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A Letter From the Camp Directors


Dear Scouts and Scouters,


Hello and welcome to the Canyon Camp website! On behalf of our staff, we would like to thank you for considering coming to Canyon Camp next summer or for a weekend camping adventure. For more than 80 years, Canyon Camp has been committed to providing a quality Scouting experience for every guest that walks through our gates. This tradition of spreading the “Spirit of Canyon Camp” is something we aim to continue and inspire in all not only this summer but future summers to come.


On this website, you will find a schedule of activities, information on our merit badges (over 50!) and program areas, and about our young Scout advancement program and older Scout adventure program. As you’ll soon see, there is a lot to choose from. Because of this, we would like to bring a few notable changes and additions to your attention:


  • We are EXTREMELY excited about our brand new High Ropes Course.  This is an adventure you won't want to miss.

  • Canyon Ranger Program participants have the opportunity to fulfill First Class Requirements, work on skills in areas of camp, attend Pioneer Potpourri activities, and can even earn merit badges


  • Your Scouts will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of merit badges catering to a variety of skill levels and interests

  • Offering new merit badges such as Scouting Heritage, Metalwork, Graphic Art, Textiles, and Insect Study

  • For older scouts and leaders, the Outdoor Wilderness League (O.W.L. for short) aims to bring high adventure to your week at Canyon. Activities vary from year to year but always aim to challenge you physically and mentally. Keep an eye on the camp schedule for this summer's program!

  • Adult Leader Training Opportunities


Once again, thank you for choosing to spend some of your time with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon!


  In Scouting,

Canyon Camp Admin Team


PS-  We are extremely proud to serve units of all sizes and from all places across the Midwest.  From small communities in NW Illinois & SW Wisconsin  and from cities such as Rockford, Chicago, Peoria, Bloomington, Madison, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Dubuque, the Quad Cities, Des Moines, and their surrounding areas! Join us this summer- you won't regret it.            

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