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About Howard H. Cherry Scout Reservation

The Howard H. Cherry Scout Reservation (HHCSR) began in 1930 when the Council's lease expired on Camp Mishawaka at Stone City, Iowa. At that time Howard H. Cherry contributed $1,000 for the purchase of eighteen acres of land along the Wapsipinicon River one mile North of the town of Waubeek, Iowa. Camp Waubeek opened in 1931 due to the efforts of the Cedar Rapids American Legion's Hanford Post # 5.

Due to continuing growth in Council membership, attendance at camp and in line with camp development needs, Howard H. Cherry donated $14,000 in 1957 for the purchase of an additional 125 acres.

In 1965 a $25,000 donation from Howard H. Cherry enabled the Council to purchase an adjoining 265 acres and open a second camp called Wakonda. It was to become a patrol cooking camp.

Today, Camp Waubeek and Camp Wakonda operate side-by-side to serve the needs of Scouting and the greater community.

Camp Wakonda

Camp Wakonda is home to our resident summer camps.  It also provides year-round camping opportunities to scouting and non-scouting groups.

Camp Features:

Below is a Prezi featuring Camp Wakonda



Camp Waubeek

Camp Waubeek is home to our Junior Leader Training Program, some of our Cub Scout Day Camps, and our new older Scout high adventure outpost program.  Waubeek also has several rentable facilities for use year-round.

Camp Waubeek is also home to the Veterans Memorial Fire Ring.





Camp Waubeek has a natural amphitheater used for campfire programs.  Pictured below is the opening campfire of the 2016 Council Fall Camporee celebrating the 85th anniversary of Howard H. Cherry Scout Reservation. 

AEGON Challenge Course

Howard H. Cherry Scout Reservation is also home to the AEGON Challenge Course.  This premiere facility, built in 2002 with the support of the AEGON Transamerica Foundation, has several low COPE and high COPE challenges.  To learn more about project COPE and the AEGON Challenge Course, click here


Directions and Maps

Directions to Camp


Wakonda map            Topo map

Waubeek map            Topo map





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