ages. There are even several hiking trails built around camp, and if you are feeling adventurous, you can even hike all the way to Castle Rock State Park!
  • Are fires allowed in camp?
    • It depends on the current conditions and allowances made by the Monterey Bay Air Resources District (MBARD). You can check on conditions and see if you are allowed to have a fire HERE. MBARD also provides a map showing air quality and burn statuses HERE.
    • Please remember that if fires are allowed during your visit, to only have flames no higher than 2 feet and only in the concrete/metal rings we have provided.
      • Also, HERE are some tips on leaving no trace when setting up a campfire.
  • Can we use the shooting ranges or climbing wall on site?
    • Yes! However, you must follow all BSA rules and regulations.

      Archery, Air-powered BB shooting, and slingshot shooting are restricted to day camps, Cub Scout/Webelos Scout long term camps, council-managed short-term camps, or council activities where there are properly trained supervisors and where all standards for BSA shooting sports are enforced. All shooting ranges in the Cub Scout program must be supervised by a qualified range master who is at least 18 years of age and meets the minimum requirements.

      • Archery, Air-powered BB shooting, and slingshot shooting are not approved unit activities.

      • Youth in the Lion program are approved to participate in district or council run archery and slingshot activities only.

  • Are there wild animals around?
    • Yes! The Santa Cruz Mountains are full of life from lizards, to birds, and even some mountain lions. For this reason, we ask that you store your food in an animal-proof container away from where you sleep. You car is also another good option. We also ask that you throw away your trash each night before bed, otherwise you will have some unwanted visitors!
  • What should we do with our trash?
    • Please throw your trash into the green dumpster. The top slides open on either side, and please throw into the middle first to ensure we can fill it up evenly. Once you have thrown your trash in, PLEASE SLIDE THE LID FULLY CLOSED. If the lid is not fully closed, animals will get in and spread the trash all throughout camp. We will then have to charge you  
  • We reserved a campsite, what time should we arrive/leave?
    • Please arrive no earlier than 5pm, and please be packed out of your site by 11am. You are still welcome to enjoy the rest of camp once you are packed and out of your site!
  • Can we help with a service project?
    • Definitely! You are welcome and encouraged to help with a service project that you feel comfortable with. We also host regular work weekends, where we work on camp improvements. Please contact camping@svmbc.org for more details.
  • Are masks required on site and when?
    • Effective March 1, 2022, there is a strong recommendation that all persons, regardless of vaccination status, continue to mask while in indoor public settings and businesses.
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