The Loud Thunder Scout Reservation is located in heavily wooded terrain about a half-hour west of the Quad Cities (Davenport IA, Bettendorf IA, Rock Island IL, Moline IL) on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River. Home to generations of area Scouts and their families, it is also available to the public for business meetings, educational activities, and almost any function where close proximity to the outdoors is desired. The camp has a variety of meeting venues -- large and small, indoors and out -- which will appeal to any group seeking that elusive wilderness feeling while still in close proximity to homes, jobs, and schools.At Loud Thunder, you can have it all.
Activities at Loud Thunder are supported by a modern 300-person Dining Hall and kitchen support area that doubles as our largest capacity meeting room. There is an equally modern Administrative/Meeting Building with conference seating for 30-35 persons and limited cooking facilities. Loud Thunder's 200+ acres also include two lakes for Boating and Canoeing; specialized activity areas for Rifle, Shotgun, and Archery shooting; and a large outdoor Swimming Pool. There's always access to the resident wildlife population along our many trails, and a small but exciting observatory building with a high-resolution telescope for year-round observation of the stars. Loud Thunder has a Health Lodge, an outdoor Chapel, a convenient covered "Kiva" for outdoor meetings, and a wide variety of covered shelters throughout the Camp for informal gatherings. New this year are a 60'x60' Pioneer Fort activity center with twin blockhouses for observation, a large Handicraft Building with three separate covered work porches and a Cycling Activity Building. Smaller and more rustic facilities on our Lower Camp include a second Swimming Pool, a Lakeside Waterfront Area and several additional shelters and buildings.
The camp has 16 developed tenting campsites, including a handicapped accessible campsite with concrete paths and a handicapped-accessible latrine building.
Loud Thunder Reservation is also equipped with the area's largest High and Low "Ropes" Course, where groups can learn and practice initiative and team-building skills under certified instructors. Whether your group has time for a I-day Initiative Games program, or a full-blown Ropes adventure 30' off the ground, you'll enjoy the excitement of the Loud Thunder COPE Course.
The Boy Scout Summer Camp program at Loud Thunder runs from mid-June through late July, and is followed by two Cub Scout Resident programs & Webelos Camp and Family Camp. In addition, there are two specialty camps that take place every year in late July for at-risk and physically challenged youth.
The heart of Scouting is usually found in its outdoor programs, and the Illowa Council has a GREAT venue for Scouting! Come see the many amenities at the Loud Thunder Scout Reservation and you'll agree -- Loud Thunder has it all!