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Camp Oljato - July 7-13, 2013

: Sunday, July 7th (~6:30am) - Saturday, July 13th (~2pm)
Who: All Scouts, including incoming firsties 
How: Click here to sign up
Cost: About $475, including transportation
Payment schedule: A deposit of $150 will be required by February 15, then a second payment in mid-March, then a final payment on May 1st (all non-refundable)

Oljato (pronounced ol-JAY-toe) is Pacific Skyline Council’s premier summer camp and a favorite destination of Troop 33. We return every year to this picturesque camp on Huntington Lake, located in the Sierra Mountains south of Yosemite and north of Kings Canyon at 7000-8000 foot elevation, and accessible only by pontoon boat. The camp is about 240 miles away, a 5-6 hour drive by chartered bus. It offers complete aquatics on the beautiful lake, nature, handicrafts, and shooting sports areas. It also has great food! Here’s the link for more information:

Each year, Troop 33 reserves the Navajo Campsite, which houses the roughly 50 members of Troop 33 who attend. Days are spent working on merit badges such as woodcarving, mammal study, canoeing and swimming, and free time is usually filled with card games, ball games and trips to the Trading Post. Meals are prepared by the amazing staff and served buffet style with plenty of options - no one walks away hungry. Sleeping arrangements include raised floor canvas tents that sleep 2. The boys do not need anything special for Oljato - general scout supplies will be discussed during the first year orientation, and the specific packing list will be reviewed in late May. A sleeping bag is a must have. A sleeping pad, backpack and hiking boots are highly recommended for this trip and most scout outings.

Sounds like fun, right?!? It really is a wonderful opportunity to be immersed in boy scouts for a week. The scouts forge strong connections while enjoying a week full of adventure. They’ll arrive home smelly, dirty and with many stories to share. Please sign up quickly to reserve your spot! This is a popular camp with only a limited number of spots available, and we fill to capacity each year.
Interested adults should sign up as well. While preference is given to uniformed adult leaders, there are always a few spots available for adult volunteers – the Scoutmaster-in-charge will decide who and how many adults spots are available for the week. Oljato also offers a family campsite. More information on that can be found on the website shown above. 

Please feel free to contact Deborah Schueren ( if you have questions, or problems with sign-up.

Merit Badge & Program Information

Some merit badges have prerequisites that cannot be completed in camp. It is strongly recommended that merit badge requirements be reviewed before coming to camp.  Written evidence must be provided to assure prerequisites have been completed or partials will be issued.

Advanced Sailing

Participants must have completed the Sailing merit badge. Advanced Sailing allows use of larger boats such as the Hobie Cat and the Victoria. 

BSA Lifeguard

The class is 3 hours long each day covering two periods. Participants are also required to lifeguard for a 2-hour period during free time at some point in the week. The age limit is 15 and completion of CPR training is a prerequisite.


Participants may buy a $18 ticket for all the supplies


prerequisites 8c, 8d, 9


Participants should complete Swimming Merit Badge


Citizenship in the World and Nation are challenging Eagle Required Badges and thus recommended for Scouts already on that trail. Prerequisite for Citizenship in the Worrld complete one of the following 7(a,b,d,e). Citizenship in the Nation class prerequisite 2(b, c, or d)


Climbing merit badge classes are limited to 12 Scouts. Advanced Climbing participants must have completed Climbing merit badge or have the Director’s prior approval. Must be 13 the January before camp starts.


Participants of the “Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience” (COPE) course must be 13 the January before camp starts.

Emergency Preparedness & Fire Safety

Prerequisite Emergency Prep 1,8c / Fire Safety 6, 9a, 11.

Environmental Science

This merit badge requires two hours of observation over four 30-minute periods for use in writing a comprehensive essay. An additional 100-word essay must be written on an endangered species. There will be a test at the end of the week. Bring a notebook, pen, and the willingness to work.

First Aid

The First Aid merit badge is extensive and there are no partials. Prerequisite is #1. A final practical and written exam is given.


Scouts over age 16 are required to have a California State Fishing License prior to coming to camp. PFD’s must be worn by Scouts and they must be accompanied by an adult or Staff member while fishing from a dock or boat.

Fish & Wildlife Management

#6c is prerequisite

Handicraft (Woodcarving & Leatherwork)

Woodcarving is limited to 10 and requires that the Scout has a pocket knife. Materials for merit badges may be purchased at the Trading Post.

Life Saving

#1a is prerequisite


A clear plastic bottle of about one quart is needed. A Gatorade bottle will suffice.

Shooting Sports

All classes have size limits. The Area Director has the final decision on a Scout’s ability to participate. Older Scouts are typically more successful. The merit badge fee to cover time and consumables on the range for:
Rifle - $18 Shotgun - $20 Archery - $8

Skills Patrol

Skills Patrol is offered in rank-specific classes for newer Scouts to work solely on requirements pertaining to that rank. There are some requirements that cannot be completed at camp. At the end of the session the Skills Patrol instructor will provide a progress report listing requirements completed. Troop leadership may then review and transfer the information into the Scout’s handbook. Overnight experience Wed or Thu night after 3rd period. Bring 10 essentials, ground cloth, mess kit, sleeping bag/pad, etc.

Wilderness Survival

#5 is prerequisite
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