first opened the summer of 1966 at S bar F Scout Ranch. From the
beginning, it was designed to be a totally different experience for
high-school and college-age members. It is one of only two bases of its
type in our country. And we are lucky to have it here.
S bar F Scout Ranch is 5,200 acres of woods, trails, streams, Nims Lake and fun. Our 270-acre Nims Lake
serves as the focal point for water skiing, sailing, fishing, canoeing,
swimming, water tubing, sun bathing, kayaking and water sliding. Our
herd of horses will allow you to saddle-up and explore the wilderness
trails. If heights and challenges are your thing, we offer rock
climbing, rappelling and a high and low ropes course. Mountain bikes are
available every day for rides that see no pavement. You may want to try
your hand at firing a .22 rifle or bow and arrow. At Swift, you choose
what you want to do.
Evening programs include campfires
and dances, volleyball and crazy competitions. We plan for an outdoor
movie night, drive-in style. A game night or bonfire may be in the
offing. If your crew wants to take an overnight canoe float down the
lake, that can be arranged. Some crews like to hike to Castle Rock to
check out the stars.
All meals are served in Swift Lodge -- dining-hall style.
You camp on a campsite with your
crew and your leaders. Tents are set up for you on wooden frames. Each
of our five campsites are scattered in the woods, so that you have shade
and some privacy.
For more details, click here: Your Campsite and Facilities at Swift
For a suggested equipment list, click here: Swift Equipment List
Details, details, details:
RESERVE YOUR SPOT AT SWIFT BASE
Venturers and Explorers should start making plans for the 2010 summer camp program at Swift Base. Registration begins Oct. 1, 2009. Registration
for Swift Base is limited to Venturers and Explorers during the months
of October, November and December. The sign-up process is based on a
first-come, first-served basis. After Jan. 1, 2010, high-school-age
Scouts from the Greater St. Louis Area Council and out-of-council crews
may begin signing up to attend Swift Base.
Reservation fees are $25 per youth member.
Start promoting Swift to your crew or post now. Don't let the time slip by!