Welcome to BDSR
Opportunities abound at Ben Delatour Scout Ranch at all times of the year. There are some buildings available, shooting ranges, rock climbing,camping, hiking and more! Some of these activities require special certifications so please plan ahead. If you are looking for a spot for a weekend activity, check it out.
Summer Camp at BDSR
Ben Delatour Scout Ranch is located 45 miles northwest of Fort Collins, Colorado, near the village of Red Feather Lakes. At an elevation between 7,200 feet and 8,000 feet, the Ranch usually enjoys dry days ranging between the high 60′s and mid 80′s; and cool nights reaching from the 40′s to the 60′s. Weather extremes are to be expected at upper altitudes.
Camp Jeffrey & Soaring Eagle offer traditional merit badge program as well as rock climbing (on real rocks!), COPE, horse adventures and much more. Choose from a dining hall experience or hone your cooking skills in our patrol cook camp.
Bring your older scouts or Venture Crew up to Elkhorn High Adventure Base for a week of backpacking the high peaks of the rockies among alpine streams and flowers. Shooting sports, horse program and white water rafting round off your week.
Pack and den leaders – Camp Jack Nicol is next door and has a Cub Scout program for all age levels and a way to kick-start your advancement year. Fort Unfug, Everitt Seaport and Castle Walker are awaiting your arrival!
Boy Scout Resident Camp
Main camp, where the Boy Scout camp resides, is spread out over two locations; the patrol cooking camp Soaring Eagle, and Our Dining Hall side at Jeffery. Both camps run on the same schedule and participate in the same activities. Your Troop may participate in as many or as little activities as they decide as a unit.
The Ben Delatour Scout Ranch is organized into seven geographical camping areas:
- Camp Charles Jeffrey Boy Scout Camp
- Soaring Eagle Boy Scout Camp at Camp Ruth Coffin
- Jack Nicol Cub Scout Family Camp
- Elkhorn High Adventure Base
Charles Jeffrey Boy Scout Camp
In the summer this camp serves meals out of the 350-seat Armstrong Coral Rock Lodge. At other times you cook on your own in your campsite. The camp has ten campsite areas with tent platforms and space for individual tents:
- Spence Site
- Ridgeview Site
- Tower Rock Site
- Broken Axe Site
- Chaplin Site
- TCBY Site
- Hill side Staff Site
The camp has a main campfire area: Tower Rock Camp Fire Ring. The well appointed open air Grannon Chapel is also located here. Pit latrines are located in or near each campsite. Each campsite has a stone circle fire pit. Our camp fallows state and county fire bans and a fire ban is usually in effect for most of the summer. Unfortunately if a ban is in place no camp site fires will be allowed.
Camp Jeffrey also has two cabins for off season troop use. Both have wood stoves and metal bunks for sleeping:
Soaring Eagle Boy Scout Camp
In the summer this camp is a patrol cooking camp where all meals are prepared in the campsite. At other times of the year it is the same. The camp has thirteen campsites divided into several patrol sites. Each site has five tent platforms and there is usually room for individual tent set-up:
- Hideaway Site – 1 patrol site
- Lariat Site – 1 patrol site
- VanderNoorde Vale Site – 2 patrol sites
- Los Padros Site – 2 patrol sites
- Lands End Site – 2 patrol sites
- Buzzards Roost Site – 2 partol sites
- Wagon Wheel Site – 1 patrol site (wheelchair accessable)
- BP’s Gold Mine Site – 3 patrol sites
The camp also has the Flaming Arrow campfire area just southeast of the parking lot. In addition, it has the Cowpoke Chapel, Yucca Flats Archery Range, and Chuck Wagon Cooking area. Each campsite has a latrine located in or near the site. The COPE Course and Pancake Climbing Base are Off Limits Areas! Parking at the camp is limited, so overflow vehicles must go to the main parking lot.
Soaring Eagle is a Fires in Steel Fire Rings Only! camp.
