Boulder Creek Scout Reservation

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Boulder Creek Scout Reservation offers a convenient year-round location (1-hour drive from the mid-peninsula) for outdoor activities in the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Boulder Creek Scout Reservation
(BCSR) covers over 300 acres of varied terrain (three ecological zones) and borders the lush Bear Creek where salmon and steelhead spawn. BCSR also offers a 2.5 mile nature trail and a 3.5 mile historical trail describing the history of early California logging. The camp, which can accommodate up to 200 campers in 23 camping areas, offers a quiet and serene camping atmosphere, a pavilion for crafts and presentations, campfire circle, outdoor chapel, archery and rifle range, family camp with tents and tent platforms, kitchen, swimming pool, picnic tables, and shower and restroom facilities. The camp has a full-time resident ranger who can assist you with all your needs.

The camp entrance sign is located at 250 Scout Ranch Rd., a little over 1 mile from the town of Boulder Creek on Bear Creek Rd. If coming from Highway 17 it is 12 miles to the entrance sign on the left. Coming from Boulder Creek or Highway 9 the entrance is located on the right. Follow Scout Ranch Rd. across the bridge and into the parking lot. Allow 1-1.5 hours driving time from most areas on the Peninsula.

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Call the Foster City Service Center (650) 341-5633.


Boulder Creek Scout Reservation
250 Scout Ranch Road
Boulder Creek, CA  95006 (Google map)
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Volunteer to Help with Fire Recovery & Maintenance

Boulder Creek Scout Reservation incurred very little damage from the CZU Fire. We are working on necessary repairs and improvements to bring the camp up to speed for all the upcoming programs.

We welcome volunteers to camp to help with projects. Watch for announcements in the weekly News You Can Use email newsletter.

If you or your unit are interested in volunteering at Boulder Creek Scout Reservation or have an interest in volunteering at Cutter Scout Reservation and/or Camp Oljato in the future, please be sure to sign up on our Volunteer-at-a-Camp form.

Santa Cruz Mountains Fire Update
Santa Cruz Mountains Fire Update
September 1, 2020
Dear PacSky Scouting Family:
As you may know, our two camps in the Santa Cruz Mountains are in the area of the CZU Lightning Complex Fire. Our camp rangers and their families were safely evacuated from both camps early on and no other individuals were at the properties when the evacuations began.
We have been notified by San Mateo County that their damage assessment team has completed their visit to Cutter Scout Reservation. It is with a very heavy heart that we pass on the news that many of our primary structures have been destroyed. While we don’t know the status of every structure or campsite yet, we do know that the pool house, Troop Service Building, and the generator building remain standing but may have some damage. Unfortunately, Harkson Lodge, the ranger’s house, and maintenance warehouse have all been destroyed. We will not know the full extent of all damage until we are able to conduct our own site visit. Our team will be conducting an initial site visit as soon as we are permitted to enter, and we will provide further updates at that time.
We understand this is difficult news for many of our Scouts and Scouters and appreciate so many who have already indicated their desire to help with the process as we move forward. Please understand, however, that the area is still hazardous, and it will take some time for us to fully assess everything and prioritize all tasks. We will communicate regularly on the progress and any avenues for assistance there might be through email and our Facebook pages. Please do not attempt to visit CSR at this time. The property remains in an evacuated zone and access is restricted.
Some good news is that Boulder Creek Scout Reservation remains unimpacted from the fires. Like CSR, BCSR is still in an evacuated zone, and is not accessible at this time. We will also be assessing that property for any residual damage as soon as we are able and will provide updates as soon as we can.
Please continue to keep our rangers, their families, and all affected by these fires as well as those working to contain them in your thoughts and prayers. Please also respect their privacy while we work through this very difficult time.
For questions regarding this developing situation, please contact Andy Wilmes, Director of Outdoor Programs, at

2021 Summer Program at Boulder Creek Scout Reservation

Even though Camp Oljato will not be available next summer, the Pacific Skyline Council is still planning the 2021 summer camp experience your troop needs! We are putting together a summer camp program at Boulder Creek Scout Reservation! We will be having many of the amazing activities you have grown to love at Camp Oljato as well as some new exciting adventures. However, space will be very limited so be sure to register soon! Note: Units already registered for Oljato 2021 will have the option to move their registration to the BCSR program.

Two week-long sessions:

  • July 4-10, 2021
  • July 11-17, 2021
Download the 2021 Summer Camp Leader Guide PDF. It has lots of helpful info for parents, too!

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