Shooting Sports Camp

Session: July 21– 25

Limited spaces are available so be sure to reserve your spot soon!

Whitsett shooting range

Camp Josepho offers an incredible opportunity for Scouts to attend an intensive Shooting Sports camp this summer! This is a provisional program that Scouts can attend with their Patrols, friends, or even on their own! Cost is $225/Scout, $150/Adult Shooter, and $70/Adult non-shooter.

This camp is a 5-day program that provides intensive training on Rifle and Pistol Shooting, Archery, and Tomahawk throwing. Scouts can either earn the respective Merit Badges or NRA Marksman Qualifications.

 

Register Here!

Camp Josepho Family Day

February 23, 2014  10:00 AM- 4:00PM

Join us for a day of fellowship, fun, and food at Camp Josepho as we invite the families of all the Scouting Alumni who did Scouting (in this council or another council) in their youth. This is an opportunity to show your kids where you spent summer camp or weekends as a Scout. We will have a fantastic meal and activities going on all day including:Josepho and Cooking Photos 018 (Small)

  • Archery Shooting
  • Rifle Shooting
  • Crafts for the kids
  • Hikes through Murphy’s Ranch
  • Door Prizes
  • BBQ Feast

The cost of this event includes lunch and all activities. $25/adult, $10/Scout in uniform, Children under 5 attend for free.

Questions? Call or email David Lasher at (818)933-0104 or david.lasher@scouting.org

Register now!

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Those Mysterious Gates on the Road…

Guests driving into Camp Josepho navigate miles of chaparral, some overgrown fencing, new growth over a burned out area, maybe even some hikers and bikers and… impressive stonework and wrought iron gates. If you ever felt like you were passing Wayne Manor on your way down into camp, you are not alone.

20120227_93The gates were the entrance to Murphy Ranch, a city-owned parcel that has been home to wealthy ranchers, immigrant bohemians, local artists, and even a famous novelist. The Nazi-narrative has captivated hikers and lovers of urban lore most recently, but the larger history of the landmark paints a picture that is much more complex and interesting, showcasing the intersection of great talent and civil progress with reactionary ideology. Jessie Murphy, who purchased the land from Will Rogers and invested $4 Million developing the area with buildings, a 375,000 gallon water tank, a meat locker, and more to create a haven for German refugees forced out of Germany by the ascendance of the Third Reich. The residents at that time were left-leaning radicals who were forced out of Germany at that time because of their radical beliefs (which were anything BUT Nazi-sympathetic), and wore handmade clothing and lived a “subversive” lifestyle by the conservative standards of the 40s and 50s. The stories of Nazi sympathizers emerged because the Rogers family and  Charles Lindberg (both of whom did, in fact, openly support the Nazis) befriended the group while he stayed at Will Rogers Park to avoid the publicity after the sensational kidnapping of his child). Propaganda films were filmed onsite during the war, one of which described a haven of Hitler sympathizers waiting out the war on a compound, which is where docents of Will Rogers Park believe the Nazi stories emerged. The origin of the popular myth ad its veracity, however, remain in doubt to this day, and you are likely to hear various stories from every source.

In the following years, the property was briefly home to Henry Miller and was an Artist Colony until 1965, when it went into disuse. A large fire in 1978 (which burned down every building in Camp Josepho except for the Lodge) destroyed all non-concrete facilities on the premises.

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The gates themselves, however, are part of much more complex and interesting history. They were designed for the original Ranch on the property by Paul Revere Williams, a pioneering African American Architect that designed more than 2,000 homes in the 1920s-50s for some of the brightest stars of Hollywood including Frank Sinatra, Desi Arnaz, and Lucille Ball. Williams was a master draftsman fluent in every popular architectural style, and he developed the skill of rendering design draws upside from across his desk so that white clients could see their designs rendered in real time without having to sit or stand next to a black architect. Today, it is Paul Revere William’s contribution to the lost structures in Rustic Canyon that is today most visible and most often misunderstood.

Camp Josepho in the 1940s

Movie Camp Promotional Video

Camp Josepho is gearing up for this summer’s Movie Camps. We will offer three weeks of the Cinematography Merit Badge Cluster, in which Scouts can earn the Cinematography Merit Badge and Communications Merit Badge while learning the basics of film making and animation. Also, our Webelos Movie Camp will be in its third year, and we will be offering more exciting program and weeks of camp than ever before. Check out the promotional video that the staff and some local scouts filmed to explain movie camp, and show it to as many people as you can!

Wood Badge

 

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Wood Badge is the most advanced training course available to Adult Leaders in the Scouting program. Lord Baden Powell himself developed and taught the first Wood Badge course in 1919 with the idea that Scout Leaders should learn the aims and methods of Scouting by applying them. To this day, Wood badge is taught by splitting leaders into Patrols to integrate them n the method while learning the practical outdoor skills that will help you lead your troop. Our Wood Badge will be taught at Camp Josepho over the course of two weekend (participants attend both). Join us November 14-16 and November 21-23. Cost is $250. Register here!

NYLT

The Youth of today should be the leaders of…TODAY!

National Youth Leadership Training is the highest level of training that Scouts can reach as youth in the organization. Our NYLT program is a six-day course that that teaches youth leaders what to be, know, and do in order to lead troops effectively. Youth will apply leadership skills in the patrol setting at Camp Josepho in a fun and exhilarating way to challenge their perceptions of leadership and role modeling.

Dates: June 15th-20th

Cost: $240/ participant

Registration Here!

Upcoming Rangmaster Training

Have you wanted to be able to lead your pack or troop on more shooting activities or outings? Do you like coaching Cub, Scouts, Boy Scouts, or even adult leaders in shooting sports? Then these training opportunities at Josepho should grab your attention!

  • Cub Scout Archery Rangemaster Class will be held at Camp Josepho on March 1st 2014 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.  The class will include the BSA shooting Sports Manual and a certificate of completion at the end of the class.  The class is restricted to 25 students and all students must RSVP at Jim.stotler@sbcglobal.net by Feb. 20th, 2014 in order to attend. Cost is $25, or $40 for both Archery and BB Gun.
  • Cub Scout BB gun Rangemaster Class will be held at Camp Josepho on March 1th 2013 from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm.  The class will include the BSA shooting Sports Manual and a certificate of completion at the end of the class.  The class is restricted to 25 students and all students must RSVP at Jim.stotler@sbcglobal.net by Feb. 20th, 2014 in order to attend. Cost is $25 individually, or $40 for both Archery and BB Gun Rangemaster classes.
  • The National Rifle Association’s “Range Safety Officer” Class will be held at Camp Josepho on March 1st 2014 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  This class will include the NRA’s RSO Manual and a certificate of completion at the end of the class.  The class is restricted to 25 students and all students must RSVP at Jim.stotler@sbcglobal.net by Feb. 20th, 2014 in order to attend. Class is $40.