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Scouts BSA Resident Camp 2024

An exciting resident camp experience awaits Scouts from all over the Black Warrior Council for the 2024 BSA Resident Camp. It is not only the 100th Anniversary for Camp Horne, but there will be a week full of opportunities for advancement, great programs, fellowship with other Scouts, and memories to last a lifetime!

An eager and talented Camp Staff is eager to help your Unit achieve its goals for summer camping. At Resident Camp, the Patrol Method is emphasized, Senior Patrol Leaders really lead, Unit Leaders guide, and the Camp Staff support through expertise in programming and resources. Our mission is to provide a memorable camping experience where Scouts leave at the end of the week with one thought in mind, "I can't wait to return next year!"

Scout Oath

On my Honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people at all times, and to obey the Scout Law. To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law

"A scout is..."













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2024 Resident Camping Dates

Scouts BSA Week 1: June 9-15

Scouts BSA Week 2: June 16-22

Fees & Payment Schedule

   Youth, In Council


Youth, Out of Council





  • 1 free adult with every 6 paid Scouts

  • Payment DUE no later than May 24, 2024

  • $25 additional late fee for any Scout or Adult added after May 24, 2024

Camp Horne


Established in 1924

100th Anniversary Year

13633 Keenes Mill Rd

Cottondale, AL 35453

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Registration is by Unit Leaders

Camp Staff Opportunities 

for Resident Camp Season

There are many job opportunities each summer for young people but there is no better job than being a member of the camp staff. Yes, there are many demands, long days, and at day's end, you will be tired! But, becoming a member of the camp staff is very rewarding, teaches responsibility at a high level, and you will gain friendships that last a lifetime!

If you are at least 15 years of age, you are eligible to apply. If you are 14 years old, you may be interested in the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program.

Camp Staff Application

Recommendation Form for Camp Staff

C.I,T. Program Information

              Useful Forms

(some links will become active soon!)

Leaders' Guide to Resident Camp

SPL Guide to Resident Camp

Scout & Parent Brochure

Annual BSA Health & Medical Record

Camp Map

Packing List

Campership Application

Merit Badge Schedule

Swim Classification Record

Campsite Inspection Checklist

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Something for Everyone -
Plan Your Best Experience!

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Merit Badge Opportunities

Scouts will have the opportunity to complete work toward merit badges each morning. Many badges will be able to be competed at camp while others may need work prior to attending or once returning home. Check out our merit badge catalog of offerings carefully so you can "Be Prepared!" to meet your goals.

Merit badges will be offered in the areas of aquatics, outdoor skills, Eagle-required, shooting sports, handicraft, and specialty areas.

Merit Badge Schedule

   (link to go live March 18th)

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Trailblazer Program for 1st Year Campers

Scouts who are relatively new to Scouting and are early on in that path to First Class are invited to consider our Trailblazer's program. In the Trailblazer's program, Scouts will spend each morning in a more structured environment working on many of the outdoor skill requirements in Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks. Scouts will also have the opportunity to earn Swimming and First Aid merit badges. The program will operate as a provisional Troop and Scouts will work together utilizing the patrol method.

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Programs for Older Scouts

  (some have age restrictions) 

Scouts who are more experienced and may have already attended at least one year of Scouts BSA Resident Camp still have much to experience. Besides a range of merit badges, some that have not been offered recently, veteran Scouts may also choose to participate in:

  • ATV Safety Program

  • Night Climb & Rappelling 

  • Orienteering Challenge Competition

  • Challenge Trail Competition

  • BSA Lifeguard Certification

  • Safe Swim Supervision Certification

  • Paddle Craft Safety Training

  • Cowboy Shoot

PreCamp Information Meeting

Join Camp Director Wayne Harris & Program Director Charlie Plasters for a PreCamp Information Meeting to be held: Thursday, March 21st at 6:30 pm.

Leaders may attend in person at the Leroy McAbee Scout Service Center or by Zoom. Those wishing to join by Zoom, need to check back here for the Zoom link and meeting password (will be posted by noon on March 21). The meeting should last no longer than one hour.

Memorable Experiences


Order of the Arrow

The Aracoma Lodge of the Order of the Arrow holds two special events each week of Resident Camp.

 Tuesday Evening After Dinner 
Current members enjoy an ice cream social. While this event is primarily a social gathering, members learn updates about the OA and also assist in planning for the OA Induction Ceremony Thursday evening.


OA Induction Ceremony

Thursday evenings at Resident Camp immediately following Chapel Services. New members elected by individual troops are inducted in a spectacular campfire ceremony.

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Campwide Events

In addition to having the opportunity to earn merit badges and complete other skill requirements toward rank advancement, Scouts will be engaged in several campwide activities. Afternoon programming centers on exploration, fun, and Scout choice of activity.

Evenings after dinner, will be time for troop planned activities but also will include campwide games and competitions as optional activities for those interested. 

On Friday afternoon, Troops will compete in the Camp Horne Centennial Competition!, Scouts will be challenged in their knowlegde and expertise of Scouting skills as well as simply their competitive spirit! Who will shine? Who will pass the tests? Who will be victorious at day's end? Only time will tell but regardless, participants will have a great time and enjoy a special week's ending activity.



One of the best parts of camping is getting to enjoy and particpate in campfires. There will be three campwide campfires during each week of resident camp.

Opening Campfire

Immediately following Chapel services on Sunday evening, Scouts will be led to a special campfire program that will center on Scouting ideals, our 100th Anniversary, and a welcome and orientation to camp.

OA Campfire

Immediately following Chapel Services on Thursday evenng, new members elected by individual troops are inducted in a spectacular campfire ceremony in the camp's main council ring.

Closing Campfire

Friday night caps it all off! Awards, songs, skits, fellowship, just a whole lot of fun and a great way to culminate a spectacular week of Scouting! Family and friends are invited to join our campfire as a family night.

Black Warrior Council, B.S.A.

Jack Warner Parkway NE

Tuscaloosa, AL 35405

(205) 554-1680


Camp Horne

13633 Keenes Mill Rd

Cottondale, AL 35453

Contact the Camp Director: Dr. Wayne "Sleepy" Harris

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