Description of camp
Camp T. Brady Saunders is the main camp facility of the Heart of Virginia Council that is reserved primarily for the summer camp season. It consists of 720 acres of rolling Piedmont woodlands, mainly old growth deciduous forest. Numerous streams meander through the property and also feed two lakes, Dillon and Olga.
Lake Dillon covers approximately 21 acres and is clean, deep, and supports a healthy population of pan fish, small bass, and channel catfish. All of the water sports activities take place on this lake and it is great water for swimming or boating. Lake Olga is slightly larger at 38 acres and is a classic old fishing lake that harbors some 6 to 13 lb. largemouth bass.
Camp T. Brady Saunders offers excellent opportunities to scouts that are working on sharpening up their climbing/rappelling skills with a 30 foot tower that features numerous foot and hand-holds.
There are mountain bike trails that present a challenge to every ability level and the camp has 16 Schwinn mountain bikes available for use. An entire fleet of canoes awaits the dedicated canoeist that includes both keeled lake boats and 12 ABS river-touring models on 2 trailers (available for off-site rental). For those who consider stability a major concern, there are aluminum rowboats as well.
Fifteen campsites surround the centrally located program areas and feature four shower facilities (hot water, of course) near each site. Latrines are found at each camping location and each has a covered washstand. All sites are out of sight of each other and easily accessible. BSA wall tents are pitched on elevated platforms with outriggers.
The dining facility at T. Brady Saunders boasts a complete, modern kitchen-commissary and is situated atop a hill overlooking Lake Dillon. Scoutmasters will appreciate not having to wait in lines, as family-style dining is the serving method for summer camp! After meals, be sure to make use of the oak rocking chairs on the front porch.
Below is pictured the administration building which houses a large meeting room and the camp offices. Scoutmasters typically congregate here in the morning to read the daily newspaper and drink coffee in air conditioned comfort!
Of course the most popular place that Scouts congregate is the Trading Post! A full service facility that also houses the Quartermaster's supply, this is where Scouts can purchase craft supplies, get something cool to drink, or maintenance their cravings for snacks. An ice cooler is stocked as needed with bagged ice for units to purchase (honor system). Two drink machines are located outside and a soda fountain is located behind the counter.
For those times when some us don't feel quite right, the Health Lodge is just across the street. This building can be a sight for sore eyes when someone needs the camp medic. Make sure to drop all medications off here for refrigerated storage during your weeklong stay.
Above is pictured the Nature Lodge.
A Scout is reverent. Situated in a gorgeous cathedral of hardwoods, the camp chapel is the perfect place to contemplate one's relationship with the Creator.
Please see the map of the camp and the directions to our location.