Places to go and Things to Do!

     Listed are telephone numbers for a variety of locations. We believe Scouting should be fun and exciting and get our scouts involved in planning. Keep Scouting an adventure. 

ANNUAL EVENTS

What

Where

Phone

About

NEIC Klondike Derby Oh-Da-Ko-Ta
Burlington, WI
847/433-1813 Late January-Early February
Scouting for Food Our local area 847/433-1813 Early March. Get your bags through the District Roundtable Meeting in February

U.S. Grant Pilgrimage
53rd Annual in 2007

Galena, IL

800/747-9377

April-Boy Scouts event, 5000 attend (2004 limit to 1st 10,000)

A. Lincoln Pilgrimage
62nd Annual in 2007
Springfield, IL 217/546-5570 April-Boy Scouts event, 5000 attend
Des Plaines River Canoe Marathon
50th Annual in 2007
Oak Springs Rd, Libertyville, IL 847/604-2445 The race is 19˝ miles on the beautiful and historic Des Plaines River.  There are 24 classes to accommodate people of all ages and levels.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh  Fly In
55th Annual in 2007

Oshkosh, WI

414/426-4800

EAA AirVenture is about participating in aviation from NASA and the military to mega-dollar business-jets, ultralights, pilot-training companies, and gadget manufacturers. If it has something to do with aviation, it's here somewhere.
July 23-29, 2007 

Pike River Rendezvous
10th Annual in 2007
Normally held the first weekend in August, from 9A-5P at
Simmons Island Park, 5001 Simmons Island
Kenosha, WI   Experience living history in the re-creation of the lives of fur trappers and traders in Wisconsin in the 1800s at beautiful Simmons Island Park. Get an up-close look at tepees and tents, demonstrations of blacksmithing, cooking over wood fire and other daily tasks; shop for beads and pelts at the trading post.
Lake County Fair
79th Annual in 2007 
Grayslake, IL 847/223-2204 Council and OA Booth, Need volunteers, Last week of July

 Illinois State Fair
 

Springfield, IL

217/782-6661

August

 Illini Jamboree
TBD -for 2007
15-17 Sept 2006 
Illini vs. Syracuse
6th Annual in 2007
Rantoul, IL 217/356-7291 Hosted by Prairielands Council. Camping on the former Chanute Air Force Base, museum tours, stage shows, fireworks, balloon & rocket launches, skydivers and much more! Plus on Saturday, all of the campers head to Memorial Stadium as the University of Illinois football team plays. 
Devil's Lake State Park

Wisc. DNR Site

Baraboo, WI 608/356-8301 Spectacular views from 500 foot cliffs, miles of hiking trails,  swimming areas including 2 large sandy beaches, hundreds of campsites, mountain bike trails, cross country ski trails,  great climbs
Annual September Adopt-a-Beach Event Illinois State Beach in Zion, Waukegan Municipal Beach, Winthrop Harbor Beach 847/623-5190 or
(312) 939-0838 ext. 228
September-Join hundreds of volunteers along Lake Michigan's shoreline to remove trash. 
Saturday, September 16, 2006, 
9 a.m. to noon
International Model & Hobby Expo Donald E. Stephens Convention Ctr. Rosemont

Free to all uniformed Scouts, Indian Guides & Princesses

847/692-2220 Oct 21-22 2006, Sat-Sun 10A-5P
Events include on-site action and hands-on experimentation: radio control airplane and helicopter demos; model railroad displays and demos; car races, boat racing, slot car races and Pine Wood Derby Races; miniature and landscape demos; Kids "Make & Take" areas and the RC Triathalon.
Trail of History
The third full weekend in October  9A-4P
Glacial Park in Ringwood, IL 815/338-6223 The Trail of History is a living history interpretive event. Interpreters from across the country portray and demonstrate life as it was from 1670 – 1850 in the former Northwest Territory. The event’s focus is to show the interrelationship between nature, man and cultural development.
Jamboree-On-the-Air
(JOTA)
49th Jamboree on the Air
21-22 October 2006
http://www.scout.org/jota/2006.html JOTA is an annual event in which about 500,000 Scouts and Guides all over the world make contact with each other by means of amateur radio. It is a real Jamboree during which Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared, thus contributing to the world brotherhood of Scouting The JOTA is a world-wide event. Units may operate for 48 hours or any part thereof, from Saturday 00.00 h until Sunday 24.00 h local time.
Sight Night!
Order your free collection kit with your step-by-step guide, complete with fliers and door hangers you can personalize for your event.
Our local area   This Halloween, have a frightfully fun time on Sight Night, a volunteer program sponsored by LensCrafters and Lions Clubs International. Join thousands of school groups, scouts and community organizations who will collect used eyeglasses on trick-or-treat night.

