Opening Campfire: Start your week off right on Sunday night when
our staff puts on the opening campfire for your entertainment and
enjoyment. Troop guides will lead troops to the campfire.
Commissioner Campfire: On Wednesday night the Camp
Commissioners will conduct a "dress rehearsal" campfire. Units
will be assigned to one of the camps campfire areas where they will be
given the opportunity to show off their song or skit but only the very
best performances will get to perform at Friday nights closing campfire.
Tribe of Chawanakee Campfire: On Thursday night the spirit of
the Native Americans who inhabited this land when Camp Chawanakee was
just a dream will come out to induct new members into the tribe and to
advance in rank those who have returned. The highlight of this campfire
is the reading of the legend followed by a customized induction ceremony
for the rank you are advancing to. End the evening listening to the sage
advice of the mighty Sachem. Scouts must either have completed their
service hours prior this campfire, or swear on their honor as a scout
that they will before they leave. Adults are welcome too!
Closing Campfire: Friday evening at the Point Campfire Bowl
there will be a variety show second to none and you provide the songs
and skits. That’s right, the troops are the main attraction here so
plan to participate. The highlight of the campfire is a Flag Retirement
Ceremony so wear your cleanest Class-A uniform.
Special Events and Activities
Some activities have been assigned age limits in order for camp to
comply with National camp standards.
||Difficulty Level: 10
Merit Badge Period Held: 1&2 or 3&4
Adult C.O.P.E. held period 5
Location: Fire Bell Rock
| C.O.P.E. (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) is a
course for older boys who want to learn about themselves and
teamwork. Through games and physical challenges the boys learn
the importance of working together while at the same time
learning of their potential. Many boys don’t know how much
they can do until they face a 40-foot drop and slide down our
zip-line, one of the biggest in the Western Region.
||Difficulty Level: 10
Period Held: 1&2, 3&4
Location: Climbing Wall
| Our 52-foot climbing tower is for older boys who want to
learn about themselves and teamwork. The boys learn the
importance of working together while at the same time learning
how well they can climb. Our climbing tower has three
“faces” to choose from, each with its own unique challenges.
Trail to First Class
||Difficulty Level: 4
Merit Badge Period Held:
Period 1- Tenderfoot, Period 2- Second Class
Period 3- First Class, Period 4- Tenderfoot
Period 5- Second Class
Location: Eagle Point
| Adults are strongly encouraged to accompany their Scouts to
this program area. New or younger Scouts along with their adult
leaders will receive an opportunity to learn the skills needed
to achieve the rank of First Class. They will work together on a
variety of activities and skill including nature, hiking,
orienteering, pioneering, first aid, and more. A final progress
report will be a given back to your unit when
you pick up your blue cards on Friday afternoon.
||Difficulty Level: 10
||Pre-requisite: Pass Swimmer Test, Swimming Merit Badge, First
Aid Merit Badge, Proof of C.P.R. Certification, 15 years old or
older. Adults must have equivalent skills to merit Badges.
Recommended: CPR Certification Cost: $3.00 (optional for patch)
Merit Badge Period Held: 3 & 4 & 5, plus Open Time.
A B.S.A. Lifeguard can be a vital part for Troop outings.
Our staff will help show your future lifeguards the proper
techniques on how to keep a safe waterfront. Strong and
responsible swimmers age 15 and older are required. Adults are
welcome to participate. In order to complete this program, you
MUST be CPR certified. This certification MAY NOT be offered at
camp. B.S.A. Lifeguard is a three-year certification.
||Difficulty Level: 2
||Pre-requisite: Pass Swimmer Test Cost: None Merit Badge Period
Held: Free Time Location: Waterfront
|One of the most popular waterfront activities at Camp
Chawanakee is kayaking. With our numerous kayaks, Scouts and
Scouters alike will have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful
||Difficulty Level: 8
||Pre-requisite: Pass Swimmer Test, Endurance 4+ hours to
complete Cost: $3.00 (optional for patch) Merit Badge Period
Held: Early Morning, Afternoon Open Time Location: Waterfront
|This test of strength and endurance is a four-day event. To
adjust to the altitude of Chawanakee scouts will be required to
swim 200 yards, then ¼ of a mile, ½ mile and then the full
mile. Scouts must be successful on each preceding leg to advance
to the next. Each leg MUST be swum on a different day. Each
swimmer will be required to provide a skilled rower and spotter
to ensure their safety and success. Only one swimmer per boat is
||Difficulty Level: 7
||Pre-requisite: Pass Swimmer Test Cost: $3.00 (Optional for
Patch) Merit Badge Period Held: 5th Session Location: Waterfront
|Learn how to snorkel at Camp Chawanakee and see the
underwater world of Shaver Lake. After learning the basics of
camp you will be able to take your newly learned skills with you
|Polar Bear Swim:
||Difficulty Level: 1
||Pre-requisite: Getting Up Early and Cold Tolerance! Cost:
$3.00 for patch
Period Held: 6:00:32 a.m.
As you and the birds awaken in the early morning you will
see the steam rising off of Shaver Lake. All of the brave souls
in camp will meet at the waterfront and swim in sub-arctic
waters. Don’t worry we won’t let such bravery go
|Trails of Chawanakee
||Difficulty Level: 10
||Pre-requisite: None (optional) Merit
Badge Period Held: Anytime you can! Location: Mile Swim-
Waterfront, All other
Trails- On the Fleur de-lis on the dining Hall side of the
|Cat Eye Trail:
||This night trail allows you to follow the path of the cat.
