Ingersoll Scout Reservation

Celebrating 50 Years

Pre-Camp Reminders and Information

Unit Leaders, as you make your final preparations for summer camp, we want to encourage you to check out the latest version of the Leader’s Guide (L.G.). Please re-visit this important document, which outlines the various programs and camp procedures. A few important changes / recent additions to highlight:
Horsemanship Merit Badge
There are still spots remaining for this merit badge – you can still sign up your Scouts via Doubleknot. Please have your Scouts bring long pants and sturdy shoes. There is also a waiver that needs to be signed by parents/guardians, found in the appendix of the L.G. If you or any of your leaders are willing to assist with transporting Scouts to and from Swan Creek Stables in Avon, we would greatly appreciate it! Contact the Camp Commissioner to volunteer at
Mountain Biking
Introducing mountain biking – this brand new program at Ingersoll is under continuous development, but we are ready to ride! . Experienced bikers will also have the chance to try out the advanced trail. Mountain Biking will be offered daily from 4pm to 5pm, starting from the Fish Shack. Our Brownsea Island staff will provide an introductory safety briefing on Monday, and all remaining time will be dedicated towards small groups taking turns to bike the trails east of Lake Roberts.
Scuba BSA Activity Badge
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Scuba BSA will be offered in the evening. The cost is $30. Sign up in the Trading Post on Sunday. Waivers must be filled out for all participants, which can be found at There are 16 spots each day. First priority is for the youth, but adults may participate if spots are open. Details can be found under Evening Programs in the L.G.
Outpost Assignments
We have taken your outpost requests that you filled out on Doubleknot and assigned each troop to no more than 3 outposts. We have done our best to be flexible and meet your requests. Any troops with less than 3 outposts can sign up for open slots during Sunday check-in. Your preliminary outpost assignments will be emailed to you – please contact Matt Garrison (Camp Commissioner) with any questions at
Arrival at ISR on Sunday of Camp
Please arrive between 12:00pm and 2:00pm, and review the L.G. for more detailed instructions. Any issues, or questions, call Camp Director Bill Dunn at 309-486-3398 or email
Dietary Requests
The summer camp menu can be found in the updated version of the L.G., as well as a Dietary Request Form. Please return these to us as soon as possible! Email to, or fax directly to ISR at 309-486-3778.
If you have any other questions, or last-minute changes with your unit registration, please let us know. We look forward to celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ingersoll Scout Reservation with you soon!

Scuba BSA Activity Patch

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Timeframe: 5:00—7:00 p.m. on Tue/Thu only

Location: Pool
Cost & Registration Details:

  • $30—pay at Trading Post and sign up for either Tuesday or Thursday.
  • Dinner will be provided for participants during the Scuba Orientation at the Pool Pavilion
  • A separate waiver must be filled out and signed by a parent for all youth under 18, in order to participate! This waiver can be found at
  • Group sizes will be limited to 16 participants — first come, first serve. Youth participants get first priority, but if spots are available, adult may participate as well.
    Learn from certified PADI instructors and participate in the Discover Scuba program. Groups will beintroducedtoSCUBA diving,practicesnorkelingtechniques,andlearn about additional opportunities for underwater adventures. A great way to earn your Scuba BSA Activity Patch!

IMPORTANT – Waivers Required to Participate:

  1. Overview of Discover Scuba program (read with parents)
  2. Youth Diving Responsibility and Risks (print, sign, and turn in to Trading Post on Sunday)
  3. Liability Release Form (print, sign, and turn in to Trading Post on Sunday)

A new adventure for Ranger Anthony “Boone” Hensel

henselsCongratulations to Anthony “Boone” Hensel, who has recently been promoted to the Northern Star Council, headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In his new role, Anthony will serve as the Ranger at Stearns Scout Camp.

Please join us in wishing “Boone” a farewell on Tuesday, May 5 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Peoria Scout Service Center (614 NE Madison)

Anthony leaves us after being a part of the W. D. Boyce Council for over 7 years. He came to our Council from the Northern Lights Council, Camp Wilderness in Park Rapids, MN as their Summer Ranger. This promotion brings Anthony and his wife Darla much closer to family.

While being part of the W. D. Boyce Council team, “Boone” has made significant impact in several areas at Ingersoll Scout Reservation. His maintenance and mechanical skills, along with his deep customer service and ‘service before self’ has served the Camp and Council well. Another impact has been his unique mentoring to the ISR Summer Camp Staff. Along with the leadership he has provided to the Wilderness Engineers, OA Conclaves and Troop Service Projects, the appearance of Ingersoll Scout Reservation has changed for the better.

We wish “Boone” and Darla well, we thank them for their service, their commitment to Scouting and their devotion to ISR.

New Rifles at ISR

The W. D. Boyce Council Shooting Sports Committee received a grant from the NRA Foundation. The funds from the NRA were used to purchase 18 new Savage Mark I-FVT rifles from the Civilian Marksmanship Program. These rifles are purpose-built for youth shooting sports programs, and are ready for Scouts to use during summer camp.

Adults who would like to assist on the rifle range at camp can take the the NRA FIRST Steps Rifle course from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on May 9 at Ingersoll Scout Reservation. The course will provide an introduction to the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to assist on the Rifle Range during summer camp programs. to sign up.


Merit Badge Schedule 2015

View the 2015 Merit Badge Schedule here. Unit Leaders may register Scouts for merit badges, beginning on April 15.

As we continue to develop and improve our First Year Camper program, we want to thank all those who have provided feedback on past advancement programs at Brownsea Island, the home for Scouts’ starting upon their trail to achieving the Eagle Scout Rank.

In 2015, the Ingersoll Trailblazer Program will serve as the First Year Camper program, with greater emphasis placed on introducing Scouts to the patrol method, visiting other program areas around Ingersoll, and having the opportunity to work on advancement requirements through fun activities.

The Trailblazer Program is designed as an all-morning activity for all first year Scouts. However, for Scouts who are second year campers (or older), there will also be two afternoon rank advancement opportunities offered – Second Class Workshop (2:00 daily) and First Class Workshop (3:00 daily). Each day, certain requirements will be offered for each of these 50 minute time blocks. Attendance is not required each day – Scouts may choose which days they wish work on rank advancement with Brownsea Island staff during these workshops sessions.

More details about the Ingersoll Trailblazer Program and Brownsea Island Workshops (including scheduled requirements to be completed) will be available in the next Leader’s Guide update, coming in early April.

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