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Cuyuna Family Experience

Cuyuna Family Experience
Sunday, June 19 – Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Cuyuna Scout Camp
$70 per person

Visit Minnesota’s Northwoods for the Cuyuna Family Experience for a great outdoor adventure!  Enjoy swimming, boating, rifle/bb gun shooting, archery, STEM programs, learn Scoutcraft skills, basketry, leatherwork, fishing, human foosball, gag ball and more!  Not a tent camper?  Bring your RV or popup camper at no additional charge or rent one of our 4 cabins for an additional $95 per night.  Just bring your own towels and bedding.

The Cuyuna Family Experience is fun for the entire family.  This camp is designed for family members to enjoy camp and do activities together.

For aquatic activities, a swim test is required.  With rifle range activities, those under 11 years of age will do BB Guns, those over 11 can shoot .22’s.  Parent must give written permission for children to participate in range activities (firearms, BB guns or archery).  Children must have completed kindergarten to shoot BB Gun).

There are few places where you can spend 3 days in the beautiful north woods of Minnesota, with all your food and activities provided for $70 per person.

Families should plan to arrive at camp between 1-5pm on Sunday, June 19, 2022.Please eat before you arrive.  After settling in, you will complete your swim check and have time to relax.  Dinner is served at 6pm followed by campfire time.  Wake up Monday & Tuesday mornings to spend the day rotating through various activities and end with beautiful sunsets and campfires.  Wednesday will have heading home by 10 a.m.

Items to bring:
     Tent/RV/Pop-up camper
     Swim wear and accessories
     Personal toiletries
     Change of clothes
     Hiking boots or other closed toes shoes (flip flops not allowed)
     Towel
     Sunscreen and Bug Repellant
     Fishing gear (optional)
     Water Bottle
     Class A and B Health Form for each person at camp

Registration deadline is June 15, 2022.  Please note that cabin, RV and popup locations are limited so you may want to reserve in advance for these options.  Please contact Shelley at 507-387-0290 or shelley.corry@scouting.org.

 

Summer Camp – Cuyuna Scout Camp

Week 1 – June 26 – July 2, 2022
Week 2 – July 3 – July 9, 2022
Week 3 – July 10 – 16, 2022
Specialty Weeks – July 17 – July 23, 2022

The Scouts BSA Camping Committee is excited to bring back the “block method” of programming and “Build Your Own Adventure Wednesdays” for summer camp 2022.  After reviewing the feedback from last year, the committee made various tweaks to the program and think this year is going to be a great experience for both Scouts and adults.


 

Site Reservations 

The link below provides the listing of which units have reserved sites.  Units must pay the $100 site fee before the reservation will appear on the chart.  If you have questions regarding this, please contact Shelley at the Center for Scouting, shelley.corry@scouting.org.

Cuyuna Site Reservations updated May 18, 2022

 

Your Week At Cuyuna

Units should plan to arrive at Cuyuna Scout Camp between 1:30-4:30pm on Sunday of their reserved week.  Please eat before arriving.  Once checked in you will have time set up your campsite, have medical checks and swim checks.  A camp wide meal will be served at 6pm followed by an opening campfire program.  Following the campfire, join in the ice cream social at the Eagle Trail.  Taps will be at 11pm.  The excitement and activities of camp can take a physical toll on Scouts and leaders.  Cuyuna Staff insists on quiet time between taps and reveille.  Scouts should get a minimum of eight hours of sleep each night.

Monday morning 7am begins your week of “block method” programming.  Below are documents that can help in your planning.  Please remember that camp is not a Merit Badge Midway.  Although merit badges are an important part of the program, Scouts should have time to enjoy other aspects of camp as well.  It is recommended that no more than 4 merit badges for any Scout and only 1 merit badge for Scouts participating in Eagle Trail.  One of the tweaks from the Camping Committee is to break full day merit badges into at least 2 session of different days.  If more than one part to a merit badge is listed, the Scout must take all parts in order to complete the merit badge.

