Camp Big Horn at Circle X Ranch

2020 Boy Scout Resident Summer Camp




 2020 Summer Payment and Cancellation Policy

 Cost: per person

  • GLAAC YOUTH $440
  • GLAAC ADULT $235

2020 Camp Big Horn at HESR Summer Resident Camp Week 1

 JUNE 21-27 - SIGN UP NOW!

2020 Camp Big Horn at HESR Summer Resident Camp Week 2


2020 Camp Big Horn at HESR Summer Resident Camp Week 3

 JULY 5-11 - SIGN UP NOW! 

2020 Camp Big Horn at HESR Summer Resident Camp Week 4

 JULY 12-18 - SIGN UP NOW! 

2020 Camp Big Horn at HESR Summer Resident Camp Week 5

 JULY 19-25 - SIGN UP NOW! 

2020 Camp Big Horn at HESR Summer Resident Camp Week 6



What’s New:

Welcome to beautiful Camp Big Horn at Circle X Ranch located in the Hubert Eaton Scout Reservation. Located 5,300 feet above the San Bernardino Valley floor in the San Bernardino Mountains near Lake Arrowhead, California. Camp Big Horn at Circle X Ranch offers everything a Scout could ever want in a summer camp. About a 40-minute drive from San Bernardino, Camp Big Horn offers more than a traditional Scout camp experience. Under the guidance of experienced staff, you will enjoy an outstanding program, great food, and lots of fun. This will be the summer camp experience to remember for the rest of your life. Once you have had a taste of camp you will want to return year after year.

Camping in the outdoors is the highlight of the troop’s annual program as Scouts apply the skills they have learned and practiced all year long. With hour-long Scout meetings each week the average troop spends about fifty-two hours of Scouting in one year. One week at Camp Big Horn at Circle X Ranch can provide seventy or more hours of concentrated BSA program that will not only bring a troop closer together but improve the life of each Scout who participates. Summer camp is a years’ worth of skill practice and adventure in seven days! It’s no wonder you can’t spell “Scouting” without “outing.”

Merit Badges

Once you arrive at camp on Sunday we begin the week with swim checks at the Camp Big Horn at Circle X Ranch pool. We have added several new merit badges this summer so that every Scout, even if they have attended camp many times in the past, can come away with new knowledge and skills. Our new merit badges for the 2018 Season include; Search and Rescue, Chess, Game Design, Movie Making, Photography, Geology, Insect Study, and Weather.

Each summer season we rotate some of our merit badges to offer something new, so don’t miss this opportunity to earn these cool badges!

Advanced Camper Experience 

We have taken our ACE program to the next level! Our improved program takes older youth (14+ or Adult Leader) and immerses them in outdoor fun. The ACE group will form their own Troop and camp together for the entirety of the week. They will not take merit badge classes, but they will participate in incredible ACE only activities like:

  • Horseback overnighter
  • Overnight experience on the iconic Pacific Crest Trail
  • Mountain Biking
  • Shooting sports activities such as black powder and tomahawk throwing

Exploration Day

This has been expanded to include other meaningful Scout experiences other than hiking. Hiking is an important part of a Scout’s development, both physically and mentally, but we understand that some Troops are looking for other ways to check these boxes of development, so we are now offering other opportunities such as:

  • An all-new geocaching trail that will test your Troops orienteering and problem-solving skills.
  • Troop time for your unit (as a group) to check out of camp and explore the Lake Arrowhead area.

Shooting Sports

Everybody likes to shoot, but let’s face it; if you’re not trying to qualify for your merit badge on one of the ranges, poking holes in paper can get a bit dull. So, we are making general improvements to our ranges and adding an arcade style shooting aspect to the rifle range where you can shoot at different targets that spin, swing and sound off when you hit them!

Facilities Improvements 

Our facilities are continuing to see new life here at camp. We are working to bring you substantial improvements to the campsites in aesthetics, safety and layout.

Adult Leader Trainings 

We recognize that adults have taken the time to bring Scouts to camp, but now you are here and don’t know what to do... Check out our new line-up of adult leader trainings (in our new adult leader lounge), as well as a few of the classics; Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat, Climb on Safely, BSA Life Guard, IOLS, Merit Badge Counselor Training, and an opportunity to earn our “Adult Leader Merit Badge”.  Now, there is no excuse of having too much time on your hands… if it is possible that you had that anyways!

All of these things sound amazing, but we still offer many incredible ongoing activities at Camp Big Horn that you should know about.

A horse program that is run to ensure safety, while giving scouts an enjoyable and meaningful experience with horses; from the Horsemanship merit badge to horse rides in the afternoon. It is a program that should not be missed.
On top of the hill at the end of the Wyandot Trail is the often-forgotten Observatory. Here we house one of the premier astronomy programs in California. This program is assisted by Mike Grow, a volunteer that utilizes our state of the art equipment to take Scouts to the rings of Saturn and the Moons of Jupiter. Our night sky offers star gazing like you cannot experience anywhere else!
Take the Honor Trail, and learn how the Scout Oath impacts Scouts and Scouters on an evening of reflection and growth. This is a time of reverence and an experience that is totally unique.
Looking for a program for the young Scout that needs to earn advancement and progress towards First Class Rank: Let our professional staff in the Trail to First Class (TTFC) program take care of your Scouts and work with them to earn many of the requirements needed to advance.
Everything that we offer at Camp Big Horn is about the Scout, and is delivered in a high energy, action packed program that all Scouts and Scouters will love.

Annual Health & Medical Record

Medical Form

Camp Staff - Work at Camp:

Greater Los Angeles Area Council hires nearly 200 enthusiastic seasonal camp staff annually to serve as handicraft assistants, sports instructors, shooting sports assistants (archery, .22 caliber rifle, BB gun, skeet and black-powder), trading post operators/managers, maintenance and food service assistants, nature instructors and Scout skills instructors, lifeguards and aquatic instructors. Click here for more information.

Please Contact Camping Support at:

Sonia Guerrero Kagan | (213) 718-6821 |
Danette Verdugo | (213) 418-8090 |

Campership Application

Click here for the campership application.