Provisional Troop

Camp Wilderness is planning to be the summer oasis for you and your Scouts this summer!  We know the past few months have been unprecedented, and many parents and leaders are having difficulty in taking additional time off this summer to go to camp.  We also know there are families who want to go to camp this summer, but their troops have elected not to.

To help alleviate these concerns we are planning to implement a couple different resources to guarantee you can come to camp this summer and experience all of the outdoor magic that Camp Wilderness has to offer!

  • 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 Emilie know at or 877-293-5011.  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 Emilie know at or 877-293-5011.

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!







2020 Scouts BSA Summer Camp 

Session One July 5-11, 2020
Session Two July 12-18, 2020
Session Three July 19-25, 2020
Session Four July 26-August 1, 2020
Session Five August 2-8, 2020










2021 Scouts BSA Summer Camp 

Session One June 20-26, 2021
Session Two June 26-July 3, 2021
Session Three July 4-10, 2021 
Session Four July 11-17, 2021
Session Five July 18-24, 2021
Session Six July 25-31, 2021
Session Seven  August 1-7, 2021













High Adventure at Camp Wilderness


During Sessions 5, and 6 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. 


This is a program created for Scouts, by Scouts! Spend the week trekking through the backwoods of Camp Wilderness. During the OWLS program, Scouts will work on orienteering to locate campsites, wilderness survival skills, and aquatic skills. This is a program completely separate from Camp, and the Scouts in it will only complete this program during the week at camp. 

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.