Camp News

Bill Maddox – 2021 ISR Summer Camp Director

scan0023We are excited to announce that Bill Maddox will be serving and the 2021 ISR Summer Camp Director.

Bill has a Scouting career of 60 years, starting as a youth in Cub Scouts at age 8 and becoming an Eagle Scout in the Class of 1970.  From ages 18-21 he was involved in the exploring program. As an Adult Leaders he has been an Exploring Advisor, Merit Badge Counselor for numerous merit badges, Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, O. A. Lodge Advisor, Vigil Honor in the Wenasa Quenotan Lodge, Unit Committee Member and is currently Committee Chair for 3 units in the Wotamalo District.  He has attended Philmont Scout Ranch and 2 National Jamborees as a staff member.  He was the ISR Camp Director in 2014 and the Camp Director for Mississippi Valley Council in 2018 & 2019.

Married to Lori Maddox (who is also involved in Scouting as a unit committee member).  Three children, one of whom is son Andrew who is also an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor.  Four grandchildren.

Retired Police Officer (34 year). Retired History Teacher and currently a substitute teacher for Pekin Public School District.

Please join us in welcoming Bill back to Ingersoll!

Primitive Camping

2020_ISR_Patch22020 ISR Primitive Camping

2020_ISR_PatchISR Primitive Camping is for Units and Families to come out to and camp at ISR, spend some time outside, and get a chance to enjoy the wilderness of Ingersoll!

Ingersoll Scout Reservation will have 6 campsites open throught out the months of July and August.  A Limit of 10 people can come out in each campsite.

Stay for one night or seven!

When: Anytime from July 1st – August 31st

Cost: $30 per campsite per night – – Max of 10 people per campsite.

More details at or by contacting Austin St. George at


Also purchase 2020 ISR Summer Camp Patches at

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

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.


Lee Shaw Jr              Mark Wylie              Melody Wiseman                    Dr. Bob Bevill

Scout Executive      Council President   Council Commissioner           VP of Activities

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

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!