Program Highlights

Eagle Trail – First Year Camper Program

Special Eagle Trail Outpost on Thursday evening
All Arrow of Light Crossover Scouts attending camp will receive a special Camp Cuyuna Eagle Trail neckerchief
Great experience for first time campers 

 

Aquatics

Canoeing, Sailing, Swimming, Life Saving, and Kayaking merit badges offered
Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat training for adults offered
Mile swim practice times available    
Open swim times available                                         
Earn the Stand-Up Paddle Board award
Snorkeling award is also offered
Water Carnival
Earn your Lifeguard BSA certification

 

C.O.P.E. and Climbing

Climbing, Search and Rescue, and Wilderness Survival merit badge offered
Wilderness Survival outpost  
High Ropes Course is available
Open tower time available

Industrial Arts

Welding, Home Repair, and  Electricity merit badges offered
Adult volunteers with carpentry skills appreciated
Participate in the camp Frisbee Golf tournament

 

Nature

Fishing, Fly-Fishing, Environmental Science, Fish & Wildlife Management, Soil & Water Conservation, Nature, Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians, Weather, and Astronomy merit badges offered
Fishing outpost available
Astronomy outposts available

Scoutcraft

Cooking, Camping, Pioneering, Basketry, Leatherwork, Golf, Indian Lore, Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, Chess, and Wood Carving merit badges offered
Learn interesting techniques that can be used to cook outdoors
Opportunity to play 18 holes of golf
Adults volunteers needed to transport Scouts to golf course
Cuyuna Arcade Tournament
Indian Lore outpost available

Shooting Sports

Rifle, Archery and Shotgun merit badges offered
Scoped .22 caliber rifles
Make your own bow strings and arrows
Open shotgun available
Open archery available
Scouts need to have parent signed archery/firearms permission forms

“Build Your Own Adventure Wednesday”

Back by popular demand, Wednesday’s will be days designated for units to “Build Your Own Adventure” with flexible opportunities both in camp or out of camp.  See leaders guide for all options.

Camp Fees

Super Saver Units – due by May 6, 2022
     Units who have a $375/youth average popcorn sale in 2021.  Twin Valley Council units only.
     Youth – $275 plus free camp t-shirt and patch
     Adult – Full Week $130 plus free camp t-shirt and patch

Early Bird – due by May 6, 2022
     Youth – $300
     Adults – Full Week $130
     Camp t-shirts can be ordered for an additional $10

Regular Price – after May 6, 2022
     Youth – $330
     Adults – $130
     Shirts can be purchased at camp, while supplies, last for $20.

Part-time Adults
     Part-time leaders $35 per day
     $10 for Steak Fry

Important Documents  

Campership-Application
Health-Form-ABC
Individual Scout Schedule Card
2022 Leaders Guide
2022 Program Guide
2022 Program Guide – No Pictures
Medication-Card
MB Sign Up Sheet
Shooting-Sports-Parent-Consent-Form-1
Unit-Swim-Classification-Record

Skilled Trade Camp

Skilled Trade Camp
Sunday, July 17 – Saturday, July 23, 2022
Cuyuna Scout Camp
$270 per Scout BSA

The work force is seeing an increasing need for qualified skilled trade workers.  Is this field for you?  Spend the week at Skilled Trade Camp and discover if this is an area you would like to pursue.  Due to the nature of this camp, it is limited to six participants.

This camp will be lead by Kevin Cole, Twin Valley Council Vice President of Properties, owner of Cole Construction of Fairmont, MN, and Skilled Tradesman.  Kevin will guide participants through real hands-on demolition, framing, electrical work, plumbing, H-VAC, painting, finishing and tile work of the Cuyuna Health Lodge area located in the Admin Building.  This is a project Scouts will be able to say “I helped build that” for years to come!

During the week Scouts will meet some of the requirements of the Home Repair, Plumbing and Painting merit badges.  However, this camp is about hands-on experience and not completing merit badges.  All meals will be cooked for you as part of the program.  Participants will need to bring their own tent, camping gear and personal items including work clothes.

All work and no play makes for grumpy campers!  Participants will be given free time as well to enjoy Cuyuna life and activities.  Fishing, Arcade Games, swimming, boating etc. will all be available for use.

Cost for the week is $270 per Scout BSA.  All adult leadership will be provided.  This is a specialty camp so second week of summer camp pricing does not apply.  Due to the nature of this camp, space is limited to 6 participants.  This experience is very different from Cuyuna Summer Camp and is meant to be “in addition to” and not “instead of” Cuyuna Summer Camp.  So yes, Scouts can do both!

