Adventure & Expedition Crews
- A WEEK BEFORE ARRIVAL: PLC or youth leadership should determine the activities they would like to do at North Wind using the Program Planning Sheet. (bring sheet to camp)
- Your crew should plan to arrive at Stearns Scout Camp and check in at Heritage Lodge between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Friday night.
- The adult leader contact listed on the reservation will complete the Crew Roster by filling in all the names of the participants in the online reservation system, collect a Health History from each participant & complete a Program Planning Sheet to submit at check in all prepared in advance.
- After check-in, you will meet your Crew Guides for the weekend. These North Wind Staff Members will lead you through your training, equipment issue, crew prep and packing.
- There will be a cracker barrel and presentation at 9:45 p.m.
- You will sleep indoors at Gagner Lodge Friday night.
- Saturday you will eat breakfast indoors and leave base camp for the camping destination and program.
- Crews will return in time for Sunday lunch and banquet.
- The program will end Sunday with a recognition lunch with departure between 11:30 and 12 p.m.
Experience & Outfitter Crews
A WEEK BEFORE ARRIVAL: PLC or youth leadership should determine the activities they would like to do at North Wind using the Program Planning Sheet. (bring sheet to camp)
Your crew should plan to arrive at Stearns Scout Camp and check in at Heritage Lodge between 9:00 & 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning (You may need to wait until the Adventure crews have cleared the base camp area if you arrive early). If you are a Friday arrival, please check in at Heritage Lodge, then you'll be directed toward your lodging. There is no formal program on Friday evening.
The adult leader contact listed on the reservation will complete the Crew Roster by filling in all the names of the participants in the online reservation system, collect a Health History from each participant & complete a Program Planning Sheet to submit at check in all prepared in advance.
- You will meet your Crew Guides for the weekend who will then lead you through your training, equipment issue, crew prep and packing.
- You will head out for your winter experience and return to base camp Saturday evening in time for supper.
- You will sleep in Gagner Lodge Saturday night.
- The program will end Sunday with recognition after breakfast with departure between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m.
Scout troops and Venture crews need to provide two leaders for each crew. Some troops may elect to split their group into two crews. In this case, each crew will need to have two adult leaders. For any circumstance, staff will not be considered adult leadership. The policy for “two-deep” leadership must be followed, including one registered leader who is at least 21 and one adult leader who is at least 18 years of age.
If a Venture crew has both male and female participants than the adult leadership for that crew must contain at least one adult male and one adult female, both age 21 or greater.
See the Equipment page for an equipment list. Please distribute the lists to each participant and emphasize the need for non-cotton clothing.
- All Scouts in attendance must be registered with BSA or complete a BSA Application.
- Alcohol & illegal drugs are not permitted on camp property.
- Before you arrive, please review with your Scouts the guidelines for Winter Camping as outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting.
The North Wind staff has a great selection of apparel and gear available for purchase while you are at camp.
We will do our best to meet the special dietary needs of the Scouts in your troop. We have alternative menu items for those with special dietary restrictions due to medical or religious reasons. We have plans to help meet the needs of those allergic to dairy, gluten or nuts.
A good Scout is responsible and therefore must also monitor what he or she eats to ensure it is compliant with their normal diet. We will not be able to meet the special dietary needs of your Scout without advance notice. Special dietary restrictions must be entered into the reservations system online roster two weeks prior to your arrival. You may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Any medications to be taken at camp must be listed on the camper’s physical form. All campers who use “rescue” drugs (epi-pens, inhalers, etc.) are urged to carry the medication with them at all times. Other medication must be kept under locked storage. A lockbox or a leader’s vehicle work great as locked storage. Medication must come to camp in its original prescription bottle including Scout’s name, dosage and frequency.
Tour Plan – Out of Council units
If your troop or crew is not from Northern Star Council or Central Minnesota Council, a BSA Tour Plan is required. This can be completed via a simple online tool, or on paper. FAQs about the Tour Plan
Insurance – Out of Council units
It is absolutely necessary that your troop or crew be covered by medical and accident insurance while at camp. A copy of your certificate of insurance and necessary information for processing a claim (policy number, certificate number or ID number, and the insurance billing information, including address and a “First Notice of Claim” form, if required) must be on file before your troop will be allowed to camp at North Wind. This insurance is secondary to a family’s insurance. If your troop does not have insurance, please contact your local council.
Severe Weather/Weather Hotline
The winter season typically raises the question about what is the “Council Policy” regarding closing camps due to weather. The policies are outlined here. Information regarding current weather conditions and Northern Star Council Winter Camp Programs will be available at 651-254-9134.
Northern Star Council believes every youth should have the opportunity to experience the excitement of camping, and wants to provide the opportunity for registered youth from the Northern Star Council to go to Northern Star Council camps. The intent of camperships is to ensure that any Northern Star Council youth with financial difficulties is not denied the opportunity to attend any Northern Star Council camping program.
All youth who receive camperships will be required to provide part of the fee. Camperships can be granted up to 50% of the camp fee. Forms are available here
Emergency Phone Number
The phone number at Stearns Scout Camp for emergencies is 320-236-7879.