Ruth Coffin Shelter
The Ruth Coffin Shelter is located in Soaring Eagle. It has a wood stove, and it can house up to ten campers on metal bunks. For district events it has the Kaufman Commissary, that can be used for food service, and it has a small office area. Several large (4ft long) charcoal grills for group cooking are mounted outside the building. A large picnic shelter was added in 2005.
Special Scheduled Activities
During the September through May time period some special activities may be scheduled. Depending on the activity, it may be a pack/troop/crew activity or an activity for individual youth and/or adults. These may include activities such as the following:
- Annual Fall Color Hike – September
- Tiger Cub Adventure Day
- BB Archery Day
- BSA Climbing Instructor Course
- Venturing Climbing/COPE/Shooting Weekends
- Cub Scout Haunted Castle Weekends
Activities at Ben Delatour
Ben Delatour plays host to thousands of Scouts and Scouters each sumer offering dozens of options from our top-notch shooting sports program to our outdoor natural climbing program at Pancake Climbing Base, from over 20 merit badges to specialty programs including COPE.
Weaver Lake is a small but beautiful man made lake. It stays cold throughout the summer because is feed by glacial run off from the mountain tops. The waterfront offers Rowing and Canoeing Merit Badges. Fishing and Fly-Fishing Merit Badges are offered at the fishing shack next to the lake.
Project C.O.P.E. is a high-energy program designed to challenge and expand the physical and mental abilities of participants seeking this unique experience. C.O.P.E. comes in several forms. C.O.P.E is available to all Scouts and adults through a variety of different programs.
The Shooting Sports Department offers Rifle Shooting and Shotgun Shooting Merit Badges. In addition, recreational open shooting is scheduled for each area. Since Shotgun Shooting requires good upper body strength and fine motor skills, it is recommended for Scouts age 13 and over.
The Archery Merit Badge is an introduction to a sport of great skill and concentration. Because the Badge requires fine motor skills and good upper body strength, Archery is recommended only for Scouts age thirteen or older. Scouts are required to construct their own arrow. Arrow kits are available in the Trading Post for $4.50 (prices subject to change).
Trail to First Class
This program is designed to help your Scouts achieve ranks up to First Class. Program will be provided that meets many of the rank advancement in Tenderfoot, Second and First Class, not all requirements can be completed at camp. Staff will not sign off requirements completed but a progress sheet will be provided to aid you in testing their knowledge of the various subject. Scouts participating in this program will still have time to complete some Merit Badge work during their week at camp. There will be an overnighter and 5-mile hike each week.
Unlike virtually all other Scout camp climbing programs, Pancake Base Camp utilizes the unique and dramatic rock formations of BDSR, instead of artificial climbing towers, to instruct participants in four different programs: scrambling, climbing merit badge, advanced climbing and adult climb.
We also have an Emergency Response program offering First Aid, Emergency Preparedness and Fire Safety.
An experienced and skilled staff works with Scouts on Leatherwork, Basketry and Woodcarving Merit Badges. Scouts are welcome to go and work on any of the Handicraft Merit Badges during their free period.
BDSR serves as a wonderful laboratory for exploring and studying the great outdoors. Astronomy, Environmental Science, Fish & Wildlife Management, Forestry, Geology, Mammal Study, Soil & Water Conservation, Space Exploration, and Weather Merit Badges are offered at this location in scheduled Merit Badge Classes. Opportunities abound for earning merit badges on an independent study basis. The Bird Study, Nature, and Reptile & Amphibian Study Merit Badges are offered only on an independent study basis.
Traditional Scouting skills are the trademarks of the Outdoors Skills Department, where Camping, Orienteering, Pioneering, Wilderness Survival and Indian Lore Merit Badges are offered.
The camp offers the digital option only on this Merit Badge. Scouts will need to supply their own digital camera.
Photos & Video
We've posted some photos and videos to give you a preview of our camps. Do you have photos/videos you would like to share with us? Contact us and we'd love to show them here.
