Camp Blackhawk lies on the shores of Big Blue Lake and is rich in tradition, with roots dating back to the early days of Scouting. As one of the Owasippe Scout Reservation camps located in beautiful West Central Michigan, there are 4,800 acres to explore and enjoy.
Along with its long-standing traditions, Blackhawk also has modern facilities like the camp's handsome Dining Hall, which is filled three times a day with Scouts from all over the Midwest.
Blackhawk has 25 campsites located on hills overlooking Big Blue Lake. The sites have washstands, hot water showers and flush toilets.
Looking out from the Dining Hall, one can see beautiful Big Blue Lake, with its sandy swimming beach. Its docks are set up to create the perfect swimming hole. Swim instruction takes place here, while boating activities can be found down the beach.
The camp also offers great programs in Scoutcraft, Ecology/Conservation, Nature, and Aquatics, along with Shooting Sports and Handicraft. A wide variety of merit badges are offered in each program area.
Owasippe Adventure and Outpost Programs
Unique and seldom seen Owasippe locations will be studied requiring use of hiking, canoeing, and orienterring skills. Use an underwater robot to collect data. Work in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Identify plants and animals, especially rare and endangered species. Then classify, analyze, and add your data to a growing database of the Owasippe flora and fauna. Your research could be instrumental in saving a species, preserving our camp as a natural preserve, and provide crucial data about changes in the environment! Scouts must be at least 13 years of age and pass the swim test as a "swimmer". Sign up is part of the High Adventure Base Programs.
Diamond O Ranch The ranch offers horseback riding programs for Scouts and the Horsemanship merit badge.
Project C.O.P.E. This Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience builds both teamwork and self confidence.
Mountain Biking See the Owasippe wilderness as few others have. We will take you into seldom-seen areas on 23 miles of top-rated single-track bike trails.
Climbing Wall Enjoy the challenge of the climbing wall as you work on this merit badge.
Sail Base Take part in Motorboating, Small Boat Sailing, and Watersports merit badges and go tubing on the lake.
White River Canoe Trips Take a 3-hour or 6-hour canoe trip through the Manistee National Forest.
Photography Outpost Learn how to take pictures and how film was developed before the digital age.
Fishing Outpost Take a guided fishing trip on Owasippe's pontoon boat. This is open to Scouts and Leaders.
Owasippe Trail System Hike the trails at Owasippe and take in the remarkable and diverse ecosystem.
|2017 Camping Schedule|
||June 25 – July 1
||July 2 – July 8
||July 9 – July 15
||July 16 – July 22
||July 23 – July 29
||July 30 – August 5
||$300 if paid by
May 15, 2017
$340 if paid after May 15, 2017
||$170 if paid by
May 15, 2017
$200 if paid after May 15, 2017
|Saturday Early Arrival
||$30 per day
|$100 deposit per unit due at time of reservation.
Deposit applies to the balance of the camp fee.
Camp Blackhawk is located at:
Owasippe Scout Reservation
9900 Russell Road
Twin Lake, MI 49457
Can find what you are looking for?
Contact the Outdoor Adventure Help Desk at (630) 796-4260 or at PTAC.Camping@Scouting.org