All participants of Skilled Trade Camp must be BSA registered and complete a Health Form parts ABC.

Health Form ABC

Registration for this camp closes on July 3, 2022.

Please note:  This is an actual remodel project of the Health Lodge in the Admin building of Cuyuna.  In order to provide this camp and renovations, $7,500 – $10,000 will need to be raised.  Twin Valley Council staff and select volunteers will be working towards raising these funds.  A final decision on the status of this camp will be shared before the early bird deadline of May 6, 2022.

If you would like to donate to this project please contact Ray Brauer at 507-387-0295 or ray.brauer@scouting.org.


Wilderness Survival and Land Navigation Camp

Wilderness Survival and Land Navigation Camp
Sunday, July 17 – Saturday, July 23, 2022
Cuyuna Scout Camp
$270 per Scout BSA

Come be “Wild and Free” this summer at Wilderness Survival & Land Navigation Camp.

This specialty camp is designed to put Scout BSA skills to the test.  Your adventure week begins after lunch on Sunday, July 17, 2022, with your arrival at Cuyuna Scout Camp.  You will bring with you one backpack or duffle filled with the items YOU believe you’ll need to survive the week in the wilderness and your tent.

Monday morning your “training/refresher” time begins.  You will be taught basic survival skills and will have the luxury of a tent.  Skills to be covered: edible plants, cooking without utensils, fire building without matches or lighter, first aid, safe shelter building and more.  As the week moves on, training turns into implementation; your skills will be put to test as you trek the wilderness & build your own shelter.

As part of this camp, Scouts will be taught how to navigate terrain safely and effectively using both map/compass and GPS.  Currently a retired army infantryman is designing the land navigation course you will work through. 

Due to the nature of this camp, it is limited to 12 participants.  Twin Valley Council offered a Wilderness Camp similar to this in 2021.  Those who participated said it was a “fun and exciting week”.  One Scout even said it was his “favorite week at Cuyuna ever!”  

Cost for the week is $270 per Scout BSA.  All adult leadership will be provided.  This is a specialty camp so second week of summer camp pricing does not apply.  Due to the nature of this camp, space is limited to 12 participants.  This experience is very different from Cuyuna Summer Camp and is meant to be “in addition to” and not “instead of” Cuyuna Summer Camp.  So yes, Scouts can do both!

All participants must be BSA registered and submit a Health Form part ABC.

Health Form ABC

Registration for this camp closes on July 3, 2022.

Questions about this awesome adventure can be directed to Ray Brauer at 507-387-0295 or ray.brauer@scouting.org.

Fishing, Canoeing, Kayaking and Mountain Biking Camp

Fishing, Canoeing, Kayaking and Mountain Biking Camp
July 17-23, 2022
Cuyuna Scout Camp
$270 per Scout

It’s Wildlife, Water and Wheels Time!  Also known as Fishing, Canoeing, Kayaking and Mountain Biking Camp.

The Wildlife
The wildlife portion of this camp revolves around fishing.  During the course of the week, you will fish all three lakes at Scout camp (Pickerel, Command and Goodrich).  You’ll also experience trout fishing at a lake in the Cuyuna Recreation Area plus fishing a local river.  Scouts should bring their own rod and reel and tackle (or you can borrow ours).   You will also be fly fishing, so if you have gear for that it too should be brought along (or borrow ours).  Even though the wildlife portion of this camp focuses on fish, you never know what you’ll see at Cuyuna!  Participants may catch a glimpse of otters, beaver, loon, eagles, deer, fox or maybe even a bear.  All participants are responsible for their own fishing license as needed.

 

The Water
Participants will be on the water learning and improving canoeing and kayaking skills.  But this isn’t just paddling around the swimming area.  You will be taking treks exploring our lakes and backwaters, all while developing your skills.  Scouts will have ample time in both canoe and kayak.  Life jackets will be provided or you can bring your own.  Hats and sun screen are recommended.

