Cuyuna Scout Camp

Cuyuna’s Calling:

Is your troop looking for a new adventure next summer!  Camp Cuyuna’s calling.   We offer a patrol cooking camp experience with block merit badge scheduling that allows your troop to “Build Your Own Adventure” on Wednesday’s.  The Crosslake and Brainerd Lake area offers a variety of area adventures such as zip lining, horseback riding, go carting, river floating, mountain biking, tubing, and more, see below for more information.  This is all in addition to our great camp and merit badge programs at camp.

Cuyuna Scout Camp

Back to Basics

Cuyuna Scout Camp offers a back to basics approach to the patrol method of Scouting. Resident Camp (summer camp) is offered each summer during the months of June and July.

At Cuyuna Scout Camp we take pride in our programming.  Units use the Patrol Method of cooking giving youth the experience of cooking in site.  We offer “Build Your Own Adventure Wednesday” allowing units to experience an off site excursion if desired.  

For the Scouts who are looking for something “different”, something “more challenging”, we offer Specialty Camp Week.  We’ve taught you the knots, the shelter building, the first aid – now put them to the test at Wilderness Survival and Land Navigation Specialy Camp.  Want more of an outdoor activity adventure?  How about a Fishing, Canoeing, Kayaking and Mountain Biking Specialty Camp? Or maybe working with skilled trades is more to your liking?  Join us at Skilled Trades Specialty Camp for a week of demolition and remodeling with some camp activities thrown in for fun!

Whatever your liking, Cuyuna Scout Camp has something for you.  But don’t worry, Cuyuna offers a chance for seclusion as well with a 684 acre facility that is not overdeveloped.

Cuyuna Scout Camp is open to all Scouts BSA units nationwide, see below for more information and to make a reservation.


Cuyuna Scout Camp
38594 Co Rd 3
Crosslake, MN 56442

Cuyuna Scout Camp Features:

  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Nature Study
  • Campfires
  • Back Packing
  • Fishing
  • Snorkeling
  • Canoe/Tube Trips
  • Geocaching
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Lumberjack Logging Camp
  • Astronomy Outpost
  • Climbing Wall
  • Swimming
  • Sailing
  • Lifeguard Certification
  • Build Your Own Adventure Wednesday
  • Specialty Camps


camp cuyuna swimming






camp cuyuna sail boats


camp cuyuna shooting range

Shooting Range

camp cuyuna two line cope

COPE Course

Rank Advancement

Closing Ceremony

Climbing Wall

Climbing/Rappelling Tower


Merit Badges

camp cuyuna cooking

Outdoor Cooking


Nature Center

Nature Center

Camping Opportunities


camp cuyuna trail hiking

Trail Hiking

camp cuyuna river tubing

River Tubing

camp cuyuna canoeing


Nature Center

Nature Center

Plenty of space to learn about the abundant nature around us at camp.

Waterfront Docks at Sunset

Waterfront Docks at Sunset

Sunset at the waterfront can be very beautiful and peaceful.

Admin building

Admin Building

You will check in here! Along with the business office and rangers office upstairs, the First Aid Center is located in the basement.  Staff eat their meals and have meetings here.

Waterfront building

Waterfront Building

You can check into the swim area here and check out canoes, sail boats, paddle boards, kayaks and life jackets for your enjoyment.

Commissary Building

Trading Post & Commissary Building

Food for your meals are picked up here at the double garage doors, and on the other end of the building is the trading post.

Trading Post

Trading Post - Inside

There are plenty of supplies for camping that can be purchased along with ice, slushy’s and ice cream treats.

Area Attractions

Camp Cuyuna water games in canoes

Summer Camp at Cuyuna Scout Camp

Every summer, the busiest place in the Twin Valley Council is Cuyuna Scout Camp. Hundreds of Scouts will have the opportunity to learn, practice, and perfect outdoor skills while participating in a week-long resident camp experience.

Cuyuna Scout Camp offers a back to basics approach to the patrol method including having the patrols cook most of their meals.

Resident camp (summer camp) is offered each summer during the months of June, and July.

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2023 Program Guide
Application for Employment – Camp Cuyuna

Cuyuna Family Experience

Camp Cuyuna North Woods Webelos

Webelos Camp at Cuyuna Scout Camp

Hey Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts!  Do you want to experience the fun of camping and learning new skills in the rustic outdoors?  Don’t miss this opportunity to spend time outside with your friends and learn the skills you’re going to need to be a Scouts BSA! 

Program Highlights may include: BB Guns, Archery, STEM, Nature, Hiking, Scout Skills, Crafts, Advancement, Campfires, Sports, Games, Camping, Fishing, Swimming, Boating, and Climbing/Rappelling.

