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North Wind

Winter Just Got More Fun


Continue the camping adventure even in the winter! North Wind provides first rate training and the gear for you to be adventurous and enjoy our programs while staying warm.

Some Activities You'll Do

Knots and Lashings

Use one of our knot/lashing kits to learn the basics of this Scouting skill.

Use one of our knot/lashing kits to learn the basics of this Scouting skill.

Camp Store

Get yourself a camp souvenir or pick up something you may have forgotten at home.

Get yourself a camp souvenir or pick up something you may have forgotten at home.

Team Building Games

Enjoy the outdoors and hanging with your unit while doing new team building games each season.

Enjoy the outdoors and hanging with your unit while doing new team building games each season.

Stargazing

There sure are a lot of stars in the sky!

There sure are a lot of stars in the sky!

Ice Safety

Learning to cross ice safely is a crucial part to any fun winter adventure. Come to Winter Camp and we'll teach you how to test ice for safe crossing.

Learning to cross ice safely is a crucial part to any fun winter adventure. Come to Winter Camp and we'll teach you how to test ice for safe crossing.

GaGa Ball

Enter the Octagon with your friends and try and be the last to survive the round!

Enter the Octagon with your friends and try and be the last to survive the round!

Cross Country Skiiing

Our camps are the the perfect setting for cross country skiing.

Our camps are the the perfect setting for cross country skiing.

Ice Fishing

Learn to ice fish with Minnesota's finest, utilizing modern equipment to feed your patrol.

Learn to ice fish with Minnesota's finest, utilizing modern equipment to feed your patrol.

Hot Chocolate

Who doesn't want a cup of cocoa at camp?

Who doesn't want a cup of cocoa at camp?

Broomball

A unique winter sport that anyone can play.

A unique winter sport that anyone can play.

Maps and Compass

Map and compass is a key skill if you plan to do any backpacking

Map and compass is a key skill if you plan to do any backpacking

Snow Sports

Learn from life long skiers and professional snow boarders how to be the best, all while working towards earning Snow Sports merit badge.

Learn from life long skiers and professional snow boarders how to be the best, all while working towards earning Snow Sports merit badge.

Search and Rescue

Learn from professional rescuers through winter based Search and Rescue challenges all while staying warm in North Wind gear.

Learn from professional rescuers through winter based Search and Rescue challenges all while staying warm in North Wind gear.

Geocaching

Geocaching is an orienteering course using hand-held GPS units.

Geocaching is an orienteering course using hand-held GPS units.

Winter Cooking

Learn to cook filling and tasty food in the arctic

Learn to cook filling and tasty food in the arctic

Human Foosball

Stay warm while playing a real life size version of Foosball at Winter Camp

Stay warm while playing a real life size version of Foosball at Winter Camp

Snow Shelter Building

Come build winter shelters like Quinzees, Igloos, parachutes, or other wilderness survival like structures at our overnight winter programs.

Come build winter shelters like Quinzees, Igloos, parachutes, or other wilderness survival like structures at our overnight winter programs.

Fat Tire Biking

Hit the trails this on a Fat Tire Bike and explore the trails in a new way

Hit the trails this on a Fat Tire Bike and explore the trails in a new way

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is an age-old activity essential to travelling in deep snow.

Snowshoeing is an age-old activity essential to travelling in deep snow.

Card Games

Indoors or outdoors, camp can be the environment to try something new.

Indoors or outdoors, camp can be the environment to try something new.

Night Hike

The familiar old trail that you've hiked dozens of times is suddenly new.

The familiar old trail that you've hiked dozens of times is suddenly new.

Ice Climbing

Get to feel what it's like to kick a crampon and stick an ice pick into our ice walls this winter.

Get to feel what it's like to kick a crampon and stick an ice pick into our ice walls this winter.

Tubing and Sledding

Head out to camp for some classic winter fun.

Head out to camp for some classic winter fun.

The North Wind programs below provide first rate training in winter camping skills, which includes staying warm, proper clothing, winter first aid and much more. The gear and training provided allows participants time to enjoy the great outdoors during the winter months at any temperature.

Check out the opportunities below, join us for an Experience (introductory), Adventure (intermediate) to build your skills, or Expedition (advanced) to put your skills to the test. Want a specialty adventure? Check out our outfitters programs. These programs include excellent meals, outdoor activity, unique games and recognition. And don't worry, everything is designed to provide outdoor opportunities no matter how much snow there is on the ground.

Location Details

2019 Ice Fishing

2019 Ice Fishing

Specialty program designed to teach the skills of ice fishing.

2019 Outfitters - Search and Rescue

2019 Outfitters - Search and Rescue

Scouts earn Search and Rescue merit badge through exciting scenarios like missing campers and mock plane crashes.

2019 Snow Sports

2019 Snow Sports

Specialty program designed to expose you to outdoor winter sports.

A. Experience Advancement 2019

A. Experience Advancement 2019

Introductory level program designed to teach cold weather skills, work on advancement and sleep indoors.

B. Adventure 2019

B. Adventure 2019

Intermediate level program designed to advance your winter skills while sleeping outdoors

C. Expedition 2019

C. Expedition 2019

Advanced level program designed to test and hone your winter skills. Will you survive two nights outdoors?

Who can attend North Wind?

Scouts BSA, Venturing Scouts, and Adults

When are programs offered?

Weekends in January and February

What is provided?

North Wind will provide the equipment (sleds, sleeping bags, cooking, etc...), most of all the cold weather clothing (bring your own long underwear and jacket) and all meals (they're tastey!). See related content for a packing list.

What should I pack for camp?

