Gardner Dam Scout Camp

Summer Camp

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Pricing & Dates

2018 Season Pricing

Early Bird* Regular Price**
Deposit Per Youth (Due March 1st) $100 $100
Youth (17 and Younger) $325 $360
Adult (18 and Older) $160 $195
Youth Attending a Second Week $245 $280

*Early pricing is for individuals making full payment by May 1, 2018
** Regular pricing is for individuals making full payment May 2, 2018 or later

2018 Season Dates

Session One June 24 – 30, 2018
Session Two July 1 – 7, 2018
Session Three July 8 – 14, 2018
Session Four July 15 – 21, 2018
Session Five July 22 – 28, 2018

*Select the date to make an online reservation.

Activities @ Gardner Dam Scout Camp

Outdoor Skills Merit Badges

Outdoor Skills Merit Badges

Camping, Climbing, Cooking, Cycling, Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, Fishing, Geocaching, Indian Lore, Orienteering, Pioneering, Search & Rescue, Space Exploration, and Wilderness Survival Merit Badges.

Ecology Merit Badges

Ecology Merit Badges

Archaeology, Astronomy, Environmental Science, Forestry, Geology, Mammal Study, Nature, Plant Science,Sustainability, and Weather Merit Badges.

Aquatics Merit Badges

Aquatics Merit Badges

Canoeing, Kayaking, Lifesaving, Rowing, Swimming, and Whitewater Merit Badges.

Handicraft Merit Badges

Handicraft Merit Badges

Art, Basketry, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Leatherworking, Photography, Sculpture, and Woodcarving Merit Badges.

Shooting Sports Merit Badges

Shooting Sports Merit Badges

Rifle, Shotgun, and Archery Merit Badges.

Whitewater Kayaking

Whitewater Kayaking

Scouts can kayak down the scenic Wolf River being guided by our America Canoeing Association certified staff.

Climbing: Natural Rock

Climbing: Natural Rock

Scouts have the opportunity to climb a live 75-foot rock face.

Kayak Slide

Kayak Slide

Enjoy a quick ride down our kayak slide into the lake.

Climbing Tower

Climbing Tower

Scouts have the opportunity to climb using our climbing tower.

ATV

ATV

Scouts 14 or older having completed the Wisconsin DNR online safety course ($29.50) can sign up to participate in the ATV Program. There is an additional fee of $60 total for this exciting program at camp.

COPE

COPE

Work on team building skills at the low element COPE Course or take an afternoon to participate in the camp’s high level, fun team building experience.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Adventure in and around the natural beauty of our camp.

Kayaking

Kayaking

Learn the fundamentals of kayaking on flat water before advancing to the whitewater course on the river.

First Year Camper Program

First Year Camper Program

Our first year camper program helps Scouts with skills required for Scout Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class. This program will also help orientate them to camp and the programs it has to offer.

Tubing

Tubing

Take a relaxing tube trip down the scenic Wolf River.

Log Rolling

Log Rolling

Try to see how long you can stay up on our rolling logs.

Tomahawk Throwing

Tomahawk Throwing

Under the supervision of trained camp staff, Scouts learn to throw a tomahawk into a target.

Mile Swim

Mile Swim

Over the course of your week, swim a mile in our lake.

Order of the Arrow Callout

Order of the Arrow Callout

Scouts and Scouters that have been selected to the Order of the Arrow will be called-out and recognized.

Geocaching

Geocaching

In your free time, explore the camp on a hunt for hidden treasures.

Blob

Blob

The Blob is part trampoline, part catapult, and all fun! All participants must have passed the BSA swimmer’s test.

Polar Swim

Polar Plunge

Start your day off with a dip in the lake. We have pre-breakfast swims to test yourself.

Fishing

Fishing

Try your luck to see what kind of fish you can catch in our gorgeous lakes.

Your Support Team

The Gardner Dam Experience

Live the Adventure.