There is no better way to get to see the camp than going and experiencing it in person but photos are the next best thing. Have some photos to share with us? Let us know!
These are some videos of our camp and events that have happened recently. Enjoy! If you have a video from camp you would like to share, let us know!
BDSR: A Summer Camp with an Altitude
Photosynths & Panoramas
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Camp Jeffrey Dining Hall
Top of Monster Mountain
The Parking Lot
Trading Post and Handicraft
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Street AddressThe address for the camp is 2331 County Road 68C, Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545
Lat / LonLooking for something more specific? 40.75144299999999,-105.50205499999998
Directions to Camp
From US Highway 287
Follow the highway until you reach “The Forks” restaurant and town of Livermore.
Turn on to County Road 74E and head west for 16.5 miles.
Turn left onto County Road 68C at the Longs Peak Council, Ben Delatour Scout Ranch sign.
Follow the gravel road for 2 miles until you see the sign for BDSR on the left.
If you use a GPS or “Map Quest” you might be sent up Highway 14 (the Poudre Canyon). This adds
about 45 minutes to your trip.
Street Address2331 County Road 68C, Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545
Thank you for your patience as we transfer to our new website. We are working on the maps and directions page and will have it up as soon as possible.
Dates & Details
The dates, prices and openings posted here are updated from our registration system. If you have questions, feel free to call the council's service center..
Quick LinksQuestions? Contact Us → Register for camp → 2014 Leader's Guide →
Sessions & Fees
2014 Summer Camp at BDSR
The Ranch is divided into Camp Jeffrey and Camp Soaring Eagle. It is one coordinated program, but two separate sleeping and eating locations. At Camp Jeffrey meals are served family style in the Coral Rock Dining Hall. Soaring Eagle is the patrol cooking style camp where food and cooking equipment are provided so that each Scout patrol can prepare their own meals daily.
June 8 - June 14, 2014
|$260 / $150||Dining Hall / Camp Jeffrey (159) Register → Patrol Cook / Soaring Eagle (88) Register →|
June 15 - June 21, 2014
|$260 / $150||Dining Hall / Camp Jeffrey (130) Register → Patrol Cook / Soaring Eagle (52) Register →|
June 22 - June 28, 2014
|$260 / $150||Dining Hall / Camp Jeffrey (23) Register → Patrol Cook / Soaring EagleFull|
June 29 - July 5, 2014
|$220 / $150||Dining Hall / Camp Jeffrey (190) Register → Patrol Cook / Soaring Eagle (100) Register →|
July 6 - July 12, 2014
|$260 / $150||Dining Hall / Camp Jeffrey (122) Register → Patrol Cook / Soaring Eagle (69) Register →|
July 13 - July 19, 2014
|$260 / $150||Dining Hall / Camp Jeffrey (94) Register → Patrol Cook / Soaring Eagle (60) Register →|
July 20 - July 26, 2014
|$260 / $150||Dining Hall / Camp Jeffrey (70) Register → Patrol Cook / Soaring Eagle (85) Register →|
If your troop meets its FOS Camp Goal by April 1 – each Scout receives a discount. Discounts will be posted here.
Popcorn Sale Discount
Popcorn Sales Discounts from the 2013 Popcorn Sale may be valid for activitiesx at Camp Laramie Peak, chack back here for more information.
A limited number of Camperships are available for financial assistance to enable Scouts to attend camp. (Camperships will only be considered for Scouts registered in Longs Peak Council.) Campership Request Form Campership Application 5-13
Registration & Contact Information
Registration is now Open. We handle registration online, See the Registration Page for all the details.
Every Unit in camp is required to have a minimum of 2 adults leaders in camp at all times. If your unit has a minimum of 10 Scouts for your registration at either Jeffrey or Soaring Eagle you will get two free leaders. All other leaders will pay the $150 leader fee. All leaders must have the Adult Leader Reference Form. adult reference form
For More Information Registration information: Please contact Cindy Batt at 970-584-2202 or email CampRegistration@longspeakbsa.org. Other camp information: Please contact Billy Riley – Camping/Operations Director at 970-584-2218 or email email@example.com.
