Updated May 20, 2020

For most Scouts, a summer camp adventure is the highlight of their Scouting year.  With that in mind, key volunteers across several Dan Beard Council committees, along with our summer camp and council leadership teams, have put a great deal of time and effort into monitoring updates and guidance from the government, as well as from the BSA and other camping organizations, to determine how and whether we can offer summer camp this year. The goal was to seek a path forward on what safe and responsible activities and adventures that we could offer our Scouts. After reviewing our camping operations, it was apparent that our traditional schedule of summer camp activities is not possible. Additionally, based on extensive parent and unit leader surveying, we found that demand for resident (over-night) camp programs was presently low. After considering all of these factors, we determined that for the health and safety of our Scouts, leaders, staff, and the extended community, the Dan Beard Council will not offer any resident camp programs for the summer of 2020. However, recognizing the importance of a summer adventure in the life of a Scout, we have determined that the Dan Beard Council will conduct modified versions of our summer camp offerings with several options for our Scouts. These include options that will be conducted at our camp as well as options that can be conducted in a Scout’s backyard.  Click here to scroll down to Resident Camp Refund Options Below

During the month of June, there will be two exciting programs that can be done around the home:

These rank-specific boxes will be filled with everything a Scouting family needs to conduct three age-appropriate Cub Scout elective adventures. This will allow Scouts to get a jump-start on their Cub Scout rank advancements for next year. Purchase of an Adventure Box will include a discount for Scouts to join us at our Cub Scout Saturday Adventures to be held in-person at Camp Friedlander in July. For details, click here.

Scouts BSA members will have the opportunity to participate in virtual merit badge experiences aimed at earning some exciting and special merit badges. These programs will have some scheduled times where all Scouts join together, but much of it will be designed to a Scout to work at his or her own pace.

Cost: $15 for your initial registration and your first merit badge course (includes a patch)
          $10 for each additional merit badge course added on

During the month of July, there will be several opportunities for in-person Scouting adventures.

This summer, we’ll be using Camp Friedlander as our adventure headquarters for both Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA members, rather than also opening our Cub World property.


In tandem with our day program for Scouts BSA units, we are super excited to share our new Cub Scout Saturday Adventures at Camp Friedlander! The cost of this day filled with adventure is $50 dollars per Scout and an adult is free! Cub Scouts can come out to camp and enjoy such diverse activities as:

  • Swimming
  • Shooting Sports
  • Handicraft Adventures
  • Outdoor Skills Demonstrations
  • Fishing
  • And a campfire program!

Cub Scouts and their families will have the unique opportunity to join us for a full day of fun and adventure. There will be 3 sessions offered on Saturdays throughout the month (July 11, July 18, and July 25). If there is demand, we’ve built the schedule to be able to add a fourth session, as well. Also, please note that it is not necessary to have participated in the June Cub Scout Adventure Box program to be able to join in on a Saturday Adventure. We hope you take advantage of this exciting opportunity!


Scouts BSA members and their troops will be invited to join us for week-long (Monday-Friday) day-only Camp Adventures that costs $185 per Scout and $35 per adult. These camps have been designed to offer safe and exciting camp experiences while still offering the fun and value that Camp Friedlander is known for. Scouts will participate in camp activities with other members of their troop or patrol. So, this is an ideal fit if a small group from your troop is looking to go to camp together. There will be four sessions offered throughout the month, beginning on the Mondays of July 6, 13, 20, and 27. Registration for each of these week-long Camp Friedlander Day Camps will go live on Tuesday, May 26.

We are looking at hosting group sizes of 10-20 (we are working with local health authorities to determine proper size) and working to determine overall capacity. Each day will begin with a staggered check-in starting at 8am and most days will end prior to dinner, save one day that will be later due to a BBQ and campfire program. We look forward to hosting everyone in a safe fashion this summer!

Open Areas:

  • Shooting Sports
  • Handicraft
  • Ecology
  • Aquatics
  • ODS/Trailblazer

Merit Badges:

  • Handicraft
    • Woodcarving
    • Basketry
  • Aquatics
    • Swimming
    • Kayaking
  • Outdoor Skills/Trailblazer
    • Trailblazer Program
    • Camping
  • Shooting Sports
    • Rifle
    • Shotgun
  • Ecology
    • Environmental Science
    • Fishing


Also, in July, we’re hoping to be able to offer our scheduled Cub Scout Day Camp at East Fork Park in Bethel, but this is still contingent on working out reservation details with the park that they weren’t able to commit to as of the writing of this announcement.  However, we expect to have news shortly.   Based on operating guidance from the state government in Kentucky, we will not be able to offer our Northern Kentucky Cub Scout Day Camp at Middleton-Mills Park this year.

