Camp Jack is an approximately 160 acre area located about 25 miles west of Cheyenne, WY, on Happy Jack Road just west of the Curt Gowdy State Park headquarters (see map). The camp is part of Curt Gowdy State Park of the Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites, and its use is a lease agreement between the Longs Peak Council, BSA, and the state of Wyoming.
This region was a favored camping area for the Comanche, Pawnee, Crow and Shoshone Indians during their search for bison. Other tribes, including the Kiowa, Cheyenne, Arapaho and Sioux, are also thought to have roamed the area. The arrival of the Union Pacific construction crews in the 1860s caused Native Americans to be pressured onto the ever-shrinking hunting lands and their presence steadily diminished on the lands now known as Curt Gowdy State Park.
Special Habitat Area
A special endangered species habitat area has been established at Camp Jack by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This area is habitat for the Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse, an endangered species. A fenced in area constructed by Scouts in 1999 designates the habitat in the wooded wash, and all people are to stay out of the area at all times.
A special interpretive display has been erected near the habitat area to explain it’s purpose, and share information about other wildlife that may be found at or near the camp.
The lodge is named for noted Cheyenne philanthropist and capitalist, Harry P. Hynds, who built and donated the structure in 1922‐23 to Cheyenne’s Boy Scout movement.
The building is open to both large and small groups on a reservation-only basis. Reservations may be made by calling park headquarters at (307) 632-7946. A covered porch, large kitchen, dining area, recreational and sleeping accommodations, and a hiking trail are all part of the lodge complex.
Camp Jack Fees
Camp Jack can only be used by Scouts. Reservations to use Camp Jack must be made in advance through the Longs Peak Council’s Farr Service Center in Greeley (email@example.com) at least 14 days ahead of arrival! Please complete the Camp Jack Reservation Form and send it to the Greeley Office (P.O. Box 1166, Greeley, CO 80632) or fax to 970.330.7961 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The state park will not allow “drop-in” units that have not made a reservation. There is no fee to use Camp Jack. Camp Jack is a totally restricted use area for Scouts. Non-Scout groups must contact Curt Gowdy State Park for reservations in the Park.
State Park Fees
An annual camping permit is available for residents and non residents. Daily camping permits are also available for both residents and non residents.
An annual daily use permit is available for both residents and non residents, and valid for the holder and occupants of the holder’s vehicle. Without the annual daily use permit, visitors must pay daily use fees.
- Obey signs, traffic barriers and speed limits
- Motorized vehicles shall be operated only on roads, trails or areas designated for such use. A valid driver’s license or learner’s permit is required.
- Use of firearms and fireworks is prohibited.
- Camping in designated camping sites is restricted to one camping unit (tent, travel trailer or motor vehicle designed for camping) plus two licensed vehicles (car or boat, RV trailer) plus a maximum of 10 people (immediate family members, kids, grandparents, etc. of permit holder) may exceed this number.
- Camping is permitted for maximum of 14consecutive days. Valid camping permits are required.
- Quiet shall be maintained in all camping areas from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- All pets must be kept on a leash
- No swimming is allowed.
- Fires are permitted in provided fireplaces/grills and must be extinguished before leaving.
- Glass containers must be used in vehicles or camping structures.
- Fishing and boating are permitted subject to the regulations of the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission
- No fishing within 20 yards of any boat ramp/dock or designated beach area
- Park dumpsters are for park refuse only – litter and trash must be disposed of in provided containers.
- A complete list of rules and regulations is available at the Park office.
All BSA camping rules related to safety, youth protection, trained leaders, etc, apply at Camp Jack. In addition, Curt Gowdy State Park requires that all rules and regulations for the Curt Gowdy State Park be followed (see Curt Gowdy brochure).
PARK USE: The agreement reached with the state of Wyoming on the use of Camp Jack allows Scout units to have access to all Camp Jack on a no fee basis. For this to be so, vehicles pertaining to units must have a copy of the reservation form on the left front windshield dash. Units desiring to use other facilities at Curt Gowdy State Park need to make a reservation through the Park office and pay the Park fees. (You can talk with the Park Ranger to arrange a service project to avoid the park fees.)
- No pets are allowed at Camp Jack.
- Fires are only permitted in fire rings.
- The use of firearms or fireworks is prohibited.
- Archery under properly trained leadership (Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Teams, and Venture Crews only) may be conducted at the park’s archery range in another location of the park.