Apex has quite a few parks in the area. Many of which are good for Scout events. One in particular is the Apex Community Park. This Park has many features that make it a good fit for a scout unit event. It has two shelters that may be reserved for a fee which are located right next to each other. There are also small charcoal grills located next to both shelters. If your event involves cooking for more than just a few, plan to bring your own grill. There are also restroom facilities in the vicinity of the shelters. In addition, there is water to the site of the shelters as well as electricity.
The shelters are equipped with picnic tables and according to the Town of Apex can accommodate up to 100 or 50 people. The larger shelter rents for $70 for Apex residents, the smaller for $50 for residents. This reserves the shelters for a 4 hour block.
The shelter is also located right next to a 50+ acre lake that is stocked for fishing. If fishing is part of the event, an additional fishing license will need to be purchased from the Town of Apex for non-residents. Licenses are Free to residents of the town but the license will still need to be applied for. Anglers ages 16 and older will also need to have an NC Fishing License and will need to abide by regulations set by the NC wildlife commission. For more information on fishing licenses visit www.ncwildlife.org. There is a fishing dock that can be used for fishing in the lake.
In addition, there are over 3 miles of trails. One of which runs around the lake and leads to/from the picnic shelters. The trail around the lake is paved.
Another good feature is a playground which may be good for the younger siblings of a Cub Scout Pack.
Therefore, this park is great for Cub Scout packs looking to venture out for an outing that could involve a picnic, hiking, biking (on the trails) and fishing. The Hiking, Biking and Fishing Belt Loops could definitely be worked in at the Apex Community Park.
For more information on the Park, visit the Apex Community Park Website.
We are very fortunate to have some good group camping facilities in the nearby area. One that I want to metion is Jordan Lake Campground which is right down US HWY 64 in Apex. They actually have two nice group camping facilities. One is in the Parker’s Creek campground and the other is in Vista point campground. These are great sites for Cub Scout Packs that are looking for somewhere close to camp for the newbie scouts and parents. This gives the families an opportunity to experience scouting without leaving the immediate area.
Each campsite is equipped with picnic tables, fire rings and are close to the bath houses. These are full bath houses with showers and flush toilets (also good for new campers).
Nearby these campgrounds is the Lake, Jordan Lake that is. The scouts can bring their fishing poles and fish on the bank of the Lake during the event. Also, there are hiking trails located near the campsites.
The campsites are wooded and there are plenty of spots that are already packed down to setup tents. I do advise to try to stay out of the more natural wooded areas and not camp in areas that have vegetation. Additionally, the rangers do not want any vehicles parked on the grass. All vehicles should be parked in the parking lot provided. It can be a little tight if there are multiple groups present, so try to carpool where feasible.
The campsites hold about 30 persons. Reservations are requried and are necessary months in advance. Reservations can be made on-line or by calling 1-877-CAMP-NC. The cost is $48/day for the campsites.
Our pack visits this campground annually and always has a great time!