History

Camp Wilderness History Project & Online Trail


Use the PocketSights App on your phone for a GPS guided tour of Camp Wilderness or on your computer for a virtual tour.

Developed and Supported by the Northern Lights Alumni Association

  1. Activity Field – 
  2. Apache Campsite – 
  3. Archery Range – 
  4. Assiniboine Campsite 
  5. Bell Tower – 
  6. Blackfoot Campsite – 
  7. Boardman OutpostMarker Q 
  8. Buck Lake Campsite
  9. Campfire Arena (old main) – 
  10. Campfire Area FirstMarker G  
  11. Camp Dump – 
  12. Chapel – Virgil Reed Chapel in the Pines
  13. Chapel/FirstMarker I 
  14. ChuckwagonMarker M 
  15. Climbing Tower (new) – 
  16. Climbing Tower (old) – 
  17. Coonskin Outpost
  18. Crow Campsite – 
  19. CS Butler Wilderness Outpost – 
  20. CS Bear Campsite 
  21. CS Bobcat Campsite –  
  22. CS BB Gun and Archery Range – 
  23. CS Chapel and Campfire Arena – 
  24. CS Family Camping Area – 
  25. CS Waterfront – 
  26. CS Sledding Hill – 
  27. CS Tiger Campsite –  
  28. CS Wolf campsite
  29. Delaware Campsite
  30. Disc Golf Course
  31. Erie Campsite – 
  32. Fishing Area and Piers – 
  33. Flag Field – 
  34. Fox Campsite – 
  35. Gilwell Campsite 
  36. Gitano Commissioner Area and Campsite – 
  37. Great Water Campsite 
  38. Homestead/Flothe –  Marker 
  39. Homestead/Matson / Lof  – Marker O  
  40. Horse CorralMarker 
  41. Huron Campsite – 
  42. Iowa Campsite
  43. Jicarilla Campsite – 
  44. Klamath Campsite 
  45. Lakota Campsite – 
  46. Lily Lake Outpost – 
  47. Lipon Campsite – 
  48. Mandan Campsite 
  49. Mantrap Outpost Site
  50. Mataga Commissioner Area and Campsite – 
  51. Maynard Wedum Campsite 
  52. Nature Areas (Old) – 
  53. North Star Campsite – 
  54. Nootka Campsite
  55. OA GatewayMarker N 
  56. OA GroundsMarker 
  57. OA Quill Hill – 
  58. Ojibwa Campsite – 
  59. Osprey Campsite – 
  60. Osprey Nest – 
  61. Pawnee Campsite
  62. Pollinator Project – 
  63. Preachers Grove (original & current)Marker 
  64. Project COPE – 
  65. Rifle Range (First)Marker 
  66. Rife Range – 
  67. Rotary Hill Commissioner Area and Campsite – 
  68. SawmillMarker 
  69. Sakakawea Campsite
  70. ScoutCraft Program Area – 
  71. Skeet Shooting Range – 
  72. Sledding Hill – 
  73. Sparrowhawk Campfire Arena – 
  74. Tail Beaver Campsite – 
  75. Toboggan SlideMarker H 
  76. Tree Plantation/Dr. BakerMarker A3 
  77. Tree PlantationsMarker 
  78. Tree Plantation/Pop StoneMarker O  
  79. Van Schaick Campsite – 
  80. Wasichus Commissioner Area / Trail Blazers – 
  81. Waterfront
  82. Windigo Commissioner Area – 
  83. Witscheman Commissioner Area – 
  1. Camp & Program  Directors 
  2. Rangers
  3. Chaplains 
  4. Unknown Legends – Help us identify these individuals
  5. Edgar Olson  – Wrote the Camp’s Alma Mater
  6. Herman Stern – Founding Father of  Camp Wilderness
  7. George Edwin Black– Black Building Namesake
  8. George Boardman – Council Executive in 1949
  9. John Lien – First Camp Cook 
  10. John Lindblom – Camp Surveyor
  11. Neville Pearson – Photographed Camps First Years
  12. Dr. Norman Baker – Founding Father of Camp Wilderness
  13. Steve Werpy – Long Time Camp Staffer 
  14. Virgil Reed – First Camp Director 

Additional Camps (past & present)

Camp Wilderness History Center

The Northern Lights Alumni Association has established the actual trail and the digital trail  below with the hopes for a deeper understanding of the heritage and legacy of Camp Wilderness.

Our focus is telling the story of the Northern Lights Council and the camps within—not only by honoring all we have today, but also by remembering where we came from. Our present-day council is the result of the evolution of four councils, four lodges, and many camps.

The Northern Lights History Center’s collections are comprised of various artifacts donated by friends of Scouting. We rely on these donations from people like you to preserve and display the history of the council and its camps. Help us uphold the story of the Northern Lights Council by donating items or by joining the History Committee.

What we need and our areas of focus -

 

   Our Needs       CampsCouncils/Lodges

Information

(when, why, who, how, etc…)

Camp Wilderness

Missouri Valley Council

Photos/Videos

Camp Wabaunaquat

Great Plains

Area Council

Memorabilia

Metigoshe Scout Reservation

Lake Agassiz Council

Patches

Heart Butte Scout Reservation

Red River Valley Council

Newspaper Clippings

Camp Shawondasse

Chatoka Lodge

Guide BooksBig 4 Scout CampThunderbird Lodge
Stories & Anecdotes

Camp Spanish Point

Chan-o-wapi Lodge

Working at the History Center

Camp Kiwanis/ Wood Lake

Minniduta Lodge

Helping with Research

Camp Chandawag/ Oak Island

Pa-Hin Lodge

Cataloging and storing items

Camp Chatoka

Northern Lights Council
Building DisplaysWhat did we miss?

Park Region Council

Gifts to the Northern Lights Council for the History Center are deductible from taxable income in accordance with the provisions of Federal income tax law. However, the History Committee or Council employees cannot, in their official capacity, give appraisals for the purpose of establishing the tax deductible value of donated items. Evaluations must be secured by the donor at his/her expense. The donor receives no goods or services in consideration of this gift.           

 

Contact the History Committee for more information on how you can help

email Bob Rezac or  701-261-7597

email Chad Swenson  or 701-388-2494