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The Woods at Lake Placid – “The best-kept secret in MN!”

We are so grateful for the generosity of John Sullivan and countless other dedicated Royal Ranger leaders who have donated property, finances, time, and other resources over the past 42 years to provide The Woods at Lake Placid, a beautiful 400+ acre campground on the shores of the Crow Wing River in Pillager, MN. Home to the Boys and Girls Statewide Campouts (formerly Pow-wow and Powette) since the early 1980s, God’s presence continues to envelop the campground and the many groups who utilize it today.

Reservations from churches and other non-profit organizations for The Woods are currently managed by the MDC and include church retreats, staff retreats, training camps, kids camps, men’s groups, quilting retreats, and cross country training camps. The Norm Klaassen Center is a 4-season facility with a full commercial kitchen, meeting room for approx. 80 people, 3 bathrooms with 2 showers, and bunk housing for up to 15 people. Additional bunk housing is available in two separate buildings for a total of 35 additional beds. The camp also provides limited electrical camper hookups, unlimited tenting sites, a shooting range, an outdoor stage, a pavilion with tables and benches, a shower house, and outhouses.

The newest addition to the campground is our Spirit Meadow Cabin, tucked away in the woods away from other camp activities. This cabin is a fantastic pastor’s retreat destination, featuring two full size beds, wood stove, generator-powered lights and fan, and a compost toilet.

Most of our spring/summer reservations had to cancel due to COVID-19 restrictions, but we’re excited to report that we still plan to provide amazing campout experiences for boys and girls in September! We are committed to providing the necessary safety measures and assisting participating groups in any way we can to be well-equipped for the event. Our camps feature amazing speakers, worship, outdoor activities, and small group connection time for church groups, father/son groups, and mother/daughter groups. As always, extra volunteers are welcome!

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