The area now known as Camp Samal used to be the camp of guerillas in 1945 during the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines. The name is derived from the first syllable of the surname of the spouse-donors, Ricardo C. Sadornas and Purification Malana. Originally, the area of the camp was only two hectares donated to the Boy Scouts of the Philippines in 1954. An additional 46.7889 hectares were donated by the couple on November 15, 1977 and the deed of donation was formally received by the Jamboree Organizing Committee through the Provincial Governor on December 12, 1977. An area of 60.2111hectares of public land had also been segregated to bring the total area of the camp to 107 hectares. It is located at the eastern outskirts of Tumauini on elevated mass of rolling hills 500 feet above sea level. It is endowed with natural spring, evergreen grasses, trees and shrubs. It overlooks the Cagayan River, the Pinacanauan River, the town of Tumauini itself, the municipality of Delfin Albano, and the Sierra Mountain ranges.
The historic Camp Samal was the site of the National Jamboree in 1977 and is the home of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. After the holding of the National Jamboree, the camp slept for 26 years until the assumption of Arnold S. Bautista in July 2001 as Municipal Mayor, who drew out the support of the government and private sectors for its restoration and development. It is still the favourite destination of the Boy Scout and Girl Scouts of the Philippines for their annual district and provincial encampments. It hosted another big event which is the 5th Northeastern Luzon Regional and Ilocos Region Invitational Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines held last November 25 – 30, 2004 with a total of 5,281 participants. The Jamboree Organizing Committee appropriated more than a million pesos for the development of the camp in preparation for the jamboree. The herculean task of developing the camp drew out the united support of the government and private sectors in Isabela and Region II. Because of the plan of the Jamboree Organizing Committee that the camp will be multipurpose training center of the region after the jamboree, it caused construction of semi- permanent buildings.