Pack 1
Fall Camp

Nov. 5-7, 2021

Stearns Scout Camp
Gagner & Heritage Lodges

3303 County Road 44
South Haven, MN 55382

Camp info:

Map of Camp

Map to Camp

Cost:
$20 per Scout,

with 1 free

Parent/Guardian

per Scout

What we'll do & When

Here's our tentative schedule. Times may change somewhat, so please be flexible!

FRIDAY Nov. 5

  • 5:30 to 6;:30 p.m. --- Arrivals and Bunk Set-Up ... Check in with, and present all required paperwork to, Cubmaster Greg Huff (you will need to have taken your temperature at home before you left, or have it taken upon arrival)

  • 6:30 to 7 p.m. -- "Cracker Barrel" ... Snacks

  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. -- Outdoor Games with Flashlights/Headlamps ... "Night at the Museum," Ghosts in the Graveyard," etc.

  • 9 p.m. -- Lights Out in Gagner & Heritage Lodge Bunk Rooms

SATURDAY Oct. 2

  • 8 to 8:45 a.m. --- Breakfast ... ... Hot chocolate, muffins, breakfast bars, apples, bananas

  • 9: a.m. -- Flag-Raising Ceremony ... Bear Den raises colors

  • 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. -- Free Time 

  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. -- Archery and/or B.B. Gun Range (both, if time allows), Group A: Lions, Tigers & Wolves ... Rangemasters: James Clysdale & Andrew Bartelson

  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. -- Challenge Course, Group B: Bears, Webelos, Arrows of Light

  • 11 a.m. to Noon -- Archery and/or B.B. Gun Range (both, if time allows), Group B: Bears, Webelos, Arrows of Light. Rangemasters: James Clysdale & Andrew Bartelson

  • 11 a.m. to Noon -- Obstacle Course, Group A: Lions, Tigers & Wolves

  • 11 a.m. to Noon -- Lunch Prep ... Grubmaster Volunteers

  • 12 to 1 p.m. -- Lunch –  Menu: Hotdogs roasted over an open fire, chips, apples, carrots, juice-boxes, bottled water ... Cook at separate Group A and Group B campfires); eat outdoors in camp chairs, or sitting on the ground, in socially distanced Den pods

  • 1 to 2:15 p.m. -- Skit Planning ... Den members & Den Leaders (or Asst. Den Leaders) 

  • 2:30 to 4 p.m. -- Disc Golf

  • 4:15-5:15 p.m. -- Free-play time or additional skit planning

  • 4:15-5:15 p.m.  -- Three-Chord Jam Session (some leaders and parents bring instruments and strum, pick and sing simple three-chord bluegrass, folk, traditional, kids, etc. songs. Kid musicians are welcome too. IF YOU PLAY AN INSTRUMENT, PLEASE BRING IT!

  • 5:15-6 p.m.  -- DInner Prep ... Grubmaster Volunteers

  • 6 p.m. -- Dinner ... Menu: Walking Tacos

  • 6:45 p.m. -- Flag-Lowering Ceremony Wolf Den

  • 7 to 7:45 p.m. -- Campfire Program: Skits, Jokes, Songs, Good Deed Awards

  • 8 to 9:15 p.m. -- Outdoor Games with Flashlights/Headlamps ... "Night at the Museum," Ghosts in the Graveyard," etc.

  • 9:30 p.m. -- Retire to bunks for bedtime

SUNDAY Oct. 3

  • 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. -- Hot Coco & Cold Breakfast ... Hot chocolate, breakfast bars, apples, bananas

  • 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. -- Pack up personal items; take down tents; Clean up Gagner & Heritage Lodges -- All Scouts, all parent'guardians

  • 10 a.m. -- Embark from camp

Print out the Map of Camp before you leave home, or stop by the ranger office on your way in for directions.

 

Saturday night's campfire program will feature skits, jokes, and stories. Bring your jokes -- the cornier the better! And review your Scout Vespers lyrics.​

Pack 1 Covid-Mitigation Rules for this weekend's camp

 

Masks WILL BE REQUIRED to be worn at Fall Camp:

  • Inside Gagner Lodge (except while in bed)

  • Inside Heritage Lodge (except while eating, or in bed)

  • At the archery and BB gun ranges

  • At the obstacle course

  • When roasting hot dogs over an open fire for lunch (but not when eating them at a socially distanced spot -- in a camp chair, or sitting on the ground)

  • During the formal Campfire Ceremony, including during skits if six-feet separation is not possible (but not while standing alone and telling a joke, giving a cheer, etc.)

 

Masks will NOT be required to be worn outdoors at camp in the above situations, nor at/on/in/during:

  • The disc golf course -- Parents will be responsible to accompany child and keep him/her socially distanced

  • The roads/paths/trails to our various activities -- Parents will be responsible to accompany child while walking/hiking and keeping him/her socially distance

  • During "free play" time in which the kids mostly run around in the trees/woods surrounding the campsite and play games that they make up -- It will be parents' responsibility to monitor their child's social distancing (and retrieve and sit them down from free play, if they are not following the rules)

Current Northern Star Council Covid-Mitigation Requirements:

  • Face coverings will be required for all participants when indoors or in an enclosed space during programs where youth are present.

    • Even when youth are not present we still strongly recommend the use of face coverings indoors for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.

  • All participants should follow posted capacity limits of indoor spaces.

    • Council camps continue to operate at maximum of 50% capacity for indoor sleeping.

