The objective of Camp Frank S. Betz is to bring the program and benefits of scouting to as many youth as possible. To that end this guide has been prepared describing the facilities at the Camp Frank S. Betz and the associated fees and requirements. The intent of the fee structure is to provide for the ongoing maintenance and operation of the facilities.
Camp Frank S. Betz is a 57-acre preserve located in Berrien Springs, MI. The camp has been in continuous service since 1922 and contains a variety of terrain consisting of rugged topography. The camp provides great outdoor opportunities for individual units, district, council, and outsider groups. It is located on Lake Chapin and is within close proximity of Lake Michigan & Warren Dunes State Park.
Camp Betz is operated by the Calumet Council, Boy Scouts of America under the leadership and authority of the Camp Caretaker. A group of interested volunteer scouters (Called Campmasters) assist with camp check in and check out. Council programs held at Camp Betz are under the leadership and authority of the event Directors.
Camp Betz Rules and Regulations
All units must be under constant adult supervision at all times. The Guide to Safe Scouting rule of a minimum of two leaders for any Scouting outing applies to all units and groups using our camp. Please inform the Campmaster on duty if any leader will need to leave the camp property during an activity.
A camp use permit is required to be prepared and on file with the Calumet Council office 10 days prior to your arrival (Special requests and some activities require 30 days). Reservation and Equipment use request is based on a first come first serve basis (time of permit). Early reservations help to insure selection and preparation before your visit. For group events, a permit is required at least two months in advance, and a detailed event plan is requested.
Vehicles and Trailers:
Camp service roads are rugged in nature and use is limited. When conditions allow one vehicle per unit may be driven to the nearest gate to the campsite for loading and unloading gear. Check with the Caretaker or Campmaster upon arrival for permission. All other vehicles are restricted to the main or lower parking lot. Any vehicle used beyond the parking lot can be used to unload a trailer at the gate nearest the campsite. ALL VEHICLES MUST REMAIN OUT OF THE CAMPSITES AND ACTIVITIY FIELDS. The vehicle must be returned to the parking lot immediately after dropping off equipment. The camp speed is 5MPH.
Other motorized vehicles:
Personal all terrain vehicle (ATV), snowmobile or Jet Ski use is not permitted at Camp Betz. Use of personal camping trailers or motor homes is permitted, however they are restricted to the main parking lot area only.
All fees must be paid to Calumet Council and are collected by the Council Office. Payment must be made at time of reservation. For site availability check the Council website in advance at http://www.calumetcouncil.org
Fires in camp:
Fires shall be tended at all times. Ground fires are permitted only in designated fire rings in the camp sites or at the Camp Fire circle. BSA liquid fuels policies prohibit use of fuel to start fires.
Only downed wood may be gathered as firewood.
No standing trees are to be cut at any time without prior approval of the Camp Caretaker.
The use of chain saws is only permitted for specific work projects with approval by the Camp Caretaker.
Absolutely NO alcoholic beverages, illicit materials illegal drugs, firearms, bows, arrows, sheath knives, chainsaws, fireworks, pets, or loud radios, are allowed.
It is the policy of the Boy Scouts to not smoke in front of Scouts, in any buildings or campsites. A designated smoking area is set aside at Camp Betz, please check with the Caretaker or Campmaster for current locations.
Check In time is between 6:00pm and 11:00pm Central Time. Upon arrival at camp, please check in briefly with the Caretaker or Campmaster at Anderson Lodge. The Caretaker or Campmaster will have a list of Service projects that can be done while your unit is in camp. Please call (269) 471-9429 if you will be delayed or must cancel your outing.
Weekend Check out time is by 11 AM Central Time on Sunday. If your unit needs an early check out of late checkout time check out with the Campmaster or the Caretaker. Before units leave they should stack wood, clean up litter, clean washroom facilities (near your site), and return camp equipment, for the next campers. Leave your campsite better than you found it.
Campsites are assigned based on availability, the size of your group, and work projects going on in camp. Request for specific campsites will be honored when ever possible.
Lake Chapin offers great fishing. All users must adhere to Michigan State fishing regulations.
Privacy and Quiet Time:
Each unit deserves privacy. Please stay out of other campsites unless invited. Quiet time is observed from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.