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Stearns Scout Camp

South Haven, MN


About Camp

With 1200 acres of open fields, rolling hills and thick forest, Camp Stearns is an ideal spot for a small overnight campout or a major event of several thousand people. Bordering several lakes and bisected by the meandering Clearwater River, it’s also a great area to launch a canoe. If you’re planning a trip here, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including Sand Hill Cranes, Whitetail Deer, beavers and wild turkeys. Also keep your ears open for nightly hoots of the owl!

In 1936, EJ Stearns funded the purchase and development of the original Camp Stearns on Lake Sylvia. In 1966, 930 acres of land was purchased from the estate of George C. Crosby, to form Camp Heritage a few miles to the north of Lake Sylvia. In 1984 the Lake Sylvia location was sold and the resources were invested in Camp Heritage. Shortly after, the property was renamed Camp Stearns to continue to honor the original generosity of the Stearns Family.

3303 County Road 44
South Haven, MN 55382

Unique Features

Clearwater River, High Ropes Course, Event Fields, Lake Caroline, Little Otter Lake, Inspiration Point, Tonkawa Lodge, Foust Pavillion

Possible Uses

Overnight camping, district events and camporees, Order of the Arrow events, trainings, Super Events (2000+ participants), community events

Some Activities You'll Do At This Event

Board Games

Spend time together and build learning skills.

Spend time together and build learning skills.

Geocaching

Geocaching is an orienteering course using hand-held GPS units.

Geocaching is an orienteering course using hand-held GPS units.

Tomahawk Throwing

Try your hand at this timeless challenge

Try your hand at this timeless challenge

Campfires

A toasty campfire is often the focus of any campout.

A toasty campfire is often the focus of any campout.

Knots and Lashings

Use one of our knot/lashing kits to learn the basics of this Scouting skill.

Use one of our knot/lashing kits to learn the basics of this Scouting skill.

Volleyball

A sport that almost everyone has played at least once, now play it with your new camp friends.

A sport that almost everyone has played at least once, now play it with your new camp friends.

Visit Points of Interest

Find the perfect spot at camp for that Kodak moment.

Find the perfect spot at camp for that Kodak moment.

Nature Trail

Day or night, our nature trails make your hike even more exciting.

Day or night, our nature trails make your hike even more exciting.

Cross Country Skiiing

Our camps are the the perfect setting for cross country skiing.

Our camps are the the perfect setting for cross country skiing.

Bouldering

Bouldering provides challenging horizontal routes for climbers that like the unique challenge of going sideways instead of up and down.

Bouldering provides challenging horizontal routes for climbers that like the unique challenge of going sideways instead of up and down.

High Adventure Prep

Get ready for your High Adventure trip by visiting one of our camps.

Get ready for your High Adventure trip by visiting one of our camps.

Night Hike

The familiar old trail that you've hiked dozens of times is suddenly new.

The familiar old trail that you've hiked dozens of times is suddenly new.

Animals

Get a chance to see some pretty cool animals in the wild

Get a chance to see some pretty cool animals in the wild

Maps and Compass

Map and compass is a key skill if you plan to do any backpacking

Map and compass is a key skill if you plan to do any backpacking

Challenge Course

Our Low Ropes courses consist of real and imaginary challenges

Our Low Ropes courses consist of real and imaginary challenges

Disc Golf

Can you toss a frisbee? If the answer is yes than you can try out this cool activity.

Can you toss a frisbee? If the answer is yes than you can try out this cool activity.

Climbing

We have climbing structures at four locations, providing physical and mental challenges to Scouts of all ages

We have climbing structures at four locations, providing physical and mental challenges to Scouts of all ages

Tubing and Sledding

Head out to camp for some classic winter fun.

Head out to camp for some classic winter fun.

Stargazing

There sure are a lot of stars in the sky!

There sure are a lot of stars in the sky!

Archery

Take up a bow and fire a few arrows toward the bullseye

Take up a bow and fire a few arrows toward the bullseye

High Ropes Course

Our mind challenging and heart pounding elements give you a chance to test your ability to conquer fear and build self-confidence.

Our mind challenging and heart pounding elements give you a chance to test your ability to conquer fear and build self-confidence.

Ultimate Frisbee

Tossing around a flying disc isn't just for picnics or lazy days at the beach.

Tossing around a flying disc isn't just for picnics or lazy days at the beach.

Card Games

Indoors or outdoors, camp can be the environment to try something new.

Indoors or outdoors, camp can be the environment to try something new.

Tent Camping

Opt out!! Outside that is with tent camping.

Opt out!! Outside that is with tent camping.

Broomball

A unique winter sport that anyone can play.

A unique winter sport that anyone can play.

Canoe Rental

We can provide you with the canoes, a trailer to haul them, life jackets and paddles.

We can provide you with the canoes, a trailer to haul them, life jackets and paddles.

Sled Chutes

Our sled chutes are designed for the impossible to predict Minnesota weather

Our sled chutes are designed for the impossible to predict Minnesota weather

Hiking

Hiking at camp is a fantastic way to enjoy the environment.

Hiking at camp is a fantastic way to enjoy the environment.

Shotgun

Can you hit the clay pigeon?

Can you hit the clay pigeon?

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is an age-old activity essential to travelling in deep snow.

Snowshoeing is an age-old activity essential to travelling in deep snow.

Crafts

Crafty things to do at our camps

Crafty things to do at our camps

Ski Hills

Check out these nearby ski hills while you're at our camps.