 

The Wheels
Grab your Mountain Bike as you are heading out on an afternoon trek in the Cuyuna Recreation Area.  Again, this isn’t just a leisurely bike ride in a park.  You’re going off road!  No bike?  No worries!  One can be rented from a local bike shop.  Rental fees range from $20-$70.  Bike helmets are required and each participant is responsible for bringing their own helmet and water bottle.

All meals for this week will be served “dining hall style” in the Admin Building.  Scouts should bring their own camping gear and personal gear. 

Cost for the week is $270 per Scout BSA.  All adult leadership will be provided.  This is a specialty camp so second week of summer camp pricing does not apply.  This experience is very different from Cuyuna Summer Camp and is meant to be “in addition to” and not “instead of” Cuyuna Summer Camp.  So yes, Scouts can do both!  Evening though participants will earn the Complete Angler Award, this camp is not about merit badges but hands-on experience and skill building.

All participants must be BSA registered and submit a Health Form part ABC.

Health Form ABC

Registration for this camp closes on Jul 3, 2022.

A sample schedule for the week could look something like this:

Sunday:  Afternoon – arrive at camp     Evening – Safety instruction
Monday:  Morning – Fish Pickerel Lake     Afternoon – Canoe Trek     Evening – Fish Pickerel Lake
Tuesday:  Morning – Fish Goodrich Lake     Afternoon – Kayak Trek     Evening – Fish Goodrich Lake
Wednesday – Morning – Trout Fishing     Afternoon – Mountain Biking     Evening – Trout Fishing
Thursday – Morning – Fish Hatchery Tour     Afternoon – Fish Hatchery Tour    Evening – Fish Command Lake
Friday – Morning – River Fishing     Afternoon – Fish & Wildlife     Evening – Fish Fry
Saturday – Return Home

Questions about this camp contact Ray Brauer at 507-387-0295 or ray.brauer@scouting.org.

Popcorn Training for Adults


Popcorn Training for Adults
Neighborhood meeting in August

Popcorn training for Unit Popcorn Kernels and any other adults interested will be held at the Neighborhood Meetings in August.  Kernels are welcome to attend any districts meeting, so please choose the date that works best for you.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022
     Cedar Valley Neighborhood Meeting:  Austin Labor Center (316 4th Avenue NE) in Austin beginning at 6:30pm
     Great Bend Neighborhood Meeting:  Center for Scouting in Mankato beginning at 6:30pm; Zoom option will be available
     Southern Trails Neighborhood Meeting:  Austin Labor Center (316 4th Avenue NE) in Austin beginning at 6:30pm

Thursday, August 4, 2022
     River Valley Neighborhood Meeting:  First Lutheran Church dining room (1114 Traverse Road) St. Peter beginning at 7pm

Tuesday, August 9, 2022
     Buffalo Prairie Neighborhood Meeting:  7-8pm

Thursday,  August 11, 2022
     North Star Neighborhood Meeting:  Cedar Point Scout Camp in Fairmont beginning at 6:30pm
     Gneiss Neighborhood Meeting:  6:30-7:30pm

This training is required to advance on the Popcorn Commission Climb.

Questions please contact Beth Clymer at bclymer69@yahoo.com

Registration is needed for this event and is open until Sunday, July 31, 2022.

 

Popcorn Kickoff and Youth Training

Popcorn Kickoff and Youth Training
Saturday, August 20, 2022
Norseland Scout Camp
1pm – 4pm

Let’s get together to celebrate popcorn!  It’s that time of year to begin making plans for Popcorn 2022.

Youth training will be lots of fun.  Gone are the days of classroom seminars for kids!  We have moved on to a fun and games individualized approach to popcorn training.

Much like what we did at Expo 2021, we will have a question/answer at each game.  Listen and Learn then play the game!   Games are appropriate for and will differ by age brackets.  Some of the games in the plan for the event are:

  • Minute To Win It style games
  • Backyard Bass Fishing game
  • Corn Hole
  • Obstacle Courses
  • Water Rescue
  • Raingutter Regatta
  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
  • Pool Noodle Hockey

There is no cost to attend this fun time.  Youth attendance at this event is part of your unit’s Commission Climb. 

Each person on property must complete a Health Form parts A & B  Health Form AB fillable updated 4-5-22

Registration will be open until Thursday, August 18, 2022.

Questions please contact Beth Clymer at bclymer69@yahoo.com