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Camp Balboa

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Camp Balboa Flag Ceremony

Camp Balboa is the webeloes campground of the San Diego-Imperial Council located nextdoor to council headquarters in Balboa Park of San Diego County, California.

This campground is located in the heart of San Diego, making it convenient to access many downtown venues during the day including Harbor Tours, USS Midway Museum, Old Town San Diego SHP, San Diego Zoo and many more.


Camp Balboa lies nestled in the northwest corner of beautiful Balboa Park. Encompassing approximately 15 1/2 acres, and just a short walk from the World Famous San Diego Zoo, the camp boasts a year around program for Tiger Cubs all the way up to adult leader training.


Located behind the Council Service Center, the camp has nine campsites, and enough room for 300 campers. Each has its own campfire ring, and picnic tables.


There is also a recreational size swimming pool, a patio and a picnic area with brick Bar-B-Q's. The camp also boasts an amphitheater for those good 'ole raucous campfires and sing alongs held under the beautiful San Diego sky.

The camp has numerous program areas ranging from: handy craft areas, short wave radio hut, athletic field, and horseshoe pits, plus lots of area for just plain, good old fashioned fun.

Hiking Trails

There are three easy hiking trails that depart from Camp Balboa and wander into Balboa Park passing many of the parks great landmarks and scenery.

  • Western Trail crosses over the CA-163 Freeway and follows Sixth Avenue past gardens down to El Prado and the Park Musuems
  • Park Avenue Trail goes past the Zoo and the many park museums into the heart of the park.
  • Morley Field Trail, the longest of the routes heads east on Upas Street to a large array of playgrounds and natural areas. Good for nature studies.