Welcome to the website for Camp Parsons, maintained and contributed to by members and alumni
of the Camp Parsons Staff.
Photos Courtesy of Joe Prall
This is the website for Camp Parsons but this is not an official BSA website. Any opinions or views expressed in any part of this website do not express the views of the Chief Seattle Council or the Boy Scouts of America. For official news from the Boy Scouts or to download any official documents, please visit the Chief Seattle Council website which also has a Camp Parsons page, at www.seattlebsa.org or visit the national website at www.scouting.org. This website was developed as a tool for the current staff to provide up to date information to any troop that has plans to attend Camp Parsons. This website is reviewed and if need be updated daily. All information regarding camp operations are up to date and current on this website including downloaded forms even if the date seems to be wrong. If you find any bad links please forward that information to email@example.com . To see our current Merit Badge offerings, here is our Advancement Schedule. All of our merit badges are signed up for at camp; we do not register online currently.
Who are we?
Camp Parsons is a resident Boy Scout camp operated and maintained by the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America. It is named after Reginald Hascall Parsons, a Seattle financier and philanthropist, who helped bring scouting to Seattle, served as the first Council President and who led the campaign that raised the money to purchase the land on which camp is based. Although we operate predominantly throughout the summer, the camp is in operation year round, with the winter months reserved for weekend camping and training sessions as well as our world famous monthly work parties. Camp Parsons is one of the oldest Boy Scout camps in operation in the United States today. We are the OLDEST operating camp west of the Missisippi and one of the few camps that uses an open water saltwater base for all scouting aquatic activities. Since July 7th, 1919 Camp Parsons has never ceased operation nor moved from its original site. Situated in the Olympic Peninsula on the shores of the Hood Canal, we have an excellent location and facility to continue the grand experiment that Lord Baden-Powell (who was our guest in 1926) began over 100 years ago. Please take a look at our History page to get a better idea of our past.
What do we do?
We treat every week as our first and only week.
Camp Parsons is a traditional boy scout camp which operates for nine weeks each summer season. We have an outstanding staff that come from all parts of the Pacific Northwest as well as the United States. Other than the traditional program within the 440 acre base camp, we also offer a High Adventure program with hikes into the Olympic Forest and Kayak/Canoe treks on the Hood Canal. Take a look at our Program and High Adventure information. The link to the 2013 application form is listed below. High Adventure application forms will be available soon for the 2013 season .
Want to sign up for 2013? Click here
Week 1 June 23rd-June 29th (Full)
Week 2 June 30th-July 6th AVAILABLE
Week 3 July 7th-July 13th (Full)
Week 4 July 14th-July 20th (Full)
Week 5 July 21st-July 27th (Full)
Week 6 July 28th-August 3rd (Full)
Week 7 August 4th-August 10th (Full)
Week 8 August 11th-August 17th (Full)
Want to sign up for 2014? Click here
Week 1 June 29th-July 5th
Week 2 July 6th-July 12th
Week 3 July 13th-July 19th
Week 4 July 20th-July 26th
Week 5 July 27th-August 2nd
Week 6 August 3rd-August 9th
Week 7 August 10th-August 16th
Week 8 August 17th-August 23rd
Updated 2013 daily schedule and merit badge offerings will be available late May but will closely follow the current published schedules
Learn about our Dining Hall project and Donate HERE
Camp Parsons 2013 reservations are available. You can find the form here
Camp Parsons 2014
reservations are available now. You can find the form here
Parsons on YouTube
See the staff perform "I'm a Scout," the popular parody of the pop hit "Tick Tock" on YouTube. Or check out our Garrigan-Lyman segment here.
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Want to see the canal?
This is a shot from across the canal looking west towards Camp Parsons. It gives real time views of the weather conditions and can be found here
Wondering what merit badges to take when you come to camp? Check out our Advancement Schedule, along with other important info, on this page. UPDATED LISTINGS WILL BE AVAILABLE MID-JUNE
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