Camp began near Park Rapids in 1946

Photos by Tom Hintgen
Former Otter Tail County scoutmaster Dick Barsness visited the Camp Wilderness waterfront on July 26.

By Tom Hintgen

Otter Tail County Correspondent

Camp Wilderness north of Park Rapids has been enjoyed by scouters from Otter Tail County for many decades. Today there are two camps, one for Boy Scouts and the other for Cub Scouts.

New in recent years at Camp Wilderness is the complex for Cub Scouts. This is one of the units inside the complex.

The late Dr. Norman Baker of Fergus Falls is considered the father of Camp Wilderness, which began operations northeast of Park Rapids in 1946. He also was instrumental in helping to start Maplewood State Park five miles east of Pelican Rapids near South Lake Lida.

Summer is a busy time for scouters with activities such as swimming, canoeing, hiking, overnight camping, fishing, using the climbing tower, working on merit badges and enjoying other activities.

Campers come to Camp Wilderness for both summer and winter activities.

People young and old alike, after first traveling down the winding road to Camp Wilderness, long remember the wooden signs describing traits the Boy Scouts of America want young boys to be:  trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

They are known as the 12 points of the scout law.

Camp Wilderness provides youth members, their families and volunteer leaders with memorable experiences in scouting.