Firelands Scout Reservation is located 5 miles west of Oberlin, in Wakeman on 455 acres of land, most of which is protected. The reservation holds two camps, Camp Avery Hand and Camp Wyandot. Each individual camp is named for to honor former camps once a part of the original councils that merged. Firelands has a rich history of serving Scouting, and has operated as a Scout Camp since 1938. For the Lake Erie Council, Firelands serves as the home base for all Cub Scout and Webelos Resident Camps, but it open to all Scouts for year-round camping and activities.
The reservation is about 70% wooded. Camp Wyandot features a 23-acre lake with an island connected by a peninsula, a best-in-class climbing tower and high ropes course, and 16 beautiful rustic campsites. Camp Avery Hand is home to a dozen camping sites, and cabins available to families and unit that sleep four to 32 people! Recent improvements in 2017 include a stunning renovation to the Avery Hand showerhouse, and a brand-new Human Foosball Court.
What to do at Firelands
Firelands is one of the eleven locations for Adventure Camp, an exciting new opportunity for all girls and boys across Northeast Ohio! Campers will take part in Wizarding classes and activities like Magical Games and Sports, Herbology, Defense Against the Dark Arts, and Transfiguration. Adventure Camp is coming to Firelands as a week-long day camp during the last two weeks of June.
Join our top-notch staff for the best four days and three nights of camp you've ever had! Cub Scout Resident Camp is specially designed for Tigers, Wolves and Bears. Get ready for an adventure-filled week with fun, learning, and advancement opportunities plus all your favorite camp songs and skits!
Webelos Exploration Camp is the premier summer camp destination for Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts to learn important scouting skills to be a great Boy Scout! They'll experience areas like Backcountry Science, Strength & Speed Building, Building & Engineering, & Fluid Dynamics.
Firelands Trail Program
Firelands offers a unique trail program to weekend campers. The requirements for these hikes are intended to be progressive. Although no specific sequence for these awards is mandated, if a scout follows this order: Frog Jog (Cub Scouts), Bluebird (Webelos), Cardinal (Scouts), Raptor, (independent patrols), OA (high adventure preparation), he will be introduced to gradually more advanced features of the Scouting program.
Does your Unit have what it takes to brave Camp Alaska? Camp Alaska is the most challenging program we offer at the Firelands Scout Reservation. Preparing for Camp Alaska provides an excellent month-long program for a Scout Troop. Camp Alaska is open from December through February only. A Scout who has completed Camp Alaska has done the following:
Slept overnight in the winter time in a Scout-made site
Backpacked all of his equipment in
Cooked all of his own meals
Stayed warm and comfortable
Spent 24 hours at Camp Alaska
Practiced Low-Impact Camping
Lived by the outdoor code
NEW Land Navigation Orienteering Course
A new addition to Firelands is an orienteering course that spans the entire reservation. This course will test your camper’s skills using a compass bearing and their pace length to get from point-to-point.
Instructions: Scouts should establish their pace count prior to starting. Scouts should also be comfortable with navigating around barriers and estimating distances. The starting point (A) is right beside the northwest corner of the Jarosz Shelter on the Wyandot side of camp. All the points will look identical to that marker, except for their letters.
The first worksheet is a list of points and their coordinates, while the second is is the bearing (grid) and distance between all points. The third and forth sheets are various short and long routes that your campers can follow. Each sheet will print two sets, one to be cut up and given to the campers, and one to be kept by the adult leader to verify that they hit the right points.
Questions? Contact Dave Vick at (216) 392-9991
Stewards of Firelands
Connect With Firelands!
If going to Camp Wyandot, please use the Bates Road entrance:
From the Camp Avery Hand gate, take a right onto Gore Orphanage Road, and then an immediate left onto Becker Road (do not go further down Gore Orphanage, which is closed). Take the first right going south onto Baird Road, and then the next right (West) onto Bates Road. Continue on Bates past Gore Orphanage until you see the Camp Wyandot gate on your right.