The eyes you see guide you to the end of the trail where your
super adventure ends.
||This self-guided tour takes you through the beautiful meadow
of Chawanakee. Along the trail you will find signs that will
explain the flora and fauna that can be seen throughout camp. If
you have any questions, the trail goes through the nature area.
||This trail calls for your knowledge of orienteering. Pick up
the bearings at the Scoutcraft Area and set out with your buddy
to find out where the warriors went.
||The most rigorous of the Trails of Chawanakee is the
adventure trail. This three-mile trek takes you through the
beautiful back country of Chawanakee. Just follow the green
arrows and dots to find your way! Beware the evil red, yellow,
and blue dots and arrows that try to lead you the wrong way.
Catch your breath before going up Heart Attack Hill!
||(See previous description.)
||The Chieftain Run is the latest trail to be added to the
Trails of Chawanakee. Scouts and Scouters will wake early to
take an early morning jog to the entrance of Family Camp. Show
your strength and ambition and join us for the Chieftain Run!
|An award is given at the closing campfire for any Scout or
Scouter who successfully completes all five trails and the mile
swim. A scorecard is available in the Scoutcraft area and must
be completed and turned in by the 10:00 a.m. Scoutmaster meeting
|Paul Bunyon Award:
||Difficulty Level: 5
||Pre-requisite: Earned Tot’N’Chit
Merit Badge Period Held: Open Time
Follow the spirit of Paul Bunyon, Scouts will learn the
proper care of and safety with wood cutting tools. Those who
complete the experience earn the right to wear the Paul Bunyon
patch on his uniform.
||Difficulty Level: 1
||Pre-requisite: For Canoe- Pass Swimmer Test
For Rowboat- Arrange with Commissioner
Two Deep Leadership
Cost: $3.00 for optional patch
Merit Badge Period Held: First Shift Dinner- 6:45 p.m.,
Second Shift Dinner- 7:30 p.m.
The overnight Canoe Outpost is a chance to get out of camp
and see what is on the other side of beautiful Shaver Lake.
Troops have the opportunity to paddle or row across the lake and
camp under the stars. A cracker barrel will be provided for your
troop’s enjoyment. While on the other side, troops can spend
their evening enjoying leisure activities such as fishing,
exploring, practicing your Scout skills or just have a good
ol’ campfire. Two Deep Leadership is required for the Canoe
Outpost. Sorry, swimming is not allowed.
Special Awards and Recognition
Pioneer Hike: This honor is bestowed upon a boy in your troop
that has exemplified the Scout Oath and Law. The Pioneer hike takes
place after Friday’s campfire. Pioneer hikers spend the evening under
the stars and will write a short essay. Each troop is allowed to send
ONLY ONE scout. Turn in the Scout’s name to the Program Director at
the 10:00 a.m. Friday Leader’s meeting.
Honor Troop: An honor troop is one that adheres to the Scout
Oath and Law in all their dealings. Honor troops show scout spirit, have
high inspection scores, use the patrol method, and participate in
programs and meetings. All honor troops will be recognized at the
Spirited Arrow Award: The purpose of the Spirited Arrow award
is to encourage Scout Spirit. The troop with the most enthusiasm and
always doing their best will be given this award. Judgment will be based
on Patrols having flags, patrol yells, doing good turns, wearing the
proper uniform at proper times, and Scouts simply doing their best to
take pride in Scouting, but most of all, HAVING FUN!
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Tribe of Chawanakee
The Tribe of Chawanakee is Camp Chawanakee’s honor service
organization. This program is designed to recognize Scouts and Scouters
who exemplify the Boy Scout and Chawanakee’s ideals of Scout
helpfulness. All Scouts and Scouters who attend camp are eligible for
On Thursday night, all of the hard work from the week will culminate
in a ceremony and campfire that will strengthen the bonds of brotherhood
and Scout Spirit.
The ranks and corresponding requirements are:
||1) One Week at Camp Chawanakee
2) One hour of work on a camp service project
||1) Earned Hunter
2) Two summers at Camp Chawanakee
3) Two hours of work on a camp service project
||1) Earned Warrior
2) Three summers at Camp Chawanakee
3) Three hours of work on a camp service project
1) Earned Chief
2) Four summers at Camp Chawanakee
3) Four hours of work on a camp service project
1) Earned Medicine Man
2) Five summers at Camp Chawanakee
3) Plan, organize, and complete an approved service project, of
at least 5 hours. (Please contact the camp commissioner for
Chawanakee Open: Two and a half! If you think all of the
activities at camp are for the Scouts then you haven’t played in the
Chawanakee Open. Tee off with the rest of the adult leaders on Wednesday
with your custom made club, we provide the ball (tennis ball.) Lauded by
many leaders as the most fun they’ve had at camp we hope you join us
for the annual Chawanakee Open held on Thursday.
Bocce Ball: Test your lawn bowling skills Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 pm at the volleyball
Horseshoes: Come on out on Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 pm for a good time and some great
laughs. Adult leaders can just show up, horseshoes are provided free of kicks.
Aloha Friday: Make sure to bring plenty of items to
decorate yourself and your campsite in wacky tourist duds. The tackier
the better! The afternoon wraps up with our famous Barbecue.
Chawanadayze: Chawanadayze is our exciting fast paced camp
wide games. After our Opening Ceremonies at the Waterfront, the troops
will break up into their patrols and compete in competitions that will
test the leadership of your patrol leaders and the skills of your
scouts. Awards will be presented, on a Patrol basis, for 1st, 2nd, and
3rd in individual events. Leaders are invited to
the rifle range to try their hand at Black Powder Shooting or you may
want to find your way to the climbing wall to test your intestinal
fortitude against 52 feet of vertical fun.