Camp Grimes - Mecklenburg County Council

Welcome !

Welcome to the Mecklenburg Scout Reservation, home of Camp Grimes. Camp Grimes is located on 1115 acres in the foothills of the South Mountains near Marion, North Carolina. The camp hosts year round activities including the Nationally Accredited Boy Scout Resident Camping program during the summer.

The natural location of Camp Grimes provides a perfect setting for camping and activities. Trails surrounding the Reservation provide excellent hiking and mountain biking. Beautiful Lake Calhoun provides ample aquatics activities including sailing, motorboating, water-skiing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, tubing, and swimming. And, don't forget your fishing pole, as the lake is also famous for its bass fishing.

A Frontier area lets you sample pioneer life in the 1800's with an old log cabin, smokehouse, grist mill, blacksmith shop. Experience one of a kind programs such a arrowhead making, candle making, and soap making. Pan for gold in the clear stream that flows nearby. Learn to grind your own corn and make hocakes or use the hammer and anvil for metalworking in the blacksmith shop. The program opportunities are endless.

A high ropes course along with a rock climbing and rapelling tower add a high adventure element for older youth. Shotgun, rifle and archery ranges provide shooting sports programs. An Ecology area allows youth to experience nature and enjoy the indigenous flora and fauna tucked away in a secluded site on the camp. Scoutcraft skils, camping instruction, wilderness survival, and pioneering skills are taught at the spacious Scoutcraft area. An orienteering course is available for beginning map readers and experts alike. There is even an indoor planetarium that will teach Scouts to identify the constellations they can see in the night skies of Camp Grimes.

Activity fields and a full size basketball court provides competition for an assortment of sporting activities. A beautiful dining hall, 13 campsites, an adult shower house, two youth shower houses (with hot showers), trading post, health lodge, and office provide ample facilities to complement the programs. A chapel area is the site of religious services (a Scout is reverent), but, allows a place of solitude when a Scout needs to take time for a quiet reflection.

Whatever you may be looking for, we are sure you can find it at Camp Grimes!

Dave Ritchie
Camp Director
Mecklenburg County Council