Camp Silver Fir Campmaster Program

Become a Campmaster:

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The Friends of Silver Fir Committee is a group of volunteers dedicated to the supervision, maintenance, support and preservation of Camp Silver Fir.

Our goal is to provide the facilities for Scout units, youth groups and families to enjoy a High Sierra adventure. Since the late 1950’s the Camp has served as a base for those that want to hike or backpack into the Dinkey Lakes and Kaiser wilderness areas.

We are different from most Scout camps in that we don’t provide a program. We only provide the facilities which include plenty of campground space, flush toilets, hot showers, propane stove/grill, food storage and group campfire circle.

Get Involved:

We are always looking for individuals with a love of Scouting and the great outdoors who have a desire to share this passion with others. While knowledge of the Scouting program is a plus, it’s not a necessity though Friends of Silver Fir Committee members do need to be registered Scouters.

As you can easily imagine, upkeep in such a mountain geography is always an issue as the winters can be quite harsh. We are always in need of volunteers with skills in the areas of carpentry, plumbing, electrical, masonry, wood cutting (lumberjacks), handyman, painting and trailwork, among other things.

A big benefit of being on the Friends of Silver Fir Committee is the opportunity to serve as a Campmaster for one week during the summer (Saturday to Saturday). Campmasters and their families have full use of the Lodge which includes a full kitchen and living area as well as the Campmasters Cabin with two bedrooms and small living room.

How it Works:

Campmaster weeks are selected based on a point system. Points are earned by participating in workparties and serving as Campmaster. Those who have accumulated the most points have first shot at their preferred summer week. Newer members need not worry thou, as there is usually weeks available each summer.

While the primary purpose of the Campmaster is to oversee the Camp for the week and do some minor projects that aid in upkeep, there is plenty of time to enjoy the many recreational opportunities available in and around the Huntington Lake area including: fishing, superb hiking to lakes, streams, meadows and waterfalls, swimming, boating, horseback riding and site seeing. Of course there’s time to just plain relax as well.

Our Schedule:

While there are no mandatory meetings or events, your participation in our activities is strongly encouraged. Our typical annual schedule consists of the following:

January/February: Potluck Dinner / Meeting at the Council Service Center where we make the Campmaster assignments for the upcoming summer and discuss our plans for the year.

In May we may have meeting in preparation for opening of Camp and the Memorial Day Workparty.

May / Memorial Day Weekend Workparty – Weather and snow conditions permitting, we open the Camp for the summer season.

September / Labor Day Workparty – Camp is officially closed and winterized.

 

For More Information:

If our Campmaster program sounds like something you may want to get involved with, we would be glad to talk to you and answer any questions you may have. Contact David Geisen, Chairman of the Friends of Silver Fir Committee (david@geisen.net).

 Doing our part to keep the “Outing” in “Scouting.”

 

Camp Silver Fir is accredited by the BSA National Camp Accreditation Program (NCAP).

Camp Silver Fir is operated under a Special Use Permit issued by the Sierra National Forest

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