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Stearns Scout Camp

South Haven, MN


About Camp

With 1200 acres of open fields, rolling hills and thick forest, Camp Stearns is an ideal spot for a small overnight campout or a major event of several thousand people. Bordering several lakes and bisected by the meandering Clearwater River, it’s also a great area to launch a canoe. If you’re planning a trip here, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including Sand Hill Cranes, Whitetail Deer, beavers and wild turkeys. Also keep your ears open for nightly hoots of the owl!

In 1936, EJ Stearns funded the purchase and development of the original Camp Stearns on Lake Sylvia. In 1966, 930 acres of land was purchased from the estate of George C. Crosby, to form Camp Heritage a few miles to the north of Lake Sylvia. In 1984 the Lake Sylvia location was sold and the resources were invested in Camp Heritage. Shortly after, the property was renamed Camp Stearns to continue to honor the original generosity of the Stearns Family.

3303 County Road 44
South Haven, MN 55382

Unique Features

Clearwater River, High Ropes Course, Event Fields, Lake Caroline, Little Otter Lake, Inspiration Point, Tonkawa Lodge, Foust Pavillion

Possible Uses

Overnight camping, district events and camporees, Order of the Arrow events, trainings, Super Events (2000+ participants), community events

Some Activities You'll Do At This Event

Ultimate Frisbee

Tossing around a flying disc isn't just for picnics or lazy days at the beach.

Tossing around a flying disc isn't just for picnics or lazy days at the beach.

Hiking

Hiking at camp is a fantastic way to enjoy the environment.

Hiking at camp is a fantastic way to enjoy the environment.

Tomahawk Throwing

Try your hand at this timeless challenge

Try your hand at this timeless challenge

Archery

Take up a bow and arrow and fire a few toward the bullseye

Take up a bow and arrow and fire a few toward the bullseye

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.

Canoe Rental

We can provide you with the canoes, a trailer to haul them, life jackets and paddles.

We can provide you with the canoes, a trailer to haul them, life jackets and paddles.

Ski Hills

Check out these nearby ski hills while you're at our camps.

Check out these nearby ski hills while you're at our camps.

Volleyball

A sport that almost everyone has played at least once, now play it with your new camp friends.

A sport that almost everyone has played at least once, now play it with your new camp friends.

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.

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.

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.

Broomball

A unique winter sport that anyone can play.

A unique winter sport that anyone can play.

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.

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

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.

Visit Points of Interest

Find the perfect spot at camp for that Kodak moment.

Find the perfect spot at camp for that Kodak moment.

Boating

Boating can enrich an experience at camp whether it's just something you do for an hour or if it is the center of your outing.

Boating can enrich an experience at camp whether it's just something you do for an hour or if it is the center of your outing.

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

Fire Building Techniques

Start and stop a fire the right way.

Start and stop a fire the right way.

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

High Adventure Prep

Get ready for your High Adventure trip by visiting one of our camps.

Get ready for your High Adventure trip by visiting one of our camps.

High Ropes Course

Our mind challenging and heart pounding elements give you a chance to test your ability to conquer fear and build self-confidence.

Our mind challenging and heart pounding elements give you a chance to test your ability to conquer fear and build self-confidence.

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.

Tent Camping

Opt out!! Outside that is with tent camping.

Opt out!! Outside that is with tent camping.

Geocaching

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

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

Bouldering

Bouldering provides challenging horizontal routes for climbers that like the unique challenge of going sideways instead of up and down.

Bouldering provides challenging horizontal routes for climbers that like the unique challenge of going sideways instead of up and down.

Fishing

Fishing is a great way to connect with nature, relieve some stress, learn how our ancestors used to acquire food, and more!

Fishing is a great way to connect with nature, relieve some stress, learn how our ancestors used to acquire food, and more!

Animals

Get a chance to see some pretty cool animals in the wild

Get a chance to see some pretty cool animals in the wild

Stargazing

There sure are a lot of stars in the sky!

There sure are a lot of stars in the sky!

Crafts

Crafty things to do at our camps

Crafty things to do at our camps

Tubing and Sledding

Head out to camp for some classic winter fun.

Head out to camp for some classic winter fun.

Shotgun

Can you hit the clay pigeon?

Can you hit the clay pigeon?

Challenge Course

Our Low Ropes courses consist of real and imaginary challenges

Our Low Ropes courses consist of real and imaginary challenges

Campfires

A toasty campfire is often the focus of any campout.

A toasty campfire is often the focus of any campout.

Board Games

Spend time together and build learning skills.

Spend time together and build learning skills.

Main Programs

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?

Specialty

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.

2019 Ice Fishing

2019 Ice Fishing

Specialty program designed to teach the skills of ice fishing.


 Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, Minnesota

Opens 10/1/2018

This Year's Dates

  • 1/4-7/2019
  • 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

  • 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

    This Year's Dates

    Only offered select weekends. We are still working to find a vendor to provide this service. Please email eyingst@northernstar.org if you group has interest. Evan will email you back when the dates have been set. 


    2019 Snow Sports

    2019 Snow Sports

    Specialty program designed to expose you to outdoor winter sports.


     Stearns Scout Camp
    South Haven, Minnesota

    Opens 10/1/2018

    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

    Opens 10/1/2018

    This Year's Dates

  • 1/4-7/2019
  • 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

  • B. Adventure 2019

    B. Adventure 2019

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


     Stearns Scout Camp
    South Haven, Minnesota

    Opens 10/1/2018

    This Year's Dates

  • 1/4-7/2019
  • 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

    Opens 10/1/2018

    This Year's Dates

  • 1/4-7/2019
  • 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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