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Family camp is an adventure for the entire family. You can look forward to a fully staffed summer camp experience for cub scout families. Families participate in as many of the activities as they like, create their own activities, or just relax.

Some Activities You'll Do

Rock Throwing Range

After we review the safety rules of Scout Ranges, take aim with a rock

After we review the safety rules of Scout Ranges, take aim with a rock

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

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!

Climbing

We have climbing structures at four locations, providing physical and mental challenges to Scouts of all ages

We have climbing structures at four locations, providing physical and mental challenges to Scouts of all ages

Crafts

Crafty things to do at our camps

Crafty things to do at our camps

Disc Golf

Can you toss a frisbee? If the answer is yes than you can try out this cool activity.

Can you toss a frisbee? If the answer is yes than you can try out this cool activity.

Pedal Carts

All the fun of go-karts combined with biking at camp!

All the fun of go-karts combined with biking at camp!

Kick Sleds

Try something new at Polar Cubs! Kick Sleds are a traditional Scandinavian activity that is similar to kick pushing a scooter, except you are on skis!

Try something new at Polar Cubs! Kick Sleds are a traditional Scandinavian activity that is similar to kick pushing a scooter, except you are on skis!

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.

Sled Chutes

Our sled chutes are designed for the impossible to predict Minnesota weather

Our sled chutes are designed for the impossible to predict Minnesota weather

Nature Trail

Day or night, our nature trails make your hike even more exciting.

Day or night, our nature trails make your hike even more exciting.

Leather Branding

Webelos scouts will have a chance to take home a leather round with a Fleur de Lis branded on it to remember their time at Polar Cubs.

Webelos scouts will have a chance to take home a leather round with a Fleur de Lis branded on it to remember their time at Polar Cubs.

Knock - It - Off!

If you like playing Angry Birds you will love playing Knock-It-Off at Polar Cubs! Scouts will build a structure using wood blocks and hope it can stand up to attacks from opposing teams.

If you like playing Angry Birds you will love playing Knock-It-Off at Polar Cubs! Scouts will build a structure using wood blocks and hope it can stand up to attacks from opposing teams.

Tent Camping

Opt out!! Outside that is with tent camping.

Opt out!! Outside that is with tent camping.

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.

Swimming

Swimming is one of the staples of camp, a fun outdoor activity promoting physical fitness, teamwork, and self reliance.

Swimming is one of the staples of camp, a fun outdoor activity promoting physical fitness, teamwork, and self reliance.

Challenge Course

Our Low Ropes courses consist of real and imaginary challenges

Our Low Ropes courses consist of real and imaginary challenges

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.

Council Fire

Gather around a warm fire and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate at this Polar Cubs activity station. Share riddles, tell stories and enjoy the warmth before heading out to your next activity!

Gather around a warm fire and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate at this Polar Cubs activity station. Share riddles, tell stories and enjoy the warmth before heading out to your next activity!

Indoor Housing

Camp facilities include indoor, bunk style housing options. Rooms may vary in size depending on location, but they all include bunk beds with mattresses and electricity. Rooms will be assigned by age and gender.

Nylon Dome Style Tent

These tents will comfortably sleep 2 people and can be zipped shut. Sleeping mats are provided. This option is available at Stearns Scout Camp and Kiwanis Scout Camp.

Bring Your Own Tent

Do you like using your own tent? Go ahead and bring it to camp! This option is available at Phillippo Scout Reservation and Stearns Scout Camp.

Indoor Restrooms

Restroom facilities include a flush toilet and a sink.

Indoor Showers

Shower buildings can be either locker room style with individual shower stalls or single room showers with a locking door.

Outdoor Latrines

You can expect to see latrines near every campsite and program area. Latrines are stocked with toilet paper and a hand washing stations (either hand sanitizer or a sink with soap).

Internet accessibility and cell phone coverage is limited at all of our camp properties. If you have specific needs related to work or otherwise, please contact the camp property you are planning on attending to learn more about available access. In the case of an emergency, reliable communication will be made available to you.

Electricity is not available in all campsites and is reserved for those with a medical need such as CPAP machines. Make sure to note such medical needs in your registration to notify the camp.

Electricity is available in most buildings and can be used to charge cell phones.

All campsites include a fire ring, fire wood, picnic table and access to potable water.

Electricity is not available in all campsites and is reserved for those with a medical need such as CPAP machines. Make sure to note such medical needs in your registration to notify the camp.

The camp store is stocked with small convenience items, snacks, apparel, souvenirs and patches. Cash, check and credit cards ($5 minimum) are accepted.

Program Highlights

Flexible Schedule
Climbing
Boating
Crafts
Campfire Program

Schedule

Note- this schedule may vary slightly depending on which camp property you attend. See property specific pages to find a more detailed schedule.

