ISR News

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.

Pre-Camp Leader’s Meetings

50th Anniversary LogoYou and your troop leaders are invited to attend one of three pre-camp leader’s meetings to get a first-hand glimpse of the exciting programs and activities that will be taking place this summer, as part of the 50th anniversary of camping at Ingersoll Scout Reservation. Our camp leadership will be present to help answer any questions you may have and prepare your troop for summer camp.

Please RSVP by calling the Peoria Service Center at 309-673-6136. Details for each meeting are below.

Meeting #1

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Lou’s La Grotto

3001 5th Street

Peru, IL 61354

Meeting #2

Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Avanti’s Italian Restaurant

3302 East Empire Street

Bloomington, IL 61704

Meeting #3

Sunday, March 8, 2015 @ 4:00 p.m.

Avanti’s Italian Restaurant

2320 East Washington Street

East Peoria, IL 61611


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 1/23/15:



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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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 Show: 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 show with a camp-wide social.
  • Activities: Silk screening, hat/belt branding, and recreational games.
  • 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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