‚ÄčCrossing Bridges on SR-38

for Boy Scout Camp


E T RUSSELL ___ Mountain transportation on State Route 38 will be re-routed near the Barton Flats area, Wednesday October 15th. Caltrans District 8 issued a notice of a closure of the SR-38 beginning at 8:30 A.M. and reopening by 3:30 P.M. A  detour will be available on Jenks Lake Road around a bridge installation site.  

A 100 ft. long pedestrian and horse bridge will be installed across State Route 38, connecting the two halves of Camp Tahquitz, which is bisected by the highway.

An alternate to State Route 38, will be State Route 18 that will be completely open  from Snow Valley to the Big Bear Dam, Wednesday, October 15, 2014 while SR 38 is closed for the permit project. Visit: http://www.bigbearlake.net/etnews/revised-sr-18-closure-schedule-   

The Long Beach Area Council, Boy Scouts of America has been owned and operated Camp Tahquitz by since the late 1950's. The forested camp was purchased through a bequest from the estate of early Long Beach community leader, Will J. Reid.

Until the early 60s, SR-38 pavement ended a few miles beyond Camp Tahquitz. Today, the highway is a primary access route to the mountain resort communities of Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City. Today, Camp Tahquitz has Scout program areas on both sides of State Route 38, generating over 20,000 pedestrian crossings a year; is a now thoroughfare, connecting the communities as well as numerous camps.

 After visiting Camp Tahquitz to evaluate the outdoor youth camping and outdoor education programs, the AS&F Foundation decided to fund a critical ‘Safe Passage Bridge’ for future generations of Scouts and SoCal youth groups. The bridge project has been in the planning for more than four years along with the cooperative effort of the District 8 office of Caltrans and State Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal.

Anyone interested in contributing to other camp projects, such as a dining lodge for future generations of campers, contact the Long Beach Area Council BSA at P.O. Box 7338, Long Beach CA 90807 or call our BSA Council Development Director, Marc Bonner at (562) 427-0911.