The BCC-IWLA Conservation Farm covers over 623 acres with one area developed for primitive tent camping. The primitive camping area is forested with a thick tree-top canopy and substantial ground cover allowing privacy for three campsites. Located up a steep footpath about 200 to 300 yards from the parking area, the campsites are accessible only by foot. Motor vehicles cannot enter the camping area. There is no electricity and the campsites share one pit latrine and a hand pump for drinking water. Campers must remove their own trash. Maps of the Farm can be downloaded from the.main page. The BCC-IWLA Farm address is 20601 Izaak Walton Way, Poolesville, MD 20837
The campground can be used by BCC-IWLA members, their guests and approved public groups that have provided BCC-IWLA with evidence that they carry liability insurance for their members while camping. The Boy Scouts of America have provided BCC-IWLA with an insurance binder. Other public groups having an interest in using the campground are invited to submit insurance binders showing that their group carries liability insurance while camping. The BCC-IWLA Board of Governors will consider all such requests.
Reservations can be made for one or two camping areas, or for the entire campground, for up to seven days. If the entire campground is reserved, a small donation is requested to help in campground maintenance. Otherwise, there is no charge for individual campsites. Reservations can be made by telephone or online by calling or sending an email to the Campground Manager listed on the BCC-IWLA website and in its directory. . If registering by email, please complete and email the Registration Form. If registering by phone, please have the information available. A campground calendar is posted on the website indicating campsite availability. The campground is closed during muzzle loader and shotgun deer hunting season and during the first two weeks of spring turkey season. If you are camping and your group does not have a BCC-IWLA member with a key to the gate, you will receive a lock combination that will open the campground gate. If you have further questions, contact the Campground Manager, Robert Benson at 301-365-6886 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. The BCC-IWLA Campground entrance is on W. Willard Road about 300 yards east of Isaac Walton Way. The campground gate can be opened with the BCC-IWLA member’s key, or with a combination received when registering without a BCC-IWLA member. About 2 acres of parking is located inside the gate some 100 yards straight ahead through an open field and up to the point where a sign “Do not proceed beyond this sign” is posted. Beyond the sign is a steep slope with a marshy area where vehicles can get stuck. About 75 yards down the slope from the parking area is the campground bulletin board, water pump and a wooden bridge marking the entrance to the campground.
2. To the right of the bridge, a hand pump is available for drinking water from an underground well. The water is tested and safe for drinking and it does not have an iron or sulfur taste. Please do not waste the water. The well has been pumped dry in the past by some large Scout groups
3. The Campground Bulletin Board contains a campground map and campground rules. Please remember not to cut live trees for firewood. Ample fallen wood is available for fires.
4. Past the bridge, the three camping areas named IVY, FOX and CEDAR are located straight ahead up the hill. There are signs along the trail directing you to first IVY, then FOX and finally CEDAR camping areas. The campground bridge is frequently used by Scout groups for bridging ceremonies.
5. The amphitheater area is located at the end of the trail to the left of the bridge. Seating more than 100 people, it has a large fire ring, a lectern and a demonstration or serving table. A wheelbarrow and shovel are provided for your use.
6. CEDAR campsite is shown in Photo 6. This campsite can accommodate more than 10 tents and contains a serving/cooking table, two 8-person picnic tables, a fire ring, and an 8-foot bench.
7. FOX campsite is shown in Photo 7. This campsite can accommodate more than 30 tents. It contains a serving/cooking table, four 8-person picnic tables, a fire ring surrounded by five 8-foot benches, a lean-to and a flag pole.
8. The FOX lean-to in Photo 8 is similar to those found along the Appalachian Trail. The lean-to can hold up to 8-10 sleeping bags. It is open on one side but it provides protection from rain and snow.
9. Photo 9 shows the central campground latrine located along the trail leading to FOX camping area. Please provide your own toilet paper and use the broom to sweep out the latrine if needed.
10. The IVY camping area is shown in Photo 10. This campsite can accommodate more than 9 tents and contains a serving/cooking table, two 8-person picnic tables, a fire ring, and an 8-foot bench.
11. This is a view of the bridge crossing the campground creek from the campground side looking toward the Bulletin Board and the parking area beyond.
This web page prepared by Bob Benson, Campground Manager, June 2008.
For Campground Information, contact Bob at or (301) 365-6886
CAMPING RESERVATIONS REQUIRED