Youth-Group Camping

Youth-Group Camping 

The Forest Preserve District has semiprimitive areas just for tents at five forest preserves plus a cabin at Herrick Lake.

The sites are open year-round and have portable toilets, trash and recycling containers, water pumps, a limited supply of firewood (outside firewood is not allowed), picnic tables, and fire rings. Only the cabin has electricity.

 

Requirements

  • The youth group cabin and campgrounds are for the exclusive use of youth groups, which are defined as recognized, nonprofit organizations whose members are 17 or younger. A recognized group must be organized with by-laws, have an Article of Incorporation filed with the Secretary of State, and be insured on forest preserve property with a current certificate of insurance on file.
  • Only members of qualifying groups with their accompanying leaders may camp in these areas.
  • Adult supervision of one group leader 21 or older for every 10 members 17 or younger is mandatory for the duration of the stay.
  • A youth camping permit requires receipt of a valid Council Charter Certificate if a Scouting event or a certificate of insurance as soon as possible. Charter certificates must be valid for the specific youth event date and can be emailed to permits@dupageforest.org or faxed to 630-933-7217.

Permits

To purchase a youth-group camping permit, call Visitor Services at 630-933-7248 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at least three full business days in advance. For other options, download our youth-group camping permit application (PDF).

 

Locations, Maps & Fees

Fees are per site per night and are nonrefundable regardless of the reason you cancel (even for the weather). You can, however, change your reservation once up to two weeks in advance over the phone for an additional $5.

Forest Preserve   Capacity    DuPage Group   Non-DuPage Group 
Blackwell      
Sites 1 – 12 (PDF)
 25
$25
$30
Churchill Woods      
Site 1 (PDF) 25 $25 $30
Site 2 (PDF)
50 
$50
$60
Greene Valley      
Site 1 (PDF) 100 $100 $120
Sites 2 – 9 (PDF) 25 $25 $30
Site 10 (PDF)
75 
 $75
 $90
Herrick Lake      
Cabin (PDF)
26
$50
$60
Pratt's Wayne Woods      
Sites 1 – 2 (PDF)
25 
$25
$30
Waterfall Glen      
Sites 1 – 2 (PDF)
25
$25
$30

 

Youth-Group Rules & Regulations

For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, you must follow these rules and regulations, which the Forest Preserve District may change at any time.
  • As the permit holder, you must be at the cabin or campground at your set check-in time with your permit and remain on-site during your group’s entire stay. Only members of your qualifying youth group with their accompanying leaders can camp at your site.
  • You must have adult supervision of one group leader 21 or older for every 10 members 17 or younger for your group’s entire stay. 
  • Do not bring alcoholic beverages into the forest preserve, campground or cabin; alcohol is strictly prohibited.
  • Stay near your site after dusk and remain in the campground when the forest preserve is closed (one hour after sunset until one hour after sunrise). Guests must leave by 10 p.m.
  • Do not enter another site without permission from an adult leader from that group.
  • Do not tent camp at the Herrick Lake youth-group cabin.
  • Do not trench around tents, attach clotheslines or lanterns to trees, or otherwise disrupt the natural environment.
  • Do not bring outside firewood or cut or collect live or dead wood. Firewood is provided.
  • Keep ground fires within the designated fire ring. Extinguish your fire and make sure it's cold to the touch before you leave your site.
  • Keep your site clean and put trash in the appropriate garbage or recycling containers. After you pack up, make sure your site looks as it did when you arrived.
  • If you use stereos or similar equipment, only do so between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. and only at volumes that do not disturb others. Use gasoline or diesel engines or generators only during these times as well. Keep all noise to a minimum after 10 p.m.
  • If you bring pets, stay with them at all times and do not tie them to any trees, plants, buildings or equipment. Always keep them leashed and quiet, and pick up any pet waste. 

By agreeing to the rules and regulations on your permit application you agree to abide by them as well as all Forest Preserve District ordinances and administrative orders and state statutes. You understand, too, that the Forest Preserve District may fine you or revoke your permit without refunding your permit fee if you supply false information on your application or fail to comply with any rules, regulations, ordinances, orders or statutes.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County offers scores of nature-related programs and activities for grownups, kids, families and groups year-round. Click below to register for programs, reserve shelters and campsites or purchase permits, and we'll see you soon!

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