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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

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Beim

Beim

Tucked away in remote area of camp surrounded by tall grass and trees, sits Beim Lodge. It's a small and quaint cabin, a great weekend getaway for a family or group of four. The cabin comes with a kitchen and a bathroom with a shower.

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Capacity: Sleeps 4
Scout Fees: $80 for a weekend

Amenities

  • Restroom Facilities: Indoor bathroom and shower
  • Cooking Facilities: Partial kitchen
  • Heating: Wood/Gas

Briggs

Briggs

Briggs Lodge sits in a wooded area near the river at the southern edge of Camp Stearns. It has a standard open floor plan that is perfect for sleeping and large group activities. Included with this building is a full kitchen, bathroom, and fireplace. Groups that stay at Briggs will enjoy the sunrise in the mornings as well as the sounds of crickets at night.

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Capacity: Sleeps 30
Scout Fees: $110 for a weekend

Amenities

  • Restroom Facilities: indoor restroom
  • Cooking Facilities: Full kitchen
  • Heating: Wood/Gas

Crowther

Crowther

A rustic cabin nestled deep in the woods. It has a standard open floor plan that is perfect for sleeping and large group activities. It's a hike to get to this spot so if groups are looking for an adventure and challenge, this is the place to stay.

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Capacity: Sleeps 30
Scout Fees: $85 for a weekend

Amenities

  • Restroom Facilities: outdoor latrines
  • Cooking Facilities: N/A
  • Heating: Wood/Gas

Deckenbach

Deckenbach

Deckenbach Lodge sits at the south end of camp next to the sledding hill. It has a standard open floor plan that is perfect for sleeping and large group activities.

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Capacity: Sleeps 30
Scout Fees: $90 for the weekend

Amenities

  • Restroom Facilities: outdoor latrines
  • Cooking Facilities: N/A
  • Heating: Gas

Diamond Lake

Diamond Lake

Diamond Lake Lodge sits on the edge of a large open field that is perfect for games and outdoor activities. It has a standard open floor plan that is great for sleeping and large group activities. It's one of the few locations on camp with a cook-top kitchen and an indoor restroom. Another nice feature are the two garage doors that open up for added airflow and extending program outside of the building.

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Capacity: Sleeps 25
Scout Fees: $110 for the weekend

Amenities

  • Restroom Facilities: Indoor Restroom
  • Cooking Facilities: kitchen with four burner cooktop
  • Heating: Gas

Gagner Lodge

Gagner Lodge

Located in the heart of Camp Stearns, Gagner Lodge is a bunk house facility that sleeps up to 72 divided among four separate rooms. Because Gagner Lodge shares restrooms and an outdoor walkway with another building it can only be reserved with Heritage Lodge.

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Capacity: Sleeps 72
Scout Fees: $105 for the weekend

Amenities

  • Restroom Facilities: Outdoor Latrine, Heritage Lodge Indoor Restrooms
  • Cooking Facilities: N/A
  • Heating: Gas

Heritage

Heritage

Overlooking a large field of prairie grass, Heritage Lodge sits at the heart of Camp Stearns. This large, two level multi-purpose lodge features an unsupplied full kitchen with a range and convection ovens. Both levels have an open floor plan that is perfect for sleeping and large group activities. Restrooms are also located inside this building on each level. Large groups can benfit from this one of a kind building rented on its own or with Gagner Lodge. It's price that can't be beat!

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Capacity: Sleeps 62
Scout Fees: $155 for the weekend

Amenities

  • Restroom Facilities: Indoor restrooms and showers
  • Cooking Facilities: full kitchen
  • Heating: Gas

Landes Training Center

Landes Training Center

Landes Training Center is located near the entrance of camp. It's a multi-use facility, which includes a large conference room, bathrooms, and a full kitchen. The main meeting area is a standard open floor plan that is perfect for sleeping and large group activities. One special feature is a separate leader sleeping quarters for up to 4 people in two bedrooms, complete with its own bathroom and shower. Right behind this facility is a large open field used for activities, games and campfires. Landes is a perfect location for groups to host a meeting or training.

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Capacity: Sleeps 30
Scout Fees: $110 for a weekend

Amenities

  • Restroom Facilities: Indoor restrooms
  • Cooking Facilities: Full kitchen with oven
  • Heating: Gas

Mccarthy

Mccarthy

McCarthy Lodge can be found deep in the woods on the south end of Camp Stearns. It has a standard open floor plan that is great for sleeping and large group activities. Groups looking for a wilderness adventure will benefit from staying at this lodge.

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Capacity: Sleeps 25
Scout Fees: $85 for a weekend

Amenities

  • Restroom Facilities: Outdoor Latrines
  • Cooking Facilities: N/A
  • Heating: Wood

Tonkawa Lodge

Tonkawa Lodge

Sitting atop a hill with a sweeping back porch, Tonkawa Lodge overlooks a large activity field and the forest beyond. Built in 2016, this large two-level multi-purpose lodge features an unsupplied commercial kitchen, large meeting room and restrooms on the upper level. The lower level houses multiple showers, restrooms and sleeping rooms with provided bunk beds. This is an ideal place to impress the participants of your next large group event.

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Capacity: Seats 130, Sleeps 48
Scout Fees: $400 for a weekend

Amenities

  • Restroom Facilities: Indoor restrooms and showers
  • Cooking Facilities: Full size kitchen with oven and stove top
  • Heating: Gas

Whitewater Lodge

Whitewater Lodge

Whitewater Lodge is situated near the Clearwater River and surrounded by nearby trees. It has a standard open floor plan that is great for sleeping and large group activities. The full kitchen and restroom are nestled at one end of this rectangular cabin. This is a lodge that cannot be passed up.

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Capacity: Sleeps 18
Scout Fees: $110 for a weekend

Amenities

  • Restroom Facilities: Indoor Restroom
  • Cooking Facilities: Kitchen with a range and oven
  • Heating: Gas

Events At This Camp

Fall Day Camp

Fall Day Camp

Fall Day Camp is a half-day opportunity for all Cub Scouts and their families

North Wind

North Wind

Continue the camping adventure even in the winter! North Wind offers three levels of challenge which provide exciting winter experiences.

Polar Cubs

Polar Cubs

We guarantee there is no better way to spend a day outside during a Minnesota Winter.

Spooky-Ree

Spooky-Ree

A fall themed camporee that includes costumes and pumpkin carving.

Summer Camp Programs

Summer Camp Programs

Cub Summer Camp is the highlight of the year for many Scouts!

Weekend Camp

Weekend Camp

Come and enjoy our camps anytime of year.

Here are just some of the fun activities you can do at Stearns Scout Camp!

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