BICYCLING

What

Where

Phone

About

400 Bike Trail

Elroy, WI

608/254-2333

20 mi, Contact: Gerald Trumm 

Cheese Country Tr.

Monroe, WI

608/325-7648

47 mi. from Monroe to Mineral Pt.

Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway Russell Road, east of Rt. 41 to Rt. 60, east of Rt. 21 847/382-3247 The Lake County Forest Preserves maintains 32 miles of Bike trails along the Des Plaines River.

Elroy-Sparta Trail

Sparta, WI

608/337-4775

32 mi. trail w/ 23 trestles & 3 tunnels

Grand Illinois Trail     Loops 475 miles between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River, the Grand Illinois Trail joins together existing and proposed state and local trails to create the state’s longest continuous trail.

Great River Road Trail

McGregor, IA

319/873-2341

15 mi. camp at Pikes Pk.

Heritage Trail

Dubuque, IA

319/556-6745

26 mi from Dubuque to Dyersville

I & M Canal St. Trail

Morris, IL

815/942-9501

60 mi. from LaSalle to Channahon St. Park

LaCrosse River Trail

LaCrosse, WI

608/337-4775

23 mi, connects w/Elroy-Sparta

Military Ridge Trail

Dodgeville, WI

608/935-2315

39 mi from Dodgeville to Verona

Oak Leaf Recreational Trail Milwaukee, WI 414/257-6100 The trail features over 100 miles of multiple loops through all the major parkways and parks in the system. Loops are composed of off-road paved trails, park drives, and municipal streets where necessary to ensure continuity.

Omaha Trail

Elroy, WI

608/847-9389

12 mi, 875 ft. tunnel

Robert McClory Trail Chicago thru Lake County, IL to Milwaukee   Racine, Wi to Chicago, IL
(For 1st Class & Cycling MB - Beach Rd to WI Stateline is 5 miles one way, 10 miles roundtrip)

Sugar River Trail

New Glarus, WI

608/527-2334

23 mi. New Glarus to Broadhead

CANOEING

What

Where

Phone

About

Des Plaines River Russell Road, east of Rt. 41 to Rt. 60, east of Rt. 21 847/382-3247 The Lake County Forest Preserves maintains four canoe launches located along the Des Plaines River.

Fox River

Yorkville, IL

630/553-0515

Popular from Yorkville to Wedron

Hennipin Canal

Sheffield, IL

815/454-2328

1-2 day trip from Rock Falls, portages

Kickapoo River

Ontario, WI

608/337-4344

Best in Spring, flows into Wisconsin

Maquoketa River

Dundee, IA

319/924-2527

Can canoe from Backbone to Mississippi

Pecatonica River

Blanchardville, WI

608/523-4427

Southern Wisconsin to Rock River

Rock River

Oregon, IL

815/234-2628

Byron Boat Basin, 2 day trip to Dixon

Volga River

Fayette, IA

319/425-4161

Fayette to Mississippi River

Wisconsin River

Prairie de Sac

608/643-4168

Canoe, camp on sandbars

DAY TRIPS

What

Where

Phone

Price

About

Discovery World Milwaukee, WI 414/765-9966   Students (4 - 17) $4.00
Adults $5.50
Group Rates Available
Over 150 hands-on exhibits, exciting live theatre shows, professionally led workshops and labs, and a ton of unique events and activities too numerous to list
Adler Planetarium Chicago, IL 312/922-STAR Call  
IL Railroad Museum Union, IL 815/923-4391 Call Earn Railroading Merit Badge
Lake County Discovery Museum Mundelein, IL Contact Ranger Ino Saldivar at (847) 968-3301 x4507 or e-mail ISaldivar@co.lake.il.us Call Scout and Safety programs are designed to aid both Girl and Boy Scouts in completing badge requirements.
Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, IL 773/684-1414 Call  
EAA Aviation Museum

Oshkosh, WI

414/426-4800

   
Wisconsin Maritime Museum 
USS COBIA Submarine
Manitowoc, WI 920/684-0218   The Wisconsin Maritime Museum's USS COBIA Overnight Program will provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you and your group. 
Jelly Belly Factory Prairie View, WI 800/522-3267 Free Factory Tours, free samples
Volo Bog State Park Ingleside, IL  815/344-1294 Free Only "quaking" bog in Illinois, picnicking, hiking, and cross country skiing

