Family Campground

With 1200 acres of open fields, miles of trails, shady forests and a meandering river to explore, Camp Stearns is an ideal spot for a summer family get-away!


Experience our newest family vacation opportunity where you can stay in a fully furnished yurt, cabin or in your own tent.  Choose your length of stay and take full advantage of the properties self-serve amenities for activities like exploring, hiking, biking, boating, and swimming. Also participate in our staff run activities like archery, bb guns, bouldering, and campfires. 

Some Activities You'll Do

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.

 

Campfires

 

A toasty campfire is often the focus of any campout.

 

 

A toasty campfire is often the focus of any campout.

 

Pedal Carts

 

All the fun of go-karts combined with biking at camp!

 

 

All the fun of go-karts combined with biking at camp!

 

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.

 

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!

 

Disc Golf

 

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

 

 

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

 

Team Building Games

 

Enjoy the outdoors and hanging with your unit while doing new team building games each season.

 

 

Enjoy the outdoors and hanging with your unit while doing new team building games each season.

 

Geocaching

 

Geocachingis an orienteering course using hand-held GPS units.

 

 

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

 

Hiking

 

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

 

 

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

 

Fat Tire Biking

 

Hit the trails this on a Fat Tire Bike and explore the trails in a new way

 

 

Hit the trails this on a Fat Tire Bike and explore the trails in a new way

 

Yurts are round canvas structures with wood floors, doors, window panels and an operable skylight in the domed roof! Yurts range in size from 20ft to 30ft in diameter and sleep 5 to 7 people.

Furniture: Yurts have a futon, side chair, side tables, small dining set and a twin over full size bunk bed.

Electricity: Yurts have electrical outlets and built in overhead lighting.

Cooking: Yurts include a small refrigerator, microwave and counter for food storage. We recommend keeping all food in secure scent-proof containers. No open flame cooking or candles are allowed inside of yurts. Crockpots and small appliances are acceptable. A picnic table and fire ring area for cooking is available outside.

Water/Bathrooms: Yurts do not have indoor plumbing but are located very close to a full-service shower house with flush toilets, hot water and showers. A spigot for water is located between each yurt site.

Yard: Yurts have a small deck as well as adjoining yard area with picnic table, fire ring and space for activities.

Internet: Camp-wide Wi-Fi is not available at this time. Verizon and Sprint are the strongest signals for cell coverage.

Two cozy sleeping cabins are available on the camp property. Both have separate bedrooms. Each facility sleeps between 5 to 7 people.

Furniture: Each cabin has a sitting area with a futon/couch and a side chair. Each cabin has a dining set that seats four to six, with space to set up an additional table. Sleeping spaces include a full-size bed and bunk beds.

Electricity: All cabins have electricity.

Cooking: Cabins contain full or partial kitchens with refrigeration. Each is equipped with cooking supplies and dishware for eight.

Water/Bathrooms: Cabins have full indoor plumbing and either half or ¾ baths.

Yards: Cabins have a yard area with picnic table, fire ring and space for activities. Some include a small deck.

Internet: Camp-wide Wi-Fi is not available at this time. Verizon and Sprint are the strongest signals for cell coverage.

All campsites include a space large enough to accommodate a 10-person tent, a picnic table, a fire ring, and access to a water spigot. Outdoor primitive toilets and full shower/toilet building are nearby.

We have a mix of staffed and self-serve activities that will be perfect for the whole family. 

Staffed Activites

Below is an example of some staffed activities for a day at camp!  

Morning Activities (10-12 am): Camper Skills 

  • Basic First Aid 
  • Fire building 
  • Plant id 
  • Shelter building/survival 
  • Whittling/Pocket knife skills 

Afternoon Activities (2-4 PM)

  • Archery
  • BB Guns 
  • Bouldering
  • Water Activities 

Evening Activities (View schedule at Camp)

  • Campfire 
  • Sunset Hiking 
  • Game Night 

Self-Served Activities

Here are some self-serve activities that your family can do around camp!

  • Swimming 
  • Hiking
  • Biking (bring your own bike)
  • Fishing
  • Boating (watercraft available)
  • Geocaching
  • Disc Golf
  • Pedal kKarts (equipment provided)
  • Bounce Pillow
  • Campfires

Families also love to bring games, craft supplies, skill kits, sports equipment and more to do on their own!

Program Locations

Tonkawa Lodge 
Located in the main activity field, Tonkawa lodge is home to our craft building (open from 9-5 each day). Each day our staff will share that’s day craft that campers can work on through out the day. There will also be many different craft projects campers can do on their own. 

Akela Lodge 
Located just a short walk away from the yurts and campsites is a free space for families to use for there different needs. There is a small kitchen that Yurt and Campsite users can use for cooking. The lodge also has a seating area and patio that families can use for eating, playing board games, and hanging out. 
 

WHO CAN RESERVE?

All families are welcome to join us at Stearns Family Campground.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

  • Yurts (5 person): $60/night
  • Yurts (7 person): $60/night
  • Cabins: $75/night
  • Campsite: $20/night

WHEN ARE RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE?

Families can make reservations for any day between June 18th and August 21st of 2022.

WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE AVAILABLE?

Camp Stearns offers opportunities for both staffed and self-served activities. Staffed activities include archery, bb guns, bouldering, water activities, crafts, and camp skills. Self-serve includes hiking, biking (bring your own bike), fishing, boating (watercraft available), swimming, geocaching, disc golf, pedal karts (equipment provided), campfires and more.  

Families also love to bring games, tie-dye, skill kits, sports equipment and more to do on their own!

WHAT IS NEARBY FOR LOCAL RECREATION?

Camp Stearns is in a popular cabin area for many Minnesota residents.  Check out this website for a list of local activities you can pursue outside of camp.

WHAT DO WE NEED TO BRING?

All bedding, food, personal items, clothing, towels, dishwashing supplies, and basic gear to support your campout.

DOES CAMP PROVIDE FOOD?

Families are responsible for providing all of their own food.  Refrigeration is available for both yurts and cabins.  Local grocery stores are within a 20-minute drive if you need to resupply.

WHEN IS CHECK IN AND CHECK OUT?

Check in is available beginning at 5 p.m. on your day of arrival and we ask all families to check out at 11 a.m. on day of departure.

WHAT ARE YOUR REFUND AND CANCELATION POLICIES?

Cancelations can be made up to 3 weeks in advance for a full refund less the non-refundable deposit.

WHAT ARE YOUR POLICES ON PETS AND SMOKING?

We apologize, but you’ll have to leave your pets at home as we have a collective no pets policy.  Smoking is not allowed on any of our camp properties, including Stearns.

HOW DO I GET TO CAMP STEARNS?

Address: 3303 County Road 44, South Haven, MN, 55382.  Map software and applications will recognize this address and lead you directly to the camp gate.

From the Twin Cities Metro, head west on Interstate 91.  Take Exit 178 at Clearwater.  Turn left on County Road 24 and follow signs to camp.

Family Camp is a "choose your own dates" style outing. Stay as long as you choose!

 

2021 Family Campground at Stearns

Family Campground at Stearns

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


 Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, Minnesota

Registration Open!

2022 Dates

  • Open from June 18th - August 21st of 2022.

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