Camp Navarro

NavarroAmong the redwoods in scenic Mendocino County, California—eight miles from the Pacific Ocean—Camp Masonite Navarro presents numerous opportunities for great times. Located on the beautiful Navarro River, just 70 miles northwest of Santa Rosa, Camp Masonite Navarro makes an ideal weekend destination for Bay Area and North Coast groups. Enjoy the Camp for its trails, rifle range, archery range, or nature study, or use it as a base camp for exploring the Mendocino coast.

A Boy Scout/Cub Scout summer camp with a staff of more than 40 highly qualified leaders, Camp Masonite Navarro offers an excellent opportunity for Scouts to achieve rapid advancement.

For large or small groups—even groups not related to the Boy Scouts of America—a retreat at Camp Masonite Navarro combines rustic beauty with the convenience of modern conference facilities.

Camp Masonite Navarro’s newly built timber lodge features a 300-seat dining and assembly room with a massive fireplace, a fully equipped modern kitchen, additional conference space, and a medical center. Cozy sleeping cabins and convenient bathroom and shower facilities make Camp Masonite Navarro a comfortable choice for groups of every description. Guests may enjoy the 45-acre redwood-studded compound and its rich variety of wildlife. The camp is just a short drive from the Mendocino coast, the Anderson Valley wine region, and Hendy Woods State Park.

Any reservations with Camp Navarro will need to be made through the Scout Office, Please Contact Terri Forrest at 707-546-8137 x5 with any requests/questions regarding this process

History

Around the turn of the century, the area we now know as Camp Masonite Navarro was home to the “California Logging Camp.” The area now occupied by administration buildings and the old dining hall served as mess hall and social hall for some 50 to 75 loggers. Those with families lived in nearby towns and stayed at the camp while they worked and went home on days off. Logging was much different in those years, using two-man saws and pulling the logs to the river with horses or the help of the train. In most cases the logs were transported to the mill by river, in this case the Navarro River, and in appropriate times by train In both cases they were then milled in nearby Fort Bragg and taken to destinations unknown

As the logging industry grew, both in size and sophistication, so did the camp. As more houses went up, the need for lumber went wild, and automation stepped in, bringing the era of two-man saws to a close. When pickup trucks came on the scene, it meant that lumberjacks could throw their power saws in the back of their 4-wheel drive trucks and drive to the job site instead of camping in the woods. Logging camps were slowly phased out except in very remote areas By 1954, the Scout way of camping had changed, too, and a summer-style camp was established. Scouts would go to camp now for a week at a time and, with their leaders, spend several days working in fun and advancement. By this time the Masonite Corporation had purchased the land that ran along Highway 128 to Ukiah and north to south for many miles Late in 1955, the birth of a camp came to pass. The Masonite Corporation and the Sonoma Mendocino Area Council of BSA entered into a lease agreement at $1 per year for what became Camp Navarro. The camp operated every year and remained just the way the loggers left it. In later years many changes became necessary. As our membership grew, so did the camp. The dining hall became larger and sleeping areas were made for campers. The camp remained virtually the same throughout the seventeen years of lease usage.

In the early 1970’s, Harold Alexander, then Council Executive, and the SMAC Executive Board, started making progress toward the donation of the property. On August 29, 1973, Camp Navarro became the property of the Boy Scouts of America and 50 acres of redwoods and river frontage became known as Camp Masonite Navarro. The name Masonite is included as a means of showing appreciation for the gift Over the years many cabins have been added and changes made. The most recent addition to the now expanded acreage is the Bosch Lodge (Dining and Conference Facility) and staff shower house. Both were built to fit the area and most of Bosch Lodge was made from wood logged on the camp property. Camp now in its present form is a beautiful and workable place for Scouts and families.