Chimney Park Scout Camp Program & Activities

Chimney Park Scout Camp provides numerous activity potential for any Scouting unit that attends:

Warm Weather Months

usually June through September

  • Wildlife Watching
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Nature Activities
  • Star Gazing
  • Canoeing
  • Outside Games
  • Pioneering
  • Orienteering

Cold Weather Months

Usually late November through April

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Star Gazing
  • Snow Caving
  • Animal Tracking
  • Wildlife Watching
  • Ice Bowling
  • Snow Sculpturing

Medicine Bow National Forest

Public access use areas

  • Hiking Trails
  • Groomed Cross Country Ski Trails
  • Snowshoeing Trails

Medicine Bow National Forest information from the USDA.

Marking a Reservation

See our Weekend Use page for information on fees and how to make reservations.
Reservations can be made for Baldwin Lodge, and for each individual campsite. It is possible to have as many as six or more Scout units on the property at any given time. A Scout unit MAY NOT reserve the entire 25 acres for their single unit use.

Units from outside the Longs Peak Council, and Girl Scout and other youth organization groups, pay a use fee based on a schedule established by the Longs Peak Council Camping Committee. Groups other than Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Camp Fire are not authorized users of the camp.

Chimney Park During Hunting Season

During the fall months Chimney Park Scout Camp is not recommended for use because of the heavy Medicine Bow National Forest use by hunters. Hunters make their camps in and around Chimney Park, they tramp the forest in search of prey, and quite often shots can be heard in the distance. Units that do venture to Chimney Park in the fall need to be aware of Wyoming hunting season dates, and they need to keep close to Baldwin Lodge, and not wander into the forest.

Vehicle Parking

Vehicles are to stay off of grassy areas. During snow months vehicles are to park in the Forest Service maintained parking lot next to the highway. All vehicles at Chimney Park Scout Camp are to display a “yellow” Parking Permit in the front window. Permits are secured from the Farr Service Center in Greeley, CO, when a reservation is confirmed. Vehicles without this permit may receive a ticket and fine from the U.S. Forest Service. During the winter months the access road from the highway to Baldwin Lodge is NOT plowed of snow. During non-snow months vehicles may enter the camp area, but must stay off grassy areas.

Weather

In the Rockies the weather can change from minute to minute, and along with it the temperature. Summer highs are usually in the low to mid 70s with very cool to cold nights. Summer thunderstorms can be very cold. Winter temperatures can be way below freezing, or for that matter way below zero! Winds in the winter can be brutal with the accompanying “wind chill factor” staggering even to imagine. Snow in wet years can be very deep with the winds causing large drifts. (The history of Baldwin Lodge is that when it was first built, it had a door on the roof for winter access!)
When it comes to weather at Chimney Park “be prepared”, and in the winter months be prepared with extra food and fuel to spend an extra day or two!

Emergency Situations

Each unit at Chimney Park needs to be “be prepared” for an emergency by having a first aid / CPR trained leader in attendance at all times. They need to have knowledge of emergency communication systems for obtaining help, and they need to have an exceptionally good cell phone for emergency calls. Emergencies may be responded to by the Fox Park Volunteer Fire Department, the Woods Landing Volunteer Fire Department, the City of Laramie Fire Department or the Albany County Sheriff. The closest hospital is in Laramie. Land telephones may be located at Fox Park and Woods Landing.

Wild Critters

This is the forest of the Rocky Mountains and wild critters abound. Deer, moose, elk, bear, and cougars are the big critters that can be found at various times of the year. Deer and elk usually are not a problem, but be careful of moose during rutting season. Bears are always looking for a free meal, so keep food and smellables locked up securely inside the cabin or vehicle trunk. In the spring and summer watch out for tiny ticks. Moose in Aspens
Moose

Water Use

Please follow instructions for obtaining water A well and well house are provided for Chimney Park users. Please follow the directions to the letter for operating the well. If the well is not handled properly in the winter months it will freeze, and there will be no water until late June! The water is tested annually to verify its potability.

Use Regulations

  • All Scout units must obtain an approved BSA Tour Permit.
  • Fires must be built in designated fire rings or pits at existing campsites. Firewood is not always available. Plan on bringing firewood or coal.
  • The U.S. Forest Service requires a special parking permit or vehicles will be ticketed.
  • Please! No branding of walls, ceilings, etc.!
  • Alcohol and illegal drugs are not permitted.
  • A minimum of two adults, one registered with the BSA, must be in attendance at all times. One must be age 21 or older, and the other must be age 18 or older. One adult should be currently certified in Youth Protection.
  • All trash and garbage bags must be packed out.
  • No cutting of trees, live or marked, is allowed.
  • Shooting sports (rifle, shotgun, archery), Cope, rock climbing, rappelling, and water activities require certified instructors. A copy of the instructor’s certification must be filed with the reservation, or approval will not be granted.
  • Bicycles are to remain on existing roads and trails designated for bicycle travel. All riders must wear helmets.
  • ATVs and ORVs are not permitted.
  • Four-wheel drive vehicles are not permitted off improved roads.
  • Obey neighboring boundary and no trespassing signs.
  • Leave all pets at home!!!!!! No pets (dogs, cats or otherwise) are allowed in any of the Longs Peak Council Camps.
  • Please do not bring appliances or furniture to the camp without prior approval of the Chimney Park Scout Camp Committee.

 

Service Projects

Many opportunities exist at Chimney Park for Scout service projects. For special projects check with the Chimney Park Committee. For the normal “good turn” type of projects try the following during your visit:

  • Pick-up trash from around the lake and surrounding areas
  • Clean the latrines and campfire area
  • Shovel snow from all latrine entrances, including the one near the roadside parking lot
  • Wash the windows
  • Wet mop the floor
  • Remove ashes from the cabin fireplace

Keep a record of your Scout/adult service hours and record them in the “Service Book” in the lodge. These hours count towards the lease payment to the U.S. Forest Service of $ 3,500.00 per year. Because Chimney Park Scout Camp is a council camp it is not eligible for Eagle Scout Projects. However, the area beyond the camp’s boundaries is the Medicine Bow National Forest where projects may be conducted if approved in advance by the U.S. Forest Service in Laramie, and the Scout’s district advancement committee.

Chimney Park Patch Available

A special Chimney Park Scout Camp patch is available at Longs Peak Council scout stores. Use this patch to recognize Scouts and adults who attend any camp outing or activity at Chimney Park.