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Camp Sawyer general info

Here’s some general info about Camp Sawyer in the Keys, plus a link to a YouTube video touring the camp.

Camp Jackson Sawyer

Camp Sawyer, at the Edward B. Knight Scout Reservation, is a nine-acre camp site located on Scout Key in the Florida Keys.  Flanked between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, Camp Sawyer offers tent camping opportunities for Scouting units and other qualified community, service, and youth organizations.  

Scouts can enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, and swimming. Camp Sawyer offers tent camping sites, campfire rings, a modern restroom/shower facility, two covered pavilion spaces, a beach volleyball court, a seaside pier, and plenty of outdoor activity space to provide an outstanding, camping experience.

Originally utilized to operate the Out Island program in the early 80’s, the property is now used for the Order of the Arrow Ocean Adventure, Key West Sailing, and Family Adventure Camping.

Who can camp at Camp Jackson Sawyer?

Camp Sawyer is always open to Boy Scouts of America registered individuals. The purpose of CJS is to serve Scouts and youth. Thus, in addition to current BSA-registered individuals, we also welcome families camping with at least one youth participant under 18 years. We are excited to offer a wholesome camping experience to both Scouts and families. Please understand that we cannot accommodate adult-only groups without current BSA registrations for each individual.


Are Scouting troops still welcome at Camp Jackson Sawyer?

YES, ABSOLUTELY! We always look forward to welcoming Scout units at Camp Sawyer. We realize that many of your units have been coming to camp for years, and we hope that you enjoy the updates we have made to camp. Please take a moment to review the updated camp map and Terms of Service so that your group understands the changes we have made.


What amenities are available at Camp Jackson Sawyer?

At Camp Sawyer we have indoor restroom facilities, including showers. There are community meeting spaces under the shower house and in a pavilion located at the center of camp. We currently have BBQ grills available and hope to have a full outdoor kitchen soon in the future. If your group has refrigeration needs, we recommend bringing a cooler. We have washer/dryers available for use, but you must provide your own detergent. We have many other improvements in the pipeline that we look forward to sharing with you soon!


What water activities can I enjoy at Camp Jackson Sawyer?

CJS is located on one of the most beautiful waterfront properties in the Florida Keys. Registered Scout BSA units are welcome to bring kayaks or paddleboards for use at camp as long as every adult and youth adhere to Safety Afloat Guidelines.  Swimming is allowed for registered Scout BSA units as long as every adult and youth adhere to Safe Swim Defense Guidelines.  Snorkeling is allowed for registered Scout BSA units provided every leader and youth adheres to Snorkeling in Open Water Requirements. It is the responsibility of unit leadership booking and attending the campout to review these rules and ensure proper training is received prior to arrival at CJS – unprepared units will not be allowed to participate in the activities above unless proper training standards are met.

Family Adventure Camp participants may participate in swimming, snorkeling, and paddle sports at nearby Bahia Honda State Park or from any public beach or launch area deemed appropriate by the family. Due to BSA water safety training requirements, Family Adventure Camp participants may not enter the water at CJS aside from wading. Family Adventure Camp does not sanction, oversee, provide instruction, or insure Family Adventure Camp participants off-property activities including water-based activities.


Can I still rustic camp with my troop?

Yes! We still offer plenty of primitive, rustic camping sites. Each rustic campsite accommodates four campers. If your group is larger, please select multiple sites. Each rustic site does not include any amenities within the site but shares all common campground amenities. Bring your own tent and camping gear. Site location cannot be guaranteed, and our camp staff will show you to your designated site(s) upon arrival.


How can I book my camping adventure at Camp Jackson Sawyer?

You can now book reservations at Camp Sawyer online here: https://www.campspot.com/book/sfcbsa.

PLEASE NOTE: When you input the expected guests, this is done on a site-by-site basis. You will need to ensure the guest total you input will fit on one site. For rustic sites, the max occupancy is “4” and for Luxury Deluxe Tents, the max occupancy is “6” or “8”. After you input in the number of guests per site, you will see the total number of sites that are available. After adding a single site to your cart, please use the “back” button of your browser to add additional sites until you have enough in your cart to accommodate the entire group. Please ensure that you are reading the site descriptions carefully to avoid confusion at check in.


What is your COVID-19 Mitigation Policy?

We are committed to having policies in place to make camp as safe as possible for Scout groups, families, and our staff. With your commitment to follow these policies, we believe we can offer a great camping experience during these challenging times. Anyone found not following COVID-19 mitigation procedures will be asked to leave camp without refund.

Important Note: Precautions cannot fully eliminate the potential for exposure to COVID-19 or any other illness while at Camp Jackson Sawyer. Persons with COVID-19 may show no signs or symptoms of illness, but can still spread the virus, and people may be contagious before their symptoms occur. It is possible that someone with COVID-19 may pass the required health screenings and be allowed into camp. Every staff member, volunteer, Scout, and family must evaluate their unique circumstances and make an informed decision before booking at Camp Jackson Sawyer.

Please review the Camp Sawyer COVID-19 Mitigation Policy here: https://www.campspot.com/book/sfcbsa/covid-policy.

Please review the full Sea Base COVID-19 mitigation plan that has been submitted to local and state health departments: https://www.bsaseabase.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/09.04.20-Preparing-for-Sea-Base-2020.pdf.

Please review the COVID-19 Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist. Anybody who answers “yes” or displays symptoms per this checklist will not be admitted to camp: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-057.pdf

Please review the Monroe County COVID-19 website here: https://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/1169/COVID-19. We adhere to all local requirements at camp.

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