Base Camp Backyard Family Campout

Join us for Base Camp’s third annual family campout as we return to the wild surroundings of neighboring Fort Snelling State Park! Join a guided two-mile hike from Base Camp to the private group campsite along the bank of the Minnesota River – no heavy hauling required, an equipment shuttle will be available both days! Evening activities include camp setup, dinner cookout, campfire with s’mores, games, night hike, and stargazing before turning in for the night. Participants are not required to spend the night and may depart as desired. In the morning we will wake up for a hot breakfast before packing up and hiking back to Base Camp. All food is provided. Campers are encouraged to bring their own equipment if possible, though a number of sleeping bags, mats and tents are available onsite upon request.


Date: 3:00PM Saturday, June 23rd to 12:00PM Sunday, June 24th
Location: Base Camp, 201 Bloomington Road, Fort Snelling, MN 55111
Price: $18/participant
Ages: All. Youth must attend with an adult (children 5 and under may attend for free at discretion of parent or guardian. Overnight portion is optional and participants may elect to leave at any time during the evening program)


3:00PM, check-in and arrival activities at Base Camp
4:00PM, guided hike to Fort Snelling campsite
5:00PM, setup camp, dinner provided
7:30PM, evening activities (games, campfire, s’mores, stories, stargazing, night hike)
10:30PM, quiet time and sleep

7:00-9:00AM, wake up and breakfast
9:00AM, pack and cleanup campsite
10:30AM, hike back to Base Camp
12:00PM, depart

What’s included

Food: Dinner (hotdogs), s'mores, and hot breakfast options
Equipment: Sleeping bags, mats, and tents (if needed)
Staff leaders throughout the program

Rain plan:

Event will occur rain or shine. In the circumstance of severe weather, the decision may be made to move the campout inside Base Camp where indoor activities will be substituted.

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