Camp Josepho’s Cub Scout Family Holiday Extravaganza!

December 13 or 14, 2015  10:00 AM- 4:00PM

Join us for a day of holiday fun, shooting, crafts, ice block racing and food at Camp Josepho. Everyone is invited, Cub Scouts, their friends, their family, even Boy Scouts. There is no better place to spend a winter day than Camp Josepho, we always have beautiful weather, everything is green, and we may even have water flowing through the creek.

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We will have a fantastic meal and activities going on all day including:

  • Archery Shooting
  • BB Shooting
  • Holiday Crafts
  • Hikes through Murphy’s Ranch
  • Ice Block Race
  • Lunch

The cost of this event includes lunch and all activities. $35/per person, $60/per pair, $250/Den of ten.

Need a flyer? Click here, print it out and pass it out to your friends.

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2014 Videos are posted!

Go here to check out the Scouts’ movies from this summer!

2014 Cinematography Experience

2014 Webelos Movie Camp

2014 Robot Battles


Interested in 2015 Summer Programs?


We are getting ready to release registration for Summer 2015!

Click HERE to fill out the summer interest form. This way you are the first to know about open registration!

Josepho Resident Camp Parent Guide



  • Session 1: July 9-12
  • Session 2: July 16-19

Thursday Check-in:

Please make sure you arrive between 8:00AM and 8:30AM.

Sunday Check-out and Family BBQ:

Check out is from 6:00PM-6:45PM the Sunday evening of each session

Also, be sure to mark your calendar for the family BBQ on each Session’s  Sunday evening, the drive in time for family BBQ (if you choose to attend) is 3:00PM-3:30PM.

Resident Camp Forms

Resident Camp Schedule:

Click here for the Resident Camp Schedule

If you have any questions, please email:

Shooting Sports Camp

Session: June 28– July 2

Camp Josepho has one of BSA’s elite shooting sports programs,
register today!

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!

Find out more about our Boy Scout Summer Programs!

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.


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



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!