One of the best parts of being a cub scout is that you get to go camping. In the past 12 months we’ve camped with the tanks at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL, amongst the dunes in Warren, MI and of course right here at the scout cabin in Riverside. We’re getting ready to camp with the horses in April when we head out to White Pines Ranch.
Pack 24 is part of the Des Plaines Valley Council (DPVC for short), which coordinates scouting activity for almost all of the cub scout packs in our area. DPVC will be sponsoring a two separate summer camps this year. The early registration deadline is March 3, so read on below on how you an your son can participate in these great adventures.
Weekend in Illinois: Located near Rochelle, IL which is approximately 65 miles west of Chicago, this is a one night camp out in a large camp ground that is owned by DPVC. Activities include archery, BB gun marksmanship, crafts, hiking, games, scouting skills and of course camp fires. Only tents & sleeping gear is required since all meals are prepared by the staff, more details can be found here, on the DVPC website. The Weekend in Illinois cost is $135 for youth and $105 for adults (before coupon) dates are currently scheduled as follows:
- June 23-24
- June 30 – July 1
- July 14 – 15 (This is the official Pack 24 weekend, when most of our scouts will attend).
- July 21 -22
- July 28-29
Camp Shin-Go-Beek: Located near Oshkosh, WI and about 225 miles from Chicago is a four day, three night camp that a very wide range of activities including fishing (poles are provided). You can camp in your tent or theirs, and there are laundry services available. More details can be found here. The cost is $200 per person (before coupon) and the camp is offered as follows:
- June 17-20 (these are the official Pack 24 dates, when most of our scouts will attend)
- June 20-23
- June 24-27
- June 27-30
So what do I need to do to take my son to camp? If you have questions about camping check out the links provided for each camp. Many Pack 24 families have attended camps in the past several years, including leaders Art Perry, Jim Jerz and Mike Murphy, so feel free to ask them questions. We’re also have a presentation on summer camp at our March pack meeting, but that is going to occur after the early-bird registration. So if you’re interested, click these links to to download the registration form (works for both camps) and the early-bird coupon which saves you $25 per person (March 3 is the deadline for the coupons).