Finally, because of our current operating posture on overnight resident camping, our National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) courses scheduled for June and July have been canceled. Plans for a weekend course to be offered this fall are being developed and will be announced in the following weeks. NYLT participants will receive a separate, direct communication.

We will accept reservations for these programs beginning at 12pm on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Please note that Cub Scout Adventure Boxes, Cub Scout Saturday Adventures, and Scouts BSA Merit Badge Challenge will be open for Scouts/families to register for on an individual basis. Reservations for the Camp Friedlander Adventure for Scouts BSA should be made at the troop level. 


Our programs are all being designed with safety foremost in mind. 

Our team has already begun preparing to ensure that all our in-person programs in July provide a safe experience and meet all guidelines from state and local health departments.  Examples include enhanced pre-participation screenings, limited-size groups, sanitation of equipment between each group rotation, training of staff and participants, and increased hand-washing and hand sanitizer availability. Details on required health screenings and which parts of the BSA health forms needed for which summer camps will be available in the FAQ section of the program details website by clicking here or visiting www.danbeard.org/camp.

In the instances where meals are provided, they will be served in accordance with current guidelines from the State of Ohio and the CDC. Meals will be individually plated, and social distancing will be observed. Self-service offerings, such as the salad bar, will not be available this summer. 

It is important to note that all in-person opportunities are contingent on the activities being permissible and prudent based on whatever orders and guidance may be in place from state and county agencies in July. Also, please consider any travel restrictions that may be in place for your state or town at the time of the camp.  Camp Friedlander is located in Clermont County in Ohio.

2020 and 2021 Resident Camp Reservation Options

The Dan Beard Council appreciates all the planning and preparation that units have invested in being ready for summer camp. Although we’re certainly eager to partner with you to plan you experiences for this summer and for many summers to come, we are also aiming to make the cancellation/refund/rollover process as simple as possible for all of those who had a reservation for one of our 2020 resident camps.

Because we will not be able to share the experience of a traditional resident camp together this summer, working through their unit, we will be offering anyone who has already registered for camp the choice of five options related to how to handle their reservation:

  1. Rollover to 2021 Summer Camp: Move any payments that you’ve made to next year. With this option, your campsite will be reserved for 2021 plus you’ll lock-in 2021 camp at the 2020 price.
  2. Apply Funds to 2020 Adventures: This allows funds paid to be put toward one of our program offerings this summer. After that program has concluded, any extra balance will be returned to the unit.
  3. 2021 Campsite Deposit, with Balance Refunded: This option is for Scouts BSA troops only, and it allows the troop to roll their campsite deposit to 2021. All other payments will be refunded. Note: This option does not qualify for any 2021 campers for 2020 pricing.
  4. Full Refund: This option is a full refund of any payments made.
  5. Mix-n-Match: We recognize that no single option may suit every unit, so we have a hybrid option. Units can elect to request a full refund for a certain number of reservation slots and rollover the remaining reservation slots to 2021.

If your camp reservation was made through your pack or troop, we ask that you work through your pack or troop to select your option or request a refund.

We also ask that all units, through their unit leader or summer camp coordinator, fill out and submit your refund option from above through our online form located by clicking here or visiting
www.danbeard.org/Summer-Camp-Refund-Form. Please review the refund options above with your unit prior to filling out the form. The form will be published live on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 and needs to be completed by June 8, 2020 to inform us which option your unit would like to select. If no option is selected by June 8, 2020, Option 4 will be automatic selected and a full refund will be issued to the unit contact on file.

The process for 2021 Camp Friedlander Campsite selection will begin on June 8, 2020 at noon. 
Specific details about the campsite selection process and change request form are available here.

If you have vouchers or some other unique circumstance related to Summer Camp 2020, please contact Rachel Ball at Rachel.ball@scouting.org for assistance.

NYLT participants will receive a separate communication that will cover refund/rollover options.

Thank you for your understanding as we work to ensure the safest and best camp program solutions for all of our local Scouts. We look forward to continuing to partner with you to provide enriching experiences for this summer and many summers to come.

Questions? Please reach out to Rachel Ball at rachel.ball@scouting.org.