Tour & Explore the Camp

Located in Minnesota’s Chippewa National Forest, Camp Chippewa is 100 miles south of the Canadian border, and rests between two beautiful lakes, surrounded by towering pines.

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See what a day in the life of a camper is like.

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Tour & Explore the Camp

Located in Minnesota’s Chippewa National Forest, Camp Chippewa is 100 miles south of the Canadian border, and rests between two beautiful lakes, surrounded by towering pines. Dive into an interactive tour of Camp Chippewa for Boys to experience a day in the life of a camper.

1. Buck Lake Dock

Swim class to classic evening fishing. Sunset on Buck is remarkable.

2. Diving Tower
Taking the plunge. Whether it is your first dive or fiftieth, the thrill is always there.
3. Yurt
A night out in the majestic pines with a campfire, stories and s’mores.
4. Alumni Cabin
The Pines is a welcome respite for our past campers. Come rekindle the memories of summers past and make new ones in the process.
5. Casscadia (Health Center)
The Health Center is modern, clean and well equipped. Our medical staff ensures a healthy camp and are ready to meet the needs of our campers and staff.
6. Sentinel Climb

Our version of climbing the old tree on Star Island called the Sentinel Pine. It’s long gone, but the thrill of climbing is alive and well.

7. Knutson Hall

Three times a day, we gather for feasts, fun and festivities. “We cook from scratch” along with plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. We are very well fed.

8. Archery Range

Whether you shoot from 20 meters or 50 meters, form and function equal gold—lots of them.

9. Rifle Range
Structure, discipline and self-confidence are found here. Rifley is about advancement and passing ranks from Pro-Marksman to Expert. A keen eye and steady hand will take you far.
10. Camp Office

Our meet and greet location. We are here to help!

11. Trip House

The nerve center of camp. All trips start and end here. Voyageurs become prepared, packed and primed for the trail.

12. KP

Clean, modern and fully functional. Where a face is washed and hands are cleaned.

13. Bear Paw Tennis Courts & Fencing Strip

A tennis facility and fencing center. Bear Paw is a busy place.

14. Camp Entrance

Welcome! We are at the end of Cap Endres Road.

15. Sweat Lodge

Wood-fired sauna for Canadian bound voyageurs provides a cleansing experience.

16. Upper Camp Cabins

Campers (grades 9-12) here will discover the waterways of Canada as they take that next step in wilderness adventures. A tradition that began over 60 years ago.

17. Middle Camp Cabins

Campers (grades 7-8) advance through ranks and begin to spread their wings—Character is being forged.

18. Lower Camp Cabins

Campers (grades 3-6) discover adventure, make new friends and learn new skills as they begin their Chippewa experience.

19. Cass Court
Cass Court has the most beautiful view of the lake. More importantly, Cass Court hosts weekly Scatterball contests.
20. Cass Lake Dock
Cass Lake Yacht Club sets sail as canoes, kayaks and SUP are on the move. Also the home of the thrill and chill mat. Clear water, abundant sand and supervision make this one of Chippewa’s gems.
20. Cass Lake Dock

Cass Lake Yacht Club sets sail as canoes, kayaks and SUP are on the move. Also the home of the thrill and chill mat. Clear water, abundant sand and supervision make this one of Chippewa’s gems.

Our Activities

Daily Activities
Campers choose their own program from within a modestly structured day. The five activity periods are chosen every three days, allowing the boys to continue skill development in a favorite activity or to try new activities throughout the summer. During the first three days of camp, each cabin will be introduced to all of the activities prior to creating their own daily program. The entire program is open to all campers. Waterskiing, field archery and trap shooting require that basic minimum skills in swimming, archery and marksmanship respectively be met prior to choosing them.

Archery Campcraft Canoeing Climbing
Fencing Field Archery Fishing Kayaking
Nature Orienteering Riflery Sailing
Soccer Swimming Table Tennis Tennis
Trap Shooting Wakeboarding Waterskiing Woodworking
Typical Day
The basic daily structure of camp forms the framework of the program. This is a typical day at camp, though special activities, day trips, tournaments or other events are exciting breaks from the routine.

8:00a Rise and Shine
8:15a Flag Raising
8:20a Breakfast
9:00a Cabin Cleanup & Inspection
10:00a First Period
11:00a Second Period
12:00p Free Period
12:30p Lunch
1:15p Rest Period
2:00p Third Period
3:00p Fourth Period
4:00p Fifth Period
5:00p Free Swim
6:00p Dinner
7:15p Special Event or Open Evening
9:00p Dip Time
9:30p Lights Out & Taps
Tripping
The lore of the voyageur is alive and well at Chippewa. Each boy, whether age eight or seventeen, will have the opportunity to camp overnight on a canoe trip. The routes and duration of the trips are commensurate with the age group of the cabin. Though these trips are optional, we strongly encourage each boy to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Few activities at camp do more for building camaraderie than tripping. Memories formed around a campfire can last a lifetime.

As boys enter high school, our Canadian canoe trips become part of the summer’s adventure. The boys will plan their menu, provision their trip and prepare for days in the wilderness. From camp, they will travel to Canada by van, crossing the international border into Ontario or Manitoba. They will navigate the clear lakes and rivers connected by ancient portages. Whether fishing for trophy walleye or navigating whitewater on a remote river, these trips are a thrill.

Common Canoe Trips*

Cabin Age Duration Trip Example
3rd & 4th Grade 1 night Star Island
5th & 6th Grade 1 or 2 nights Mississippi River
7th Grade 2 or 3 nights Crow Wing River
8th Grade 5 nights Voyageurs Nat’l Park
9th Grade 6 nights Quetico Provincial Park
10th or 11th Grade 10 to 15 nights English River

Bloodvein River

11th or 12th Grade 18+ nights Litte Churchill River

North Knife River

(Hudson Bay Trip)

* This table is simply a guide for the duration of typical trips. These trips may change due to weather, cabin experience or physical development, water conditions, or director’s discretion.

In addition to canoe trips, campers have more tripping options.

Boys entering sixth or seventh grade will have the opportunity to explore the Canadian wilderness from Hook Island, our lodge in Ontario’s Rainy Lake. In some cases, we may open Hook Island to younger age groups. A two-hour van ride from camp brings boys to the international border. From there, a launch will take them six miles up Rainy Lake to Graham Lodge. They will spend four days, fishing, swimming and exploring the Canadian islands under the care of their counselors.

A variety of out of camp excursions may be programmed during the camp session. Sail trips around Cass Lake, fishing trips to local lakes and pontoon trips to Cedar Island are fun additions to the daily program.

Special Activities
Counselor Hunt! Paul Bunyan Day! Capture the Flag! Scatterball! Just a few of the special activities that are an exciting addition to the daily program. Imagination and creativity run wild on these days, whether a new interpretation of “The Most Dangerous Game” finds counselors hiding deep in the woods, or a few minutes on the air guitar on the stage of Knutson Hall brings the house down during Skit Night, or the careful strategy of a sneak attack leads to a captured enemy during Capture the Flag. These events are a thrill for the entire camp.

Our Campers

Camp Chippewa welcomes boys from both coasts in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Latin America and everywhere in between. Our campers and staff represent more than 30 states and 8 countries.

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Learn more by contacting our leadership

If you don’t find answers to your questions about our camp programs either here or on our FAQs page, we welcome you to reach out to us with questions.
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