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About Us

The Valley

Welcome to the extraordinary Schoepe Scout Reservation at Lost Valley! As the flagship camping facility of the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America, we invite you to embark on a thrilling adventure like no other. Nestled in the breathtaking Warner Springs Area of San Diego County, California, our camp boasts 1,400 acres of pristine wilderness, adorned with majestic oak, pine, and chaparral.

We are thrilled to announce that in 2024, our beloved camp will celebrate its 60th anniversary! Join us in commemorating this incredible milestone as we reflect on six decades of transformative scouting adventures, friendships, and memories that have shaped countless lives.


So come, embrace the spirit of adventure, and discover the wonders that await you at Schoepe Scout Reservation at Lost Valley. We can't wait to celebrate our 60th anniversary with you and create memories that will last a lifetime!

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Our Facilities

  • 22 cabins (with heat and power, sleeping capacity for eight)

  • Two full-size swimming pools with complete shower houses

  • Lake Virgina, a two-acre lake fed by the Agua Caliente stream;

  • NRA and BSA certified rifle, archery, and shotgun ranges;

  • Horse Stables

  • Hiking and mountain bike center

  • Observatory

  • Two handicraft centers

  • Wiatava Nature Center

  • Two dining halls, Beckman Hall and Casey Lodge

  • High and Low COPE Course (Rope Course, Challenge Course, Zip Line)

  • 65-foot natural rock climbing wall (Cathedral Rock)


Our Location

Lost Valley is located in rural San Diego County, in the Warner Springs area.  From the Orange County area, Lost Valley is roughly an hour south of Temecula on the CA 79.  Appearing like a mirage out of the Anza Borrego desert, Lost Valley greets travelers after traversing a ten-mile grated dirt road, which is passable by all cars, including minivans.  For full driving directions, click here.


Our Programs


Lost Valley offers one of the finest summer camp programs in California.  Each year hundreds of Scouts enjoy our extensive facilities, earning many of our thirty plus offered Merit Badges and exploring unique adventures available only at a true wilderness camp.  Scouts stay with their Troop in one our campsites, which are furnished with A-frame tents, fire pits, restrooms and picnic tables.  Every Troop is accompanied throughout the week by one (or more) of our experienced Troop Guides, Staff Members responsible for the Troop's well being and satisfaction.  Throughout the week, Scouts will visit our various Program Areas, ranging from Shooting Sports to Trail to First Class, where teams of knowledgeable staff members instruct them in various skills and special programs.  Full-service dining is provided by our in-house kitchen staff at our two dining hall facilities (Scout and Scouters alike have repeatedly commended us for having the best camp food around!). In addition to Merit Badges, Scouts also explore the Scouting program through day hikes, bike hikes, overnight excursions, campfire programs, movie nights, cook-offs, and our Stage-show program. Lost Valley is staffed seasonally by over fifty young men and women who commit six weeks of their summer to serving youth with a quality program.  


Fall and Spring

Lost Valley also offers programs for Troops and Cub Scout Packs throughout the rest of the year.  Programs include Merit Badge weekends, advancement weekends, service projects, open camping, and family camps. The property is also available for use by approved non-Scouting groups. 


Our Staff

To many Scouts, there is no more important aspect of Scout Camp than the Camp Staff.  Composed of fifty to sixty men and women, ranging from high school and college students to working professionals, the Lost Valley Staff combines a diverse group of talents and skill sets to provide a one of kind camping team for our campers.  All of our Staff go through our week-long Staff Training before the start of each summer, which includes training in Youth Protection, effective teaching techniques, counseling, first aid and CPR, diversity, and emergency response.  They then spend the majority of their summer break working tirelessly, rain or shine, to make Camp as special as they remember from when they were Scouts.  All of our staff live on-property.  We are fortunate to have many Staff Members who have years of summer camp experience, some having served for as many as eleven years!  If you are interested in becoming a Lost Valley Staff Member, click here. 



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