Camp Jack

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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 is awesome.

Reservation Form

Cheyenne Astronomical Society Scout Weekends

Check out the specific info for these great weekend events in the Activities tab!

Reservations

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 at least 14 days ahead of arrival! See registration page for details.
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.

First Aid Trained Leader

In order to make a reservation to use Camp Jack the Scout unit must supply the council with a photocopy of a certificate showing an adult leader who is certified in first aid skills by a recognized agency (American Red Cross, National Safety Council, etc).

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.

History

Curt Gowdy State Park, named after the well-known sportscaster, was established in 1971 through a lease agreement with the City of Cheyenne and the Boy Scouts.

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.

Astronomy MBCheyenne Astronomical Society Scout Weekends

Each year the Cheyenne Astronomical Society has weekend events at Camp Jack in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  These events are open to Scouts to come and view the stars using the telescopes provided by the CAS.  These events are open to all Boy Scout, Varsity, Venturer and Explorer registered Scouts.  There is no fee for these weekends, but registration is required.  Each unit will need to provide their own camping and cooking equipment and food.  Since this is not a Council or District Event you will need a Tour Plan.

Each unit that wishes to participate must fill out the Camp Jack Reservation Form and send it to:  CampRegistration@longspeakbsa.org, fax to 970-330-7961 or mail to LPC, PO Box 1166, Greeley, CO  80632-1166 at least two weeks prior to the weekend you plan to attend.  If the weekend you select is full, you will be asked to select a different weekend.

Here is the link  to the reservation form:  http://camps.longspeakbsa.org/lpc/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/CampJack_resform.pdf

This is a great way for Scouts to work on their Astronomy Merit Badge.

Cheyenne Astronomical Society Scout Weekends

June 26-29, 2014

July 24-27, 2014

August 21-24, 2014

September 25-28, 2014

 

 

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Activities

Service Projects

Camp Jack has no facilities other than a latrine and campsites and offers Scouts exclusive use to the 160 acres. The area of Camp Jack is enclosed by a fenced boundary from Happy Jack Road on the south to a private property boundary fence on the north (see map). The gate to Camp Jack is locked, and a key must be obtained from the Park Manager at Park Headquarters. Camp Jack has capacity for approximately 150 people and up to 20 vehicles (including RV’s).
The area offers a great location for a number of activities, including the offerings at Curt Gowdy State Park.

Scout units are encouraged to contact the State Park Manager to arrange for service project work at the park. The park is especially interested in Project SOAR related conservation projects, bluebird nesting box construction projects, working with Scouts on Eagle Projects, and more. Scout service projects at Curt Gowdy State Park are the council’s payment for the lease on Camp Jack!

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.

Hynds Lodge

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.

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One of the area’s larger outdoor archery ranges is in the park. No fee is charged for its use, but archers are encouraged to call ahead in order to avoid conflicts with other archers.

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 (cindy.batt@scouting.org) 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 cindy.batt@scouting.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.

Watch the Birds

Curt Gowdy State Park has developed a reputation as a prime area for bird watchers. Beginning in late April and early May, migrating birds spend several days in the park and bird watchers are afforded the opportunity to see many non‐native birds.
terrain

The seven sections of richly varied landscape that comprise the park include flora and fauna on the foothills of the Laramie Mountains halfway between Cheyenne and Laramie. In fairly close proximity to the Colorado border, 12 miles south, and the Nebraska border, 61 miles east, the beautiful attractions within Curt Gowdy State Park are also near the crossroads of two major interstates, I-80 and I-25. Several historic sites lie nearby, including Ames Monument.

In addition to three reservoirs, the park includes Hynds Lodge, which is listed on the National Register, and an amphitheater.

Park Rules

  • 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.

Rules

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.)

Restrictions

  • 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.

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Maps

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Interactive Map

Street Address

The address for the camp is 1319 Hynds Lodge Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009

Lat / Lon

Looking for something more specific? 41.19320380951254,-105.26703715324402

Directions to Camp

From Cheyenne:
Take I-25 to exit 10 and travel 25 miles west on Highway 201, Happy Jack Road. The main park entrance will be on the south side of the road.

From Laramie:
Take I-80 east to exit 323 and travel 14 miles east on Highway 210, Happy Jack Road. The main park entrance will be on the south side of the road.

Google Directions

Street Address

1319 Hynds Lodge Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009

Camp Maps

Many of the activities Scouts usually enjoy happen all over the Curt Gowdy State park and surrounding areas. You will find maps of the park including a trail map available for download below.

Map Files

Curt Gowdy State Park Brochure
Curt Gowdy State Park Trail Map
Curt Gowdy Park Map

Last modified: March 20, 2014