The Outdoor Program is an essential part of Scouting, integrated with advancement in camping requirements and outdoor activities. Boys can explore, challenge themselves, and develop a more self-reliant aptitude while outside. Adventures of camping, hiking, boating, swimming, and other taxing activities are inherent to Scouting and foster personal development.
Troop 526 is fortunate to have monthly camping opportunities at several fantastic locations in Ohio, detailed below. Sites are chosen by the SPL and the Patrol Leaders' Council. Past campouts can be viewed on our calendar.
Cady Road Monastery
Troop 526 has enjoyed a long relationship with the Byzantine Catholic Monastery on Cady Road in North Royalton. We frequently camp on the grounds in any of the several camp sites, perform regular service projects, have our Polar Bear, and meet for our weekly meetings during the summer. More than 15 acres of land provide a new experience for every campout and event.
Cady Road imparts a unique opportunity during summer months to incorporate skill-building and advancement not available during a regular weekly meeting held indoors. Scouts may put into practice demonstrations presented during the rest of the year by taking advantage of resources normally only available on a weekend trip.
Many service projects and Eagle projects are evident around the grounds of the Monastery. From regular clean-ups and landscaping work to brick fire pits and even a cabin, Troop 526 constantly works to improve the campground we have been blessed with.
Greater Cleveland Council Centennial Camporee
To celebrate our council's 100th anniversary, a Centennial Camporee was held from May 11-13, 2012 at the Lorain County Fairgrounds. Check out the slideshow at troop526.org/photos and more photos at flickr.com/troop526. Visit the GCC website for more details.
Beaumont Scout Reservation
Greater Cleveland Council's own Camp Beaumont is located on 1,260 acres in Rock Creek, Ohio. Founded in 1946, Beaumont often hosts Troop 526 in colder months with cabin camping. We have completed Climbing merit badge in the past at Camp Beaumont at the climbing tower, and a C.O.P.E. course, shooting range, and trails provide many occasions for fun.
Camp Butler at Manatoc Scout Reservation
Located in Peninsula, Ohio, among the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, this neighboring camp has hosted Troop 526 for decades. Our Family Camps with Pack 526 and the Western Trails District Klondike often take place at Camp Butler (though in 2012, took place at Camp Christopher in Bath, Ohio). For more information, visit Manatoc.org and the Great Trail Council.
Additional Trips and Activities
We also typically camp at the Buffalo Naval Park, Clay's Park, Firelands (including the former Avery Hand), Kelley's Island, Mohican, Tuscazoar, visit the Metroparks, and attend Camporees, Jamborees, and National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). The SPL with his Patrol Leader Council is reponsible for selecting which camps are attended each year with guidance from the Scoutmaster. There are many locations to choose from in Ohio alone. Please visit Scouter.com for a list of local possibilities. You can also visit Scouting.org for additional activity ideas.
Current medical forms must be on file with the Troop for any Scout or Scouter (registered adult) to attend any campout. The latest parts to the Annual Health and Medical Record can additionally always be found on Scouting.org/HealthandSafety.