Hale Scout Reservation is a 480-acre camp located in the beautiful Winding Stair Mountains in Southeastern Oklahoma. Nestled in the Ouachita National Forest, Hale Scout Reservation is a premier summer camp destination for Boy Scout troops from many of the surrounding states. This camp operated 9 weeks each summer with more than 7,000 Scouts and leaders in attendance. Hale Scout Reservation provides Scouts of all ages with rugged outdoor challenges, high adventure, beautiful scenic views and one of the best summer camp experiences in the nations.
The first difference you will notice at Hale Scout Reservation is the staff. You asked for an older mature staff to give better guidance to the scouts and we listened. The majority of our Staff are of college age. Because we feel that an older staff is more experienced and can be better instructors and role models for your scouts.
Involvement is another notable difference of our staff. Each staff member is personally committed to helping each scout develop in scouting. Whether teaching a merit badge, leading an activity or working all week to help a scout learn a simple skill, we believe that one-on-one interaction and treating each scout as an individual is the most rewarding policy for campers and staff.
Lake Bohannon Aquatic Center
Lake Bohannon Aquatic Center offers campers a variety of activities to enjoy. The Lakefront offers the following merit badges: Canoeing, Fishing, Rowing, Small Boat Sailing, Motorboating, Fly Fishing and Whitewater. The Aquatic Center also features a fishing dock, rowing shells, a variety of kayaks.
Lake front fun! Experience the Iceberg, Wet Willy and the Blob... The blob is a giant air cushion that allows campers to be bounced off into Lake Bohannon for a refreshing dip. For those who want a serious challenge, we offer the mile swim. Mandatory training takes place Monday through Wednesday and participates swim the mile on Thursday.
Scouts whose participate in the Whitewater Merit Badge will be able to experience the cold splashing waves of the Mountain Fork River. The river trip offers plenty of foam for the beginner and expert alike. The trip departs just after breakfast and returns just in time for dinner. Beginners may take either the Thursday or Friday trips and advanced kayakers may take the Wednesday trip. To qualify for the advanced trip a scout must have completed the Whitewater Merit Badge, pass the kayak course and be a strong swimmer.