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Scouting is about fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts boys and girls in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and the future. Dan Beard Council has a long history of providing life-changing programs to the young men and women of the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Camp Michaels located near Union, Kentucky, has been welcoming Scouts from Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio since 1944. Throughout its history, the camp’s rustic charm has made it a favorite spot for countless unit camp-outs and events. Additionally, Camp Michaels has been the Dan Beard Council’s primary home for the National Youth Leadership Program (NYLT).

  • Scouting Improves Lives: Scouting has a proven method and track record for developing successful youth leadership.
  • Camp Michaels offers Accessible High Adventure: This method utilizes teamwork, wilderness skill-building, and education to develop leaders.
  • More than Just Scouts: A transformed Camp Michaels will benefit even more than just Scouts. Broader community use will yield more sustainability-minded, self-reliant, and self-confident youth.
  • Seed the Future: An investment in an improved Camp Michaels is an investment in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s future.
"There's something about Camp Michaels and its rustic wilderness that brings out the greatest in all who come here."
Edgar Smith
Immediate Past Chairman/President of the Board

For more information about the Camp Michaels Capital Campaign, or to schedule a donor tour, please contact Andrew Zahn, Scout Executive/CEO, at
(513) 577-7680 or emailing him at