Fall Campout

Pack 197 Families –

Registration for our Fall Campout is Open and will be open through Wednesday, October 4th. Please visit our pack webpage https://westervillepack197.org/product-category/activities/ to register.

Cost is $5 per person 

Saturday, October 7th: 1pm – Sunday, October 8th 10am.

– Optional: Families may arrive at 11 AM to carve pumpkins. Bring a pumpkin and a sack lunch.


John Beltz Retreat Center
4834 Harlem Rd, Galena, OH 43021


Helpful Tips

This is a family camping event and we ask that at least one parent accompany their scout. This is not a drop-off event.

We will be staying in personal tents. If you do not have a tent – ask!. Campsites are primitive. There will be latrines on the property, but bathrooms are limited to Old Man’s Cave. Cell reception is extremely limited (translate: non-existent). I recommend printing off driving directions prior to departure.

Scouts should not bring or play any portable video games or other electronic devices.

Unfortunately, pets cannot join us on this campout. There are critters in the area that like food. If you bring a snack, please make sure it is returned to your vehicle at night or placed in the pack coolers.

Recommended Gear

Personal Gear
-Water bottle

Day pack/backpack


-Meal kit (plate, cup, utensil set)

-Hiking boots or hiking shoes

-Tall hiking socks (and change)

-Pack hat

-Sunscreen, Lip balm

-Toothbrush, paste

-Folding chair or blanket 

Layers of clothes for weather
-Rain jacket or sturdy poncho

-Warm jacket or vest

-Long pants

-Scout activity uniform t-shirt for hot weather

-Long-sleeve shirt

-Soft cap (hoodie might be OK)

-Sleeping pad or an air mattress (with battery powered pump with batteries).

-Sleeping bag (rated 20 degrees below the forecasted low temperature). Generally, if your sleeping bag has a character on it, it will not be sufficient for cooler temperatures.

-Thermal underwear for colder nights.

Tent camping add-ons
-Tent (campsite is mostly flat)

-Rain fly for tent (unless it’s built-in)

-Full set of tent stakes
Tarp or tent footprint

-Battery pump – no AC power.


-Ear plugs

-Hiking stick

-Pocket knife (Whittling Chip card holders only! Bear rank and up).

Please let me know if there are any questions.