Scouts and Service Projects at Fort Ross

Scouts Packet, Printable PDF – v11132018

California State Parks belong to all residents of California, so join us and offer a helping hand!

We welcome Scout and other groups to assist Fort Ross Conservancy and California State Parks with the ongoing work maintaining, repairing and improving our park facilities, trails, and so much more.  Projects vary seasonally and will be determined shortly before your arrival.

Typically we are able to offer one Service Project per month.  A minimum of four hours of work rewards your group with the privilege of an overnight weekend stay at Fort Ross.  

Please send your questions to Hank Birnbaum at

Service Projects are also available at Salt Point State Park.  Please call our Salt Point State Park partners at (707) 847-3221 for further information.

Any scout group staying additional nights will be charged $20/person.

Thank you for your interest in doing a service project at Fort Ross. A service project at Fort Ross is four hours. The service project is expected in exchange for the overnight at the fort. This is not optional and we ask everyone come with a great attitude. We ask for scout leaders to be prominent in leadership during the service project time even if an FRC employee is present.  This is very important to the program. When we use the word leader – we are referring to the adults who are chaperoning the trip. Following,  please find some important information pertaining to your visit.

  • The weather is quite variable at Fort Ross, please come prepared for cold, wet, fog, wind, and sun, all on the same day. Sunscreen and/or hats and a warm jacket are recommended. We request you bring your own work gear and supplies, including work gloves. It is necessary to communicate with FRC staff ahead of your visit and find out your work duties so you can be prepared.  
  • Plan to arrive between 10 AM and 12 PM on the day of your visit (this can be flexible, please do discuss your arrival time).  Leave your vehicles in the upper parking lot. Your gear can be placed in the fort and set up after 4:30 when the park closes. You are welcomed to sleep in the fort blockhouses or in tents. Please feel free to email with any questions.  
  • Scout Overnight Application – The application is for one troop generally with 20 scouts. If you think you might have more than 20 participants we will need to discuss this before you arrive.  
  • Volunteer Group Services Agreement – We must have a copy of this form on file for you to do a service project. We will provide the signup form when you arrive (we understand that scout leaders often are unsure of who is to come until the morning of departure). Please have a designated work leader.
  • General Behavior Rule Form – Please go over the rules with your troop before your visit. Please sign the bottom of the form and bring it with you to the fort if you have gone over the rules with your troop or we will sign together when staff goes over the rules with you.
  • Morning Clean-up Checklist:  This is what we would like to see accomplished before your departure. We have brooms and dustpans for your use. Please do your best to be completed with clean up by 9 AM.

  • General Behavior – Fort Ross is a museum. We expect that scouts will behave as they would in any museum and will treat museum buildings, exhibits, park staff and park visitors with respect. You will be expected to replace or repair any park property broken or damaged during your stay. Running is not permitted in the fort buildings or compound.  Playing inside the fort compound is not allowed during the visitation of other park visitors. Your group is expected to follow all other normal scouting rules. This is a service project and each scout will be asked to work 4 hours. We ask all adults to participate as well.
  • Unloading and Sleeping Arrangements – Your gear can be unloaded from cars after the fort closes to the public at 4:30. You may sleep in the block houses of on the fort compound in tents or the open air. You may use tent pegs no longer than  8 inches. Other buildings are not to be used or slept in. We ask that close supervision is nearby to monitor the behavior and the needs of the scouts. By 9:30 AM the next morning, all gear must be removed from the fort and cars must be moved to the parking lot.
  • Cooking – You are welcome to cook on the open fire pit outside the Officers Barracks. Please do not cook inside the buildings except…. If it is pouring rain, you may cook inside on gas stoves.  Propane only–no fuel stoves or fuel lanterns inside buildings. If you are forced to cook inside, be prepared to cover tables and floor with plastic tarps. Be aware that any food left outside will be strewn all over the fort by the raccoons. Put food in locked storage containers. Compost all food waste (compost pile is outside the fort compound inside the ELP garden). Do not put food waste in the garbage cans.
  • Fires – You may use the fire pit outside the Officers Barracks for cooking and enjoyment. Fires are not permitted in any other location. You will need to bring your own firewood. Use good care and supervision around fires.  Please keep fires to a moderate size. Do not under any circumstances use the fireplaces inside the fort buildings.
  • Cleanup – You will be expected to complete the attached clean-up checklist.
  • General Safety Concerns – Scouts are not to leave the group at any time without the approval and/or supervision of an adult. Use extreme caution around the cliffs and at the ocean. It can be extremely dark in the fort compound after sunset. Please make sure there is no running inside the fort due to the often hidden gopher holes. Be aware of the layout of the fort so that you are aware of the hard-to-see hazards after dark. We recommend that everybody have his/her own flashlight.


There is a phone in the Instructor’s office to be used in ONLY in case of emergency.

That number is 707.847.3440 and the number to the Visitor Center is 707.847.3437

Morning Clean-up Checklist

The following checklist will be used by park staff to ensure that the Fort Ross is clean and ready for the public after your overnight visit. The Fort opens to the public at 10:00 AM. Please be ready for inspection, with your vehicles returned to the upper parking lot, by 9:30 AM.


  1. Officials Barracks

___Floors well swept, including outside steps

___Litter picked up

___Tables wiped down


  1. Rotchev House

___Floors well swept

___Litter picked up


III. Seven- and Eight-Sided Blockhouses

___Personal gear removed

___Floors well swept, including stairs

___Litter picked up


  1. Kuskov House

___Floors well swept, including stairs

___Litter picked up


  1. Chapel

___Floors well swept

___Litter picked up


VII. Fire pit area

___Rake around fire pit and wood pile

___Pick-up any foil or non-burnable debris in fire pits

___Clean off fire-pit rocks

___Clean outside kettle and dump water

___Restack firewood pile


  1. Miscellaneous

___walk grounds for litter/personal gear

___report any damaged or broken items

___all tools put away


Fort Ross staff will evaluate the clean-up.


For Any Fire or Medical Emergency Dial 911

There is a phone for emergency use in the Interpreter’s Office.


Physical Address:

Fort Ross Conservancy

Fort Ross State Historic Park

19005 Coast Highway One

Jenner, California  95450


VC Office # 707.847.3437Compound Office # 707.847.3440

Physical Location:

  • We are located on Highway One; closest cross street: Fort Ross Road. We are 12 miles north of Jenner and 3 miles south of Timber Cove.

Responding Emergency Agencies:

  • If there is a medical or fire emergency during the day while staff is present, contact fort staff first. State Park Rangers will respond.
  • If there is a medical or fire emergency during the night or when there is no staff present, dial 911.  The Timber Cove Volunteer Fire Department will respond.
  • Non-emergency Medical Help:  Redwood Coast Medical Health Center. is located 28 miles north of Fort Ross in Gualala, about a 45 minute drive. Phone: 884-4005 (24 hours.) Russian River Health Center is located 28 miles south in Guerneville about a 40 minute drive. Phone: 869-2849 (24 hours).


  • Make sure all children are safely away from the fort compound and under the supervision of adults.
  • FIRE EXTINGUISHERS: Are located at the main entries of all the fort structures.
  • FIRE HOSE: Is in the long box next to the well in the center of the fort compound.