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Camp Hugh Taylor Birch

4057 Swimming Pool Road • Yellow Springs, OH 45387

In 1936, Camp Hugh Taylor Birch began with 25-acres of land and a vision. Today, Camp Birch has grown to encompass 440 acres of woodland that serves our Scouting and non-Scouting communities on a year-round basis.

Camp Birch - complete with a dining hall that serves 300, an Olympic size swimming pool, a 10-acre lake, and many other facilities - is our outdoor facility that we use to teach character, citizenship, personal fitness, and environmental awareness.

Besides our Cub and Boy Scouts, Camp Birch is used by churches, schools, other youth groups, the National Guard and college organizations. Every weekend, 10 to 15 different groups are camping or using the Adams Training Building, our training and educational center, for meetings.

Several renovations have been completed recently at Camp Birch, including new shower and restroom facilities. Four new modern cabins with similar facilities have also been built.

Adjacent to Clifton Gorge, John Bryan State Park and Glen Helen Nature Preserve, Camp Hugh Taylor Birch is an integral part of 2,000 continuous acres of natural woodlands.

The United States Air Force MuseumExternal Link is located less than an hour from Camp Birch.

Camping Reservations

To make camping reservations for Camp Birch, please contact Karen Vance at the Council Service Center at 937-325-6449 x102.

Campsites, Cabins & Facilities

Map of Camp Birch

Directions to Camp Birch

Camp Birch is located at 4057 Swimming Pool Road, Yellow Springs, OH 45387. It is approximately halfway between Yellow Springs and Clifton on State Route 343.

  • From I-70 take St. Rt. 68 S towards Xenia
  • As you enter Yellow Springs turn left onto St. Rt. 343
  • Turn right onto Swimming Pool Road
  • Camp Birch is located on the right at the end of the road

Directions to Camp BirchExternal Link

Program Areas

For more information on program areas at Camp Birch, or to schedule an event, please contact the program coordinator listed below:

  • C.O.P.E. - Rich Diesslin - rldes@aol.com or 937-429-0139
  • Climbing - Ed Hess - ehess@woh.rr.com or 937-427-0266
  • Shooting - Ray Blowers - ray.blowers@donet.com or 937-429-2191

Camp Office Hours (Weekend Camping)

  • Friday: 5 pm to 9 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am to 9 pm
  • Sunday: 8 am to Noon

If you are arriving or departing outside of these hours, please notify the Campmaster or Ranger.

Camp Policies

Please observe the following rules during your stay:

  • When arriving at camp, please park in main parking lot and check in at the camp office in the McMillian Building located to the southwest of the main parking lot. A copy of the unit roster marked with who is in attendance and a short itinerary of your weekend should be turned in at this time. Any visitors or late arrivals must check in at the camp office upon arrival.
  • Camp office is open from 5 to 9 pm Friday evening, 8 am to 9 pm Saturday and 8 am to 12 pm on Sunday. If you are arriving late Friday evening or leaving early Sunday morning please notify the Campmaster or Ranger. All units must be checked out before 11 am Sunday morning.
  • Camp is winterized November 1 to April 1. During this time there will be no public modern restroom facilities available.
  • Water is available in most campsites at the frost free hydrant or wash stand. During the winter months Miami, Baden Powell, Simon Kenton, and Lagonda campsites do not have water. Units can get water at the frost free hydrant at the Carmony Lodge, the climbing tower or other nearby campsites.
  • Firewood is generally available at the quartermaster building. Availability of firewood may be impacted by situations beyond the control of camp management. Units are strongly encouraged to gather firewood from around their campsite.
  • Quiet hours on camp are from 11 pm to 7 am.
  • No outside pets allowed are allowed. Exceptions will be made for service animals. Exceptions must be cleared with the Campmaster or Ranger.
  • The Turner Building is no longer open for general use. Use of the facilities, including the rest rooms are exclusively for the group who has rented the facility.

At the end of your stay please:

  • Take all trash to the dumpster at the rear of the Dining Hall.
  • Make sure all camp fires are dead out.
  • Please make sure all lights are turned off and thermostats are turned down to 55 during winter months.
  • Allow stoves and fireplaces to burn down and leave dampers open.
  • Check out with the Campmaster or Ranger.
  • Report any maintenance needs to the Campmaster or Ranger.

Payment Policy

  • For weekend camping only, a refund can be obtained by canceling the reservation at least four weeks in advance.
  • If you are a no-show, your fees will be forfeited.
  • Full payments for weekend camping are required within 14 days of the reservation or the unit will lose the reservation. 

Informational Materials

Additional Information

  • Blackout periods apply due to Council sponsored events for both Scout groups and non-Scout groups
  • Cots can be rented for $3 per cot

Wireless

Bringing a computer to camp? Currently, we offer Internet access at the following locations:

  • Turner Building
  • Dining Hall and Breezeway
  • Adams Building
  • Tecumseh Cabin
  • Trading Post
  • McMillan
  • Training Lodge
  • Council Ring
  • Parade Field
  • First Aid

Become A Campmaster! 

Attention! Wanted: Experienced Scouters Who Love Camp Birch! Become a Campmaster!

Would you like to spend weekends at Camp Birch relaxing at camp and enjoying the great outdoors? Would you enjoy the camaraderie of other Scouters in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere?

The Campmaster Corps is a group of trained and registered volunteers who serve at Camp Birch as camp hosts. These volunteers are an essential part of year-around program and assist camp staff by answering questions, providing leadership in emergencies, and enforcing camp policies and procedures.  Campmasters select their own time and frequency of service but usually serve 2-4 times a year.  A normal ''tour of duty" is Friday night to noon Sunday.  While at camp, Campmasters stay in climate controlled facilities with kitchenette, restrooms, and WIFI, so many volunteers bring along their families for a weekend retreat.

For full details and an application, please visit:

http://www.tecumsehcouncilbsa.org/News/BecomeACampmaster2015

Questions about programs or facilities?

Please contatct Bryan Spink, Camp Ranger, at bryan.spink@scouting.org or 937-286-3372.

Camp Hugh Taylor Birch Information

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