Boeger Leadership Center

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The Boeger Leadership Center is a retreat and leadership education center located at Camp Lowden in Oregon, IL. It’s a great place for a day long event or a residential retreat.  The Lodge is owned and operated by the Blackhawk Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and available to rent year round to groups in and outside of Scouting.

For questions or to make reservations call 815-397-0210 or email


  • Large Meeting Room (80 People Capacity)
  • Flexible Meeting Room Arrangement
  • Lower Level Walkout
  • Upper Level Balcony
  • 15 (6 ft. X 2.5 ft.) Rectangle Tables
  • 80 Chairs
  • Integrated AV Equipment and Wireless Internet
  • Relaxing Electric Fireplace
  • Outdoor Fire-Pit
  • Commercial Kitchen (IL Food and Sanitation License Required)
  • Coffeemaker
  • On-site Sleeping Accommodations for up to 42 Guests
    • 2 Large Bunkrooms (9 Bunk Beds in Each)
    • 1 Medium Bunk Room (2 Bunk Beds)
    • 1 Small Bunk Room (1 Bunk Bed)
  • 2 Main Floor Bathrooms (Men’s and Women’s Designated)
  • 4 Lower Level Bathrooms
  • 8 Showers

Lodge History

Youth leadership development and the Boy Scout of America have gone hand in hand for over 100 years.  In 2005, Jim Boeger, a well-known community and scouting leader from Rockford, Illinois, stepped forward and made a sizable donation to the Blackhawk Area Council for the development of a leadership center.  In mid-2007, a committee was formed to make Jim Boeger’s vision a reality.

The committee began their journey focusing on creating a new leadership program and to build a facility that would house the program. The program was to be created in such a manner that, not only could it be taught to Scouts, but to various youth groups.  The facility was formed by Jim Boeger’s vision of a multi-use residential facility designed to have the warmth and comfort of a log cabin.

After two years of hard work by dedicated committee members, volunteers, and staff members the Boeger Leadership Center began operations with the completion of the Boeger Lodge in November of 2009.

Upon the completion of the Lodge, a Boeger Leadership Center Director was hired and with the help of the committee, programming and retreat services continued to be developed.



4418 S Scout Road Oregon, IL 61061