Detroit Outdoors

Youth Camping Opportunities in Detroit!

Rouge Park is Detroit’s largest park at 1,184 acres and contains beautiful sections of river and forest to explore.  Nestled within the park is Detroit's only campground, a 17.4 acre natural area called Scout Hollow.  The Detroit Outdoors program provides training, gear rental and programming for youth groups, scout troops and school classes to have an overnight camping experience right in their own city.  

Scout Hollow is a tremendous natural asset that is equipped to accommodate up to 30 campers. The campground is open to all youth serving organizations and is primarily focused on supporting groups from Detroit and surrounding communities. The goal is to connect the neighboring communities with the local natural environment and inspire youth to spend more time outdoors.

Once youth group leaders participate in the Camping Leadership Immersion Course they gain access to training materials and a gear library that contains all the equipment needed to outfit their group for a safe and memorable camping trip at Scout Hollow. Trained leaders can also borrow gear to lead camping trips outside of Detroit.

Camping at Scout Hollow is a Detroit Outdoors program, run in partnership with the city of Detroit's Parks and Recreation Department, Sierra Club ICO, and YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit.

How it works:

how it works

REI and Detroit ICO partnered to rehabilitate Rouge Park hiking trails. Click below to access online trail information and start your Detroit adventure!

 3 steps and you are ready for the adventure

1st Step: Get Trained >>

The Camping Leadership Immersion Course (CLIC) Training is designed to provide leaders with the skills and resources to plan and lead a youth camping trip in Scout Hollow.


2nd Step: Make a Reservation >>

Now that you are trained as a certified CLIC leader, you can make a reservation!


3rd Step: Plan your overnight >>

Review a list of to-do items as you prepare for your upcoming camping trip.


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