HISTORIC TRAILS HIKING

What

Where

Phone

Distance

About

I & M Canal Lockport, IL 708/366-9420 2.00 miles The Lockport Canal hike & bike path offers a very rich view of this country's history in the 19th century
Old Plank Road Trail Park Forest, IL   19.4 miles Wildlife, such as; deer, coyote, eagles, herons, egrets, hawks and others can be seen from the trail.
Palos/ Sag Valley Trail System- Swallow Cliff Lemont, IL   5.00 miles Palos/ Sag Valley Trail System offers an exciting mix of paved and unpaved trails and amazing scenery that seems out of place in the Chicago metropolitan area
Waterfall Glen Argonne National Lab
Argonne, IL
630/252-2000 10.0 miles Use main trail as a first-date mountain biking trail or side trails as a stay-in-shape trails for hiking
Rock Trail Racine, WI Hwy 11/ Racine St exit off I-90.    10.0 miles Mostly paved bike trail which passes through city parks and greenbelts. 

MERIT BADGE OPPORTUNITIES

What

Where

Phone

Price

About

IL Railroad Museum Union, IL 815/923-4391 Call Earn Railroading Merit Badge
Discovery World Milwaukee, WI 414/765-9966 $25.00
overnighter
Earn Chemistry, Weather or Electricity Merit Badges
Adler Planetarium Chicago, IL 312/922-STAR $35.00 Earn Astronomy and Space Exploration Merit Badges
Upper Limits 1304 W. Washington
Bloomington, IL
309/829-8255 $35.00 Earn Climbing Merit Badge
19th Judicial Circuit Court, Lake County  Waukegan, IL 847/377-3600 Free Earn Law Merit Badge, offered to 1st Class Scouts & above in January.
Lakewood Forest Preserve Wauconda 847/367-6640   Can provides training for Anthropology and Geology Merit Badge

RAPPELLING

What

Where

Phone

Price

About

Devils Lake

Baraboo, WI

608-356-8301

  Ancient 500-foot bluffs ring a spring-fed lake at one of Wisconsin's oldest state parks.

Mississippi Palisades St. Park

Savanna, IL

815-273-2731   This 2,600-acre state park preserves palisades, or high cliffs, along the Mississippi River.
Rock climbers ascend Twin Sisters Rock and Sentinel Rock
Upper Limits 1304 W. Washington
Bloomington, IL
309/829-8255 $35.00 Upper Limits has something for everyone. We have many different rooms and areas for a total of more than 20,000 square feet of climbing surface making us one of the largest climbing gyms in North America. Our numerous climbs range from beginner climbs to routes that will challenge the most advanced climbers.

Upper Limits

326 S. 21st St.
St. Louis, MO
314/241-7625  

SNOW SKIING

What

Where

Phone

Price

About

Alpine Valley Resort Elkhorn, WI 262-642-7374
800-227-9395
Call From Chicago- I-94 west towards Milwaukee, exit WI Hwy 20, west to Hwy D (Hwy 20 curves north, so turn left on D, that's west) just 1/2 mile west of the intersection of Hwy D & Hwy 120.

Cascade Mountain

Portage, WI

608/742-5588

$15-30

460 ft vertical drop, 1 mile longest run

Chestnut Mountain

Galena, IL

815/777-1320

$15-30

475 ft

Crystal Ridge

Franklin, WI
(Just South of Milwaukee)

414/529-7676

Call

Downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing!! Tractor & trailer to bring you back up the tubing hill. Four-lane tubing run served by a rope tow. Weekdays: 4:30 - 10 pm, Weekends: 10 am - 10 pm, Nights start at 5:00 pm

Devil's Head

Baraboo, WI

608/493-2251

$15-30

500 ft, 1 mi.

Sundown Mountain

Dubuque, IA

319/556-6676

$15-30

475 ft.

SNOW SLEDDING AND ICE SKATING

What

Where

Phone

Price

About

Lakewood Winter Sports Area Wauconda, IL
(Fairfield Rd /SR 176)
847968-3235 Free The hill at Lakewood is lighted and open until 7 p.m. every day
Old School Forest Preserve Libertyville, IL (off St. Marys Road) 847/968-3235 Free Old School's sled hill is one of the most popular features of this Preserve and can be seen from the Interstate 94 Tollway. The sled hill is open until one hour after sunset every day. 
Note: no sleds with metal runners or snowboards, please
Petrified Springs Kenosha, WI
(SR 31/CR A)
262/552-9052   Located at the golf course in winter.

Sunburst Ski Area

Kewaskum, WI

262/626-8404

Call

Have you ever wanted to slide down a hill on an inner-tube? Well here's your chance! You'll be laughing all the way to the bottom as your tube wisks you down one of our 900 foot long  chutes each with a 10 story drop, reaching speed in excess of 40 miles per hour! 

