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Base Camp

Historic Fort Snelling
Minnesota 55 & Bloomington Rd
Saint Paul, MN 55111

Homeschool DaysField tripsGetting There

A place where expeditions begin, Base Camp introduces young people to the type of activities that are core elements of Scouting right in the heart of the metro area. Young people of all ages and backgrounds can experience the adventures of Scouting's learning-by-doing approach to non-formal education.

Owned and operated by the Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Reservations: 612-767-0042 or basecamp(at)nsbsa.org


Homeschool Days

At Homeschool Field Trip Days, homeschool families can take advantage of the fabulous field trip curriculums available from Base Camp, including Outdoor Skills, Environmental Science and STEM/Aviation. Base Camp is designed to do learning in a very hands-on and interactive way to engage students. All curriculums are tied to the Minnesota State standards.

For more information, contact basecamp(at)nsbsa.org

Cost per Child/Student: $16
Cost per Adult/Educator: free

Target Age Range: To allow activities to be tailored to the right level of challenge, students usually participate in level K–6th grade or 7th–12th grade.

Sibling Policy: While middle and high school students may elect to participate in the K–6th grade program; elementary students cannot register for the 7th–12th grade program as both physical and behavioral maturity are required.
Parent/Guardian/Educator Policy: Parents/educators are welcome and encouraged to attend with their children at no charge, but are not required to do so. Parents/Adult registrants do not need to stay but must personally check in child(ren) with a signed and completed Base Camp Waiver form for each child.

For upcoming dates, check explorebasecamp.org/events.


Field Trips

If you cannot attend the Homeschool Field Trip Days dates, contact Base Camp at 612-767-0042 or basecamp(at)nsbsa.org to schedule a date for your homeschool group.


Getting There

Driving Directions: Base Camp is conveniently located off of Minnesota Highway 55 and Bloomington Road in Historic Fort Snelling, ⅓ of a mile from the Fort Snelling Light Rail station.

See explorebasecamp.org/AboutUs/Location.aspx for additional location information.



Information subject to change. Please check with Base Camp for the most current information. Last updated on Tue, Apr 11, 2017.