The Abraham Lincoln Council was incorporated in 1920 and
serves nine counties in Central Illinois. Camp Bunn draws from
Scouts throughout Illinois and from the St. Louis, MO area.
Camp Bunn is owned and operated by the Abraham Lincoln
Council, Inc. of the Boy Scouts of America, headquartered in
Springfield, IL. The camp is located about 45 minutes southwest
of Springfield, near the village of Hettick, IL.
Having outgrown its current camp, Camp Illinek, in the
mid-1960s, the council executive board began the search
for property to build a new camp. A 640 acre parcel was put together
through purchases of land from a number of farmers near Hettick
in 1969, and Camp Self Reliant was born. It opened for business
in 1971 and has been serving young men from throughout the Midwest
After the first few years, the name was changed to Camp
Bunn, recognizing the major gift to the capital campaign that
allowed the camp to be built by George R. Bunn, president of
the Bunn Corporation, famous for the Bunn-O-Matic coffee maker.
He indicated that it was in honor of his grandfather who started
Over the years, an 80 acre lake was added, and Scouts today
enjoy canoeing, kayaking, sailing, and swimming. Most recently,
personal watercraft (jet skis) were added to the program. Scouts
who take part in sailing finish their week of summer camp with
a mini regatta. The top performers each week are invited back
to participate in the Skippers Cup, competing for a share
of at least $1,000 in college scholarship money.
In addition to the popular waterfront activities, Scouts
can take part in many other program areas, including climbing,
rappelling, nature studies, shooting sports, Scouting skills,
and fine arts.
To see some pictures of the camp, staff, and scouts follow
the links bellow.