Tall pines, abundant wildlife, Little Grassy Lake, wild flowers, and beautiful sunsets make Pine Ridge Scout Camp an excellent location for Scouts. This 150-acre camp is nestled in the heart of the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and located in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest along the shore of Little Grassy Lake, southeast of Carbondale, Ill. The Shawnee River Trail, the Crab Orchard and Panthers Den Wilderness all surround the lakes of this refuge giving Scouts unbelievable outdoor resources at their disposal.
Pine Ridge Scout Camp
1139 Pine Ridge Lane
Makanda, IL 62958
(On Little Grassy Lake. From Giant City Road, turn on Grassy Road. Once you have crossed the dam, turn right on the gravel road and follow it to the camps.)
Ranger Station phone: 618-660-7708
Ranger: Jaime Senn
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic overnight indoor accommodations are not available to units but are available to families (members of the same household).
Pine Ridge Scout camp has three cabins available for year-round use. Musgraves and Troop Lodge are available to Webelos dens from April through September.
Musgraves Lodge: This cabin houses 18 with bunks and is equipped with a refrigerator and wood-burning stove. Water and a latrine are outdoors. Units will need to provide their own wood, food, cooking utensils and stove.
Troop Lodge: The smaller of the cabins, this cabin has bunks for 8 with room for more on the floor. It also has a wood-burning stove and a refrigerator and uses the same outdoor water and latrine as Musgraves Lodge. Units provide their own wood, food, cooking utensils and stove.
Bailey Lodge: Come enjoy this dining hall available for meetings and Courts of Honor. It is not available for overnight stays. The hall is heated by a furnace, but units can also take advantage of the beautiful fireplace. Water, flush bathrooms and a full kitchen are available. A large attached pavilion allows units to extend their activities outside.
This large open-air pavilion is available to all units and makes a great meeting site.
Year-round tent camping is available to Webelos dens, troops, crews and posts.
- Pontoon boat
- BB guns
Troops, crews and posts can check-out gear at Pine Ridge Scout Camp and then head to nearby Giant City State Park for to experience one of the most spectacular climbing spots around. Gear is checked out for a fee at Pine Ridge Scout Camp. Scouting units must provide their own trained rock-climbing instructors.