Participants will need to bring some clothing items to wear under the cold weather gear we provide as well as some personal items. See related content for a full packing list.

  • Indoor Sleeping Bag, pillow, etc.
  • Long Underwear (not cotton)
  • Non absorbing upper body layers such as wool or polyester
  • Outer Shell – A winter jacket with hood works great.
  • Plastic bowl, mug, spoon, and fork.
  • Personal items – Toothbrush, toothpaste, chapstick, handi-wipes, deodorant, etc.

Meals are provided, what if I have a food allergy?

We will do our best to meet the special dietary needs of the participants in your unit. We have alternative menu items for those with special dietary restrictions due to medical or religious reasons. See related content for more information on dietary restrictions. We will not be able to meet the special dietary needs of any participant without advance notice. Special dietary restrictions must be entered into the reservations system online roster two weeks prior to your arrival.

What if weather conditions are severe?

Information regarding current weather conditions and Northern Star Council Winter Camp Programs will be available at 651-254-9134 the week of camp.

Where do I check in?

At North Wind check in occurs at Heritage Lodge. See your unique program options schedule for arrival time.

What forms should I bring?

Each participant will need to have completed a health history (parts A/B). Every unit needs to bring a completed unit roster, if not completed in Black Pug. If you're in Adventure, you should complete our program planning sheet at your unit meeting prior to coming to North Wind.

Fees and Deposits

The balance of your crew fees is due to the Northern Star Council office on December 1 if you're attending during January, and on January 1 if you're attending in February. Because of the limited number of places available each weekend due to equipment and lodging limitations, crews are responsible for the number of participants that they registered. All fees paid are non-refundable.

Leader Requirements

Units need to provide two leaders for each crew. Some units may elect to split Scouts across different programs / crews. Each program / crew requires two adult leaders. If you're having difficulty with finding available leaders, contact us and we can help connect you with another unit for the weekend. For any circumstance, your crew guide will not be considered adult leadership. The policy for "two deep" leadership must be followed, including one registered leader who is at least 21 and one adult leader who is at least 18 years of age.

Equipment

Please review the Equipment Packing List in related content, and make sure all participants have looked at it. Please emphasize:

  • The need for non cotton clothing
  • All participants in the Adventure/Expedition program should bring plastic silverware, plastic bowl, and a plastic mug
  • All participants in the Experience Advancement program should bring a plastic mug

Trading Post

North Wind operates a camp store with souvenirs and some equipment. Items range in costs between $1 - $40. Credit cards are accepted.

Recognition

Participants at North Wind will get a year specific pin.

Emergency Phone Number

The phone number at Stearns Scout Camp for emergencies is 320-236-7879. Please understand Scouts are spread out during program and it can take up to an hour to get a Scout to the camp land line.

Important Notes

  1. All Scouts in attendance must be registered with BSA or complete a BSA Application.
  2. Alcohol and Illegal drugs are not permitted on camp property.
  3. Before you arrive, please review with your Scouts the guidelines for winter camping as outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting
  4. Unit leaders are responsible for distribution of Scout medication. If you need access to temperature control, please connect with your Crew Guide upon arrival to camp.
2019 Ice Fishing

2019 Ice Fishing

Specialty program designed to teach the skills of ice fishing.


 Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, Minnesota

Registration Open!

This Year's Dates

  • 1/5-6/2019
  • 1/12-13/2019
  • 1/19-20/2019 (MLK Weekend)
  • 1/26-27/2019
  • 2/2-3/2019
  • 2/9-10/2019
  • 2/16-17/2019 (Presidents Weekend)
  • 2/23-24/2019

2019 Outfitters - Search and Rescue

2019 Outfitters - Search and Rescue

Scouts earn Search and Rescue merit badge through exciting scenarios like missing campers and mock p
 Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, Minnesota

Registration Open!

This Year's Dates

  • 1/19-20/2019 (MLK Weekend)
  • 1/26-27/2019
  • 2/2-3/2019
  • 2/9-10/2019

2019 Snow Sports

2019 Snow Sports

Specialty program designed to expose you to outdoor winter sports.


 Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, Minnesota

Registration Open!

This Year's Dates

  • 1/12-13/2019
  • 2/16-17/2019

A. Experience Advancement 2019

A. Experience Advancement 2019

Introductory level program designed to teach cold weather skills, work on advancement and sleep indoors.


 Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, Minnesota

Registration Open!

This Year's Dates

  • 1/5-6/2019
  • 1/12-13/2019
  • 1/19-20/2019 (MLK Weekend)
  • 1/26-27/2019
  • 2/2-3/2019
  • 2/9-10/2019
  • 2/16-17/2019 (Presidents Weekend)
  • 2/23-24/2019

B. Adventure 2019

B. Adventure 2019

Intermediate level program designed to advance your winter skills while sleeping outdoors


 Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, Minnesota

Registration Open!

This Year's Dates

  • 1/4-6/2019
  • 1/11-13/2019
  • 1/18-20/2019 (MLK Weekend)
  • 1/25-27/2019
  • 2/1-3/2019
  • 2/8-10/2019
  • 2/15-17/2019 (Presidents Weekend)
  • 2/22-24/2019

C. Expedition 2019

C. Expedition 2019

Advanced level program designed to test and hone your winter skills. Will you survive two nights out
 Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, Minnesota

Registration Open!

This Year's Dates

  • 1/4-6/2019
  • 1/11-13/2019
  • 1/18-20/2019 (MLK Weekend)
  • 1/25-27/2019
  • 2/1-3/2019
  • 2/8-10/2019
  • 2/15-17/2019 (Presidents Weekend)
  • 2/22-24/2019


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