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Camp Cris Dobbins

Let the Adventure Begin!

Camp Cris Dobbins is located at over 7,000 feet with sweeping views of Pike’s Peak and the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Offering a traditional dining hall camping experience, Scouts will enjoy high quality meals in the William R. Kephart Dining Hall, work on their choice of over 40 merit badges and enjoy participating in activities designed around the weekly theme.

Please fill out the 2017 Reservation Form and submit the date your troop would like to attend Cris Dobbins.  *Units will receive a $25 discount per Scout when you register for these weeks.  Discount not applicable to units that register before August 31, 2016.

Online sign up will open on October 3, 2016.

Week 1: June 11-17 Week 4: July 2-8*
Week 2: June 18-24 Week 5: July 9-15
Week 3: June 25-July 1 Week 6: July 16-22*
Week 7: July 23-29*

Life in Camp

Start the morning right, as you enjoy a hearty meal from the dining hall and a morning assembly full of Scouting spirit. After a quick stop by the campsite to grab your day pack and enjoy a jam-packed morning of fun and exciting merit badge sessions. Pick from many Eagle-required merit badges; work on shotgun, rifle and archery at our world class shooting facilities; experience true adventure with our climbing and rappelling programs; and jump in to our aquatics programs with sailing, swimming, canoeing, lifesaving and rowing.

See more details on merit badge or program offerings in the Program Guide.

Shooting sports at Camp Cris Dobbins Pottery at Camp Cris Dobbins Swimming at Camp Cris Dobbins in the Gates Aquatics Center

Enjoy a relaxing lunch and afternoon ice cream break at the trading post before gearing back up for more merit badge sessions and free activity time. As the sun sinks below the mountains in the distance, dinner is served and evening assembly gathers everyone together again. But the fun doesn't stop there! During evening program, enjoy a number of fun activities and experience parts of camp that only come alive after dark. Make a customized music video in front our green screen, play volleyball, brand personal items with cool designs, work on your Totin' Chip, or touch a live tarantula. Finally, once you have had all the fun you can stand, return to your tent and get ready to do it all over again tomorrow.

White Water Rafting

Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch has partnered with one of Colorado’s premier rafting companies, River Runners, to provide units or individuals attending Cris Dobbins or Cortlandt Dietler the opportunity to raft down the Arkansas River as part of their summer camp experience!

See more details here.

Mission: Survival Trek

Mission: Survival Trek is a program designed to gather your wits, challenge your strengths, and provoke your sensibilities. You'll spend the week hiking, navigating by GPS as well as the stars, sleeping under the stars, and seeing parts of Peaceful Valley that few people have laid eyes upon. It's an incredible once in a lifetime experience to explore the land and its resources while at the same time exploring yourself and testing your limits.

Due to the physically and mentally strenuous nature of this program, you must be at least 14 years of age to participate. There is an additional fee of $65 to cover transportation and material costs.

For The Young At Heart

Scouts should not be the only ones having fun at camp! Cris Dobbins offers a wide variety of activities for adult leaders to participate in. Surf the web on our wireless high speed Internet, relax with a cup of coffee in the leader lounge, and participate in various training programs like Aquatics Supervision and Climb on Safely. You can also work on earning your Scoutmaster Challenge patch by completing a list of fun requirements designed to keep adults active throughout the week. This program is open to all adult leaders.


Most troops stay in campsites set up with canvas tents on wooden platforms, but some campsites are open to allow troops the option of bringing their own tents. Each campsite has its own latrine equipped with pit toilets, showers, and hand washing stations. In addition, there are flush toilets and other showering facilities located around camp. Gilwell Hall is equipped with restroom facilities complete with flush toilets, and showers for those who are over 18 years of age.

A heated pool, man-made lake, brand new shooting facilities, horse coral, and a dining hall that seats 350 people are just some of the additional facilities Cris Dobbins has to make your week amazing!

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