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There's plenty more going on throughout the week at Camp Friedlander.  Check out all the great activities and programs we have planned for Scouts and adults...




An important leadership position in every troop is the Chaplain Aide.  These Scouts help lead troop religious services and insure a tone of reverence is kept at troop functions.  Chaplain Aides will be trained by our camp Chaplain to help them take their position to its full potential.



Chaplaincy and Religious Services

The twelfth point of the Scout Law is “A Scout is Reverent.”  Every Scout is encouraged to fulfill his religious obligations while attending camp.  The summer camp staff will include a Resident Chaplain who will give leadership to our Sunday night non-denominational religious service and serve as an on-site counselor to Scouts in need.  Nestled in a grove of evergreen trees, the chapel will be an oasis for reflective inspiration.

We at Camp Friedlander believe very strongly in a religious awareness at our camp.  Your Chaplain is there to add a spiritual element to the camp, as well as make sure all the boys are comfortable during their stay.  A Camp Chaplain will be available for counseling and can be contacted very easily.  We will accommodate any program or food restrictions due to religious beliefs.  We do ask that if you have any such restrictions that you please inform us in writing at least two weeks ahead of time so that we can be adequately prepared to meet your needs.

Scouts have the opportunity to earn the Camp Friedlander Duty to God award.  This is a four-part program in which a Scout may earn a subsequent level of the award each time he attends camp.

Each morning a prayer service will be held to help each Scout start the day with a spiritual presence.  This brief service will be held between breakfast and the first program period of the day.  All are welcome!

On Wednesday night, the camp will offer a Catholic service, a Portestant service, and an LDS service at varying locations around camp.  Local Priests and Ministers will be visiting the camp to provide denomination-specific leadership for these services.  We encourage your Scouts to worship with others of their faith at these special services.  Exact times and locations will be announced upon your arrival.



The campfire is one of the longtime Scouting traditions that no camp should be without, so Scouts begin and end their summer camp experience with a rousing campfire program.  On Sunday night, the camp staff perform the skits and songs that will have the Scouts laughing all week long. They'll get to know the staff and see them at their silliest.  Then on Friday night, Scouts and their families return to the campfire bowl and this time, the Scouts will join in on the fun and perform skits of their own.  Award presentations will be done between skits, followed by a memorable closing ceremony.  Our lakeside amphitheater includes seating for 500 people and expansion lawn seating for another 500.



Leader Programs

Adult leaders allow camp to happen by providing leadership and guidance to Scouts throughout the week.  But that doesn't mean they can't have fun too!  There is a full schedule of leader-only activities and trainings that will help enhance their experience, share fellowship with other Scouters, and offer training in a variety of areas.

William D. Boyce Award

William D. Boyce founded the BSA to turn boys into strong young men.  Adults at camp are keeping this mission alive today and can earn the William D. Boyce Award by encouraging strong leadership in their Scouts, participating in program areas and taking part in training while at camp.  See the Camp Commissioner for more information.

The Golden Spoon

One of the great benefits of being a Scouter is all the great food around the campfire.  Each troop is encouraged to submit their best outdoor cooking dish of their choosing for the Golden Spoon competition.  Do you have a troop favorite dish that you think is the best around?  Then gather your ingredients, get the fire going, and cook up a winner to be judged by the camp staff.  One troop will be named the winner of the Golden Spoon award, to be presented at the closing campfire.  Of course, in this activity, everyone is a winner, because we all get to eat.


A variety of trainings are available for leaders during the week.  During your week of camp is a great time to get trained, because you're already there!

Click here for a full schedule of adult programs.  Here are some of the trainings available to adult leaders:

  • Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader-Specific Training
  • Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)
  • Safety Afloat
  • Safe Swim Defense
  • Paddle Craft Safety
  • Swimming and Water Rescue
  • Climb On Safely
  • Nap On Safely
  • Trek Safely
  • CPR Certificaiton

The Camp Commissioner will provide a schedule of trainings and leaders are encouraged to attend all the trainings they can fit in during the week.

Top Shot Award

If you fancy yourself as a marksman, consider competing for the Top Shot Award.

This will be presented each week to the adult leader who has the highest combined score at the archery (five arrows), shotgun (five shots) and rifle (20 shots) ranges.  All competition will be held during open program time.  Scorecards can be purchased at the trading post for $5.00 and must be completed and submitted to the Shooting Sports Director by 5:00 pm Friday.



Ohio Hunter Safety Education

A program will be offered to Ohio residents (youth and adult) which will allow them to obtain their hunter safety certification.  This will be a two-evening program, offered on Tuesday and Thursday at the Eagle's Nest from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Attendance at both sessions is required.  Participants are encouraged to complete the home study portion prior to attending camp and must have it completed prior to Thursday's class.  A certified volunteer instructor will lead the final completion sessions and administer the test.  For more information and to download the home study materials, click here to visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Hunter & Trapper Education page, then scroll down to find information on the Hunter Education Home-Study Course.  Registration for the in-camp portion will be available through the online registration system for youth and adults.