Cutter Scout Reservation

Cutter Scout Reservation is currently CLOSED due to wildfire damage.

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

Cutter 50th Anniversary Celebration! (Reception, Reunion and Rededication)

Help us celebrate 50 years of Cutter camping memories with our Rededication Ceremony! Rededication Weekend & Recognition BBQ at the famous Cutter Scout Reservation!

Get on the Cutter 50th mailing list for details to come!

  • Date TBD
    In-town Reception, Reunion & 50th Anniversary Celebration (Elks Lodge, San Mateo)
  • Date TBD
    In-camp Rededication Ceremony & Chuckwagon BBQ
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Cutter is over 300 acres in size with a lake, full sport shooting area including an archery range and BB gun range, a magnificent pool as well as four cabins that can sleep eight people each.


Please drive 10 mph or SLOWER on the unpaved parts of the road to camp, to help preserve them. Parking is limited, carpooling is strongly encouraged. Thank you!

Cutter Scout Reservation is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo County, approximately 54 miles from Palo Alto. Cutter is about 2,200 feet in elevation and is in some of the last old-growth redwoods on the west coast.

Cutter Scout Reservation is a full-service camp. It can camp up to 600 people, or as few as ten. Harkson Lodge boasts first-class cooking, dining and sleeping areas. The dining hall will seat up to 200 people and the sleeping area can accommodate 20-30 people. Harkson Lodge is ADA accessible including shower and toilet facilities. In addition, there are numerous camping sites, trails, a chapel, picnic tables and a full trading post to purchase items to make your camping experience easier.

Cutter is an excellent location for Cub Scout Family camping. We have sites that can handle large or small groups, along with several open spaces for games and outdoor fun.

Cutter is available for your special outing or event. Church groups, youth organizations, school groups and other Scouting units can rent the facilities at Cutter for a day event, a sleep-over, or a week-long event.


Cutter Scout Reservation
2500 China Grade
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 (Google map)

For further information or reservations

Contact the Foster City Service Center (650) 341-5633 or click here to learn more.

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Cutter Scout Reservation is fully accredited by the National Council, BSA and operates under the strict health, safety and management guidelines established by the Boy Scouts of America, the State of California, and the County of San Mateo.

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