McCaleb Ranch Boy Scout Camp
We found the McCaleb Ranch Boy Scout Camp on the Illinois River a few miles out of Selma, Oregon.
The adventure began when we parked at a designated area high up above the Illinois River. This was the trailhead that leads to a magnificent suspension foot bridge that leads across the river to the McCaleb Ranch Boy Scout Camp which is owned by the Boy Scouts of America.
Traversing a series of switchbacks, we arrived at a beautifully constructed 240 foot long railed suspension bridge that crosses the Illinois River at 100 feet above its' rushing waters.
There is another bridge further down that you can drive across, but we chose to forgo that luxury and cross on foot.
As we crossed with our two dogs, I was reminded why dogs aren't allowed on bridges; they set up a certain rhythm that can destroy a bridge. The bridge really started to attain a rather obvious exaggerated movement!
What a great place to just stand and watch the river rushing a hundred feet under you. I could only imagine how many memories a boy scout could have after a week at the McCaleb Ranch Boy Scout Camp, what a perfect place! Scouting was never like this where I grew up!