Friday

6:00pm Check-In Begins
8:00 pm Camp Tour and Opening Campfire Program

Saturday

7:30 AM Breakfast Served / Late Check-In
8:30 AM Morning Flag Ceremony
9:00 AM - 11:50 AM Morning Activities (You get to choose fropm a list of fun activities.)
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Afternoon Break
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Afternoon Activities
5:00 - 5:50 Evening Break
5:50 pm Evening Flag Ceremony
6:00PM Dinner
7:00 Free Time
8:00 PM Evening Campfire Program
9:30 PM Return to your campsite

Sunday

7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Morning Flag Ceremony
8:40 am Chapel Service (Non-Denominational)
9:15 - 11:15 Sunday Activities
12:00 Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 pm Open Program

Advancement

Family Camp is designed to be focused on activities instead of advancement. However, just by being at camp and participating in some activities, Scouts will be able to sign off on individual requirements. A full list will be provided to you at camp.

Location Specific Program Information

2018 Family Camp at Stearns

Stearns: 320-236-7879
Registration Questions: 651-287-3699

2018 Family Camp at Kiwanis

Kiwanis: 651-433-2801
Registration Questions: 651-287-3699

Who can attend?

Family Camp is open to all Cub Scouts and their families.

How much does it cost?

$50 per Person (Age 5+)
FREE for family members under 4

What is included in the fee?

The fee includes all of your meals, a patch for every participant, housing (tent or indoor), and staffing costs.

Is financial aid available?

Yes! Every Scout should have an opportunity to attend Summer Camp and we do not want cost to hold anyone back from this experience. If you are in need, please complete the Campership Form to receive up to 50% of the cost covered.

When is Family Camp?

Family Camp is typically offered 3 weekends during the summer. See the register tab for this year's dates!

What should I bring?

When packing for Family Camp, make sure to bring everything you need to be comfortable for 2 nights away from home. See a full list in the Parent Guide Book, but below are some helpful reminders.

  • Swim suit and towel
  • Rain Jacket - always be prepared!
  • Sun screen and bug repellent
  • Shower Shoes (flip flops)
  • Flashlight
  • Sweatshirt or jacket - it can get cold when the sun goes down.
  • Waterbottle - Stay Hydrated!

It may be helpful to pack your gear in a plastic tote instead of a suitcase because it is easy to carry and will keep your items dry in the case of rain.

What Forms do I need to bring?

Each participant (youth and adult) must have parts A and B completed of the Health Form. Additionally each youth participant who would like to participate in shooting sports activities must have a completed Shooting Sports Waiver. Both of these forms can be found under Resources on the right hand side of this screen. Forms are turned into the staff at check in on Friday night. If you do not have them completed, you will be asked to fill them out once you arrive

Food Service Provided

You will be served 5 meals at camp, starting with breakfast on Saturday morning and ending with lunch on Sunday. All meals are served cafeteria style in the dining hall building.

Special Dietary Requests

We want to make sure that every camper gets a healthy and safe meal. At camp we are prepared to accommodate for the following restrictions:

  • Lactose Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Peanut/Nut Free

If you have needs above and beyond those listed above, or if you would prefer to bring your own food, cooler space and a microwave will be made available to you.

How do I inform the camp of my dietary needs?

Please note any dietary needs in your online registration information. This will give the camp staff a summary of all of the needs for a given weekend. Please also inform staff of any dietary restrictions at check in to make sure that they have accurate information. If you have questions regarding food service, please contact the camp directly.

What to expect at Check-In

Gates will open at 6:oo p.m. on Friday.

A staff member will greet you at the entrance and give you instructions on where to park and check-in. At check-in you will be given a map and detailed schedule for the weekend. Be prepared to turn in your completed health forms and shooting sports waivers for all participants.

Following check-in, a staff member will lead you to your campsite or cabin. You will not be able to park directly next to your site or cabin, so please be prepared to carry your gear a short distance.

There will be no meal served on Friday night, so please eat dinner before coming to camp.

Swim Qualifications

Each participant, youth and adult, will be asked to complete a swim qualification test. You will not be allowed to participate in any aquatic activities (swimming or boating) until this is complete. There are 3 different levels that participants can check at to fit their comfort and ability level:

  • Leaner (Non-Swimmer)
  • Beginner
  • Swimmer

You may have an opportunity to complete the swim check on Friday evening, or you will have a chance to do it at your first aquatic activity on Saturday! Lifeguards will be available on Friday night to answer any questions that you have regarding the swim check.

This might sound scary, but you have no need to worry! Swimmers of all levels will be able to have a safe and fun experience at our aquatic activities! No one will be asked to do anything that they are not comfortable with.

Swim checks can be completed prior to coming to camp under the supervision of a registered lifeguard, see Swim Qualification Record sheet in the Parent Guide book.

2018 Family Camp at Stearns

Stearns: 320-236-7879
Registration Questions: 651-287-3699


 Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, Minnesota

Opens 3/1/2018

This Year's Dates

7/13 - 15/2018
7/20 - 22-2018


2018 Family Camp at Kiwanis

Kiwanis: 651-433-2801
Registration Questions: 651-287-3699


 Kiwanis Scout Camp
Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota

Opens 3/1/2018

This Year's Dates

7/6 - 8/2018



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