The information below relates to our regular camping season. The information for 2021 will be placed on this page soon. Thank you for your patience.
Park next to maddox bldg
When you come into camp, you will pass the gate, the ranger's station, the lake, and a few buildings. The Maddox Office building is a large building with a porch across from the parking lot.
Staff will help you get parked. All vehicles and large trailers must stay in the parking lot, backed in.
As you are waiting for our ranger staff to get your items up the hill, send an adult leader into the Maddox building with the following:
- BSA Health Forms (youth and adults)
- Any remaining account balance
- Names and payment for anyone visiting Friday
- Schedule Order of the Arrow Call out if needed
- Any class changes
Since the roads to our campsites are too rocky and narrow for people to drive up to their campsites, our ranger staff will be on hand to transport all equipment up to your campsite. While we do allow some single-axle trailers in certain campsites, we can not guarantee there will be room for yours. Please plan on keeping everything in the parking lot.
camp tour and leaders meeting
Once you are settled in your campsite, our staff will be on hand to give you a tour of camp. That way, you will be prepared for the rest of the week.
At 4:30 PM we will be holding our Leaders Meeting. All leaders, including SPLs are welcome to join us. We will be going over the general schedule and will give tips for a successful week.
Wehinahpay will be a temperature change from almost anywhere you come from. Temperatures range from 45 - 80 degrees. Make sure that your troop packs accordingly. Even if you have a warm sleeping bag, it is not a bad idea to bring an extra blanket just in case. Jackets are a must.
Weather up here in the high mountains can be unpredictable. Some days we will have a ton of rain (especially in July) and other days we will be fighting heavy gusts of wind. We have experienced hail and sleet during the summer in the past.
With all that said, you won't find any better place than Wehinahpay for a comfortable weather camping experience.
Wehinahpay is located in a narrow canyon high in the mountains. We sit somewhere around 8,500 feet above sea level and some of our hikes will take you well above that.
One of the main issues with elevation gain is altitude sickness. Make sure that your Scouts drink plenty of water for the first couple days of camp to help counteract this.
Be aware- our campsites are all located on the side of the mountain. It would be best for those with health issues to remember that when deciding whether or not to join their troop at camp. As much as we'd like to, we are not able to drive these leaders to each meal.
meals at the dining hall
We will be holding flag ceremonies each morning and night right in front of the dining hall. If you would like to have your troop participate, you can sign up during the leaders meeting on Monday. There will be a sign on the ground with your troop number on for you to line up behind.
We will be dismissing for meals by troop. Once dismissed, your troop will go through the doors on either end of the building to be served. We do our best to make sure that no one is always last in line. We will be asking for volunteers to do grace as well.
We ask that each troop provide 2 Scouts per table to serve as "hoppers" for each meal. They will set up the table 15 minutes before meals and will help clean up afterwards. We suggest that you rotate this position each meal.
Once you enter the dining hall, follow the arrows on the floor to get your food. After that, you can sit down at the table labeled with your troop number and get to eating. Seconds are generally called for each meal. We ask that Scouts refrain from running in the dining hall.
If you have any special food needs or allergies, please contact the camp director at least two weeks prior to arriving at camp. If parents wish to send specially prepared meals with Scouts for safety reasons, we do have a refrigerator with some limited space available. (We also have an additional fridge in the Maddox for Scoutmasters)
internet and phone
We do have limited internet connection up at Wehinahpay. However, because we are further from civilization, it isn't great. This will be available to adult leaders in the Scoutmaster lounge. We ask all leaders to help us keep the WiFi password from the Scouts. Not only do we not have the bandwidth to have that many people online, we believe that camp is a great place for the kids to disconnect from technology.
Because of our remote location, we do not have any cell service at camp. The closest places for reception are either Cloudcroft or the ridge above camp (a couple mile hike). We do have a land line phone available at the office in case of emergencies.
Got some family that wants to send some love to the Scouts while they are at camp? That's great! We go out to the post office every day around lunch. Expect all mail to take a day longer than it normally would due to the remote location.
Mail will be distributed at meal times.
Jimmy Smith, Troop 333
Wehinahpay Mountain Camp
319 Potato Canyon Road
Sacramento, NM 88347
things to do on the way to camp
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
This incredible park features more than 100 caves. Stalactites cling to the roof of these magnificent structures. High ancient sea ledges, deep rocky canyons, flowering cactus, and desert wildlife—treasures above the ground in the Chihuahuan Desert. Hidden beneath the surface are more than 119 caves—formed when sulfuric acid dissolved limestone leaving behind caverns of all sizes.
New Mexico Museum of Space Exploration
The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a museum and planetarium complex in Alamogordo, New Mexico, dedicated to artifacts and displays related to space flight and the space age. It includes the International Space Hall of Fame.
White Sands National Monument
Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world's great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world's largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dunefield, along with the plants and animals that live here.
White Sands Missile Range Museum
At the White Sands Missile Range museum you can trace the origin of America's missile and space activity, find out how the atomic age began and learn about the accomplishments of scientists like Dr. Wernher von Braun and Dr. Clyde Tombaugh at White Sands. Displays also include the prehistoric cultures and the rip-roaring Old West found in southern New Mexico.
A Leaders Meeting will be held on Sunday night at the Maddox office building on Sunday at 4:30. All adult leaders and SPLs are invited to join. We will be going over the general schedule, camp rules, and tips for making your camp experience the best it can be.
At 9:00 AM each day, we will be holding an additional Leaders Meeting for adults. SPL meetings will take place during lunch on Tuesday and Thursday.
Mountain Man Dinner (more on page 10)
trash and animals
Because we are in the wilderness, we ask no food be kept inside of your campsite. We have worked hard to keep Wehinahpay from being a easy source of food for animals like bears and mountain lions. This is most easily done by emptying your trash regularly and keeping food out of your campsite. To have your trash taken to the dumpster, please bag it and leave it next to the Maddox building.
Because Wehinahpay is in a wilderness setting, it is not uncommon to see many kinds of wildlife in camp. Most of these animals are harmless, especially if you give them their space. These include cows, squirrels, turkeys, and hummingbirds. However, we do have several dangerous species in the area. Bears and mountain lions have been seen in the mountains around camp. Luckily for us, they don't like spending time around camp because of the noise we produce. In order to make camp less of a temptation for them, we have moved our dumpster down near the ranger's house, far from campsites. They shouldn't give you any trouble.
We don't usually have mosquitoes, ticks, or chiggers at Wehinahpay.
order of the arrow
The Order of the Arrow is the Boy Scouts of America's national honor society. Members dedicate their lives to the principles of cheerful service. if any of your group would like to join this great organization, speak with a Order of the Arrow Lodge representative from your Council to organize an election. When elected, you can opt to have your call out ceremony here at camp, as long as your Lodge gives permission. If this is the case, just let us know when you check in.
Many troops like to give back to whatever campsite they visit by doing a service project. While these are not required at Wehinahpay, they are welcome. Being a camp of our size, there is always something to do. From gathering dead wood to building trails, whatever your troops need or desire, we can help you with that.
Just get with our friendly camp ranger to set up a project.