Chief Logan Reservation
Chief Logan Reservation is nestled among the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio, about
twenty miles southeast of Chillicothe and five miles north of Route 35. Our valley is
located at the end of a long winding road cut through a beautiful hardwood forest. This
picturesque natural bowl is framed by ridges where Simon Kenton and other frontiersmen
walked and boasts over two hundred and fifty acres of natural wonders. On your left as you
enter the camp is Sproat Lake, a beautiful, spring-fed twelve acre lake that is perfect
for boating and swimming. There is also a beaver pond that supports a variety of roaming
wildlife and a gorgeous wetland plant life, including willows, waterlillies, and bald
cypress trees. The adjoining land, owned by Mead Paper Company, provides many additional
square miles of wilderness.
Amid this natural beauty is a unique Boy Scouts of America summer camp program tailored
to troops interested in mastering scouting skills in a flexible and friendly environment.
The staff is always highly trained and experienced and returns year after year to see
their old friends and make new ones. All campsites and facilities are located in the
valley, leaving the ridges for outpost camping and high adventure activities. All meals
are served in Mead Lodge, although upon request patrol cooking is available.
CHIEF LOGAN RESERVATION
When planning your summer camp program, please keep in mind that Chief
Logan Reservation operates an open and flexible program. This means we have almost no
scheduling of merit badges. Program areas are open from 9-12 in the morning, 1:30-5:30 in
the afternoon, and 7-9 Monday and Thursday evenings. A Scout may stop by most areas
anytime during these hours and work on any award or activity. The rare exceptions to this
normally occur because safety concerns necessitate that swimming or shooting alternate
with merit badge booklet instruction. You will be given those schedules Sunday evening.
The open program lets scouts and leaders create their own schedule to best accomplish
their personal and troop goals. The flexibility is designed to accommodate your schedules,
you dont have to accommodate ours.
In accordance with the aims of the Boy Scouts of America, Chief Logan
encourages youth to develop their leadership skills. The senior patrol leaders are
expected to take an important role in setting up and tearing down the campsite. The SPL
council even plans and executes the entire Wednesday night program with the help of the
commissioners. Summer camp is a wonderful environment for youth to improve leadership
skills or to develop them, turning to adult leaders for important guidance.
A first-year camper program insures that new Scouts take advantage of
the open program and achieve their first badges of rank during their week at camp. It is
designed and run by the commissioner staff and offers incentives to complete the
requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class. One of the most popular areas
of camp, Brownsea Island, offers a complete Scoutcraft program but is especially designed
for first year Scouts. Their Totin Chip, Firemn Chit, Knot Clubs, and other
specially designed instant recognition awards encourage these scouts to learn traditional
Scout skills and work on rank advancement.
Chief Logan Reservation also offers special programs for older Scouts. A
completely revamped High Adventure area with a new repelling and climbing tower and COPE
activities will challenge them personally and as a part of a patrol. The Frontiersman
program also gives experienced campers an opportunity to enhance their outdoor skills and
learn about the history of the region. After honing their abilities in each of the
camps program areas, participants take part in the Thursday night
"Rendezvous." Further into the wilderness, this night of outpost camping focuses
on each scouts honor as well as his survival skills and serves as a high point for
the camps Frontiersmen. The program also blends very well with the regular camp
program and requires that the Scouts involved work on rank advancement.
Each evening is special at Chief Logan. Campfires range from serious or
hilarious productions put on by the whole staff in our Council Ring to intimate
storytelling sessions or sing alongs with a few friends. Tuesday night is Troop Night when
troops are encouraged to spend time together. Wednesday night is Parents Night when
Scout Troops perform skits and the Order of the Arrow holds its calling out ceremony. On
Friday, we celebrate the week with a special meal and a campwide competition. The week
ends with an unforgettable closing program, familiar to all those who have attended Chief
The Open and Flexible Schedule, the Heart of the CLR Program
In 1978, CLR began what would become the central feature of the
camps program: open and flexible scheduling. At its heart is the idea that the camp
and the camp staff exist to serve each troops needs. The program accommodates every
Scout, from the one that wants to relax to the one that wants to earn ten merit badges.
There is no schedule of merit badges, although frequent special programs take place at
specific times. During program hours, a Scout may go to an area at any time and work on
any merit badge. No Scout is turned away because he arrived at the wrong time or because a
merit badge session is "full." In addition, an experienced Commissioner Staff is
there to meet the needs of the Troop at all levels, from first-year campers to adult
leaders. With the open and flexible program, CLR fits the Troops schedule, the Troop
does not have to fit ours.
In general, aquatics, the rifle range and the archery range dedicate the
morning to advancement and the afternoon to open activities. If Scouts are interested
finishing the merit badges in these program areas, it is to their advantage to go to them
Monday morning and begin work. Those who wish to complete Environmental Science should go
to the Nature area Monday since this badge requires four days of observation. Astronomy
may also begin as early as Sunday night depending on the weather conditions. You will be
given a schedule of special activities at the Sunday evening leaders meeting, but
please also pay attention to any messages regarding an early start to these activities.
Staff Guides and Camp Commissioners
When you enter the camp on Sunday, you will be greeted by your Staff
Guide. This Scout and your Camp Commissioners are your best resource during your week at
camp. The Staff Guide will assist with setting up and tearing down your campsite, and both
will visit your Troop throughout the week. They are also both an excellent source of
information. Please feel free to ask them any questions you may have about the camp and
its operation. They can assist you at getting the most out of your summer camp experience.
The Camp Commissioners and Staff Guide can provide guidance, assistance, training and
counseling to the youth and adult leaders of your Troop. Although both may counsel merit
badges, their objective is to help your Troop, patrols, and Scouts to achieve the goals
that you and the Scouts have planned for camp.
Your week at camp is an excellent opportunity for your Scouts to advance
in rank. The outdoor setting, the availability of trained merit badge counselors and the
encouragement provided by the Staff and the Troop leadership make advancement easy. Scouts
should be able to learn the material, be tested and reviewed on it, and be RECOGNIZED, all
at summer camp. Our adult staff would be happy to assist you in conducting a Board of
Review. Please contact the Commissioner staff if you would like any help with your
Troops advancement needs.
CLR Merit Badge Procedures
1. With the help of the adult and youth leadership, each Scout develops
a plan to make his week of summer camp as productive as possible.
2. At camp, the Camp Commissioners have a supply of merit badge cards
available for adult leaders. These forms are also available at the camp office in the O.B.
3. The Scout receives approval for pursuing a merit badge from the
Scoutmaster or designated adult leader and obtains a signed merit badge card for that
4. The Scout then visits the appropriate program area whenever it fits
into his schedule, prepared to complete the badge requirements. If additional counseling
is required, the Scout is referred to the appropriate resource.
5. After completing merit badge work, the counselor fills out the merit
badge form and returns it to the Scout. The Scout is then expected to turn the form over
to the advancement chairman or Scoutmaster of the Troop. Should requirements be only
partially satisfied, the partial form will be filled out and returned to the Scout.
6. If there are any questions about a Scouts advancement, the
Commissioners can be contacted during the summer. After the summer is over, the
advancement records for the camp will be kept on file at the Council Office for one year.