Northwoods Webelos Camp is for any BSA registered Scout that is going into 4th or 5th grade when the fall school year begins and will offer Scouts a more demanding and adventurous style camp.

Webelos and their leaders will spend four days and three nights learning the ways of Scouts BSA camping all while investigating adventure.  Camp is held rain or shine.

Scouts will also complete two adventure pins!

Northwoods Webelos

Family Camp RV's

Weekend Camping at Cuyuna Scout Camp

Except during summer camp, weekend camping opportunities are available year round at Cuyuna Scout Camp for a nominal charge. Most summer camp programming (COPE, Climbing, Archery, Rifle Range, Canoe trips) are available during weekend camping.

A camp use form must be submitted and approved at least one week prior to the group’s arrival date.  Please contact Camp Ranger for details.

Cabins and family camping is available at Cuyuna Family Camp.  

Cuyuna Family Camp Handout-2021  

Family Camp Cabin

This is the opportunity for families of BSA registered Scouts to experience first hand what summer camp is like at Cuyuna!  Spend time in the great outdoors, experience nature on a hike, grab your gear and take time for fishing.  Build a campfire, roast a hot dog and listen to the loons. Cuyuna Scout Camp will be open for your enjoyment.    

Cuyuna Family Experience


Need ideas for “Build Your Adventure Wednesday”?  


                                  Amusement Park                                                                   Arboretum                                                 Bike Trails

Amusement Park   Paul Bunyan Land located in Brainerd may be an option for your troop.  Stop by and say hi to Paul and Babe the Blue Ox.  Paul Bunyan Land

Arboretum   Northland Arboretum, located in Baxter is a 583 acre arboretum and nature reserve.  Great place to work on your Plant Science merit badge. Northland Arboretum

Bike Trails   The Cuyuna Recreational Area Bike Trails offer some great riding experiences.  Talk to the Cuyuna Staff about a guided experience.  Bring your own bike from home or rent one from one of the shops in Crosby.  Cuyuna Recreational Area Bike Trails


                                  Go Karts                                                                Horseback Riding                                                                  History

Go Karts   Feel the need for speed?  Northland Kart Kountry is located in Brainerd and state they are the “fastest karts around”!  Northland Go Kart Kountry

Horseback Riding   Outback Trail Rides offers horseback riding experiences through the Pillsbury State Forest.  Located in Pillager, MN about 45 minutes from camp.  Outback Trails Rides

History    For those working on their Indian Lore merit badge, the Mille Lacs Indian Museum may offer some assistance.  Located in Onamia, MN, it’s about an hour from camp.  Mille Lacs Indian Museum


                                        Tubing                                                                                            Wildlife                                                                      Zip Lines

Tubing   River tubing down the Pine River is one of the more popular adventures for troops.  Talk to the Cuyuna staff about reserving inner tubes at no additional charge.

Wildlife     Safari North Wildlife Park in Brainerd offers more than just a view at wildlife.  Check out their website for more information.  Safari North Wildlife Park

Zip Lines   Brainerd Zip Lines Tours is a great way to see the lakes area.  This venue offers seven lines so they are sure to accomodate your troop size.  Brainerd Zip Line Tours

Note:  These businesses are not affiliated with Twin Valley Council or the Boy Scouts of America.  Being included on our website is not meant to be an endorsement of the business.  This list is put together simply to aid in planning.  All questions or reservations must be made directly with the business and not through Twin Valley Council.   


Cuyuna Scout Camp Location

Cuyuna Scout Camp is located in a heavily wooded area approximately 30 miles north of Brainerd, MN and 4 miles north of Crosslake, MN on HWY 3.

The camp is 684 acres and borders on six lakes. Cuyuna Scout Camp offers a chance for seclusion at a scenic facility. The camp has 14 individual campsites and several outpost camp areas.

Need driving directions? Click here for directions from Google Maps.

Distance to Cuyuna

  • Fairmont – 298 mi
  • Redwood Falls – 193 mi
  • Mankato – 217 mi
  • Austin – 257 mi
  • Jackson – 325 mi
  • Windom – 240 mi

Camp Maps

Click on the images below to get larger maps of Camp Cuyuna Scout Camp and Camp Cuyuna Family Camp (bottom image):


Want To Make A Reservation At Cuyuna?

At least one person per reservation MUST BE BSA registered to reserve the cabins.  This may be a youth or adult.  That person may reserve multiple cabins.

Contact Camp Cuyuna

Please contact Camp Cuyuna at 507-387-0299 or the Admin Building at 507-387-0298.  Ranger Tom’s email is

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Scout Executive Ray Brauer.

Any questions about BSA registration can be directed to Julie at the Twin Valley Council Center for Scouting 507-387-0291.

Any questions please contact Ray Brauer at