The Camp Geiger Story

If you are a Boy Scout or Scout Leader, we think you should consider Camp Geiger as the place for your summer camp experience this year!

We know it will take little to convince Scout units in the Pony Express Council and beyond to come to Camp Geiger. They have been doing so – willingly and enthusiastically – for more than eighty years. They know that Geiger always meets or exceeds the expectations of their Scouts, Leaders, and parents.

If you are a new Boy Scout who has just recently joined a Scout troop, you won’t want to miss out on the fun, adventure, and sense of independence and freedom that you will find in the rolling hills of Camp Geiger, situated on the Missouri River bluffs just North of St. Joseph, Missouri.

1927 view of Camp Brinton

Since 1935

Camp Geiger was founded in 1935. The original grounds were accessed on the Missouri River side of the camp. A generation of Scouts enjoyed the rugged and almost primeval, rocky, lowland camp. In the 1950’s, it became clear that, due to the ever increasing popularity of Camp Geiger, more land was needed. In 1952, a major adjoining tract of high river bluff land was acquired. This land, plus the acreage of what is affectionately referred to as “old camp” as well as an additional thirty acres on the northeast boundary purchased in 1990, comprise what we know today as Camp Geiger.

Today, therefore, Camp Geiger offers a wide variety of landscapes to energetic campers. A Scout can explore the more primitive old camp area and enjoy our new state of the art shooting sports complex, or within the same camp boundaries, can hike the river bluffs and eventually reach a scenic over-look on the highest point in northwest Missouri.

Camp Geiger in 2018

Camp Geiger’s 2018 will offer a tremendous variety of activities for Scouts of all ages. The first year Scout camper will certainly want to take part in the First Class Trail program, designed for the younger and less-experienced camper. In First Class Trail, he will learn the basic Scoutcraft skills and will advance in progress through Scouting’s junior ranks: Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class. A tremendous variety of Merit Badge related activity awaits Scouts of every age. One need only review the listings in the program guide to appreciate the great diversity of learning and fun activities promised by this large assortment of badges – made better by the very experienced staff that will help conduct them.

StarsOlder Scouts can challenge themselves to the rigors of C.O.P.E. and the new rappelling tower. Also available for older scouts is a variety of merit badges offered in our Trades Area including: plumbing, welding, radio and automotive maintenance.

And of course, there is the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, the honor camper society of Camp Geiger. Mic-O-Say is one of the great success stories of the Scouting program. Mic-O-Say is a society of exceptional Scouts and leaders, so-honored because of their character and leadership.

Leaders can come to Camp Geiger confident that their young scouts will have an adventure filled week that will certainly include a generous helping of personal growth in the process. Parents can confidently lend their sons to Camp Geiger, assured that its staff and leaders will do their utmost to give their sons a week worth remembering.

So what will it be, Scout? A hike through the hills and lowlands? A challenging run down the zip line? An Exhilarating “fall” from the rappelling tower? Scoutcraft skills? Shooting sports? Swimming? Learning the stars? Fire a rocket? Learning how to save a life? Perhaps induction into the Tribe of Mic-O-Say?

It’s up to you. See you this summer!