Summer Camp

Welcome to Camp Geronimo! This page is your crash course to Camp Geronimo. Following the steps below, any parent or leader can review our Leaders’ Guide, discover our diverse range of programs, and take their first steps towards a summer of fun!

Steps for Summer Camp


Choose your adventure:

Brownsea Island – For brand new Scouts who are on the trail to First Class Rank.
Geronimo Base Camp – The traditional summer camp experience, with a variety of merit badge options!
Fish Camp – Scouts aged 13+ spend a week with Certified Anglers and Trout Unlimited experts mastering the art of fishing.
Spade Ranch High Adventure – Scouts 13.5+ spend a week on high adventure activites like caving, ATV, canyoneering, mountain biking, and rock climbing.

Read the Leaders Guide: Read the 2021 Leader’s Guide — Geronimo-Leader-guide-2021.pdf
Register: If you are ready to register, click here to pick a session, then click on the Register button, select the number of participants in the desired program (Merit Badges, Brownsea Island, Fish Camp, Spade Ranch Adventure 14+, etc) then click Register. Insert information as instructed.
Documents: If you need documents, forms, or maps, click here to see the list
FAQs: If you have a question, it might already be answered in our list of frequently asked questions or on our COVID-19 Safety page!

Select a Program

For: Younger Scouts

Typically, first year campers — 10 and 11 years olds, or those who are still early on their trail to First Class. This program is designed to provide a positive first Scouting experience, help youth learn the basic skills of scouting, and pass off several rank advancement requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class. If they have already earned First Class Rank, then signing up for merit badge classes would be a much better fit.

For: All Scouts

This program is the main Scout Camp experience for any Scout who needs a merit badge. Scouts can select several merit badges to earn while at camp. A typical schedule puts them in merit badge classes that require attendance every day of the week, some classes take up two hours instead of one.

For: Scouts aged 14-15 years old

The CIT Program at Camp Geronimo is a three-week long, demanding staff training program designed for Scouts who have achieved the rank of 1st Class or above who are between the ages of 14 and 15. It offers Scouts a chance to see behind-the-scenes and to learn just what it takes to provide quality program summer after summer. You will put into practice the fundamental skills and methods of the Boy Scouting program as you discover if you have what it takes to be a Camp Geronimo Staff Member.

For: Individual Scouts and non-Scouts, aged 13+

Flight School participants will learn about the physics of aviation while building and flying his or her own custom Modit Drone System. This full-week, action packed overnight camp will encourage critical thinking and creativity as participants collaborate to solve challenges and role-playing missions. Drone Flight School provides a unique opportunity for your child to unplug in Arizona’s tall pines while staying connected with emerging STEM-related technology.

For: Scouts and non-Scouts attending without their Troop.

The Fast Track program is what some folks call “provisional scouting” meaning that you can attend any week at summer camp (based on availability) on your own. This is ideal for a scout who doesn’t have a troop going to camp, or is planning to be at camp with his or her own troop for a week, but wants to add more weeks of scouting camp. It’s a great way to enjoy all of the camp activities, fulfill your rank requirements, and complete merit badges – for multiple weeks!

For: Older Scouts 13+ and Adults

Fish Camp is a high-end angling program offered by Trout Unlimited and the Grand Canyon Council, BSA. Scouts will earn and learn both Fishing and Fly-Fishing Merit badges as they become proficient in technical skills like casting and fly tying.

For: Older Scouts 13+

NYLT is a six-day leadership skills course for young adults. Content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in an exciting environment.

The Council uses NYLT as a comprehensive youth leadership training program that is in support of the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

NYLT is available during pre-week of Geronimo’s summer schedule.  Youth register as individuals, but may attend with other members of their troop.

For: Older Scouts 14+

An a la carte program designed for scouts 14 and older that requires scouting skills, physical fitness, and a spirit of adventure.

Price Information

Click here to review program total fees, payment schedule, and individual payment deadlines.

Select a Session

Session 1

  • STARTS: Sunday May 30
  • ENDS: Saturday June 5

Session 2

  • STARTS: Sunday, June 6
  • ENDS: Saturday June 12

Session 3

  • STARTS: Sunday June 13
  • ENDS: Saturday June 19

Session 4

  • STARTS: Sunday June 20
  • ENDS: Saturday June 26

Session 5

  • STARTS: Sunday June 27
  • ENDS: Saturday July 3

Session 6

  • STARTS: Sunday July 4
  • ENDS: Saturday July 10

Session 7

  • STARTS: Sunday July 11
  • ENDS: Saturday July 17

Session 8

  • STARTS: Sunday July 18
  • ENDS: Saturday July 24

2599 W. Webber Creek Rd., Payson, AZ 85541
Ranger: 928-474-4688


Would you like to be on staff in 2021?

Fill out our online application: CLICK HERE

Alan Chambers
Camp Director
Brendan Switts
Program Director
Gerry Hahn
Camp Commissioner
Chris Grosjean
Camp Commissioner
Ranger Larry
Camp Ranger

Frequently Asked Questions

No, Camp is technically closed Saturday at 10am to Sunday at 10am, Swimchecks will begin at 1pm on Sunday. Commissioners will assign times to those that arrive Saturday.

First Meal for Camp Participants will be Sunday Dinner. If you arrive on Saturday you are on your own for meals until then. Camp Staff are off until Sunday Afternoon. Commissioners are available on a limited basis on Saturday.

No, intent of requirement is to try and get troop out on a trail during camp. SPL can discuss with the commissioner if you have a well planned week it may count.

No commissioners will connect on Saturday and assign Swim Check time, leader should checkin at Dining hall at 1pm Sunday.

No, as you will sign-up for  a check-in time during registration.  Please prepare, gather, and organize all paperwork prior to departing.  It is recommended that leaders put all paperwork into a folder or binder and organize by Scout so that the information may be quickly reviewed when needed.

Yes – Our Commissioners will be at the Gate to welcome Saturday arrivals and give them an abbreviated check-in talk, and let them proceed to their assigned campsite.  Remember that Saturday Check-in Units must still check-in officially at the dining hall on Sunday, 1PM-3PM.

Yes, there will be daily camp site inspections

This is dependent on the number of participants and if we hold this many sessions. We may not know until a few days before camp. Sorry for the inconvenience of your troop weekly planning.

Yes, but is shifted to Friday after the closing campfire.

The Spade Ranch Guide will be released with the Geronimo Leaders Guide.

Big G Award requirements are located in the Leaders Guide.

Brownsea Island is a standalone program, separate from the traditional merit badge program. Brownsea Island is focused on first year Scouters and introductory lessons and merit badges.