Ingersoll Scout Reservation

Est. 1965

COVID-19 Update – May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020

As Scouters, the pandemic is keeping us away from the things we enjoy; the outdoors, our Scouting friends, camping, hiking, fishing, climbing, and exploring, to name a few. In compliance with the recent orders from the Governor of Illinois, the W. D. Boyce Council Service Center, along with our Bloomington Service Center and our camps will remain closed until Monday, June 1, 2020. Additionally, all Unit, Council, and District events are postponed or canceled through May 31, 2020. As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and staff is our top priority. As a Council, we want to make sure we are doing our part to keep everyone safe.

Over the past few months, the Executive Board has been monitoring the constantly evolving COVID 19 virus situation. We have been working diligently with the camping leadership including, camp staff, and professionals to explore ways that we could open camp safely. We have been reviewing CDC Guidelines, the State of Illinois Stay at Home Orders, the Restore Illinois timetable, and other regulations and requirements related to COVID-19. Based on the information that we currently have, we do not see a way to open camp while guaranteeing the safety of our Scouts, Scouters, Staff, and their families.

Therefore, we are making the difficult decision to cancel our traditional Summer Camp programs at Ingersoll Scout Reservation and Cache Lake Camp for 2020. We have also canceled all traditional Day Camp programs for the summer. Our staff is currently working on ways that will allow us to provide summer program opportunities. Such as virtual and in-person camping later in the summer, including family camping. This has been a tough decision. I know firsthand how much our Scouts, Scouters, and Staff look forward to camp and the important role it plays in their development. This has been an extremely challenging decision for us and the entire leadership team of the council.

We plan on fully reopening camp for the 2021 season. With excitement we anticipate your unit attending our crown jewel ISR in 2021. It is our hope we can open for primitive camping yet this summer. If you would be interested in such an experience please contact Barb Murphy at Barbara.murphy@scouting.org.

We will begin issuing refunds on June 1st, 2020. For units that will be attending our camp in 2021, we will offer the following option. If you apply the funds that you have already paid to your 2021 reservation, we will guarantee you 2020 camp prices and the week and campsite that you selected for this year.  Austin St. George will reach out to all the unit contacts individually to work out details to hold spots for 2021 or for a refund. If you’d like to make a donation in lieu of a refund, please express that to Austin during his call.

I appreciate all you are doing to keep the Scouting program moving forward in these difficult times and your continued support. Please know you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,

Lee Shaw Jr              Mark Wylie              Melody Wiseman                    Dr. Bob Bevill

Scout Executive      Council President   Council Commissioner           VP of Activities

isrsummercamp.org/covid19

Block Scheduling!

ISR Summer Camp gearing up for a exciting 2020 Summer, with Block Scheduling.

A new program schedule for ISR designed to allow more time on the different Merit Badges while having less travel time!  With a block schedule the Scouts will not have everyday be the same at camp.  Most Merit Badges meet either Monday/Tuesday and Wednesday/Thursday morning and afternoon, but some of the Badges only meet one day in the week.  Friday is an open day when Scouts can work on finishing their badges, make up for loss time because of weather, or just have a fun day around camp.  Look for the 2020 ISR Leaders Guide with program schedules and details coming out in November!

Reserve your troops campsite for 2020 Summer Camp at isrsummercamp.org/camp2020

Program Spotlight – Eco-Con

At Eco-Con Scouts explore the world of Ecology and Conservation, learning all about the natural world around them.  Scouts can work on Merit Badges such as: Environmental Science, Weather, Geology, Forestry, Oceanography, Nature, and many more!  Also Scouts can participate in Eco-Con challenges that will get the Scouts exploring throughout Ingersoll discovering more about the environment around them.

The Turtle Pen and Eco-Con Building. Giving Scouts hands on experience with Nature!

Program Spotlight – Mountain Biking

At Ingersoll we Mountain Bike! Ride either on our 2 mile Bike Trail starting from the Mountain Bike Building or go on a longer ride on the Cedar Creek Trail.  Mountain Biking is a great way to see Ingersoll and stay physical fit!  Come to ISR and work on your Cycling Merit Badge or with your Troop during the Mountain Bike Lunch Outpost program.  Reserve your Troops spot for 2019 Summer Camp today!

Program Spotlight – STEM Center

The STEM Center at ISR has all sorts of programs that have the Scouts diving into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics!  Launch a rocket through the sky, fly a drone, build a bridge or a robot.

Scouts and Staff watch as a Rocket soars through the sky!

Merit Badges at STEM include: Space Exploration, Electronics, Composite Materials, Aviation, Chemistry, Engineering, Chess, Robotics, Exploration