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Camp Jack Wright, near Tannehill State Park

Primitive tent camping adjacent to Tannehill State Park, operated by the Greater Alabama Council.

Camp Jack Wright, near Tannehill State Park

Postby AllenMcB » Sat Apr 01, 2006 8:34 am

Distance from council office: 116 miles
Reservations: 205-969-4263

Camp Jack Wright - Considered a primitive camp. it is located on 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. Being located off I-59, 12 miles southwest of Bessemer, Alabama, less than 30 minutes from Birmingham, it is ideal for weekend camping year-round. Camp Jack Wright is owned and operated by the Greater Alabama Council. 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 ridges dominated by a forest of Chestnut Oak, White Oak, Black Oak, Southern Red Oak, Hickory species and a few 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.

There are four troop sites; each site has a latrine, picnic table, and fire ring. The camp has a central parking / activity area where there is also an activity pavilion for troop use. Water may be obtained at spigots near the pavilion. Garbage is disposed of at the Tannehill trash dumpster.

Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the Greater Alabama Council Service Center nearest you. Do not contact Tannehill State Park regarding Camp Jack Wright reservations. The cost is one dollar per Scout / Scouter per night (payable to the Tannehill Park Ranger at gate on check-in). The Ranger will issue a key and give directions to camp. Note: March through November there is no camping permitted on the third weekend of the month.

Reservations can be made at the Scout Shop in Birmingham by submitting a camp permit or calling at 205-969-4263.

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 an approved service project.
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.

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