You Are Invited!

The COVID-19 pandemic shut our clubs and churches down in the spring, and we've all missed end of year events and the fellowship God provides through the cadets ministry.  The boards of Rush Creek and Grand Valley councils therefore invite you and your family to a fun day at the GVRC Campground in Allegan county.

We'll start on Saturday, August 29 with a hot dog lunch served at noon, witness an International Camporee Certification closing ceremony at 1:00, then fun Open House Activities will run from 1:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon.  The International Camporee Certification committee will be running a Skills Certification event in the morning, so counselors, junior counselors, cadets and their families can make a day of it at this beautiful location.

The activities will be spread throughout the campground and themed after various merit badges.  We invite all who are involved in cadets and their families to attend and learn more about the resources our respective councils offer to member clubs and family members.

Event Schedule

The ICC Skills Certification schedule can be found here.

  • 12:00 noon Lunch at the Pathfinder Building​

  • 1:00 ICC Awards Ceremony - all welcome to witness

  • 1:30 Open House Activities begin

  • 4:30 Open House Activities conclude

Open House Activity Details

A campground map with activity locations can be downloaded here.

  • Knots and Lashing: Learn how to make a clove hitch and a square knot, then help make an international camporee structure using those skills

  • Physical Fitness: This event will utilize the campground’s challenging yet fun obstacle course, with an introduction to the Physical Fitness merit badge.

  • Archery: Learn how to safely shoot a bow at the campground’s indoor archery range.

  • Marksmanship: Learn about the Marksmanship merit badge while shooting pellet guns at the campground’s rifle range.

  • Canoeing: "Row, row, row your canoe GENTLY on the pond, merrily merrily whilst about the Canoeing merit badge you will be fond."

  • Map Reading: Learn how to use a compass to prepare for the Chuckwagon and Snow Derby council events.

  • God's Names: Do you know all of God’s names, or even some of them?  Come and participate in an interactive activity to learn some of God’s names and where they are found in the Bible.

Event Policies

  1. COVID-19 Policy: the event will follow current state recommendations for outside gatherings.  Masks are welcome but not required.

  2. Weather Policy: Tornado warning or watch within an hour of starting cancels all activities; ICC Skills Certification, lunch and Open House Activities.  A thunderstorm after lunch cancels Open House Activities.  Nothing will be canceled in case of rain.

  3. Dress Code: Counselors running Open House Activities should wear the cadet uniform.  All others may dress as they desire, though the uniform is encouraged for those involved in the cadet ministry.

  4. Child Policy: children must be accompanied by parents or counselors at all times.

  5. Parking: available onsite, but will be directed by counselors so as to not interfere with event activities.​