Day Camp FAQ
General Information for all Cub Camps
How do I get our Cub Scouts excited about Cub Camps? Schedule a Cub Camp Promotion Meeting!
Where can I find the event schedule? Schedules for each event will be handed out at the first “check-in”. Also, as soon as they are finalized for each event, a copy will also be available through each camp’s main tab (above).
When do I pay the event fees? You can pay the full amount online with a credit/debit card or personal e-check. If you pay the deposit only for each participant, you must pay the balance by June 1st, the latest (this deposit only option is not available for the family camp in April).
How/where do I pay the balance? You have 2 options:
- Mail to or make a payment at our council office. Include a separate note with the name of the event: Day Camp #1, Family Camp #2, Webelos Camp #1, etc., and the Scout’s name, so the payment can be applied correctly online.
- If you completed the online registration, contact Debi (email@example.com) to find out how to pay the balance online.
What is a Cub Scout Scholarship? Scholarships are financial assistance for Scouts to attend any of our council’s camps. Go to the Scholarships page for more details.
BSA Annual Health Form – Go to the Health and Safety page for information.
What should we leave at home? Leave all valuable and sentimental items at home, including games, computers, phones, special gifts from family members, etc. If you’d hate to lose it, don’t bring it!
What items are prohibited? You cannot bring alcohol, fireworks, or other BSA-prohibited items are allowed in camp. See Camp Rules for a more comprehensive list.
Do I need extra money? No, but there will be a Trading Post to buy goodies. The schedule will let you know when it is open.
Who do I contact with program and advancement questions? Quinn Ryan at Quinn.Ryan@scouting.org
Who do I contact with registration, payment, and scholarship questions? Debi Geiger at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information for Day Camps
What time is check-in? Check in by 8:30am the first day, then by 8:45am the remaining days.
When and where do we turn in the BSA Annual Health Form for Day Camp? Make sure you have completed all of Parts A & B before turning it in (you can attach immunization records from your physician or DHS). Units and Families will now be able to turn in the BSA Annual Health Form to Camp/Council Staff on 3 dates:
- Saturday, June 3rd, 11am-1pm –Northeast Illinois Council, 2745 Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park, IL 60035
- Saturday, June 10th, 11am-1pm – Panera Bread, 6557 Grand Avenue, Gurnee, IL 60031
- The Scout’s first day of Day Camp, when he “checks-in” at Camp Oakarro
What should my son bring to Day Camp? Be Prepared! To ensure a fun-filled and comfortable day, make sure you send your scout to camp with the following:
- Refillable water bottle
- Insect Repellent
- Jacket or raincoat
- Money for the Trading Post (optional)
- A day-pack/backpack to carry the items above
- Closed-toed shoes (not sandals or other open-toed shoes)
Make sure everything is labeled with your scout’s name and Pack number. Lots of unlabeled belongings get lost every week and are never reunited with their original owners!
Where are the sack lunches stored? We will have plenty of large coolers for sack lunches.
When is the Trading Post open? Each Den has a scheduled visit to the Trading Post on either Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday. The store also operates from 9:10am – 1:10pm on Friday for Family Day. It accepts cash only.
Can siblings go to Day Camp? Technically, no. Day Camp is a a program designed specifically for Cub Scouts, and we made it a “drop-off camp” with only them in mind. Do not register them for camp. Please contact Quinn Ryan or Debi Geiger for more information about requirements and fees for non-cub scout children (Note: There may be higher “non-scout” fees, especially if additional adult supervision is required because of them).
Is Adult supervision required? Yes, BUT we will provide it (it is part of the scout fee). Apply as an Adult Den Leader for Day Camp Dens, to earn a FREE Scout from your Pack for Day Camp. Contact Quinn Ryan (Quinn.Ryan@scouting.org) immediately, for details.
What if my Pack or Den wants to provide their own adult supervision? Contact Quinn immediately, to learn about the policies and rules, required training, etc. These adults must complete and turn in the BSA Annual Health Form (A & B).
NOTE: Den Chiefs (older Scouts) may attend free to help supervise, but will not be counted in our Scout/Adult ratio.
Will Scouts earn advancements? Yes, advancement opportunities under the new Cub Scouting Program are available for every rank. A list of the advancements that Scouts may accomplish will be handed out at “check-in”. We will also list them online as soon as possible.