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COOL CAMP BASE CAMP


Northe rN S tar CouNCi l • MiNNe apoli S - S t. pau l , MiNN.


you’d expeCt a CaMp like this to be far from civilization. After all, where else could you fit a 35,000 square-foot Scouting palace offering indoor and outdoor ropes courses, a space shuttle simulator, and climbing walls that can hold up to 60 Scouts at a time? For the Northern Star Council, the answer was right in their


backyard. The council converted a cavalry drill hall built in 1907 into Base Camp, an innovative facility that sits right in the heart of the Twin Cities. It provides team- building fun to area Scout units, community groups, and corpora- tions. And it’s located right off Highway 55, meaning easy access for Scout units that can’t afford


to travel long distances. What’s more, because most of Base Camp is indoors, it stays open even in Minnesota’s harsh winters. Here’s what’s inside: ff A sunken amphitheater with seating for up to 200 people.


f f Three climbing areas designed as lifelike indoor replicas of Minnesota’s Taylors Falls.


ffAn indoor archery range for year-round target practice.


ff A full catering kitchen for pre- paring and serving food.


ffThe latest AV equipment (yes, even Blu-ray) for serious pre- sentations or fun movie nights. Get more info about Base


Camp, including how to plan a trip, at explorebasecamp.org.¿


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S COUTING ¿ September•OctOber 2011


JUDY GRIESEDIECK


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