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You make a difference in the experiences young people have in the great outdoors when you give to Canyon Camp.   The mission of the Friends of Canyon Camp (FOCC) is to protect and support youth enrichment at Canyon Camp.   The FOCC coordinates service days, builds Camp's social network, and manages an annual giving fund for program and capital needs.

Your gifts of any kind are appreciated- thank you!   

The Friends of Canyon Camp is an independent 501(c)(3) separate to the BSA and is a separate entity from the Blackhawk Area Council.  Gifts to the Friends of Canyon Camp go directly to program and capital improvements with 0% management fees
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How to Give

Your gift, big or small, makes all the difference. The camp we see today has been given to us and maintained by many friends and donors.  Gifts can be made online or by mail. 


Give Online

Giving online is a secure, quick, and easy way to support Canyon Camp's Mission. 

Give By Mail

To send a gift to the Friend of Canyon Camp by mail, please make the check out to "Friends of Canyon Camp" and mail to:


Friends of Canyon Camp – 316 Lincoln Highway – Rochelle, IL 61068


Other Forms of Giving


If you're interesting giving through a donor advised fund, gifts of securities and stocks, your IRA, or other forms of giving, please contact us at  The Friends of Canyon Camp is a qualified charity, and we guarantee a personalized giving experience walking you through each step of the process by volunteers who provide professional expertise to philanthropic giving.​

How to Give

The Drive to 75:  Fred Hoyt Pledged $75,000 if joined by 75 others

$75,000 is on the line as long-time Canyon Camp leader Fred Hoyt has issued a challenge. His unit, which has brought hundreds of Scouts to Camp over many decades have experienced first hand what we all have- upon their arrival to the beautiful glacierless region, they get out of their cars and go directly to porta potties.


Canyon Camp has long needed a new visitors' bathroom, and we now have the opportunity to make this dream a reality. Fred has pledged a gift up to $75,000. For every 25 gifts of $250, he will donate $25,000. Will you answer the call?


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The Friends of Canyon Camp is managing this campaign and is working to secure these 75 gifts to unlock the full challenge. You can make your gift online by clicking here or by mailing a check to: Friends of Canyon Camp – 316 Lincoln Highway – Rochelle, IL 61068.


Monthly gifts of $20 or more will also count towards the challenge. Just click "Make this a monthly donation" on Paypal to get involved in this easy way!

THANK YOU to Fred Hoyt for issuing this challenge, and thank YOU for answering the call as we "Drive to 75!"

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100% Appropriation Each Year

Our goal is to ensure Canyon Camp continues to impact the lives of young people into the future by collectively pooling resources to have maximum impact on the program and facilities at Canyon Camp.  Click here to learn more today.

More than $80,000 since 2020 that have been put to immediate, highest priority need use for program and capital needs at Canyon Camp.  These efforts come alongside the many decades of service by organizations like the Monroe Kiwanis Club as well as the hundreds of individuals who have engaged philanthropically since origin of camp.  The Camp itself was created through the founding gift from the Koenig family of Freeport.  Philanthropy and the spirit of giving have been at the heart of Canyon Camp since its founding



The Impact of Gifts


Supporters of Canyon Camp have given more than $500,000 in less than 10 years.  These gifts come from more than 200 friends and alumni who have made a commitment to the needs of today, tomorrow, and the next 85 years.  Gifts range in size from $10 to $10,000 and beyond.  All philanthropy directly impacts the needs of camp.  The Friends of Canyon Camp was lift these opportunities even higher by securing additional funds for the place we all love.

The future of Canyon Camp is bright due to friends and alumni like you who give back.  Most importantly, the outdoor adventures provided to young people in our communities is strengthened through your support.  Thank you!

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