 

Current Northern Star Council "Best Practice" Recommendations:

  • Limit ‘close contact’ with those outside of your unit during Scouting activities.

  • Encourage smaller group sizes when indoors.

  • Continue practicing social distancing, clean surfaces and increased emphasis on hand hygiene.

  • Consult parents prior to planning an outing involving indoor sleeping or limit sleeping in shared indoor spaces to those who are fully vaccinated. 


These guidelines are in place for Northern Star Scouting operations because:

  • Vaccines are still not widely available for Scouting youth of all ages.

  • Community spread of COVID-19, daily new positive cases and prevalence in youth all continue to increase.

  • Suggested guidelines closely mirror Minnesota Department of Health standards for school operations.

Lodging

  • Tent Camping (bring your own tent) -- Our more experienced Bear, Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts and their families are encouraged to tent-camp in the wooded site adjacent to Heritage Lodge. Temperatures on November can get close to freezing, so be sure to bring your warmest sleeping bag and additional blankets, to "Be Prepared."

  • Bunk-beds in Gagner Lodge -- Our younger Lion, Tiger and Wolf Scouts and their families will get "first dibs" on sleeping in the Gagner Lodge bunkhouse, which is open only at half-capacity due to Covid-mitigation protocols. Gagner Lodge's full capacity is 72 people, so we will be limited at Fall Camp to just 36 indoor bunk-beds -- 18 for Scouts & 18 for parents. If additional bunks remain after all Lion, Tiger and Wolf Scouts are camp-registered by Friday, Oct. 29, the remaining bunks will be available to Bear, Webelos & Arrow of Light Scouts and their families on a first-come, first-serve basis until camp registration closes on Wed. Nov. 3.

  • Cot/Sleeping Mat in Heritage Lodge -- Another overnight-lodging option for Bears, Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts and their families (a warmer option, for those who might not have cold-weather sleeping bags and/or tents) is to bunk on a cot or camping mattress on the floor in the basement of Heritage Lodge. You could also set up, and sleep in, a tent on the floor in the Heritage basement, for additional privacy.

What to pack

  • Completed mandatory health and shooting-sports forms (links at bottom of column 2 on this page)

  • BRING TWO MASKS PER PERSON -- one mask/face covering to wear outdoors when you are not able to socially distance; one to keep in your pack as an extra, in case you lose your primary mask (for more info, see the "Covid 19 Mitigation Protocols/Mask Policy" section on this page)

  • Warm sleeping bag, pillow and extra blanket(s)

  • Water bottle

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste

  • Personal medications

  • Cub Scout Uniform Shirt (Class A) to wear to flag ceremonies; leave neckerchief and slide at home

  • Pack-1 T-shirt (Class B) for outdoor play

  • Warm clothes, gloves and a beanie/stocking cap -- Dress in layers; prepare for weather that is colder and wetter than forecasted (Be Prepared!). It can feel especially cold when waiting your turn at the shooting ranges.

  • Rain Coat/Suit & Hoodie -- We will be outdoors a lot, rain or shine (within reason--but Scouts are a hardy bunch, so a little drizzle won't stop us!)

  • Boots or shoes suitable for hiking (We will hike in den groups to every activity; for the youngest kids, the distances can feel long)

  • Head Lamp/Light or Flashlight with a wrist lanyard

  • Pocket knife (ONLY grade 3-5 Scouts who have already earned their Whittlin' Chip cards)

  • Books, comics, etc. for reading in your tent during quiet time

  • Card games, board games, role-playing games

  • Adults may bring cell phones


What NOT to pack

  • DO NOT bring electronic devices and games 

  • DO NOT bring extra food (we have plenty!)

  • The camp provides BB guns and bows for the shooting ranges. If you choose to bring your own, they must be checked in with, and stored with, the Campmaster.

General Information

  • Dates: Friday-Sunday, Nov. 5-7, 2021

  • Arrive no earlier than 5:30 p.m. Friday. Check-out at 10 a.m. Sunday.

  • If you will not be there the full time, please specify when registering, so this can be taken into consideration for meal planning.

  • Pack 1 Scouts may invite non-Scout siblings and friends.

  • Meals and dishes/cutlery will be provided, but parents/guardians will be expected to help with cooking/serving and dishes/cleaning.

  • Scouts should arrive at, and leave from, camp in their Scout uniforms, but you can leave neckerchiefs and slides at home, so they don't get lost.

  • Toliet paper is provided by the camp, but it's never a bad idea to bring a back-up roll from home, just in case. Be Prepared!
     

Required Paperwork:

  • Parents of Scouts who are not coming themselves must complete a permission slip, available below. Please fill it out completely and make sure that it is given to the adult driving your Scout to Camp. (Not required for Scouts whose parents are attending.)

  • You must complete a Health Form and bring it with you to camp. Health forms are valid for one year and available at: Health Form (Short Term Medical Record)

  • All Scouts must complete a Shooting Sports permission slip in order to shoot on the archery and BB-gun ranges. Shooting Sports forms are valid for one year. Forms are attached below or available at the link below:https://camp.northernstar.org/Portals/3/Forms/Shooting-Sports-Waiver.pdf 

  • If you already filled out and turned in Health and Shooting Sports paperwork for your child at a Pack 1 camp earlier this year, you do not have to fill out those forms again for the Nov. 5-7 Fall Camp . That paperwork is valid for one year.