Summer Camp

Each summer, The Great Smoky Mountain Council holds five different week-long camps at Camp Buck Toms, starting in early June and wrapping up in late July. In any given year, more than 75 percent of Boy Scouts in the council attend summer camp.

With our extensive facilities, we offer a nearly unmatched variety of activities, and over 60 merit badge opportunities, including numerous STEM merit badges ranging from astronomy to welding and aviation to chess. For dates and complete details, see the 2018 CBT Leader’s Guide.

Camp Activities

Camp Buck Toms offers over 68 merit badges and other special programs. For more detailed information about an activity and it’s requirements, 2018 CBT Leader’s Guide

iconAQUATICS

  • CANOEING

  • LIFESAVING

  • STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING

  • MOTOR BOATING

  • SMALL-BOAT SAILING

  • SWIMMING

  • WATER SPORTS

  • KAYAKING

  • MILE SWIM

  • BSA LIFEGUARD

iconHEALTH & SAFETY

  • EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

  • FINGERPRINTING & CRIME PREVENTION

  • FIRST AID

  • PUBLIC HEALTH

  • CPR / FIRST AID CERTIFICATION

  • SEARCH & RESCUE

iconSHOOTING SPORTS

  • RIFLE SHOOTING

  • ARCHERY

  • SHOTGUN SHOOTING

iconECOLOGY / CONSERVATION

  • ANIMALIA STUDIES

  • ARCHAEOLOGY

  • ARCHITECTURE / LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

  • ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

  • FORESTRY

  • GEOLOGY

  • INSECT STUDY

  • NATURE

  • OCEANOGRAPHY

  • WEATHER

iconHANDICRAFT

  • ART & SCULPTURE

  • BASKETRY & WOODCARVING

  • CITIZENSHIP IN THE WORLD

  • COMMUNICATIONS

  • LEATHERWORK

  • METAL WORKING

  • PHOTOGRAPHY / MOVIEMAKING

iconSCOUT CRAFT

  • FISHING

  • GEOCACHING & ORIENTEERING

  • INDIAN LORE

  • PIONEERING

  • PULP & PAPER

  • SIGNS SIGNALS & CODES

  • WILDERNESS SURVIVAL

  • INVENTING

  • PAUL BUNYAN WOODSMAN

iconSTEM

  • ASTRONOMY

  • AVIATION

  • CHEMISTRY

  • CHESS

  • GAME DESIGN

  • NUCLEAR SCIENCE

  • RADIO & ELECTRONICS

  • ROBOTICS

  • SPACE EXPLORATION

  • WELDING

iconHIGH ADVENTURE

  • CLIMBING

  • MOUNTAIN BIKING

  • HORSEMANSHIP

High Adventure Programs

C.O.P.E.
CHALLENGING OUTDOOR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

C.O.P.E. is a weeklong adventure for older Scouts that teaches advanced team-building and problem-solving skills. Scouts learn to function as a team to meet a series of low course and high course COPE elements. Participants should be at least 13 years old and in sound physical condition.

The goal of Project COPE is to build leadership, self esteem, decision making, trust, and teamwork skills by progressing, as a group, through a series of increasingly physically and mentally challenging exercises.

Buck Toms offers one of the finest high ropes courses, a V Swing, and a multi-level climbing tower. When Scouts complete the course, they receive a special COPE T-shirt to let others know they have “Met the Challenge!”

MOUNTAIN MAN

The Mountain Man program is a demanding and exciting five-day expedition designed around East Tennessee’s mountains, rivers, caves, and trails. Adventures may include backpacking, caving, whitewater rafting/kayaking/canoeing, rock climbing, rappelling, mountain biking, water sports, shooting sports, and more.

Expeditions are led by seasoned guides, but Scouts cooperate to plan their journey for the week. Mountain Man is open to All Boy Scouts and Venturers at least 13 years of age. Participants can register as individuals; your unit does not have to be registered for you to participate and join the Mountain Man Clan.

2018 dates

WEEK 1
JUNE 3-9

WEEK 2
JUNE 10-16

WEEK 3
JUNE 17-23

WEEK 4
JUNE 24-30

WEEK 5
JULY 1-7

REGISTER FOR CAMP >

If you have questions, please email jennifer.williams@scouting.org

cost

$240 In Council

$270 Out of Council

$90 Adult Leaders

LATE FEEs

After April 2018…
$10 / Adult
$25 / In Council Scout
$25 / Out of Council Scout

CANCELLATION POLICY

Camp deposits and reservation fees are refundable until January 1, 2018. Refunds must be made in writing by the troop to Jennifer Williams.
jennifer.williams@scouting.org

IMPORTANT
DATES

DECEMBER 1, 2017
Last day for units to reserve a space at camp. Contact the Council Office with your unit info, desired week and estimated number of campers, along with the $200 deposit.

Merit Badge Registration will begin February 5, 2018 at 8:30AM EST.