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Camping Corner

Welcome to the Northern Lights Camping Corner

As time goes on, I hope to make this a location where you can learn all about camping opportunities available to Pack, Troops, Crews and Teams in the Northern Lights District.

I am Jason Zeman , the district Camping Chairman. My job is to find this information and make it available to your units. If you have any information about camps or camping in general, please feeel free to send it my way. My E mail adderss is jzman11@msn.com

With your help, we can come up with interesting camping locations, themes and ideas. A good camping side to your scouting program will also help retain your youth though out the years.

Council Camping Web Site

Click here to access the Northern Star Council Camping Web site.

Camping Locations around the Twin Cities

Updated as of Sept 2009

Our first item is an updated Camping Ideas spreadsheet. Click here for a PDF version , or here for the Excel spreadsheet .

This is a living/breathing document. If you have any additions or changes (i.e. fees or contacts) to the list, please contact me at jzman11@msn.com

High Adventure Camps

Here is a document containing high adventure camps within a reasonable distance of the Twin Cities area. Each camp offers a different experience for older scouts. Check out each link to see what their program is

Click here for a PDF version , or here for the word document, .

National Camping Award

The National Camping Award recognizes those units that participate and encourage an outdoor camping program. Most every troop in the distrcit will qualify. It is only a matter of filling out the paperwork. Click here for a form. Please complete page # 2 of the form. This is due at the end of Dec. for the current calendar year.

Winter Camping Opportunities

Cub Scouts

Polar Cubs is a Winter Camping experience for Cub Scouts.

Some of the activities at Polar Cubs have included snow-tubing, broomball, obstacle course, winter nature activities, crafts, snowshoeing, capture the flag, and snow golf. Webelos have the opportunity to be in a special Webelos program at Polar Cubs, designed just for them to learn about winter survival, animals and outdoor sports.
A hot lunch is provided in the camp dining hall for everyone. Scouts and parents will learn how to keep warm and stay dry in the snow and cold. Polar Cubs Day Camp is held January-March at Phillippo Scout Reservation in Cannon Falls, MN, and also Stearns Scout Camp in South Haven, MN

To make a reservation: Visit www.GoScouting.org

Questions about the program can be directed to Jennifer Wojcik at 651-254-9153 or Kathryn Wyatt at 651-254-9135.

Polar Cub Winter Program Information

Boy Scouts

Your unit will experience winter in a whole new way when you spend a weekend at North Wind. Our program offers your unit the opportunity to safely and comfortably spend a weekend doing fantastic outdoor winter activities with the support of trained staff and an awesome amount of gear.

Special Features

  • Themed Expeditions - follow the adventures of Will Steger and Anne Bancroft
  • Five different shelters
  • 2 staff provided per crew
  • Simulated Ice Climbing
  • Friendly, knowledgeable camp staff ready to guide your adventure
  • Full adventures every weekend in January & February
  • Age progressive program for Scouts
  • Excellent activities: Snow Shoeing, Cross Country Skiing, Hiking, Orienteering, Boot Hockey
  • Awesome Winter Gear - including (when appropriate), -30 degree rated sleeping bags, mittens, boots, hats, wool pants, backpack, socks, crew gear and much more

Click here for more information