The 'rule of thumb' that our Troop typically uses is to attend 3 'local' Summer Camps in our Council then go 'out-of-council' on the 4th year. We happen to be VERY blessed with all of our exceptional 'local' CPC Camps.
Our PLC (the youth leaders of the Troop) will discuss the options then vote to decide which Summer Camp to attend. (Usually about 14 months ahead of the camping dates.)
The Cascade Pacific Council has some of the best Camp properties in the entire U.S. There are 4 Boy Scout Summer Camp properties in the CPC - with each being quite different & unique... They are: Camp Meriwether located on the Oregon Coast, Camp Baldwin located on the back side of Mount Hood, Camp Pioneer located east of Detroit Lake in the Cascade Mountain Range, & Camp Cooper located west of Sheridan on the east side of the Coast Range.
Boy Scout Troops from several states away will come to our Summer Camps because the Camps are so special. In particular, Camp Meriwether on the Coast with the ocean, tide pools, climbing tower, & shooting ranges. As well as Camp Baldwin on Mount Hood with horses & natural rock climbing. Baldwin is 1 of only 2 BSA horse camps in the whole U.S. (And we have 1 of them in our own backyard...)