Polar Cubs

Get Your Chill On

Camp isn’t just during the summer - Polar Cubs is one of the largest Cub Scout Day Camp programs in the country and it takes place in the middle of winter! You won't want to miss out on your chance to join in on the fun!

 

Some Activities You'll Do At This Event

SLED CHUTES

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

TUBING AND SLEDDING

Head out to camp for some classic winter fun.

KICK SLEDS

Try something new at Polar Cubs! Kick Sleds are a traditional Scandinavian activity that is similar to kick pushing a scooter, except you are on skis!

BROOMBALL

A unique winter sport that anyone can play.

CRAFTS

Crafty things to do at our camps

CAMP STORE

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

MUSHROOM BALL

This game is a Polar Cubs original and it is a great way to warm up on those cold winter days! Lion - Bear Scouts can look forward to playing this activity at Polar Cubs.

HOT CHOCOLATE

Who doesn't want a cup of cocoa at camp?

LEGO

Take some time to warm up while at Polar Cubs and build a Lego car!

Polar Cubs is designed to be safe and fun for all winter conditions! We even have sled chutes for days when there's no snow on the ground and a special patch for the days when it's below zero temperatures! See a full list of awesome activities on the Overview tab.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

All of our Polar Cubs locations have snow-less sledding options available! So no matter what the weather is like, you are guaranteed to have a great time!

Kick Sleds were a huge hit! Kids and adults had a great time gliding across the snow and trying a new activity!

SCHEDULE

Below is a sample schedule. You will get a final schedule upon arrival. Arrival and closing times are accurate.

  • 8:00 - 9:00 Check In 
  • 9:15 - Opening Ceremony
  • 9:30 - 12:00 Morning activity rotations (about 30 minute stations)
  • 12:15 - Lunch
  • 12:45 - 3:15 Afternoon activity rotations (about 30 minute stations)
  • 4:00 - Closing Ceremony

ADVANCEMENT

Polar Cubs is designed to be an activity based program instead of advancement focused. Scouts will not complete any adventures while at Polar Cubs.

WHO CAN GO TO POLAR CUBS?

Polar Cubs is open to all Cub Scouts and their families. Polar explorers of all ages are welcome to join in on the fun! We encourage 1 adult partner for every youth participant. We require a minimum of 1 adult for every 2 children.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

2024 Fees

  • Youth $41
  • Adult $15
  • Youth under 5 are FREE!

Fees include a hot lunch and a patch for each youth participant (siblings and Scouts).

WHEN IS POLAR CUBS?

Every Saturday and Sunday in January and February

Check in will begin at 8:00 am each day

Program starts at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.

WHEN DOES REGISTRATION OPEN?

Registration opens November 1st. All payments are due in full at the time of registration.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO CAMP?

Polar Cubs is a single day program - however due to the unpredictable nature of our winter weather, we encourage everyone to dress in layers and maybe bring extra layers just in case! Jack Frost won't keep us down - to make sure you don't miss out on any of the arctic activities we recommend you have the following layers:

  • Base layer - AVOID COTTON fabrics touching your skin! Cotton will absorb water which can quickly turn into cold toes and fingers! We recommend synthetic fibers such as polyester and nylon.
  • Warmth Layer - this will be where the bulk of your warmth comes from. We recommend fabrics such as wool, polar fleece or flannel. This is the perfect opportunity to dig out the ugly christmas sweaters and fuzzy pajama pants!
  • Wind/Water Layer - your outermost layer should be wind and water proof. Most jackets and snowpants have this built in - but if not you can throw a rain jacket over the top of a fleece jacket for the same effect!

Please also make sure that everyone has a water bottle. You will be doing a lot of moving around and it is just as easy to get dehydrated in the winter as it is in the warm summer months!

WHAT FORMS DO I NEED TO BRING TO CAMP?

Every participant (youth and adult) must have a completed health form - parts A and B. We also ask that you come prepared with a shooting sports waiver in case we need to substitute an activity for BB Guns or Archery - this tends to happen when we do not have any snow on the ground.

All forms must be turned in at check in for your camp session. Digitally submitted forms will not be accepted.

WHAT FOOD IS PROVIDED AT POLAR CUBS?

Every participant will be served a hot lunch - includes main dish, salad bar, hot soup, bread and milk/juice/coffee. Please view the attached document about dietary restrictions if you need to request a special meal.

WHERE DO I GO TO CHECK IN?

  • Phillippo Scout Reservation - Dining Hall
  • Rum River Scout Camp - Thurston Lodge
  • Fred C. Andersen - Swanson Lodge
  • Stearns - Diamond Lake Lodge

CANCELLATION policy for 2024

  • Full payment is required at the time of registration.
  • Fees paid will be forfeited if registration is canceled. Exceptions will only be made for family or medical emergencies.
  • If notified prior to the start of camp, fees can be transferred to another Polar Cubs session during the same calendar year.

Cancellation Policy for 2025 and beyond

All events hosted by the Northern Star Camping Department utilize the same cancellation policy:

Requests for refunds/cancellations need to be made in writing (preferably via email). The amount refunded is determined by when we are notified. If we are notified:

  • 30 or more days prior to the start date of your session: all fees paid besides the deposit will be refunded to you or your unit (dependent upon the program you are cancelled for).
  • 29 to 8 days prior to the start date of your session: all fees paid besides the deposit will be refunded to you or your unit as a credit that can used for any program operated by the Northern Star Camping Department.
    • This credit can be applied to any future registration(s) that have a balance due.
    • This credit will be available for 365 days from the date of the cancellation.
    • Some examples of programs this credit could be used at include: Cub Summer Camp, Scouts BSA Summer Camp, Fall Day Camp, Polar Cubs, North Wind, Snow Base.
    • This credit currently cannot be applied to facility reservations or events held by other parts of Northern Star, such as the Klondike Derby or Wood Badge.
  • 7 or less days prior to the start date of your session: all fees paid will be forfeited.

Exceptions will be made at the discretion of the camp director for family or medical emergencies.

Ready to register? Select the register button for the property you would like to attend and you will be redirected to our online registration site! If you would like assistance or are experiencing problems with the registration process, please contact Customer Service at 612-261-2303.

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2024 POLAR CUBS REGISTRATION AT FRED C. ANDERSEN

 Fred C. Andersen Scout Camp
Houlton, WI

Registration Open!

2024 Dates:

  • 02/24
  • 02/25
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2024 POLAR CUBS REGISTRATION AT PHILLIPPO

  Phillippo Scout Camp
Cannon Falls, MN

Registration Open!

2024 Dates:

  • 01/13
  • 01/14
  • 01/20
  • 01/21
  • 01/27
  • 01/28
  • 02/03
  • 02/04
  • 02/10
  • 02/11
  • 02/17
  • 02/18
  • 02/24
  • 02/25
  • 03/02
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2024 POLAR CUBS REGISTRATION AT RUM RIVER

  Rum River Scout Camp
Anoka, MN

Registration Open!

2024 Dates:

  • 01/13
  • 01/14
  • 01/20
  • 01/21
  • 01/27
  • 01/28
  • 02/03
  • 02/04
  • 02/10
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2024 POLAR CUBS REGISTRATION AT STEARNS

  Stearns Scout Camp
South Haven, MN

Registration Open!

2024 Dates:

  • 02/17
  • 02/18