Baden Powell Scout Reservation

Welcome to Baden Powell Scout Reservation (BPSR), home of Camp Shands and Camp Davis.

Located in Hawthorne, FL on over 1,000 acres of diverse terrain, BPSR is home to the North Florida Council's  summer and winter camping programs in addition to many other programs offered throughout the year.  

For more information on our Camp Programs go to

Camp Davis is a primitive camping area. For reservations at Camp Davis, contact the camping department at (904) 265-3801.

Camp Shands offers 11 large campsite areas, housing, a beautiful lake, pavilions, a dining hall, and meeting rooms. Camp Shands can cater to multitudes of Scouts and their families.

In addition to great campsites, other features include:

  • Our incredible shooting sports areas, geared to help teach Scouts and adults about safe rifle, shotgun, pistol, BB gun and archery activities

  • A beautiful waterfront on Lake Osborne, with great opportunities for swimming, fishing, and boating

  • Miles of beautiful hiking trails

  • C.O.P.E. and a 65' climbing wall

  • Xtreme Obstacle Course

  • COMING SOON - a water park equipped with swimming pool, water slides, wading pool, and pavilions.

Baden Powell Scout Reservation is open for camping from September through April. Summer Camp is May through August. Winter Camp is in late December. 


To make Reservations at Camp Shands:






Ranger: Robert Burns
                 Office: (352) 475-1212
                 Fax: (352) 475-1615
                 Cell: (904) 704-8975

1453 Baden Powell Rd.
Hawthorne, FL 32640

Ames Lodge - Office: (352) 475-5080 / Fax: (352) 475-5714
(ONLY during Summer or Winter Resident Camp)

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Phone: 904-388-0591 Phone: 800-232-0845 Fax: 904-387-4148