Camp Wilderness is the premier camping and high adventure facility of the Northern Lights Council. Our 2,400-acre outdoor classroom is situated between beautiful Bad Axe and Mantrap Lakes in the heart of the Paul Bunyan State Forest in north central Minnesota. We host numerous year-round programs for Scouting programs and non-Scout groups alike.

Camp Wilderness Scout Camp is host to miles of trails, multiple remote outpost sites, shooting ranges, a 40-foot climbing tower, a high ropes course & zipline, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, sailboats, and  fishing!

2023 Summer Camp Season
 Session 1: June 18-24

Session 2: June 25 – July 1

Session 3: July 2-8

Session 4: July 9-15

Session 5: July 16-22


During Sessions 4 and 5 Scouts who are 14 years old or have completed 8th grade can earn their PADI certification. Scouts spend the last three hours of the day learning all about SCUBA diving, the equipment, safety, and going out into the lake to practice. SCUBA is open to Scouts and Adults with Scouts getting the preference.

Additional fee of $425 per person plus summer camp fees.

Camp Wilderness has partnered with Northern Tier to provide an extraordinary Boundary Water Adventure! Scouts will arrive at camp on Sunday, check in, and then make their way up to the Northern Tier base. From there the week will consist of canoeing, camping, fishing, portaging, and having the adventure of a lifetime. Scouts must be 14 years old to join.


Fee for Northern Tier Adventure is $560 per person (no summer camp fee).



COPE — Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience — is a Scouting program that includes group initiative games, trust events, and challenges that reach from the ground to the sky. This  activities will let you climb, swing, balance, jump, rappel, problem-solve, and become stronger both as individuals and as a team. Are you ready? Then zip on!




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Scouts BSA Summer Camp and High Adventure Opportunities