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Located in the century-old Cavalry Drill Hall near Fort Snelling, Minnesota, Base Camp is owned and operated by the Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America. Its mission is to serve all youth of the greater Twin Cities metro area through school field trips, lock-ins, retreats, summer camps, private parties, and community group use. They have special outreach programs for under-served populations.
Base Camp Pre-K Days
Join in group games, outdoor activities, and crafts during these open programs. Pre-K Days are designed specifically for 2-5 year olds and their grown up. Sessions run from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and each has a different theme. $10 per child each day.
Base Camp Open Climb Days
On the first Tuesday of each month, Base Camp opens up for drop in climbing between 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. There is no minimum group size (bur large groups are not allowed) and no reservations required at these events. Base Camp has 16 unique indoor natural rock climbing routes to choose from. Climb one or all. This program is for ages 5 and up. $7/participant. More details and rules here.
Birthday Parties at Base Camp
Birthday parties start at $9-$30 per participant plus a room fee. Find more details at 5 Unique Birthday Parties for Kids on Location.
A Little More About Base Camp
Base Camp offers programs for any type of youth or adult group including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Girl Scouts, school groups, community groups, birthday parties, and many more. Our programs include rock climbing, archery, high ropes, leadership and team building, camping and outdoor skills, space simulator, and cycling. We are open year-round and operate on a reservation based system with programs occurring on weekdays, evenings, and weekends.
Absolutely anyone can participate in the activities offered at Base Camp. The emphasis of our mission is to positively influence the development of Minnesota’s youth through experiences that build confidence.
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