Council HomeAdminThursday October 19, 2017

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Please click here for the August 2009 Star Tribune Article on Bob Litke's retirement

Please Click here for the April 29th Star Tribune Article on Rum River Scout Camp

Late in the summer of 2008, the board of directors of Northern Star Council stated that if sufficient funds to achieve unfunded development plans at other properties are not raised, that Rum River Scout Camp will be sold and replaced with alternative facilities in the Anoka County area. (Jon Pederson)

Ranger Bob has asked us to compile ahistory of the camp to document its past and perpetuate the fact it existed.

The Northern Lights Chapter of the Order of the Arrow has agreed to co ordinate this project.

This project is in two forms:


A memory album to remember all of the great times that were had at Rum River Camp and of the people who made them happen. We would like anyone, young and old,to share their thoughts aboutRum River Scout Camp. We have alreadyreceived a few recollections. Our goal is to gather enough input topublish a hard copy volume for the future. Suggested entries are; First visit to camp, Most memorable experience at camp, What camp has meant to you.

Please take a moment and write them down in out guestbook. Click on the buttons above to access the guestbook or click here.

Allcontributions of thoughts are welcome.


We are compiling a Power Point slide show todocument and displaythe camp throughout its history. We have plenty of current pictures. What we are really searching for now is dated information, history. We need facts and dates to verify the camps development and any pictures that could show the growth, progress and activity at camp. We think we know many of the answers but want to be sure they are correct and accurate before we publish.

Some specifics we want to verify:

  • Date Camp Opened
  • Donated By
  • Date Thurston Lodge Opened
  • Who is Harlan Thurston
  • Date Weaver Lodge Opened
  • Who is John Weaver
  • Date Colbert Lodge Opened
  • Who is Pat Colbert
  • Date Campmaster Building Opened
  • Date Ranger House Built
  • Rangers and Dates
  • Programsand dates held at camp such as: Council Cub Day Camp, Fun with Son, District Activities, Training Events, etc

If you have any items you want to share, please contact Bob Zeman at or Bryan Northrup at

Click here to see our history so far

Thank you for your help

Caretaker and Ranger History
??? Larry and Cheryl Mercer
???  - 1975 Tom Manko
1975 - Present Bob Litke
Read about some of the important people in the history of Rum River Scout Camp:

Ranger Bob Litke

Harlan Thurston

Julian Schmidt

Duane Haugan