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

SUMMER PROGRAM

Scouts BSA

With  over 50 merit badges, 3 supplemental scouting programs, and numerous additional scouting activities and certifications at Canyon Camp, you have the ability to tailor your week at camp.  Canyon Camp has terrific food in a full-service dining hall, canvas tents on platforms with bunks and mattresses, and offers memories that will last a lifetime!  Whether it's rank advancement, merit badge completion, all out fun, or something in between, you can expect to find it here!  For more detailed information head over to the  RESOURCES pages or scroll down to read more about our program areas and merit badges offered.

Part of a female Scouts BSA Troop?  Learn more about how Canyon Camp has integrated female troops at Canyon Camp on our EXCLUSIVE PAGE FOR GIRL UNITS.

Webelos Weekend

 This program includes two nights of camping and three days of awesome programs designed for older Cub Scouts as they prepare for the transition to Scouts BSA.  Learn more about on our Webelos Weekend page.

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.

50+ Merit Badges

Canyon Ranger Program for FIRST CLASS EMPHASIS requirements (more than 50) and merit badges for young scouts

Operation O.W.L. adventure program for older scouts and leaders

CANYON RANGER

 

For first year campers, 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, earn up to two merit badges, and attend Pioneer Potpourri activities (See Below).

FIFTY Requirements leading to the rank of First Class are completed through the Canyon Ranger program.  Two merit badges can be earned.

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!

Previous activities include: Caving (spelunking) trip, underwater hockey, milk crate climbing, kayak soccer, river tubing trip, human foosball, slingshot challenge course, an afternoon of "Pioneer Living", biking trip, canoeing trip, low cope activities, and much more.   

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

  • Insect Study

  • 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

  • Textiles

  • Theater

  • Space Exploration

  • Photography

  • Robotics

  • Indian Lore

  • Metalwork

  • Graphic Arts

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!

Trading Post

 

Not only a great location for awesome food and swanky camp gear.  The Trading Post is home to Scouting Heritage and Salesmanship merit badges!

Be sure to come prepared for these fun merit badges and buy some ice cream or candy while you're here!