*Please note, this is Not the official CampBunn Page, but a Tribute page by the Bunn Family*


Promo Video of Camp

the History of Camp Bunn

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-1960’s, 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 ever since.

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 the company.

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 Skipper’s 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.

Troop 760

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Photos by Dunja Cordas

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To also see some You-Tube videos go to Camp Bunn Staff 2008.


Camp Bunn Info

 Name: Camp Bunn
 Address: 5259 Camp Lane
Hettick, IL 62649
 Main Phone: (618) 778-5273
 Camp Director:
 Web Address:

The reservation address is:
Dan O'Brien
Scout Executive
Boy Scouts of America
Abraham Lincoln Council

5231 South Sixth Street Rd.
Springfield, IL 62703

Phone: 217.529.2727

Fax: 217.529.5786


The camp has a great lake. The merit badges activities are numerous and spaced well apart. Trading Post is well stocked. Camp Bunn prepares the food, so there is no cooking by the troops. They also have international scouts on staff. This camp is well worth any BT's troops time if they want to try something different from S-F ranch.

 Favorite Activity: Swimming
 Application PDF; Leader Guide


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Camp Bunn BSA

Here's some things that were sold at the camp store,
Mugs, T-Shirts, and a Brass Belt Buckle.


A special thanks goes to Bunn Camp Director Jim Petersen, for telling me about the camp first hand, and to Daniel O'Brien who gave me permission to have this page up, and the complete history of the camp!

Also thanks to Roger Deem who designed the Camp Bunn Patches, and gave me the pictures of the 1983 & 1985 Patches!

...And of course the Boy Scouts of America for the amazing job they perform with our kids. Thank you all so much!


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