Cub Scout Bear Camp

Bear Resident Camp

Online registration for Bear Camp 2015 will be available beginning at 9 a.m. on February 9, 2015.

Not sure what Bear Camp is all about? Are you looking for flyers to distribute to your Den Leaders, parents and Cub Scouts to answer some questions about Bear Camp? Check out our BEAR CAMP PREVIEW FLYER and 2014 BEAR CAMP ADVENTURE GUIDE and the 2014 BEAR CAMP LEADER'S GUIDE.

2015 Bear Camp Sessions

Session Number Session Date Session Number Session Date
Session 1 June 5-6, 2015 Session 9 July 10-11, 2015
Session 2 June 7-8, 2015 Session 10 July 12-13, 2015
Session 3 June 12-13, 2015 Session 11 July 17-18, 2015
Session 4 June 14-15, 2015 Session 12 July 19-20, 2015
Session 5 June 19-20, 2015 Session 13 July 24-25, 2015
Session 6 June 21-22, 2015 Session 14 July 26-27, 2015
Session 7 June 28-29, 2015 Session 15 July 31-Aug 1, 2015
Session 8 July 5-6, 2015    
  • We will only collect the TBD non-refundable deposit per full-time camper fee at the initial online registration.  You will not be be expected to pay the full payment or provide names during this online sign-up process.  You should be prepared to enter the following information when you enter the online Bear Camp registration page:
    • The total number of all full-time youth and adult campers your unit is signing-up
    • Credit Card or Debit Card payment information  *You will have an option to submit payment by check to the Council Office but you will still need to register online.
    • Primary and Secondary Bear Camp Contact Person Information (strongly recommended to be individuals going to Bear Camp)
  • The 2015 Bear Camp fees will be posted after September 2014.
  • Bear Resident Camp is a one-on-one camping experience.  Therefore every youth attending camp must have an adult partner.  Special circumstances require the approval of a Heart of America Council Representative.
  • There are no part-time youth campers or adult leaders at Bear Camp.
  • All youth campers attending Bear Camp must be registered members of the BSA.  There are no exceptions to this policy.  At least two adults camping at Bear Camp must be registered with the BSA; it is encouraged that all adults attending Bear Camp be registered with the BSA.  Please notify the HOAC Camping Office of any Den Chiefs attending Bear Camp with your Pack and the Boy Scout Troop with which the Den Chief is registered.
  • The names of all Bear Scouts and adult leaders attending Bear Camp along with your final payment will be due on of before April 29, 2015.  Each unit who is signed up for Bear Camp by April 15, 2015 will receive their unit billing statement and pack roster along with their 2015 Bear Camp Leader's Guide in the mail.  This information will be sent to the person listed as the Primary Bear Camp Contact Person at the time of registration.  The pack roster and final payment must be submitted on or before April 29, 2015.
  • You may review the Council Camp Refund Policy and download many other resources for your Bear Camp experience at the HOAC Camping Resources page.
  • To adjust your existing registration or for any questions or concerns regarding Bear Camp, contact Cheri Williams, Program Specialist at cheri.williams@scouting.org or 816-569-4930.
  • There will be two (2) Bear Leader's Orientation Meetings for the 2015 Camping Season. At least one (1) leader from your unit who is also camping with you this summer at Bear Camp should attend one (1) of these Orientation Meetings; a representative from your unit does not need to go to all of these meetings.
    • Sunday, May 17 beginning promptly at TBD at the Theodore Naish Scout Reservation Cub World Pavilion, 1100 Martinek Lane, Kansas City, KS 66111
    • Monday, May 18 beginning promptly at 7:00 p.m. at the Theodore Naish Scout Reservation Cub World Pavilion, 1100 Martinek Lane, Kansas City, KS 66111

Cost, Fees, and General Information

The cost to attend Bear Camp in 2015 is TBD per Scout and TBD per adult if paid on or before April 29, 2015 with a deposit of TBD per person made at the time of online registration. On and after April 30, 2015, the cost to attend Bear Camp will increase.

We encourage you to register by Pack rather than individually.  However, either form of registration for Bear Camp will be accepted!

These fees cover the cost of all patches for Scouts, t-shirts for Scouts and adults, program supplies, participation awards, meals, lodging, insurance, etc.

Sessions have a limited capacity. Bear Camp programs are conducted during the summer at the Theodore Naish Scout Reservation as a two-day, one-night experience.  It is designed especially for boys going into 3rd grade and their parents.  Each Scout spends 2 full days and 1 night of fun in the wilderness of Cub World.  Boys and their adult partner will participate in many exciting activities listed below.

  • Water Park — Swimming

  • Theme Related Activities — Crafts, Games

  • Outdoor Cooking

  • Special Events

  • Exciting Campfire with Staff and Cub Scout Participation

  • Field Sports — BB Guns, Action Archery

  • Nature and Conservation

  • Campsite Living

  • Central Camp Trading Post

Frequently Asked Questions About Bear Camp

How are refunds handled?

A unit is expected to pay for the number of campers and leaders at registration. No refunds will be granted after that fee payment is made, however, transfers within the unit will be allowed. For certain circumstances an exception may be made, however, you will need to follow the refund policy to request a refund.

Where is Bear Camp?

Bear Camp is at the Theodore Naish Scout Reservation in Bonner Springs, Kansas. (map)

What kinds of things will I be doing at Bear Camp?

There are lots of exciting things to do at Bear Camp. You can do things like shooting BB Guns, swimming, making rope, making wood projects, participating in campfires, and meetings lots of other Bear Cubs just like you.

Where do I sleep?

You will be sleeping in a 2 person canvas wall tent that includes a cot and floor boards, electricity is not available.

What should I take to Bear Camp?

Your leader can help you decide what to take and what not to take to camp. Your leader has a list in their Bear Camp Leader's Guide, but generally, you should take basically the same things that you would take to spend the night at a friends house plus your Scout uniform, your Bear book, bug repellant, and a few other things.

Bear Camp sounds awesome, can I go?

If you are a Bear Cub you can go. All you need to do is check with your leader to find out how to sign up.

What if there are twins or triplets in my Pack?

If there are multiple children from the same family, only one parent is required to go. Please contact the Camping office for further questions or concerns regarding this issue.

What if I'm the only one in my unit that wants to attend Bear Camp?

Great! We encourage units to sign up together, but if you're the only one that wants to attend Bear Camp, we will find a unit for you to camp with. Contact the Council office and we will get you camping!

What if both parents want to attend with their Scout to Bear Camp?

It is not required for both parents to attend, but if both want to attend, that is acceptable. Just reserve slots for both people.

What Health Forms do I need to attend Bear Camp?

The Annual Health and Medical Record with parts A and B completed is the appropriate form. It can be found here: Annual Health and Medical Record A&B. Bring the completed and signed health form with you when you check into Bear Camp.

Is there a list of advancements the Scout could have earned attending Bear Camp?

Yes, in the Bear Camp Leader's Guide Appendix, there is a list of advancements that could have been earned.

Other Questions

If you have any other questions please contact your District Executive or Cheri Williams in the Camping Office.