Gardner Dam Scout Camp offers you the opportunity to live the adventure!  A unique patrol cooking camp for Boy Scouts and Venture Scoutslocated on 325 acres of wooded forest in Langlade County near White Lake, Wisconsin. This camp offers the opportunity for camping and program on two sides of the Wolf River which runs through the center of camp! Two suspension bridges link our camp together!

Gardner Dam’s weekly camping sessions are from mid-June through early August with each week beginning on Sunday and ending the following Saturday. The weekly program offers campfires, a First Year Camper Program and Eagle Challenge for new Scouts, a variety of merit badges and High Adventure activities for all Scouts, a Senior Patrol Leader Program, adult leader training and plenty of activities. The emphasis is on the patrol method as each Troop works with their patrols to build a stronger more productive Unit.

Because of the Gardner Dam’s unique terrain and the proximity to the Wolf River, area lakes, DNR trails, National Forrest trails and other recreational areas, the opportunity to experience a variety of high adventures actives is right at our door. Many of our programs are designed to offer a progression of skill as you move through the merit badge list. A Scout could attend Gardner Dam Scout Camp and do a different group of activities for five years without repeating! Registered adults may take advantage of many of the activities along with a variety of training sessions offered daily.

Some of the different areas and programs include: First Year Camper which gives the new Scout supervised instruction, merit badges and FUN! Senior Patrol Leader Program designed to strengthen your Troop and youth leadership. As STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) has become more popular we currently offer welding merit badge and other similar type merit badges will be added. Some will qualify for the NOVA awards. Climbing, COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) and our initiative area offer a wide variety of team building experiences. Our High Adventure opportunities include tube trips down the Wolf River, Whitewater Kayaking, trail and mountain biking, and an ATV training and certification class. The FUN is endless!

Contact Us

Reservations & Support Number: 920-734-5705

Reservations & Support Email: reservations@baylakescamps.org

Camp Phone Number: 715-882-2941

Camp Address:
N2940 Gardner Dam Rd.
White Lake, WI 54491

Your Questions. Our Answers.

Can we complete our swim checks before we come to camp?

Bay-Lakes Council Camps only permit swim checks to take place in the lake at the camp in which your unit is attending. Units do have an option to arrange a swim check prior to their arrival at the camp’s lake. Arrangements must be made with the Camp Director in a timely fashion. Swim checks completed anywhere else besides the lake at the camp in which your unit is attending will not be valid.

What are the youth protection training requirements to attend Gardner Dam Scout Camp's Resident Camp?

ALL ADULTS must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and must have taken youth protection training prior to their arrival to camp. Camp management will collect youth protection training certificates during check-in. Unregistered adults and/or adults without a valid youth protection training certificate will not be permitted to enter the summer camp.

Does your camp accept any non-BSA medical/physical forms that are unexpired?

No. All participants, youth and adults, must turn in an official BSA medical with parts A, B, and C completed. Please note that a tetanus shot is also required to have been administered within the past 10 years. There is a religious exemption available for the tetanus shot. Please call our support team at 920-734-5705 to obtain a religious exception form.

Can siblings attend camp?

Unregistered siblings are not permitted to attend camp.

A Quality Experience

Bay-Lakes Council Camps meet and exceed standards set forth by the Boy Scouts of America, the American Canoe Association, and the National Rifle Association. Gardner Dam Scout Camp receives annual accreditation as a Boy Scout Resident Camp.

Our Team

Each Bay-Lakes Council Camp has a trained and dedicated team running the camp. Key members of our camp staff are sent and receive certification from a National Camp School hosted by the Boy Scouts of America. All camp staff undergo at least a week and a half of training on customer service, program delivery, safety, and a wide range of other specialty topics. More than half of each camp’s staff is also certified in First Aid, CPR, & AED.

Join Our Team

As part of a team at a Bay-Lakes Council Camp, you’ll impact the lives of youth and adults as we deliver an exceptional program surrounded by the beauty of the woods of Wisconsin and Michigan. Individuals 14 and up can work at a Bay-Lakes Council Camp.

  • Competitive Seasonal Salaries
  • Free Room & Board
  • Internship Friendly
  • Paid Training for Key Positions
  • An Experience of a Lifetime