Ingersoll Scout Reservation

Celebrating 50 Years

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.


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

Aquatics Director:

  • Be at least 21 years old, in top physical condition
  • Oversee all resident camp aquatics programs. Enforce national aquatics policies in camp.
  • Have certification or be willing to be certified from National Camping School as an Aquatics Instructor
  • Have working knowledge of and be registered in the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Supervise and conduct training for all aquatics staff
  • Be a positive role model for all campers

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.

2015 Leader’s Guide

lgcover2015The 2015 Leader’s Guide is now available for download here. In the next few weeks, more updates will be released online. An updated version of the Leader’s Guide will be available in May, and will include additional pages (ISR Trailblazer information, Brownsea Island Workshops, Evening Program Schedule, and more). Online sign-up for merit badges and outposts will go live on April 15, 2015.

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

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

ArrowTour at Ingersoll – #OA100

arrowtour_ingersoll_coverArrowTour 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!

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.


ArrowTour Volunteer Information
ArrowTour Table Tent Promotional