Mid-August Through May Use
The Ben Delatour Scout Ranch is an all-season Scouting outing facility for Scouts and adult leaders alike in the Longs Peak Council. However, with each season will come different use concerns and facility availability. During the summer season, usually the end of May through mid-August, the entire Scout Ranch is restricted to summer camping operations; and it is not available for independent unit or district use. At other times during the year parts or all of the Scout Ranch may or may not be available because of special uses related to council camping activities.
The Scout Ranch is a great place to camp during the winter months, but winter camping precautions found in the Guide to Safe Scouting must be followed. Remember, the Scout Ranch is at an altitude between 7,000 and 8,300 feet. In the winter months it can get really cold (lowest recorded is minus 40 degrees!). It can get really windy with gusts over 50 miles per hour. It can snow a great deal (5.5 feet recorded in one storm in March 2003 and 13 feet in one December storm in 1916!) , or the wind can blow all the snow to Kansas. It can get really dry, even with temperatures below freezing. Always check a weather forecast for the northern Colorado mountains before your departure. It can be sunny on the flat plains and snowing in the mountains, or reverse!Winter activities could include: snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, snow caving, animal tracking, sledding, wildlife watching, orienteering, and star gazing. Please stay off of all bodies of water during the winter. The lakes and ponds tend to drain out during the winter, and the ice cover, with too much weight, can break and fall into a deep hole.
General Use Information
Camp areas at the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch of the Longs Peak Council are available for Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Scout Teams, Venture Crews, Districts, and Council uses. During June, July, and a portion of August facilities come under the summer camp operations directive and may not be available to individual units. Units need to check with the Farr Service Center in Greeley for availability status.Please note the following:
- All trash/garbage must be packed out and taken home. There is limited and expensive trash service at the Scout Ranch. District events desiring trash service can make arrangements for paying for this service.
- The latrines are not stocked with toilet paper. Please bring your own paper.
- At times a fire ban will be in effect. This depends on weather conditions, when the last rain fall was recorded, and government directives.
- Please park vehicles properly! Protect the fragile meadows by keeping vehicles off them. Park in designated parking areas only, and not in the campsites. Do not block roads.
- Do not cut trees. There is plenty of downed firewood available. Only authorized persons may use chainsaws.
- Keep out of restricted areas: COPE Courses, Pancake Climbing Base, Shooting ranges, water treatment plant, etc.
- Locked buildings and gates are locked for a reason. Please respect this, and do not tamper with them.
- Please see that campers use designated campsites only!
- Latrines have a purpose. Please see that Scouts and adults use them!
- No pets (dogs, cats or otherwise) are allowed in any of the Longs Peak Council Camps.
Camp Demming Area
The Camp Demming Area is located about one half mile past the Boy Scout Camps entrance gate on County Road 68C. It is on the northside of the road. Vehicle access is restricted to just inside of the gate, and camping areas are accessible by foot. The Camp Demming Area is a part of the BDSR “backcountry” where fires are prohibited. Cooking must be done using stoves. Districts planning to use the Camp Demming Area must also arrange for “porta-johns” as latrines are not available. Water is not available in this area, but depending on water supply conditions, it may be possible for the BDSR Ranger to provide a water truck. Please contact him at least two weeks prior to any event.
Unit Camp Program
When a Scout unit attends a camping weekend they are required to have a planned program. The adult and youth leadership must sit down and plan out the activities, meals, chapel services, games, training, etc. for the weekend. This is only mentioned because time and time again Scout units arrive in camp, and they just let their members wildly roam about and do whatever they please without supervision. This can be real trouble, and an accident waiting to happen. Adults must be in control, and supervise with responsibility.
