Signing Up For Camp
There are several steps in signing up for camp. The first is deciding where to go. Here is some of the information to consider when looking at camps.
- For Units in the SFBAC the cost for a week of camp for a youth is $345
- for Units from other councils it is $375.
- For adult leaders, up to the first two are free, depending on how many Scouts you bring, and the rest are $195.
Wente is located just east of Willits on Highway 101. It is 29 miles and 43 minutes from Ukiah, 143 miles and 2.75 hours from San Francisco, 140 miles and 3 hours from Eureka, and 161 miles and 3 hours from Sacramento, times dependant on traffic.
Other high points:
A good waterfront is important to a successful summer camp experience. Wente has one of the warmest lakes in California, and it's privately owned; so we don't have to share it with anyone else. The Risin' W Corral gives the opportunity to earn Horsemanship Merit Badge as well as to go on a horse ride thru the backcountry of camp. Our mountain biking area lets you travel the trails of camp on wheels. We have rides for advanced riders that take you thru the mountains and easier rides that go around the lake or along some of the dirt roads. With 58 Merit Badges and a number of other special activities, you can come back year after year and still have plenty to do.
Once you have decided to bring your Unit to Wente, the next step is to decide when to come and which campsite to stay in. Here are the weeks in 2014 we are open:
|Week 1||6/15-6/21||Week 5||7/13-7/19|
|Week 2||6/22-6/28||Week 6||7/20-7/26|
|Week 3||6/29-7/5||Week 7||7/27-8/2|
|Week 4||7/6-7/12||Week 8||8/3-8/9|
Each campsite has its high and low points. Sunrise Ridge is the farthest away, but it has its own parking lot. Sailors Rest is centrally located, but has the noise of the pedestrian traffic and waterfront in front of it. You should look at the Campsite pages to help decide on the site with the best size and location for you.
After you have an idea of when and where you want to stay, call the Council Office at (510) 577-9000 and tell them you want to sign up for camp; they will transfer you to the correct person. Tell them when and where you would like to stay, and they will check and see what is open. Some sites fill up fast because it is first come first serve with priority going to the Unit that stayed there the previous year. If a site you want is open, you can tell them you want it; they will guide you thru the rest of the process. If not you can ask them what is open, bring it back to your Unit to decide, and then call back.
Provisional camping is a regular summer camping experience for individual Scouts who are unable to attend camp with their own Troop, or would like to spend an extra week at camp. Get the Provisional Camper application here. Every effort will be made to match each Provisional Scout with a Troop prior to their arrival in camp. It is recommended that these Scouts contact the unit and try to visit at least one Troop meeting before going to camp to familiarize themselves with the Scouts and the leaders. Contact the SFBAC Camping Department for more information. The Scout's family or Troop is responsible for transportation to and from camp.