Scouts BSA Summer Camp

Scouts BSA Summer Camp at Camp Wilderness

Camp Wilderness is the premier Boy Scout camping facility of the Northern Lights Council.  The 2,400 acre “Outdoor Classroom” is situated between beautiful Bad Axe and Mantrap Lake near Park Rapids, MN in Hubbard County and hosts numerous year-round programs for Boy Scouts. 

Camp Wilderness is host to miles of trails, multiple shooting ranges, a climbing tower, COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) elements, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, sailboats, fishing, cross country skiing, snowshoes, and so much more!

2022 Schedule

Session 1: June 19-25, 2022

Session 2: June 26 – July 2, 2022

Session 3: July 3-9, 2022

Session 4: July 10-16, 2022

Session 5: July 17-23, 2022

Session 6: July 24-30, 2022

Provisional Troop

Summer camp is the highlight event of the year for Scouts. Sometimes troops find it difficult to have enough leaders to go to camp with the Scouts. Some of our smaller troops might not even go to camp because their leaders can’t get time off from work.

To help alleviate these issues, there are a few options to help your Scouts come to camp this summer and experience all of the outdoor magic that Camp Wilderness has to offer!

Provisional Troop Camping will only be offered weeks 2 and 6.

  • Provisional Troop: Camp Wilderness will work with volunteers or paid staff to bring Scouts from multiple troops into one “Provisional Troop” for their week at camp, similar to Council National Jamboree Troops.  This way Scouts whose Troop is not planning to go to camp this summer will still have the opportunity to.
  • If your Troop is struggling to find a second adult to attend camp, please let us know by clicking here.  We can find another Troop attending the same week who may be willing to share a campsite and leadership for the week.
  • If your Troop has lots of adult volunteers planning to attend this summer, and you would be willing to share your campsite with a Troop looking for additional leaders, please let us know by clicking here.

High Adventure at Camp Wilderness


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.

Northern Tier

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. There must be a certain number of Scouts within the group in order for them to go out. Scouts must be 14 years old to go on this trek.

Northern Tier Planning Guide

Each Crew must have:

  • A minimum of two adults (at least 21 years of age and registered with the BSA).  There are no gender restrictions for leadership except for co-ed Venturing crews, which must have both male and female leadership 21 years old or older.
  • 1 adult leader trained in the following(visit my.scouting.org to complete):
  • Wilderness First Aid(16 hour course)
  • CPR
  • Weather Hazards
  • Safe Swim Defense
  • Safety Afloat
  • All adult leaders must be trained in Youth Protection

All participants:

  • Must be 14 years of age or be 13 years of age and have completed 8th Grade upon arrival at Northern Tier.
  • Must fall below the maximum (295 pounds) allowed weight for participation and it is strongly recommended that no participant weigh less than 100 pounds. See Appendix D.
  • Must have a current (within 12 months) and complete BSA Health and Medical Record. The form may be found at ntier.org/Resources/MedForm
  • Must be classified as a BSA swimmer. See appendix E.
  • Must be a registered member of Scouts BSA or Venture Scouts.