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Pine Basin is an Alcohol and Tobacco Free Zone!



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 Elementary Camp Information and Application
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High School EcoScience Camp Information and Application


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CIT/JR Counselor Application



Pinebasin LodgeFrom the beginning, Pine Basin’s goal was to bring education to the outdoors, with the intent of including as many kids as possible. Tom Campbell, Lynn Olsen, and McKay Guthrie found that kids of the 60’s and 70’s weren't too different from the youth of today: as many had never been on campouts, never gone on hikes in the wilderness, and didn't know anything about Idaho history. They wanted to give the kids a chance to learn about these things in a fun environment.

Pine Basin began its first year as a 2-day activity. The first day, the students would listen to a lecture and on the second day, they attended a field trip. The format of camp changed the second year where it became a 5-day overnight camp. After a few years of meeting at different places, including the Junior High School and Warm River, the directors got wind of a possible location for sale. In 1970, the elementary schools of District 93 Students in front of Pinebasin Lodgesold bags of popcorn for $.25. After two years, Pine Basin Ski Lodge was bought with the popcorn money for $15,000. The Forest Service agreed to lease the land to the district for educational purposes. Because the directors wanted to give this camp opportunity to as many kids as possible, the price of going to camp was, and still is, kept as low as possible to allow any child to attend.

Lynn Olsen became the first Director of Pine basin. He served from 1968 through 1974 when he retired and allowed McKay Guthrie to take his place. Mr. Guthrie served just until a few years ago when he, too, retired. D. Simmons directed the camp from 2001 through 2004. Brent Bird took over until 2011. Roger Hill, Director of Plant Facilities directed until his retirement. Jason Lords is the current Director.

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Contact Info

Summer Camp: Darren Guthrie - 208-757-2857

Pine Basin Rental: Don Trauntvein - Office - 208-227-9665


After Hours Emergency Maintenance

Darren Forman: 208-227-9662


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3497 N Ammon Road
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
Phone: 208-227-9665