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Many of our guests are surprised to learn that Camp Woods wasn't named for its rustic, semi-wilderness location along Sylvan Lake, AB.

In fact, our namesake and provincial commissioner, Colonel James Hawsack Woods, ran Alberta's first jamboree here on our beautiful 103-acre property in 1931. The camp had been developed by Scouts in Red Deer who needed a summer camp where young Scouts could develop their leadership and skills in the great outdoors.

Over the years, Camp Woods grew to include four villages, each including its own kitchen, hall and bunkhouses, as well as an open grass camping area. We've been proud to host hundreds of Scouts of all ages, and some of the Prairie's biggest jamborees, including the Canadian in Jamboree 2013.

We are thrilled to share our passion for adventure with Scouts and non-Scouts through our summer kids camp programs, as well as with schools and other groups through the off-season.


Scouts Canada Camp Woods Activities Map

Gilwell Lodge

If you're looking for camping rentals for large groups, Gilwell Lodge is a great choice. Overlooking Sylvan Lake, the hall accommodates up to 75 people, and there are five cabins (one heated and four unheated) that can sleep up to 40 guests. The spacious kitchen features two fridges, two stoves, a microwave and coffeemaker. Please note guests must provide their own kitchenware and bedding.

Heated cabin sleeps sixteen, each of the four unheated cabins sleeps 6. The main lodge can sleep 30 on the floor (no beds).

Woods Hall

Located near the camp boat dock, Woods Hall is one of our most popular overnight summer camps, providing sleeping quarters for up to 22 guests. In addition to the main hall, which can accommodate up to 50 people, this facility has two heated cabins. The kitchen has two fridges, a grill with four burners, microwave and coffeemaker. This is the closest building to the toilet facilities at Paley Hall. Please note that guests are required to supply their own bedding and kitchenware.

Frontier Lodge

With a deck overlooking Sylvan Lake, the Frontier Lodge is ideal for overnight camps for up to 43 guests. The main hall is spacious enough to house up to 50 daytime guests (or 15 overnighters sleeping on the floor, no beds), while the two adjoining heated cabins each offer sleeping quarters for 14. Be sure to bring your own pots, plates and cutlery, as the kitchen features two fridges, a gas range, microwave and coffeemaker. Guests must supply their own bedding. The bathroom facilities at Paley Hall are about 300 metres away.

Paley Hall

If you’re organizing a kids camp, or you require a daytime facility for groups of up to 75 guests, Paley Hall is just what you need. During the summer months, this building offers public flush bathrooms and showers, as well as coin-operated laundry. In the kitchen, you’ll find two fridges, a stove, microwave and coffeemaker.

Tenting Areas

Camp Woods has a number of group sites for overnight summer camps. In total, there’s space for up to 3,000 campers, with individual sites featuring a picnic table, fire pit and access to water (summer only). MacEwans’s Landing, a large grassy field with covered picnic area, is suitable for groups and RVs. Located near our bouldering wall, the West Activity Area can hold 250 people, and there’s room for up to 200 more at the Venturer Area.