Allsop Outdoor Education Center
Dedicated in 2001, the Allsop Outdoor Education Center was made possible through a generous donation by Robert and Elizabeth Allsop. The 7,000 square foot facility can accommodate up to 72 guests in 18 sleeping rooms and over 120 guests for meetings.
The Allsop Outdoor Education Center has three conference rooms, a great room and two breakout conference rooms. The 1368 sq. ft. great room features a stunning 20' X 20' Stone City limestone fireplace, and can host 80 individuals. Four of the 18 residential rooms can be converted into two 365 sq. ft. breakout conference rooms. Each breakout room has a capacity of 20 individuals. All three rooms have Internet capabilities. The great room also is equipped with a large screen television VCR, and DVD player and has a retractable projection screen built into the ceiling. Other equipment is available upon request and availability.
Guests at the Allsop Outdoor Education Center may use the Dakin Dining Hall during their stay. It is just a short walk from the Allsop Outdoor Education Center, and seats approximately 300 individuals. Groups have the option of having their functions catered by Hy-Vee or preparing their own meals. Groups opting to prepare their own meals will be charged a reasonable fee for using the kitchen. Groups using Hy-Vee catering may have their meals served at the Allsop Outdoor Education Center or Dakin Dining Hall.
If you are looking forward to a nature retreat but not necessarily to roughing it, Howard H. Cherry Scout Reservation is just the place for your group. The Allsop Outdoor Education Center provides affordable housing. The center has 18 rooms with four beds in each. All rooms are furnished with two sets of bunk bed, 2 wardrobes, as well as a desk and chair. Each room is wired for Internet usage. Groups may use the rooms as quads, triples, doubles, or singles, as they see fit. Although each room does not possess its own bathroom, private showers are available in the shared hall restrooms. Laundry facilities and light preparation kitchen facilities are also available.