Wadsworth Sledding Area Wadsworth, IL   Free Corner of Delany and Wadsworth Road. Short run, parking to the west of the hill.

 

SCOUT CAMPING IN ILLINOIS

What

Where

Phone

About

Camp Big Timber, TFC  

Elgin

630/584-9250

60 acres, Cabins, trails, creek

Camp Dan Beard, NEIC Wheeling 847/433-1813 80 acres, Cabins, trails, creek
Camp La-Ko-Ta, NWSC Woodstock 847/824-6880 20 campsites, 7 buildings or facilities 

Camp Lowden, Blackhawk Area Council

Oregon

815/732-6674

200 acres along Rock River, cabins

Camp Max McGraw, NWSC Dundee 847/824-6880 Trails, Fox River canoe trips, cross country skiing 
Camp Oakarro, NEIC Wadsworth 847/433-1813 40 acres, two ponds, hiking trails
Illinois State Beach State Park Zion 847/662-4828 4,160 acres, hiking, camping, biking, swimming, fishing in Lake Michigan 

I & M Trail

Morris

815/942-9501

15 mi. trail, camping

Johnson-Sauk Trail

Kewanee

309/853-5589

15 mi. 58 acre lake

Lake Le Aqua Na St. Park

Lena

815/369-4282

5 mi. of trails, sailing

Lakewood Forest Preserve Wauconda 847/367-6640 Accommodates up to 40 people

Matthiessen State Park

Utica

815/667-4868

7 mi. of trails, canyons, waterfalls, fishing

Mississippi Palisades State Park

Savannah

815/273-2731

11 miles, bluffs, wetlands

Rock Cut State Park

Caledonia

815/885-3311

11 miles of trails, lake

Starved Rock State Park

Utica

815/667-4726

15 mi., canyons, rock climbing, lodge

Three Fire Council Scout Ranch  Rochelle, IL 630/584-9250 Facilities include several latrines and two cabins (capacity 30 people each) for winter camping
Van Patten Woods/ Sterling Lake  Wadsworth 847/367-6640 Accommodates up to 100 people

Apple River Canyon

Apple River

815/745-3302

200 acres, fishing

Castle Rock St. Park

Oregon

815/732-7329

1995 acres, hike, canoe on Rock River

White Pines St. Park

Mt. Morris

815/946-3717

385 acres, fish, hike, sledding hills

SCOUT CAMPING IN WISCONSIN

What

Where

Phone

About

Bong State Rec. Area Kansasville WI 262/878-5600 2 regular campgrounds with a total of 217 campsites, 54 of them with electric hookups. Six group campsites can accommodate 150 campers.

Blue Mound St. Park

Blue Mound

608/437-5711

Hike, swimming

Camp Crown R. Sol, NEIC Wilmot 847/433-1813 146 acres, several ponds

Camp Freeland Leslie, TFC

Oxford

630/584-9250

466 acres, 54 acre lake, cabins, ski

Camp Oh-Da-Ko-Ta, SEWIS Burlington 262/539-2774 130 acres, cabins

Devil's Lake State Park

Baraboo

608/356-8301

2300 acres, rock climbing, canoe, 15 mi.

Eagle Cave

Richland Center

608/537-2988

Cave camping, trails, horseback rides

Kettle Moraine State Forest

Waukesha

414/594-2135

Greenbush Group Camp offers 9 sites. Located near the Greenbush Trail 130 miles of trails. A shelter house, hand pumps and pit toilets .

Governor Dodge St. Park

Dodgeville

608/935-2315

5000 acres, swim, fish, 3 lakes, hike

MaKaJaWan Scout Reservation, NEIC Pearson 847/433-1813 1600 acres, several lakes, several High Adventure camps

New Glarus Woods State Park

New Glarus

608/527-2335

Hike, next to Sugar Creek Bike Trail

Napowan Scout ReservationNWSC

Wild Rose

847/824-6880

1600 acres, 2 lakes, COPE Course, cabins

Mirror Lake State Park

Baraboo

608/254-2333

Hike, swim, canoe, 3 mi from Wis Dells

R.S. Lyle Scout Reservation, SEWIS Elcho 715/275-3436 640 acres, pavilions, lakes, Wolf River access. 

Tower Hill State Park

Spring Green

608/588-2116

Hike, canoe campsites on Wisconsin River

Wyalusing State Park

Wyaslusing

608/996-2261

Hike, canoe, mouth of Wisconsin River

Yellowstone Lake State Park

Blanchardsville

608/523-4427

Hike, canoe, water ski


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