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The Full Story

About Us

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The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Our History

Wehinahpay Mountain Camp and its location are lush with history. Established in 1927, its namesake comes from the local Mescalero Apache, meaning "the place where the morning sun gathers." Here you will walk where the indigenous people, mountain men, buffalo soldiers, Dragoons, cowboys, and outlaws did. If you would like to learn more about the camp's rich history, you can pick up a copy of The Saga of Potato Canyon by Minor S. Huffman.


About the Property

The camp, spanning 356 acres, sits at approximately 8,500ft above sea level, nested deep in the Lincoln National Forest. Depending on where you are in the canyons, you may find yourself well above, or below that level. It shares the area with an abundance of native plants and wildlife. These, along with the cattle that pass through the property make it important to be cautious on the roads.

The main canyon that runs through the property is known as Potato Canyon. On camp, four other canyons branch off of this main artery through camp. Scout Canyon is the first, branching off towards Family Camping. The second is Cloud Canyon which travels past the Maddox Activity Center, Koertner Climbing Tower, and Jack Danglade Dining Hall. Traveling further up Potato Canyon past the fire ring, Caulkins Canyon branches off and up past the Shooting Sports Area. Lastly, as Potato Canyon approaches the back gate, No Name Canyon branches off and passes by the COPE area.

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