Many of the troops that come to Camp Friedlander return summer after summer because of the wide variety of activities. We understand that younger Scouts and older Scouts like to engage in different things and the camp program is built to offer exciting opportunities for every age.
While Merit Badge instruction is the core of the camp program, there's plenty more going on. Open program area times allow Scouts to explore a new interest, campwide games challenge patrols to compete against each other, and the Order of the Arrow holds events every night of camp. Your week of camp will be jam-packed with fun and new experiences -- check out some of the great things waiting for you at Camp Friedlander.
Again for 2015, Trailblazer will be a half-day program!
A boy's first summer camp experience is a pivotal time in his Scouting career. Boys who reach the rank of First Class within their first year as a Scout are more likely to stay in Scouting and will quickly be on their way to filling leadership roles in the troop.
The Camp Friedlander Trailblazer program gives first-year campers a jump-start towards their first rank advancements of Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class. We pride ourselves on having the most effective first-year-camper program around. The knowledgeable staff and many outdoor resources available at Camp Friedlander teach Scouts the skills they need to meet requirements while giving them hands-on experience.
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...
CHAPLAIN AIDE TRAINING
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.
Returning in 2015! The half-day Trail Crew program will provide participants the opportunity to learn trail-building techniques while working on requirements for related merit badges such as Soil & Water Conservation and Landscape Architecture. Participants will also receive a specialy designed water bottle to remember their experience. Due to the nature of work performed and the tools that will be used, participants will need to be 14 years old or older.
Now in its fifth year, the ACE program offers Scouts who have been to camp for a few years the opportunity to enjoy some of the most exciting summer camp activites around while maintianing time to work on advancement and merit badges.
WHAT IS PROJECT COPE?
Project COPE, or Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience, is an activity operated for Scouts over the age of 13, comprised of group initiatives, team building, problem solving, and physical challenge. The goals of COPE include the development of trust, communication, self-esteem, leadership, planning, problem solving, decision-making, and teamwork.
Not many camps in the Midwest can say they offer scuba and snorkeling classes. Scouts looking for a new challenge, preparing for a trip to Sea Base, or who just have an interest in underwater adventures will be thrilled by the scuba and snorkeling programs at Camp Friedlander. A local certified scuba diving group, taking advantage of the skills and equipment they have available, provides the Snorkeling BSA and the Scuba BSA program.
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