Our local school districts are usually in session through the 3rd week of June, so a June 24th start date is quite normal for us.
Our troop travels out of council also. I think that we are usually in council (two hour drive) about two years out of five. Other camps that we have attended are 4 to 7 hours away.
They wanted to go somewhere with mountains and cooler weather.
What other criteria do you use for selecting a camp? It sounds like your Scouts are eager to try new places. Kudos to them!
Camps in this area start filling weeks in September. Most have asked for a first payment in December, and a second one this month. Do some councils have most Scout Troops making last minute choices?