Check out these nearby ski hills while you're at our camps.

Camp Store

Get yourself a camp souvenir or pick up something you may have forgotten at home.

Get yourself a camp souvenir or pick up something you may have forgotten at home.

Fishing

Fishing is a great way to connect with nature, relieve some stress, learn how our ancestors used to acquire food, and more!

Fishing is a great way to connect with nature, relieve some stress, learn how our ancestors used to acquire food, and more!

Fire Building Techniques

Start and stop a fire the right way.

Start and stop a fire the right way.

Boating

Boating can enrich an experience at camp whether it's just something you do for an hour or if it is the center of your outing.

Boating can enrich an experience at camp whether it's just something you do for an hour or if it is the center of your outing.

Main Programs

A. Experience Advancement 2020

A. Experience Advancement 2020

Introductory level program designed to teach cold weather skills, work on advancement and sleep indoors.

B. Adventure 2020

B. Adventure 2020

Intermediate level program designed to advance your winter skills while sleeping outdoors

C. Expedition 2020

C. Expedition 2020

Advanced level program designed to test and hone your winter skills. Will you survive two nights outdoors?

Specialty

2020 Ice Fishing

2020 Ice Fishing

Specialty program designed to teach the skills of ice fishing.

2020 Outfitters - Search and Rescue

2020 Outfitters - Search and Rescue

Scouts earn Search and Rescue merit badge through exciting scenarios like missing campers and mock plane crashes.

2020 Snow Sports

2020 Snow Sports

Specialty program designed to expose you to outdoor winter sports.

2019 Arrow of Light Camp at Stearns

2019 Arrow of Light Camp at Stearns

Stearns: 320-236-7879
Registration Questions: 612-261-2450


 Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, Minnesota

Registration Open!

This Year's Dates

2019 Dates

7/18 - 7/21
8/1 - 8/4


2019 Cub Summer Camp at Stearns

2019 Cub Summer Camp at Stearns

Stearns: 320-236-7879
Registration Questions: 612-261-2303


 Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, Minnesota

Registration Open!

This Year's Dates

6/14 - 16/2019 
6/21 - 23/2019 
7/26 - 7/28/2019


2019 Discovery Day Camp at Stearns

2019 Discovery Day Camp at Stearns

Stearns: 320-236-7879
Registration Questions: 612-261-2303


 Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, Minnesota


2019 Family Camp at Stearns

2019 Family Camp at Stearns

Stearns: 320-236-7879
Registration Questions: 612-261-2303


 Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, Minnesota


2019 LDS Day Camp at Stearns

2019 LDS Day Camp at Stearns

Stearns: 320-236-7879
Registration Questions: 612-261-2303


 Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, Minnesota


2019 Tiger Day Camp at Stearns

2019 Tiger Day Camp at Stearns

Stearns: 320-236-7879
Registration Questions: 612-261-2303


 Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, Minnesota

Registration Open!

This Year's Dates

6/15/2019 
6/22/2019 
7/27/2019


2020 Ice Fishing

2020 Ice Fishing

Specialty program designed to teach the skills of ice fishing.


 Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, Minnesota

Opens 10/1/2019

This Year's Dates

  • 1/18-19/2020 (MLK Weekend)
  • 1/25-26/2020
  • 2/1-2/2020
  • 2/8-9/2020
  • 2/15-16/2020 (Presidents Weekend)
  • 2/22-23/2020

2020 Outfitters - Search and Rescue

2020 Outfitters - Search and Rescue

Scouts earn Search and Rescue merit badge through exciting scenarios like missing campers and mock p
 Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, Minnesota

Opens 10/1/2019

This Year's Dates

  • 1/25-26/2020
  • 2/1-2/2020
  • 2/8-9/2020
  • 2/15-16/2020 (Presidents Weekend)

2020 Snow Sports

2020 Snow Sports

Specialty program designed to expose you to outdoor winter sports.


 Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, Minnesota

Opens 10/1/2019

This Year's Dates

  • 1/18-19/2020
  • 2/22-23/2020

A. Experience Advancement 2020

A. Experience Advancement 2020

Introductory level program designed to teach cold weather skills, work on advancement and sleep indoors.


 Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, Minnesota

Opens 10/1/2019

This Year's Dates

  • 1/11-12/2020
  • 1/18-19/2020 (MLK Weekend)
  • 1/25-26/2020
  • 2/1-2/2020
  • 2/8-9/2020
  • 2/15-16/2020 (Presidents Weekend)
  • 2/22-23/2020
  • 2/29-3/1/2020

B. Adventure 2020

B. Adventure 2020

Intermediate level program designed to advance your winter skills while sleeping outdoors


 Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, Minnesota

Opens 10/1/2019

This Year's Dates

  • 1/10-12/2020
  • 1/17-19/2020 (MLK Weekend)
  • 1/24-26/2020
  • 1/31-2/2/2020
  • 2/7-9/2020
  • 2/14-16/2020 (Presidents Weekend)
  • 2/21-23/2020
  • 2/28-3/1/2020

C. Expedition 2020

C. Expedition 2020

Advanced level program designed to test and hone your winter skills. Will you survive two nights out
 Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, Minnesota

Opens 10/1/2019

This Year's Dates

  • 1/10-12/2020
  • 1/17-19/2020 (MLK Weekend)
  • 1/24-26/2020
  • 1/31-2/2/2020
  • 2/7-9/2020
  • 2/14-16/2020 (Presidents Weekend)
  • 2/21-23/2020
  • 2/28-3/1/2020


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