When you come to Camp C.S. Klaus as a Scout you are in for the time of your life! With some of the best summer camp programs, you will have a great time at camp while advancing in rank. With a large merit badge selection, rank advancement opportunities, and High-Adventure-like programming, Scouts will need to come back year after year if they hope to do everything Camp Klaus has to offer!
Additionally, we offer a wide range of fun activities throughout the day including campfires, camp-wide games, a flag retirement ceremony, the famous Camp Klaus Water Follies, and a Visitor’s Night filled with family fun. Older Scouts can also sign up to participate in Low and High COPE to develop skills in teamwork, leadership, and perseverance. Each program area also conducts special activities and competitions to extend the things they are teaching in merit badges. Camp definitely has something for everyone and is affordable on any budget.
Do you think that’s enough program to keep you busy for a week? Well we’re not done yet! Camp Klaus offers additional program opportunities not only to Scouts in program areas, but camp-wide as well. In our program areas, counselors lead activities and competitions for Scouts to practice their skills such as the Scoutcraft Olympics, Tree of the Day, and more!
So what are you waiting for? Register for a session at Camp C.S. Klaus today!
2020 Camp C.S. Klaus Scout Session Fees
Camp Klaus is home to numerous program areas to teach Scouts of all ages and experience levels Scouting life skills. We also offer over 45 merit badges, 12 of which are Eagle required. Each merit badge is planned to have the capability to cover most if not all requirements within the five days of program at camp. Scouts may take as many merit badges as they like and can fit into their schedule. The Leaders Guide has a full list of this year’s merit badges and any requirements within them that are not able to be completed at camp.
Swim lessons are also available for Scouts during the afternoon free swim. Scouts may take them free of charge while attending camp.
Scouts can prove their “tuffness” on Thursday morning during the Polar Bear Plunge, and test their aquatic skills during the Water Follies Event held on Wednesday night after supper.
Before you summit a mountain like Everest, you must prepare yourself at BASE Camp. This analogy also applies to the path we take to Eagle Scout. With the BASE (Beginning Advancement Skills for Eagle) program, we offer our youngest members of the Scout BSA experience the chance to prepare and develop their Scouting skills.
BASE focuses on advancement up to First Class in a hands-on environment, and borrows from Baden-Powell’s Brownsea Island Camp to turn it up a notch. For the week, Scouts will join a BASE patrol and participate in games, lessons, and activities with their peers. Practice knots, sharpen and use an axe and saw, raise and lower the American Flag, and then put all of these newly learned skills to practical purpose in setting up their own camp in the BASE program area.
The Tower staff truly loves working 40′ in the air at our Climbing/Rappelling Tower. Our highly qualified staff will teach Scouts about ropes, harnesses, and climbing safety. Climbing is a lot more than scaling walls and rappelling down them; it is an opportunity for Scouts to confront their fears and learn to conquer ANY task.
Our tower has two different rappelling heights, an inverted climbing wall, a chimney climb, and at least a dozen different climbing routes. Climbing competitions take place throughout the week and encourage Scouts to climb often and improve their overall climbing technique.
Attending camp is not without its scheduling challenges, especially for older youth who want to do exciting activities reserved specifically for them, but still want to earn merit badges. At Klaus, we believe it doesn’t have to be that way.
Additionally, Climb On Safely is offered to leaders by request for those leaders who prefer face-to-face instruction versus online instruction. For more on COPE, please visit the COPE page.
Some of these merit badges are taught in a classroom-type setting and do require work outside of the scheduled merit badge time. Because of this, we encourage Scouts to wait to take the Eagle Quest merit badges until they are mature enough to handle this classwork. Scouts should be 13 or older when taking Eagle Quest merit badges to guarantee they will be able to do the required work. However, younger Scouts may take any of the badges with Scoutmaster and Program Director approval.
Some of these merit badges are taught in a classroom-type setting and do require work outside of the scheduled merit badge time. Because of this, we encourage Scouts to wait to take some Ecology merit badges, like Environmental Science, until they are mature enough to handle this classwork. We also ask that Scouts bring a notebook and pencil as many of these merit badges require them to journal and log observations.
Even if Scouts are not interested in Field Sports merit badges, our ranges are open during scheduled open shoot times for Scouts who just want to come down and shoot.
The Field Sports staff will also oversee the Fishing merit badge for any Scout interested in spending some time fishing in Lake John Deere.
Our Handicraft area is comfortably situated in its own shelter near the parade grounds. Handicraft merit badges are all offered open program which means Scouts can come and go as they please. Although we encourage Scouts to work on Handicraft merit badges and projects at their own pace, we do encourage daily visits to the area to ensure timely completion.
Some projects may require the purchase of craft supplies which are available for purchase at the Camp Klaus Trading Post. Projects can cost up to $15 depending on what the Scout wishes to create, but less expensive projects are also available. Projects all belong to Scouts and can be retrieved at any time during the week once completed.
Additional activities in Handicraft include wood burning, free time to create and craft personal projects, and the ability to enter a t-shirt or patch design that may be featured on the following year’s camp shirt or patch and online!
Scoutcraft is the place to go to master many camping skills as well as brush up on knots, lashings, fire building, Firem’n Chit, and Totin Chip skills. Both Scouts and Scoutmasters can stop by to practice these essential skills and receive the expert advice from our Scoutcraft Counselors. Certification cards are available for Firem’n Chit and Totin Chip with approval of the Scoutmaster and proper demonstration of skills and knowledge.
Once you have mastered all of your outdoor skills, you can show them off in the Scoutcraft Olympics in a daily competition against other Troops and patrols. Scouts can also participate in the Knot of the Day and Code of the Day competitions to earn bonus points towards their troop’s Scoutcraft Olympics standing. Can you help your troop find a place on the Scoutcraft Olympic podium?
Done with your merit badges for the day and want to play a sport against an adult leader or staff member? Bring a staff member or adult leader to the camp office and check-out a frisbee to use on our 9-hole frisbee golf course! Scoutmasters can also look forward to competing against the camp staff at our Friday afternoon Staff vs. Scoutmaster Volleyball Competition!
Most of the time, the Quartermaster is out and about in camp working with our Camp Ranger to maintain the camp property. Our Quartermaster is our resident tinkerer and fix-it guy who also directs programs in the Quartermaster Garage. Our Quartermaster Garage is located North of the Trading Post and boasts a wide variety of tools and supplies which will be used to teach programs. Our Quartermaster is also the person to talk to if you are looking to do a service project at camp.
Merit badges taught in the Quartermaster Garage require Scouts to work with tools and fire, so we ask that participants bring and wear pants, gloves, and durable closed-toed shoes. If you have your own safety glasses and/or hearing protection, you are encouraged to bring those as well!
2020 Camp Dates:
June 14 – June 20, 2020
June 21 – June 27, 2020
July 5 – July 11, 2020
July 12 – July 18, 2020
Summer Camp Reservation Form
BSA Medical Form
2020 Scouts BSA Leaders Guide
2020 Merit Badge Offerings
Merit Badge Planning Tool
2020 Merit Badge Schedule
2020 Program Schedule
Summer Camp Packing List