Located on the Mississippi River near Keokuk Iowa, Camp Eastman will, in 2026, celebrate 100 years of serving as a camping destination for scouts and other youth groups from Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri.
Because of its unique location, waterfront activities have always been an integral part of the Camp Eastman program experience.
Where to Swim?
In the first years of Camp Burro and Camp Eastman, Scouts swam in the Mississippi River.
Obvious dangers from the river current, the inability to see kids if they are underwater, and pollution make the river a non-option in today’s world.
The Pool is Built
Designed by Paddock Pools in Omaha, NE and built by Seither & Cherry of Keokuk.
In 1965 the shower house opened, followed by the first use of the pool in 1966.
The pool has been used for almost 60 years, well beyond its 35 year projected life span.