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Camp Hugh Taylor Birch

4057 Swimming Pool Road • Yellow Springs, OH 45387

In 1932, 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

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 - or 937-429-0139
  • Climbing - Ed Hess - or 937-427-0266
  • Shooting - Ray Blowers - or 937-429-2191

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


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:

Informational Materials

Additional Information

  • A roster of all persons attending camp must be turned in at check in
  • Fees must be paid for all persons using facilities, day program or overnight use
  • Blackout periods apply due to Council sponsored events for both Scout groups and non-Scout groups
  • Cots can be rented for $3 per cot

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. 

Questions about programs or facilities?

Please contatct Bryan Spink, Camp Ranger, at or 937-286-3372.

Camp Hugh Taylor Birch Information

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