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© 2019 Canyon Camp BSA
4856 E Townsend Rd
Stockton, IL 61085

PROGRAM AREAS

There's a lot to do at camp, and at Canyon we want to make sure you can make the most of your time. Below you'll find brief descriptions of our program areas and the merit badges and activities each area offers.

CANYON RANGER

 

For first year campers only, the Canyon Ranger Program covers most First Class requirements, while also building a knowledge of general Scout skills and Canyon Camp areas. Participants in this program have the opportunity to fulfill First Class Requirements, work on skills in areas of camp, attend Pioneer Potpourri activities (See Below), with still enough time to add a merit badge or two!

OPERATION O.W.L.

 

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!

EAGLE REQUIRED

 

Between two areas of camp, we offer the opportunity to take Eagle Required merit badges during your week at Canyon Camp; some of which counselors may be difficult to find in your area.

Merit Badges Offered:

  • Communications

  • Citizenship in the Nation

  • Citizenship in the World

  • Personal Management

  • Emergency Preparedness

  • First Aid

 

AQUATICS

Our Aquatics area is split into two locations: our lakefront and our pool. The Coon Lake lakefront is where you can take out one of our many watercraft. Expect to cool off or go snorkeling at our 3-foot to 10-foot-deep swimming pool.

 

Merit Badges Offered:

  • Swimming

  • Lifesaveing

  • Canoeing

  • Rowing

  • Kayaking

 

 

 

Activity Patches/Certifications Offered:

  • Snorkeling

  • Stand-up Paddleboarding

  • Mile Swim

  • Safe Swim Defense

  • Safety Afloat

CLIMBING

 

Due to Canyon Camp's distinct location, our climbing program is unlike any other. Take a try at our multi-difficulty climbing wall, gain some horizontal climbing practice on our twelve-sided continuous bouldering wall, or for a true test, rappel down the front bluffs of camp.

 

Merit Badges Offered

  • Climbing

Additional Activities

  • Zip Line

  • High Ropes Course (NEW in 2019)

 

NATURE

 

With over 200 acres of naturally-wooded forest and a creek running right through camp, the opportunity to experience nature has never been more real. Our Nature Lodge is located right above the creek with windows on all sides allowing for complete forest immersion.

 

Merit Badges Offered

  • Environmental Science

  • Mammal Study

  • Forestry

  • Pulp and Paper

  • Bird Study

  • Oceanography

  • Weather

  • Mining in Society

  • Electricity

  • Nuclear Science

  • Astronomy

  • Fish and Wildlife Management

  • Reptile and Amphibian Study

  • Soil and Water Conservation

  • Geology

  • Nature

  • Energy

  • Chemistry

SCOUTCRAFT

 

Learning how to be resourceful is a trait of any scout, and our Scoutcraft area is the best place to work on such skills. Head down to learn outdoor skills and how to work with common tools available to scouts during outings.

 

Merit Badges Offered

  • Personal Fitness

  • Camping

  • Pioneering

  • Wilderness Survival

  • Orienteering

  • Geocaching

 

SHOOTING SPORTS

 

With two full-time ranges and access to nearby Apple Canyon Lake, learning how to fish, shoot archery, or operate a rifle of shotgun has never been easier! On top of dedicated merit badge time, we also offer open times for scouts and scouters to practice.

 

Merit Badges Offered

  • Shotgun Shooting

  • Rifle Shooting

  • Archery

  • Fishing

Activities Offered:

  • 3D Archery

  • Paintball Shooting

HANDICRAFT

 

Build up your creative skills in our Handicraft Lodge. With merit badges that challenge you mentally and push you to build creations of your own, the opportunity to mentally grow is right at your finger tips!

 

Merit Badges Offered

  • Chess

  • Game Design

  • Basketry

  • Woodcarving

  • Leatherworking

  • Art

  • Theater

  • Space Exploration

  • Photography

  • Robotics

  • Indian Lore

 
PIONEER POTPOURRI

 

Learn some of the skills that the pioneers used! Open to all scouts and leaders, the Pioneer Potpourri program aims to teach everyone what pioneers would have lived like and what skills a modern day pioneer might also have. Activities are designed to take no more than a 30 minutes, so you can pop into an activity whenever you have a break in your day!