Summer Resident Camp

Camp John Mensinger

Camp John Mensinger (CJM) is located in the Stanislaus National Forest at an elevation of approximately 4,800 feet. The 168 acre camp was deeded to the Yosemite Area Council (now Greater Yosemite Council) in 1969 by the Pickering Lumber Corporation and included the facilities of its Soap Creek Logging Camp. In 1976, Camp Mensinger opened for Scout camping with new and modern facilities. The camp is rich in logging history. The Camp is in an ideal location for high adventure. Camp John Mensinger is the perfect setting for your Boy Scouts to have a great Scouting experience. Camp Mensinger offers a diverse range of camp programs.



Provisional Camping

Provisional Camping is for Boy Scouts who are unable to attend the regular Summer Camp week with their own Troop, or those who wish to attend a different or extra week of Summer Camp. Provisional Camping is available each week at Camp John Mensinger. Scouts will select the Week(s) to attend and send in an application with their full Camp fee. All boys must be registered in the Boy Scouts of America and bring a properly-completed BSA Annual Health & Medical form (Parts ABC).

Once arriving at Camp Sunday afternoon, the Scouts will be checked-in from 1-3pm and paired with their host Troop and campsite. Those wishing to be paired with another Troop from their own area before the camp week may contact the Council Camping Dept. after submitting their Provisional Camper application to enquire about Troops from their area attending camp the same week.

Contact the Camping Dept Admin @ (209) 566-7712 for more information.


National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)


Take your leadership skills to the next level!  National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is a high-energy week of fun activities including advanced leadership training, outdoor skills, and team-building.  NYLT is open to all Scouts BSA youth who are at least First Class rank, 14 years of age, (or completed 8th grade and at least 13), as well as Venturing Scouts.  These courses are very popular, so sign-up early at the link below!



Exploration Camp

Held during the Spring, Fall and Winter School Breaks at the Modesto Council Service Center.  Full-day hobby, personal interest and life-skill sessions for boys & girls ages 11-17.  Sessions utilize the various Boy Scout Merit Badge program topics, and currently-registered Boy Scouts may complete requirements toward the corresponding Merit Badge.  Please see the current availability of sessions scheduled on our website calendar during those School Break periods.

Klondike Derby

The Achewon Nimat Lodge of the Order of the Arrow invites all Troops, Crews, and Ships to this exciting Winter outing in the snowcapped Sierra Mountains. For more information, please see the link below.  Fun and games in the snow await you!