Base Camp

Base Camp

Base Camp, Northern Star Council, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.

You’d expect a camp like this to be far from civilization. After all, where else could you fit a 35,000 square-foot Scouting palace offering indoor and outdoor ropes courses, a space shuttle simulator, and climbing walls that can hold up to 60 Scouts at a time?

For the Northern Star Council, the answer was right in their backyard. The council converted a cavalry drill hall built in 1907 into Base Camp, an innovative facility that sits right in the heart of the Twin Cities. It provides team-building fun to area Scout units, community groups, and corporations.

And it’s located right off Highway 55, meaning easy access for Scout units that can’t afford to travel long distances. What’s more, because most of Base Camp is indoors, it stays open even in Minnesota’s harsh winters. Here’s what’s inside:

– A sunken amphitheater with seating for up to 200 people.

– Three climbing areas designed as lifelike indoor replicas of Minnesota’s Taylors Falls.

– An indoor archery range for year-round target practice.

– A full catering kitchen for preparing and serving food.

– The latest AV equipment (yes, even Blu-ray) for serious presentations or fun movie nights.

Get more info about Base Camp, including how to plan a trip, at

(Photo by Judy Griesedieck)

1 Comment

  1. Earlier in October, we had over 350 Scouts indoors building an all electric 1938 For rat rod. We had 3 days of merit badges, entertainment and a car show on Saturday.
    Plan to do it again April 20-22, 2012 (Earth Day Weekend)
    It was an ‘Innovation Weekend’ event sponsored by PlugNPlay and Scoutmaster Bucky.

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