Summer Camp

H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation

Join us at Summer Camp 2024!

  • Session: 1st
  • Dates: June 4th – 13th
  • Camp: Sawmill
  • Campsite: Hawthorne
  • Visitor’s Day: TBD
  • Need a wooden camp box? Click here!


The H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation, located in Osceola, Missouri, is home to over 6,600 Scouts and 3,000 leaders each summer. The 4,200 acre reservation consists of three camps: Lone Star, Sawmill, and Piercing Arrow and the Osage Wilderness Trail. The H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation has been a summer home to Scouting and its honor camping program, the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, since 1929.


Scouts spend 10 days camping in canvas tents (provided) and enjoying hiking, swimming, merit badge classes, skits and a variety outpost activities. It’s a great opportunity for Scouts to build self-confidence on what might be there first extended time away from home. Of course, this may bring about some nervousness (particularly with first year Scouts), but trained Troop 16 leaders have seen this many times and know how to help Scouts have fun and feel welcome. The key is to simply get busy. Our days are full of merit badge activities, honor camping activities as well as plenty of free time for swimming, hiking and outposts with fellow Scouts. What sometimes starts off as a case of mild homesickness always results in a happy Scout who is smiling and much more self-confident by the end of camp.


The Outpost Programs offer the opportunity to get Scouts out of camp and into exciting activities. Most programs offer a dutch oven meal for dinner.

  • Escape Rooms (3 Buildings)
  • Lunch with Lizards/Supper with Snakes
  • Cliff Hanger
  • Turkey Wing
  • Fishing
  • COPE
  • Mountain Man Village
  • Briley Creek Shotgun
  • Cowboy Action
  • Up and Down Cave
  • Top Shot
  • Spar Poles/Zip Lining
Additional Resources

Mailing Address — Your Scout will be having a great time at Bartle, but if you want to mail a special treat or some words of encouragement, you can use the following mailing address:

Scout’s Full Name, Troop 16
Camp Sawmill, Campsite Hawthorne
Bartle Scout Reservation
5525 NE Scout Camp Rd
Osceola, MO 64776-9000


The following merit badges are typically available, but please check out the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation website for the latest.

Ecology/Conservation Lodge

  • Bird Study
  • Environmental Science
  • Soil & Water Conservation
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Mammal Study
  • Nature
  • Reptile & Amphibian Study
  • Plant Science
  • Insect Science
  • Space Exploration
  • Astronomy


  • Small Boat Sailing
  • Rowing
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Motor-boating
  • Water Sports

Scoutcraft Lodge

  • Camping
  • First Aid
  • Pioneering
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Signs, Signals and Codes
  • Emergency Preparedness

Arts & Craft Lodge

  • Art & Leatherwork (Dual Enrollment)
  • Basketry
  • Metalwork
  • Pottery & Sculpture (Dual Enrollment)
  • Woodcarving
  • Chess

Shooting Sports

  • Archery
  • Rifle Shooting
  • Shotgun Shooting


  • Lifesaving
  • Swimming
  • Mile Swim
  • Beginner Swim

The Hills of Osceola
written in 1939 by Edmund Wilkes Jr.

The hills of Osceola are calling me today; come back along the Scouting Trail, their voices seem to say.
I dream of woodland valleys, and pathways that I know; and answer, O-sce-o-la dear, I’m coming back to you.

The trees of Osceola lift up their branches high; the leafy curtain that they spread is green against the sky.
And when the shades of evening have chased away the light; the stars above come shining through, God’s watchman of the night.

The friends of Osceola have walked the trails with me; and ’round the campfire we have met in joyous company.
O’ friends of rain and sunshine, so loyal and so true; thank God for hills and trees and stars — for Country, Home and You!

Tell me why the starlit sky; tell me why the oak trees high,
Tell me why the sunset hue; tell me, Osceola why we all love you.

Because God made the starlit sky; because God made the oak trees high,
Because God made the sunset hue; that’s why, Osceola, why we all love you.