B.S.A. Lifeguard

This is program designed for older Boy Scouts and Leaders wishing to become certified as BSA Lifeguards.  Units wishing to do aquatic activities in the off season need to have a certified lifeguard within their unit.  

Offered: Monday-Friday all day during program hours. Participants will also aid in Swimming and Lifesaving classes as part of instruction.  Will serve as lifeguards during open swim and boating as well to fulfill requirements. 

Prerequisites: 15 years of age or older, strong swimming skills, Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED certification.  Other: requires extensive practice and time, must score at least 80% on examination for certification.  

BSA Lifeguard requirementsExternal Link


Snorkeling B.S.A

Scouts and leaders learn and demonstrate skills such as safety precautions, proper equipment use, communication using signs and signals, swimming techniques, and first aid.

Offered: Tuesday-Thursday @ 1:30 p.m.

Prerequisites: swimmer classification, CPR and first aid.

BSA Snorkeling requirements External Link



BSA Stand-Up Paddle-Boarding


Scouts will have the opportunity to use and learn how to use a Stand-Up Paddleboard Tuesday - Thursday at 1:30pm to earn patch or during open-boating time just for fun.   Due to the limited number of paddle boards available, you will want to schedule a time with the Aquatics director.  Must be a Swimmer.

Stand Up Paddle-Boarding requirements





Fishing Outpost

This short afternoon excursion takes participants to Pickerel Lake at Family Camp. Be sure to sign up at the Nature Center building by Wednesday noon if you plan to attend. 

Offered: Thursday @ 1:30 p.m.—4:30 p.m.

Other: Meet at the administration building at 1:15 p.m.
for attendance and get PFDs

BSA Complete Angler requirements


Astronomy Outpost

 Everyone is invited to a night of star gazing with both the naked-eye and with telescopes, at Goodrich Landing.  On cloudy  nights, stop by the Nature Center building and visit our "indoor planetarium" with computer projections of stars and other celestial objects.

Offered:  Monday - Tuessday; 10:00 p.m. - midnight.  Thursday is a make-up night if necessary due to weather.



Wilderness Survival Outpost Merit Badge

  One of the highlights of any Scout’s camping experience is building and spending the night in a survival shelter. Equipped with skills in first aid, fire-building techniques, and signaling for help Scouts spend the night outdoors with only the bare essentials.  Meet at Scoutcraft at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday with appropriate clothing and bedding for a night in the woods.






Indian Lore Outpost


  Everyone is invited to attend the outpost held Thursday evening.   Meet at administration building at 6:45 p.m., then head out for a night in our large teepee and experience a bit of Native American culture – shelter, food, stories, and more.






Shooting Competitions


Think you’ve got what it takes? Come by the range and compete for the “Top Shot in Camp”

· Monday:  Rifle

· Tuesday: Shotgun

· Thursday:  Archery

Competitions will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Rifle Merit Badge Scout shooting fees are waived for 2018. 

Non-MB: Rifle: $0.50 for five rounds and target; $10.00 for unlimited rifle. Shotgun: $1.00 for one round and target; $25.00 for unlimited shotgun.  $30 for unlimited rifle and shotgun.

**NEW 2018**  The .22 Rifles at the range will have scopes vs. open sights.  This is thanks to a donation by the Page Jones Richards Family Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation.


Authorization for a Minor to Handle Firearms.pdf



Project C.O.P.E

Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience awaits youth and adults looking to enhance personal, physical, and social skills. Through group initiative games, low-course, and high-course activities, participants build life-long skills such as leadership, communication, self-esteem, problem-solving, decision-making, trust, planning, and teamwork.  Some of the activities involve group challenges, while others test individual skills and ability. Participants climb, swing,   balance, jump, rappel, and employ solutions to a variety of challenges. Project C.O.P.E. provides an opportunity for every participant to achieve success, both as an individual and as a member of a patrol or group. C.O.P.E. is a “challenge by choice” opportunity – no one will be forced to participate in a specific activity if they do not feel they can do so.

Offered: 9:00-11:50 a.m. (3-hour class)

Prerequisites: age 14 or older

Other: physically challenging, intended for more mature individuals, open to adult leaders.


Open Climbing

Looking for a personal challenge?  Stop by the tower after 3:30 p.m. and see if you can conquer one or both of our climbing walls.  Recommended for mature youth and adults.





Camp-wide campfires, hosted by the staff, are scheduled for Sunday and Friday evenings after the 9:00 p.m. flag-lowering ceremonies. Troop friendship campfires are Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. Staff members dining with you on Wednesday will attend and be available for assistance.

Chapel Service

An inter-faith worship service is held at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Lakeside Chapel area. Don’t expect a boring church service. We’ll have a simple message, a few songs, a skit or two, and a lot of fun. The Boy Scout uniform is appropriate attire. 

Cuyuna Run

Tuesday evening at 7:15 p.m., a run throughout the main camp will be offered.  Scouts are encouraged to participate in the race which is just over 1 mile.  The winner of the Cuyuna run will be recognized at the Friday night campfire.

Eagle Scout Recognition

Youth and adults who have attained the rank of Eagle Scout will have a gathering on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Trading Post.  Come see who else in camp is an Eagle Scout.




Youth and adult members of Order of the Arrow are invited to a Wacipi on Monday evening after Cuyuna Clue (Flag Pole, Parade Grounds, around 8:30 p.m.).   Meet brothers from different chapters and lodges and share dances, stories and fellowship. You do not need to wear regalia and your OA sash to this event. Help us strengthen the Order’s presence at camp

Order of the Arrow Day

Friday is OA day at Camp Cuyuna.  Members are encouraged to wear their sashes all day and especially at the campfire that night.  There is also a cracker barrel and fellowship meeting for OA members in the administration building following the campfire.



Campers who understand what it means to really take advantage of opportunities at camp deserve to be recognized.  We've got special awards for both youth and adults who fit the bill.


"Baden Powell Patrol Award"

A special Cuyuna only award designed to acknowledge a patrol that have come together to function as a unit at camp.  Specific requirements and the awards will be handed out at camp.


Scoutmaster Merit Badge

Be notice for who you are - a valuable volunteer and leader.  Just meet the requirements listed on the hand out received at camp, and we'll say thank you with a small token and recognition at the Friday evening campfire.