Ingersoll Scout Reservation

Celebrating 50 Years

CIT Interviews and Informational Meeting

Where: Peoria Scout Service Center – 614 NE Madison Ave. Peoria, IL 61603

When: April 11, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

What: An informational meeting for anyone interested in become a Counselor-in-Training, as well as their parents. Short interviews will be conducted following this informational meeting. Full scout uniform is appropriate.

The Counselor in Training program is designed for scouts ages 14 and 15 who want to get their start on Ingersoll Camp Staff! CIT’s get the opportunity to work in different program areas throughout the summer, pick the weeks they want to work, and learn from other staff members.

Fill out an application to start the process to a great summer adventure. Contact Matt Garrison, Camp Commissioner with any questions at

Online Registration Live on April 15

In order to allow additional time for units to plan for their preferred outpost programs, and for scouts to select their individual merit badges and activities, the launch date for online registration is now April 15. Within the next two weeks, be on the lookout for a finalized merit badge schedule, outpost schedule, and online registration information.

In the meantime, preliminary information can be found in the 2015 Leaders Guide Preview.

Staff Positions Available

Ingersoll Scout Reservation is still looking for qualified candidates for the following positions on summer camp staff. For any questions or inquiries, please contact Bill Dunn, Camp Director at

COPE Director:

  • Be at least 21 years old, in top physical condition, and have ability to work with people.  Supervise COPE Course and train COPE Staff in course procedures. Ensure that all safety standards are met.
  • Have certification or be willing to be certified from National Camping School as a COPE Director.  Have working knowledge of and be registered in the Boy Scouts of America.

Climbing Director:

  • Be at least 21 years old and mature. Have the willingness to maintain a strenuous work schedule. Oversee all climbing applications camp wide. Maintain proper record of camp climbing safety equipment. He or she supervises climbing staff and other volunteers
  • Have or be willing to be certified from National Camping School as a Climbing Instructor. Have working knowledge of and be registered in the Boy Scouts of America.

2nd Shift Cook:

  • Be a certified food handler. Oversee the preparation and serving of food in the dining hall
  • Be registered in the Boy Scouts of America.

Is your troop signed up for summer camp?

troop123_campsiteAre you ready for camp? Spots are still available for summer camp 2015 – don’t miss out on an the opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of camping at Ingersoll. Reserve your troop’s campsite today and get ready for an incredible summer camp experience! Call the Peoria Scout Service Center with any questions at 309-673-6136


2015 Camper Registration Fees:

  • Regular Fees
    • Youth Fee – $285.00
    • Adult Fee – $154.00
  • Early Bird Camper Registration Fees (must be paid by April 20th)
    • Early Bird Youth Fee – $265.00
    • Early Bird Adult Fee – $138.00

Current troop signups as of 3/25/15:

Camp Matrix 3-25-15


Apply to be an Adult Volunteer

Are you over 18 and looking for a taste of the summer camp staff experience? Sign-up to be a part of the ISR Adult Volunteer program. We are looking for adults who are willing to serve in a variety of areas, such as assisting with merit badge sessions and skill instruction. Additionally, we are looking for Ridge Commissioners, who will be serving the needs of units in their campsites.

Volunteering as an adult member of camp staff is a unique and rewarding way to give back and provide a quality summer camp experience to our youth.


For questions, please contact Matt Garrison, Camp Commissioner at

2015 Leaders Guide – March Preview

MarchPreviewLGThe March Preview of our 2015 Leaders Guide is now available for download here. In the next few weeks, more updates will be released online. A final version of the Leader’s Guide will be available towards the end of March, and will include additional pages (merit badge schedule, final merit badge list, final outpost list, and more). Online sign-up for merit badges and outposts will go live on April 1, 2015.

We thank you for your patience! Any questions, please use the Contact Us form.

Apply for Camp Staff 2015

“Enthusiastic, entertaining, hard-working, knowledgeable, and sincere” are just a few of the terms that troops have repeatedly used to describe the staff of Ingersoll Scout Reservation. Each summer, a team of staff members is hired to create a fun summer camp experience for around 1,200 Scouts, which focuses on teaching exciting new skills, providing adventure opportunities, and encouraging rank advancement.


Serving on camp staff helps YOU develop strengths in valuable life skills, such as teaching, communication, leadership, problem-solving, public speaking, working in small groups, and more. In addition, staff members become very close-knit, which often leads to lifelong friendships. Campers who look up to the positive example set by staff members will be encouraged to stay active within Scouting, and eventually explore additional BSA opportunities, such as working on Ingersoll Camp Staff.

Download Camp Staff Application

What should I know about applying for camp staff?

  • All paid staff positions require a minimum age of 16. Other age requirements are specified on the application.
  • Due to the limited number of camp staff positions, spots can be competitive. Applications are reviewed by a committee, and should be filled out thoroughly. Submit applications to the Peoria Scout Service Center as soon as possible (resumes optional).
  • Volunteer opportunities are available for Counselors-in-Training (ages 14 and 15), as well as adults wishing to volunteer in specific areas.
  • All staff are expected to attend staff training week, as well as all six weeks of summer camp. Staff over 18 years old will also be expected to attend pre-staff week for camp setup. Some staff may also be invited to serve on staff for Webelos Weekends. Some area directors may be required to attend National Camping School for certifications (expenses paid).
  • All staff must be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America, or be willing to register with the BSA prior to the beginning of summer camp.
  • Housing will be provided on-site for all staff. The majority of staff will live with at least one other roommate, in a cabin or a canvas platform tent, most of which include electricity.
  • A typical workday includes morning and afternoon sessions for merit badges and other activities, meals, and other camp-wide activities. Some areas will also run evening programs.
  • Time off is typically from 11:00am Saturday until 11:00am Sunday during each week, unless otherwise announced. One night off during the week is also permitted, after program hours.
  • Some college students have chosen to take online classes during the summer by completing coursework during their down time. This commitment can be difficult, but is possible. Arrangements should be made with the Camp Director in advance for utilizing the camp’s internet connection.
  • More information can be found in the Staff Manual (will be available for download soon)

ArrowTour at Ingersoll – #OA100


ArrowTour is a national Order of the Arrow program that is part of the 100th anniversary celebration of Scouting’s National Honor Society.

On July 16, 2015, the W. D. Boyce Council is excited to announce that ArrowTour will be stopping at Ingersoll Scout Reservation to bring the centennial experience to YOU!

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All Scouts, Scouters, family, and guests are invited to visit camp and experience ArrowTour from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2015. No registration is required for this day program, but all summer camp policies will still be in effect. Meal tickets can be purchased at the Trading Post for $8.00.

Yes, you can still participate even if you are not in the OA!
No, you do not have to be a member of the W.D. Boyce Council!

What is ArrowTour? A delegation of youth Arrowmen will be spending next summer traveling to council camps and Scouting events, in order to bring a once-in-a-lifetime experience to Scouts, Arrowmen, and communities around the country. ArrowTour will include opportunities to reflect, connect, and discover the Order’s Centuries of Service, both past and present. A sample of the programs being offered:

  • Exploration: History displays, interactive timelines, and program videos
  • OA Evening Gathering: A camp-wide program that will recognize the Order’s rich 100 year history, and reveal where the steps to our second century of service begin. We will end the gathering with a camp-wide social.
  • Activities: Silk screening, centennial trading post, hat/belt branding, recreational games, and more.
  • Service: ArrowTour Team service project, alumni outreach to benefit local councils.

More information will be released in the upcoming months. For the latest news about ArrowTour, visit, and the National OA Facebook Page. For any questions, please contact Mike Gray.

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