Camp Geronimo is located north of Payson in the shadows of the magnificent Mogollon Rim on nearly 200 acres of forest and meadows. Surrounded by over 5,000 acres of ponderosa pine forest, trails lead from camp to the top of the rim where Scouts can stand at the very edge of the Colorado Plateau.

Camp Geronimo is a year-around facility. In addition to the Boy Scout summer camp program held June through August, Camp Geronimo hosts a number of events ranging from unit camping opportunities to training courses and district events.

How To Reach Camp Geronimo:

Camp Geronimo is located approximately 20 miles north of Payson, Arizona and is at an elevation of 5,420 feet.The coordinates of the Camp are: Latitude: N 34° 24' 3.42", Longitude: W 111° 22' 1.8".  Click here for Camp Geronimo Map

Directions

Leaving the Phoenix metropolitan area, take State Highway 87 north. After reaching Payson, continue on Highway 87 about 12 miles until you reach the Control Road turn-off marked by highway marker 265, turn right. Continue on the Control Road for about six miles, then turn left onto Webber Creek Road, follow this for about 2 miles into camp. Allow 2 to 2-1/2 hours driving time from Central Phoenix.

Leaving from Flagstaff, take Lake Mary Road to State Route 87 south past Pine to Control Road. Turn left on Control Road (dirt) for about six miles, then turn left onto the Webber Creek Road, follow this for about 2 miles into camp. Allow 2 to 2 1/2 hours driving time.

Use of the camp is by reservation ONLY. Please call the Grand Canyon Council at 602-955-7747 to make arrangements to use the facility.

Camp Geronimo Facilities

Camp Geronimo has a wide variety of program areas for Scouts, as well as facilities for groups both large and small.

Here`s a brief glimpse at some of the facilities available at Camp Geronimo.

Farnsworth Dining Hall

The Farnsworth Dining Hall is the center of many activities at Camp Geronimo. One of a Scout`s favorite activities is eating, and some mighty fine food is served here during Boy Scout summer camp and other special occasions. The facility has collapsible tables which allows the building to be used for other functions.

Camp Sites

A unit looking for a camping experience has many choices at Camp Geronimo. There are campsites to accommodate a small patrol campout or a large family camping experience.

Some camp sites are equipped with adirondack sleeping shelters; all have sufficient space for a number of tents. Not all campsites are accessible by car. Units can contact the Council`s Programs Office for information on camp site availability and recommendations on the right campsite for your program.

For a city dweller, the experience of camping in the pines, listening to the wind whistling through the needles, and seeing the countless stars of the Milky Way is almost unforgettable. Waking to see a small group of elk grazing on the pasture or a flock of wild turkeys feeding at the edge of the pines makes the trip absolutely unforgettable.

 Site #

Site Name

Capacity

Bunks in Adirondack

Picnic Tables in Dining Shelter

 1

Moqui

 16

4

3

 2

Arapaho

40

6

3

3

Blackfeet

16

2

2

4

Paiute

40

8

5

5

Cheyenne

16

3

2

6

Pima

18

3

2

 7

Chippewa

16

3

2

8

Apache

18

4

4

9

Creek

18

4

2

10

Comanche

14

4

2 - no shelter

11

Bannock

16

4

2

12

Kickapoo

16

2

2 - no shelter

 13

Potawatomi

32

4

4

14

Fox

16

4

2

15

Hoopa

20

4

2

 16

Shoshone

28

4

6

17

Ute

30

4

4 - no shelter

18

Navajo

20

4

3

19

Crow

50

8

10

20

Osage

28

4

3

21

Hopi

18

4

3

22

Seneca

18

4

3

23

Ponca

22

4

2

24

Dakota

14

3

2 - no shelter

25

Iroquois

14

4

2

26

Aztec

16

3

2 - no shelter

 27

Wyndot

14

4

2

28

Cherokee

16

3

2

29

Yaqui

16

2

2

 

Family Cabins

Camp Geronimo has a number of two bedroom cabins with varying facilities. During summer camp, these cabins are used by the summer camp staff. However, they are available throughout the rest of the year, with arrangements through the Council`s Programs Office.

Health Lodge

The Lund Health Lodge, built in 2002, offers features that are both modern and substantially expanded from the previous health lodge facility.

The Pond

The pond is a favorite gathering place for all who use the camp. During summer camp, the area is also used for canoe and boating merit badge work.

Camp Fire Ring

The night comes alive in the flickering light from the fire ring. Scouts gather here for songs, skits and stories of the mountains, rivers and animals of the Mogollon Rim and Tonto Basin. Many Scouts` best memories of camping experiences have taken place at the camp fire Ring. It is located next to the camps olympic size swimming pool.

Knappenberger Lodge

During summer camp, Knappenberger Lodge houses the camp trading post and snack bar. The trading post has available for sale a variety of craft materials, merit badge books, uniform items and souvenir items to remember the time spent at Camp Geronimo.

Nature Lodge

The Nature Lodge is the place to go to learn about the world around you. Plant and animal-related merit badge classes, as well as the Environmental Science and Astronomy merit badges, are taught here during Boy Scout summer camp.

Climbing Tower

The Climbing Tower is a favorite event during summer camp. Scouts try out their skills on an artificial wall using hand and foot holds to reach the top. While climbing, each Scout wears protective equipment and camp staff members hold safety ropes to prevent falls.

Except during summer camp, the Climbing Tower is not available for use without special arrangements and trained supervisory personnel.

Outdoor Skills Area

The Outdoor Skills Area (formally the Scoutcraft Lodge) is the place to come to learn about knot tying, wilderness survival and a number of other merit badges taught during summer camp.

Archery Range

The Archery Range is a popular spot during summer camp. Morning classes teach the elements of archery, such as how to make a bow string. Open shooting is available during the afternoon for all Scouts.

Except during summer camp, the Archery Range is not available for use without special arrangements and trained supervisory personnel.

Rifle Range

The rifle range offers the Rifle Shooting merit badge during summer camp. Scouts are taught not only the principles of marksmanship but also the safety rules required for safe shooting. The rifle range is available during summer camp afternoons for all Scouts. Adults are welcome to see if they can outshoot their Scouts.

Except during summer camp, the rifle range is not available for use without special arrangements and trained supervisory personnel.

Muzzle Loading Rifle Range

Summer camp also give Scouts the opportunity to earn the Rifle Shooting merit badge using a muzzle loading rifle. Scouts are taught the safety rules required to load and shoot a muzzle loader as well as the rules pertaining to handling all types of firearms.

Except during Summer Camp, the Muzzle Loading Rifle Range is not available for use without special arrangements and trained supervisory personnel.

Spade Ranch

Spade Ranch is the original bunk house and ranch building built on the site in 1890. During the summer season, the ranch house hosts special activities for older Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts.

Use of the camp is by reservation ONLY. Please call the Grand Canyon Council Programs Office at 602-955-7747 to make arrangements for use of the facilities.