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2022 Fall Camporee Recap

This past Fall, over 1,000 participants from around Northern Star Scouting participated in the Wilderness Survival Fall Camporees at Stearns Scout Camp and Phillippo Scout Camp. During the event, Scouts had the opportunity to rotate through stations that featured the requirements of the Wilderness Survival Merit Badge. At the stations Scouts tested their skills at fire-building, first-aid, signaling, and experienced so much more. The culmination of the program was an overnight experience in an improvised shelter that Scouts created themselves.  Congratulations to all of the Scouts that braved the cold and completed their Wilderness Survival Merit Badges this Fall!   

Special thanks to the Fall Camporee Subcommittee, and event chair Jenny Veith for the hard work that went into planning and conducting two large-scale Fall Camporee events. The volunteer response for both Camporees was outstanding, and it was great to see so many Scouters jumping-in to help staff stations, park cars, and help with behind-the-scenes logistics. Successfully facilitating an event on the scale of the Fall Camporees this Fall was quite a feat, and the volunteer team definitely completed their good turn in offering a quality event for so many Scouts.

If you missed the Camporees this Fall, save the date for our Scouts BSA Spring Camporee/ Webelos Recruitoree the weekend of May 12-14, 2023 at Stearns Scout Camp - read more about that combined event below.  

Scouts BSA Spring Camporee and Webelos recruitoree - save the date may 12-14, 2023

Save the date on your calendars for this exciting event! We will have a wide range of program activities offered during the day Saturday. Scouts can choose the activities they find most interesting. All program stations will offer some type of hands-on activity for the Scouts, covering a wide range of interests including sports, careers, science and technology, hobby interests, shooting sports, climbing, conservation, outdoor skills, etc. There will be a Patrol Skills competition modeled after the Wali-Ga-Zu competition which was a long-time feature of the legacy Northwest District. Patrol awards will be given based on the level of performance of the Patrol measured against an absolute standard. Other recognitions are planned based on participation in a wide range of the program activities.

Webelos Dens are encouraged to participate with a Scouts BSA Troop of their choice. Troops are encouraged to reach out and invite Dens of associated Packs to join them. The Den will act as a Patrol within the Troop. The Webelos Scouts will practice working together as a Patrol independently under Scout youth leadership. Parents of Webelos will camp and eat with the Troop adults while being able to observe their Scouts in action. Troops will plan their own menus and provide their own food. This is a great opportunity for Troops to show Webelos Scouts and their parents why they should join the Troop for the next step on the Scouting adventure trail.

There will be an orientation session for Webelos adults to help them understand the transition from Cub Scouts to the Scouts BSA program and the youth-led, Patrol method model. Position-specific training will also be available for Scouts BSA adults.

Any Scout Troop, Venturing Crew, or Explorer Post interested in providing a program area highlighting a specialty of that unit is encouraged to contact the event chair: Dave Yarusso at [email protected].

Further details about the program offerings will be communicated as the planning progresses.

Registration Will Open in 2023

Contact us

Ben Coder (General Questions)

Activities/STEM Director
612-261-2329

Dianne Robinson (Registration Questions)

Field Assistant
612-261-2370

Dave Yarusso (Spring Camporee Questions)

Spring Camporee Subcommittee Chair
Camporees