Camp Jack Wright
|Camp Jack Wright|
Camp Jack Wright is owned and operated by the Greater Alabama Council ( BSA). It is located in the Roupes Valley, adjacent to Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. The valley is in the Alabama natural region known as the Ridge and Valley province. This section of the state is the southern end of the Appalachian Mountains. Camp Jack Wright’s hallmark is its rugged natural beauty. The camp is nestled in and on several sandstone ridges dominated by a forest of Chestnut Oak, White Oak, Black Oak, Southern Red Oak, Hickory species and a few assorted Pines. Wildlife is plentiful, including deer and turkey. All of this combined with the area’s abundant history, make Camp Jack Wright a great location for traditional Boy Scout camping.
Camp Jack Wright is 40 acres contiguous to the 1500-acre Tannehill State Park. Together they form a 1540-acre nature and historical preserve, perfect for camping, hiking and other recreational activities. Camp Jack Wright is a primitive area ideal for weekend camping year-round. The camp has been designed for “low impact” camping to preserve the natural esthetics of the property.
Primitive / low impact camping
Tour Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park directly adjacent to this scout camp: With more than 1,500 acres in three counties set aside for hiking, camping and outdoor recreation. A miniature railroad chugs through the pines. From spring through fall, the blacksmith, miller and craftsmen demonstrate their trades. Craft shops occupy restored pioneer cabins and artisans chat with visitors from their front porches. Steeped in history, Tannehill feels timeless. The cotton gin, pioneer farm and working gristmill preserve a long-gone way of life. Hiking trails retrace historic roadways. Artifacts of Alabama’s 19th century iron industry displayed in the Iron and Steel Museum put in perspective the massive stone furnaces, Tannehill’s awe-inspiring centerpiece. Alabama State Parks
- the “Chief” Zack Cross Council Ring,
- four troop sites with shelters,
- a central parking / activity area,
- permanent orienteering course
- activity pavilion.
Water may be obtained at spigots near the activity pavilion. Garbage is disposed of at the Tannehill trash dumpster. Access to Camp Jack Wright is from Tannehill State Park.
Camp Jack Wright Patch
In an effort to promote the camp and to establish a camp identity, the Camp Jack Wright committee developed a patch for camp. It is provided at no charge to Scouts and their leaders who complete the following requirements:
- Camp a minimum of one night at camp.
- Do a service project approved by the Camp Jack Wright Committee.
- Hike the Benton-Burridge Nature Trail.
- Have the above three requirements confirmed by Scoutmaster.
The Scoutmaster may obtain the patches at the Tannehill Park store, by presenting the cashier the completed service project form.
Scout Troops were camping at Tannehill during the 1950s and 1960s. Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park opened in 1969. During the 1970s as the park was being developed, Scout Troops conducted numerous service projects to assist.