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B-CC IWLA CAMPGROUND

The campground be be used by B-CC IWLA members, their escorted guests, and chapter-approved public groups that have provided requested documentation including proper proof that each group carries liability insurance for their members while camping. The Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of America have provided B-CC IWLA with insurance binders. 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 B-CC IWLA Board of Governors will consider all such requests.

The B-CC IWLA Conservation Farm covers over 623 acres with a large section designated for primitive tent camping. The camping area is covered with a thick tree-top canopy and substantial ground cover that provides privacy for three distinct campsites. Located up a steep footpath about 200 to 300 yards from the parking area, the campsites are accessible only on foot. Motor vehicles cannot enter the camping area. There is no electricity, and the campsites share a single pit latrine and a hand pump for drinking-water. Campers must remove their own trash.

Maps of the Farm can be downloaded from the home page of this web site.

The BCC-IWLA Farm address is 20601 Izaak Walton Way, Poolesville, MD 20837, but the entrance to the campground lies over a quarter-mile north of Izaak Walton Way on West Willard Road.

CAMPING RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Reservations can be made online for one camping area, 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. There is no charge for chapter members requesting individual campsites. Reservations can be made online HERE.

The campground is closed during muzzleloader and shotgun deer hunting seasons and during the first two weeks of spring turkey season. If you are camping and your group does not have a B-CC 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, email the Campground Manager at Camping.BCCIWLA@gmail.com.

 

CAMPGROUND PHOTOS
(June 2008)

1. The BCC-IWLA Campground entrance is on West Willard Road about 300 yards east of Isaak Walton Way. The campground gate can be opened with the B-CC IWLA members' key, or with a combination received when registering (for approved outside groups). 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 will likely 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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CAMPING RESERVATIONS REQUIRED