History

Camp Paxson was first dedicated as a group camp for children (boy scouts, specifically) in the early 1900’s. The existing log structures were constructed in 1939 & 1940 as a Civilian Conservation Corps/Works Projects Administration project and the entire property was recognized in 1985 for its historic, natural, and cultural significance by being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It has received accolades over the years for the quality of workmanship and materials put into these buildings. And it is the only CCC/WPA built group camp in the state of Montana. Camp Paxson is a Lolo National Forest Service site administered by the Camp Paxson Preservation Project.

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Current Use of Camp Paxson

Here at Camp Paxson we preserve its rich history by encouraging boy scout troops to enjoy our facilities. In addition, we are expanding Camp Paxson’s role as a recreation space as well as an outdoor education facility. We attempt to bring the joy of the outdoors to everyone; whether it be an impossible to forget wedding, a family reunion, or a Montana Conservation outdoor seminar!

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CAMP PAXSON PRESERVATION PROJECT MISSION STATEMENT:

To preserve and improve historic Camp Paxson and to advance the public’s appreciation of this cultural and natural resource both locally and regionally through expanded appropriate use.