Located on Scout Key between the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, Camp Jackson Sawyer offers camping opportunities to Boy Scouts of America registered individuals and units as well as to Family Adventure Campers. Whether you choose primitive camping or one of our Luxury Deluxe Tents, there is a camping style for everyone. Sea Base is excited to offer the opportunity to explore the beautiful Florida Keys to Scout groups and families alike. We hope to be the home-base for your tropical adventure in paradise!
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 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, non-BSA registered groups.
Family Adventure Camp is an exciting new way that BSA and non-BSA registered youth can enjoy the beauty of Camp Jackson Sawyer. We welcome all families with youth participants to stay at CJS and experience the excitement Scouting has to offer young people. Families can use Camp Sawyer as a home base, staying in one of our comfortable Luxury Deluxe Tents during the popular spring and winter camping months (FAC does not operate in summer). We have a partnership with Bahia Honda State Park where you can pre-book kayak and snorkeling experiences through our website (more adventures coming soon!). We encourage FAC campers to explore Bahia Honda State Park where you can swim and enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in the Florida Keys!
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.
At Camp Sawyer we have indoor restroom facilities, including showers. There are group meeting spaces (first come, first served) 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!
CJS is located on one of the most beautiful waterfront properties in the Florida Keys. We have fishing gear available to rent in our Ship Store, but it is your responsibility to have a fishing license, as required by Florida law. Our camping staff can show you their favorite spots to fish. Swimming is not allowed on property. Wading is allowed, but anyone in the water must be able to always touch the bottom. Children must be supervised at all times, especially near the water. We do not have a boat launch at CJS. Kayaking and paddle boarding are not allowed on property. We recommend visiting Bahia Honda State Park down the street to enjoy the beach, swim, snorkel, kayak, paddleboard, and launch your boat. We have partnered with Bahia Honda to provide Family Adventure Camp activities that can be booked on our website.
If you want to camp while still sleeping in a real bed and enjoying electricity and air conditioning, our Luxury Deluxe Tents are the right fit for you! These “glamping”-style tents were designed to provide many of the comforts of home while still enjoying the adventure of waterfront camping. Each tent contains high-quality linens, bedding, and furniture. Each tent is a short walk away from our shower house and indoor restroom facilities. A front porch with Adirondack chairs provides a comfortable place to relax and enjoy the incredible scenery. Each tent has two separate rooms. Some tents offer a master bedroom with one queen bed, whereas other tents have a master with a full/twin bunkbed inside. All tents have a second room containing two twin/twin bunkbeds. Each tent comfortably accommodates six people in beds. Scout troops enjoying the Luxury Deluxe Tents must ensure YPT is met. Tent location cannot be guaranteed, and our camp staff will show you to your designated tent(s) upon arrival.
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.
We strive to provide a wholesome camping experience for our Scout units and families. As such, our camp rules have been developed with youth protection as our guiding principle. Please carefully review the Terms of Service before booking at CJS. Being aware of the rules will help us avoid any issues upon check-in and during your stay. Noncompliance with the Terms of Service can result in being asked to leave the camp without refund. Please find the Terms of Service here: https://www.campspot.com/book/sfcbsa/terms-of-service.
No, pets are not allowed at Camp Sawyer. We appreciate your understanding.
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”. 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.
For Scouting crews arriving early for a Sea Base Adventure, you can sleep eight persons in the Luxury Deluxe Tents utilizing two of your sleeping pads. This is allowed; however, please ensure the number of guests you enter is still “6.” Please leave a booking note indicating your actual occupancy and crew number for Sea Base.
Please review our cancellation/refund policy here: https://www.campspot.com/book/sfcbsa/cancellation-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.
If your questions/concerns have not been answered in our online resources, please contact FSB.Camp.Sawyer@scouting.org. We are happy to help!
Please visit the Florida Sea Base website: https://www.bsaseabase.org
Please visit the Boy Scouts of America website: https://www.scouting.org/. We hope that Family Adventure Camp offers an inspiring stay that excites your youth to learn more about Scouting!