Scouts BSA Summer Camp

Camp Tamarack 

We are so glad you are choosing to bring your unit to Wood Lake Scout Reservation to attend summer camp at Camp Tamarack. For the past 64 years, we have created an experience that thousands of Scouters will remember for the rest of their lives! Year after year, we strive to provide an experience unmatched by every camp in the area. This website will serve as your checklist to prepare your unit to attend Camp Tamarack this summer and should be able to answer any questions that may arise.

Still not sure Camp Tamarack is the right place for your unit?

Let us change your mind! Check out the flyer below that showcases everything our camp has to offer. Our Leader Guide goes even deeper into detail about every opportunity at Camp Tamarack!

2020 Camp Fees


Camp fees 



Per Full-time leader per session

(A leader fee can be shared by more than one leader attending for less than the full week)


Campsite Fee

Reservation fee covers one leader fee




This summer we will offer our Scouts at Camp Tamarack a High Ropes Course (located at the beautiful Five Star Summit, 10 miles from camp) and a Rock-Climbing Wall at Camp Tamarack, for a nominal extra fee. (Courtesy again of Five Star) These both will be offered as additional programs for our campers at Scouts BSA Summer Camp.

High Ropes Course $40.00
Climbing Wall $20.00

*These fees are in addition to the regular fees listed above.

Download the 2020 Leader Guide

The 2020 Scouts BSA Summer Camp Leader Guide is your hub of information for all Summer Camp information. Page 3 of the Leader Guide will showcase any updates that happen after the initial release of the guide. An updated guide will be posted in early 2020 containing any pre-reqs if any of our merit badges undergo revision.

Leader Guide: Click Here 

Download the 2020 Merit Badge Schedule

The 2020 Scouts BSA Summer Camp Merit Badge Schedule contains the full week schedule of merit badges offered at Camp Tamarack. We hopefully will not have any changes once this is released but will let you know if there are any. In addition to the overall schedule, we have created a worksheet that each of your scouts should fill out to help you schedule them on Tentaroo. This worksheet collects all the necessary info needed to register your scouts online to make registering your scouts as simple as possible. 

Merit Badge Schedule

Order Camp T-Shirts

Camp T-shirt sales will start once a T-shirt design is finalized. We'll let you know when sales have started!

Complete the BSA Health Form

The BSA requires an annual physical to be completed in order to attend any event lasting longer than 72 hours. This means that every person attending camp for more than that time will need Parts A, B, & C of the BSA Health Form. Each person in the unit will need to bring a hard copy of their physical to be checked in with the Camp Health Officer.

Complete Youth Protection Training

The BSA has announced new youth protection training policies to ensure compliance with mandatory training requirements. Ensure all adults accompanying a Scouting unit that are present at camp for 72 hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a criminal background check and Youth Protection training. This applies even if the 72 hours are non-consecutive. (Effective June 1, 2018)

Have all adults complete a Background Check

The State of Michigan requires a Background Check Form from each unit leader for the state in which you reside. 

If you have completed this form in the years 2010 to 2019, you do not need to do so again. 

Use the links below and send the completed form to Logan Rapp at the LaSalle Council office. Call Logan at 574-289-0337 ext. 309 or email at if you have questions about these required forms.

Indiana Background Check Form

Michigan Background Check Form

Illinois Background Check Form

Pre-Camp Swim Test:

Everyone going to Camp Tamarack who plans to participate in any Aquatic activities must take a swim test at a LaSalle Council sponsored event. Every youth and adult needs to take the swim test before arriving at camp, if possible. Our goal is to offer only a limited number of swim tests at camp for those who cannot attend any pre-camp testing sessions. 

For more information please click here

Apply to Become a 2020 Tamarack Staff Member!

The first hiring day is Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the Scout Service Center.

Scholarship Information for camp fees

Camperships are open to youth from families with financial circumstances would mean that a high-quality residential camp experience would be unattainable without external financial support.  The specific financial circumstances of the family will determine whether they are eligible for full or partial support.

To be eligible, the following guidelines must be met by the youth applicant:

  • Register within the LaSalle Council and in good standing for at least 30 days prior to completing an application.
  • Youth attending a LaSalle Council operated summer camp to include Day Camp, Cub Scout Resident Camp, Webelos Resident Camp or Scouts BSA Resident Camp.
  • Youth attending an official La Salle Council, District, Area or National training conference for example NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training
  • Recommended by his or her unit leader to include Committee Chair, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Advisor or parent/guardian.

In keeping with the philosophy of “pay your own way”, each youth should pay a portion of the fee.  Camperships are awarded based primarily on need.  The more information the campership committee has about the Scout’s particular need, the better. The La Salle Council also reserves the right to consider the unit’s participation in Council administered product sales as demonstrating a concerted effort to raise these funds. The family and unit should also contribute to the cost of the camp experience.  Camperships awarded will not exceed 50% of the event fee.

Applying for campership aid must be done by June 5th, to allow time for review and response. If approved, the campership amount will be sent to the camp or to the National Conference when registration of the individual is confirmed. Fees will be credited as camp payment in the Scout’s name within the La Salle Council Summer Camp Reservations portion of its website. The campership is to a specific individual and is not transferable to other youth. 

For application, see link below called the 2020 Campership Fillable Form. 

File Name Description
bsa web banner Download
2020 Campership Fillable Form Download
2020 IOLS Flyer for Camp Tamarack Download
2020 Leader Guide Scout BSA Summer Camp Download
2020 Merit Badge Schedule Download
2020 Passport to Adventure Camp Packet Download
Camp Tamarack Map Download
How to Register for Summer Camp Step by step guide to using the LaSalle Council Tentaroo-OnTheGo online registration system, and how to schedule your Scouts for Summer Camp merit badge classes. Download
LaSalle Council Refund Policy LaSalle Council event refund policy Download
Medication Dispensation Protocol Procedure for the handling of campers medications during Boy Scout resident camp Download
Medication Dispensation Sheet Scout leaders need to download this form if any of their Scouts have any medications at camp. Unit leaders will be dispensing medications to their Scouts, not the Health Officer. Download
YPT Updates for Camp Download