About Camp Great Lakes

The 2021 Cadet International Camporee at Camp Great Lakes

It’s a week of camping – that part’s easy to understand. But what else happens at Camporee? How does it work? What will it be like?

We’ve put together a quick summary to help you understand what Camporee is all about.


Questions or comments? Let us know!

Keeping Busy Having Fun

Over the course of the Camporee, Cadets will get the chance to participate in a wide variety of activities at camp and off-site.

Here are just a few examples – we’ll keep adding info as it becomes available.

Archery & Riflery

Archery & Riflery

Cadets will get the opportunity to practice safe target practice under the supervision of experts.

Food & Meals

Food & Meals

The Camporee staff will deliver the ingredients for your meals. Everybody takes a turn cooking, and results may vary…

Adventure Games

Adventure Games

Cadets will test skills they didn’t know they had in a variety of unusual and fun challenges and games. Slingshots and/or motorcycle tires may be involved.

Assembly & Worship

Assembly & Worship

Cadets and counselors assemble for worship and special activities several times during the week.

Off-Site Excursions

During Camporee, each color group takes a turn going on an off-site excursion. At Camp Great Lakes, Cadets will get the chance to visit…

Tahquamenon Falls

They might be a little difficult to pronounce, but they are very easy to look at. The amber Taquamanon River, stained by the tannin from Cedar forests, makes two leaps on its way to Lake Superior. The lower falls are actually a series of five smaller falls that cascade around an island and are a favorite place to wade when the summer heat sets in. The Upper falls make a more dramatic statement with a 48-foot leap.

Whitefish Point

Campers will get a chance to walk along the shore, maybe find a treasure like
a Lake Superior agate, and then visit the Shipwreck Museum. The Shipwreck Museum honors crew members that have been lost while serving on one of many Great Lakes ships. Even 800-foot long lake boats lay at the bottom of Superior after losing battles with Lake Superior’s infamous storms. 

Soo Locks

In a typical shipping season, from April to December, 10,000 ships pass through the locks. Their destinations are North American ports as well as ports around the world via the St Lawrence Seaway, You will be able to see how these locks enable boats and ocean-going ships – some as long as 1000 feet – to bypass the rapids of the St Mary’s River that separate Lake Superior and Lake Huron.

Even More Pictures

Bob DeJonge, our Art & Media Director, took some great photos of the area near camp.

Learn More

If you’d like to learn more, explore the links below. If you still have questions, please let us know!


Cornel Rylaarsdam Memorial Fund

Some families would like to send their son to an international camporee, but they simply don’t have the financial resources to make it work. The CRMF is available to help pay part or all of the registration fees for individuals who need help. The request is reviewed by the Steering Committee of the International Camporee.


Give to the Fund

Your contribution will give boys the opportunity to participate in this great adventure.