Water is a rare commodity at the Scout Ranch. From about September 15th to June 1st of each year water systems are not available. In Camp Jeffrey the summer water comes from the Elkhorn Creek, and goes through a licensed treatment plant. This system and plant are not “winterized”. In Soaring Eagle a spring feeds the water system, and it normally dries up by August 1st. This system is not winterized. Camp Nicol’s water is from a poor 1,000 foot well, and this system is not winterized. The Elkhorn Base water is from a spring near the base, and this system is not winterized. The Family Camp water comes from the same spring that waters Soaring Eagle. Why aren’t systems winterized? The Scout Ranch is in the Rocky Mountains where water lines must be at least three to four feet below ground to keep them from freezing in winter temperatures that have been recorded as low as minus 40 degrees. To dig this deep in solid rock is simply beyond the council’s financial means.All Scout groups using the Scout Ranch in the early fall need to check before arrival on water conditions to see if a source is still available. All should plan to bring sufficient quantities for drinking and washing needs during their stay.
All overnight buildings are lighted with electric lights. When not in use all lights must be turned off. Limited outlets are available in most buildings. The recent Boulder Rotary Lodge remodel has improved electrical service in this facility. As funding allows, other buildings will have their electric service upgraded.
Cooking at the Scout Ranch must be accomplished OUTDOORS. Cooking of any kind is not allowed inside of the following structures: KOLA Lodge, Boulder Rotary Lodge, Nuzum Shelter, or the Ruth Coffin Shelter. Please use the grills and fire rings provided outside. The above listed buildings are not insured against loss due to cooking fires.
Several trails cross the Scout Ranch, and users should obtain a Scout Ranch Map (from the Farr Service Center in Greeley) prior to their arrival. The Gregg Boundary Trail makes a circle around the Scout Ranch, and is about 12 miles in length. It is marked with orange colored diamond markers. Request a BDSR Trail Guide brochure for additional trail routing information.
Backcountry camping is allowed at the Scout Ranch. Leave No Trace Camping rules must be followed. The Camp Ranger, or Campmaster, must be notified of overnight campsite locations and routing upon a unit’s arrival. No camping within 300 feet of the Elkhorn Creek is allowed. Only stoves are allowed - NO FIRES!
During the non-summer months communications at the Scout Ranch are limited. With few exceptions, cellular telephones do not work. A pay telephone is located on the porch of the Armstrong Heritage Center at the main parking lot. A quarter is needed to make a call, but a 911 call should go through without payment. In all emergency situations the Scout Ranch Ranger should be contacted at his work area or at his home near the front gate to the Boy Scout Camps.
Out Post Camp Area
The Outpost Camp Area is accessed at a gate across from the Elkhorn High Adventure Base on County Road 68C. A parking lot just inside of the gate means that access to campsites will be on foot. This area is frequently used for district camporees, and can accommodate several hundred campers. The Out Post Camp is a part of the BDSR “backcountry”, and this means that fires are not allowed. Cooking must be done using stoves.Districts planning to use the Out Post Camp Area must also arrange for “porta-johns” as latrines are not available. Water is not available in this area, but depending on water supply conditions, it may be possible for the BDSR Ranger to provide a water truck. Please contact him at least two weeks prior to any event.
Fishing is available all year round. Weaver Lake on the road into the Boy Scout Camps is stocked at the beginning of the summer, but it is also fished hard all summer long. A license is not needed at Weaver Lake. The Elkhorn Creek can have some fine fishing spots, but the recent drought years have been really hard on fish, and few may be found. A state of Colorado Fishing License is required for creek fishing.
Many groups using the Scout Ranch desire to do a conservation project. With a minimum of three hours service Scouts can earn the current year’s Project SOAR patch. Please contact a member of the Scout Ranch Conservation Team or the Scout Ranch Ranger (970-881-2144) to arrange for a project.
Weekend Use of Shooting Sports Ranges
Groups (with qualified/certified supervision) may reserve the shooting ranges at BDSR and CLP for weekend use.
