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Cutter logoCutter Scout Reservation is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo County, approximately 54 miles from Palo Alto. Cutter is about 2,200 feet in elevation and is in some of the last old-growth redwoods on the west coast.

This camp is open year-round with a full-time ranger. It is one of the busiest camps in northern California due to its close proximity to the Pacific Coast, Santa Cruz area, San Francisco, Monterey, and the Santa Clara valley, better known as Silicon Valley.  

Cutter Scout Reservation is a full-service camp.It can camp up to 1,500 people, or as few as ten. Harkson Lodge boasts first-class cooking, dining and sleeping areas. The dining hall will feed up to 200 people and the sleeping area can accommodate 20-30 people. Harkson Lodge is ADA accessible including shower and toilet facilities.

Cutter is over 300 acres in size with a lake, full sport shooting area including an archery range and BB gun range, a magnificent pool as well as four cabins that can sleep eight people each. In addition, there are numerous camping sites, trails, a chapel, picnic tables and a full trading post to purchase items to make your camping experience easier.

We have an excellent summer camp with programs geared for all ages and stages. While at camp, Scouts can work on earning a number of merit badges. Younger Scouts can work on the skill requirements necessary for Tenderfoot, Second and First Class ranks. Troops usually attend as a group and make this a troop outing. Scouts that want to attend individually are also welcome and can join our Baden-Powell Patrol while at camp.

Cutter has an outpost area with log cabin, black powder rifles and tomahawk throwing for those who come to summer camp. We are expanding these activities to encourage more Scouts to explore the out of doors.

Family members and friends of our summer campers can join you while you are at camp--we have room for them as well! Just ask your leader or call the office for more information.

Cutter is an excellent location for Cub Scout Family camping. We have sites that can handle large or small groups, along with several open spaces for games and outdoor fun.

Cutter is available for your special outing or event. Church groups, youth organizations, school groups and other Scouting units can rent the facilities at Cutter for a day event, a sleep-over, or a week-long event.

For further information or reservations contact the Foster City Service Center (650) 341-5633.Our interim ranger, Sonny Payne, can be contacted at (650) 759-5545 or email him at sonny.payne@scouting.org .

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