(Reservation Form with More Info)
Wildlife is everywhere at the Scout Ranch. Black bears are normally active from early spring through late fall. They want food, and have broken out vehicle windows to get at a promising smell. Around November 1st until late spring a herd of up to 200 elk may be found grazing in meadows. Mountain lions and coyotes are active all year long as they hunt for mule deer and other tasty dishes. Ticks normally come out in early March, peak in June, and then lessen through the rest of the warm weather. Mosquitoes, and their potential West Nile Virus, come out as things warm up – especially around bodies of water – and last until the first heavy frost usually in September. Rattlesnakes can be found once spring arrives. Watch for them in rocky areas where they sun and hide in the crevices.
Mule Deer Are A Common Sight
All wildlife should be left alone. The Scout Ranch is a non-hunting area, and it is requested that all violations of this policy be reported to the Scout Ranch Ranger. Please do not feed or harass the wildlife!
During the summer and autumn months cattle can be found grazing on the Scout Ranch. The cattle belong to a contracted grazer who pays the council for right to the grass. The grazing cattle in turn keep the long grass cut down, provide some soil nutrients, and lessen potential fire danger. Cattle are not to be harassed, driven, or bothered in any manner. Injury or death to any animal will become a legal matter between the grazer and those involved.Other domestic pets – dogs, cats, ferrets, whatever – are not allowed on the Scout Ranch. Exceptions are for those individuals requiring a seeing eye dog, and for dogs performing a specific duty such as a search and rescue dog.
There are times during the year when the Scout Ranch is closed to all use. These dates are – for the most part – based on the policy that the Scout Ranch Ranger must be on site when campers or day users are on the property, and the fact that the Scout Ranch Ranger is required by employment contract to have holidays off work. Most of these dates between September and May will be holidays, days when the Scout Ranch Ranger is on vacation, or days when a council or other activity require facility full use. These dates usually include:
Check the council calendar and the council website for details.* In the future when a Campmaster Corps has been organized coverage on holidays will allow for the opening of the Scout Ranch!
Snow Removal Policy
During the winter months every effort will be made to remove snow to keep BDSR roadways open so campers can access cabins and campsites. However, during heavy snow times access may only be available to selected locations that may include: the main parking lot, Coral Rock Lodge, or the KOLA Lodge area. The Scout Ranch Ranger will do his utmost to keep roads clear, but he is directed not to spend his entire week plowing snow and using up expensive fuel just to save a few hearty Scouts from a good invigorating hike.
Prior to making a reservation the following requirements must be met:
- Provide proof of a certified/trained adult first aider to be in attendance with the group or Scout unit.
- Provide proof of a trained BSA Youth Protection Trained adult leader to be with the group or Scout unit.
- Obtain an approved BSA Local Tour Permit from a Council Service Center.
See our Weekend Use page for information on fees and how to make reservations.It is the policy of the Longs Peak Council that reservations are made on a “first come – first served basis”. District or council events may not “bump” another district or council event or a unit from a reservation.
Scout units and other groups that have made a reservation and are a “no show” may not be allowed to make another reservation for the next 12 months.
Can a pack or troop or crew reserve the entire Scout Ranch? The answer is simply “no”. You may have a very large group, and you may take up a great deal of space, but outside of summer camp programs no one gets to use the entire property. In recent years we have had as many as 1,500 campers in several different programs on the same weekend, and it was not crowded!
Damage Deposits Required
Scout units using the Scout Ranch are required to pay a damage deposit prior to arrival. This deposit is returned or credited to the unit account after it has been determined that use of a facility did not require special cleaning or repair. Groups that are a “no show” without having canceled their reservation in advance will forfeit their damage deposit.
There are several awards that Scouts and adult leaders can earn during their stay during the September to May time at the Scout Ranch. These can include:
- Project SOAR Patch
- Old West Trails Medal
- Gregg Boundary Trail Medal or Patch or Hiking Stave Medallion