About the Youth Camp
The Minnesota Elks Youth Camp is a co-ed camp for deserving youth of Minnesota, ages nine through thirteen. Most campers are referred to local Elks Lodges through adults who know the childs family. Persons knowing young people who deserve a summer camping experience and who otherwise would not have such an opportunity are urged to contact their nearest Minnesota Elks Lodge.
All necessary camp fees for campers are paid by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Transportation to and from camp is arranged by members of your local Elks Lodges.
The camp setting includes about 270 acres of land on Pelican and Markee Lakes. The northwoods atmosphere is prevalent with evergreen trees, fresh air, sunshine, wildlife and a large sandy beach.
Programs and activities are planned to provide a fun-filled week and to enhance the campers love of the outdoors. All activities are supervised by qualified staff members. In the unlikely event of personal injury, the camp has its own "Health House" and first aid equipment.
Hospital facilities and a camp assigned physician are just twenty minutes away in Brainerd, Minnesota. Any special medical needs should be noted on the camp health form.
Campers receive a well balanced diet through our Summer Food Service Program under the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Meals are served family style in our attractive air-conditioned dining hall.
The Minnesota Elks Youth Camp does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, sex national origin, age or disability.
Camp Activities: Archery, Arts and Crafts, Basketball, Boating, Campfires, Carnival, Cookouts, Field Games, Fishing, Kayaking, Miniature Golf, Music, Nature Hikes, Pontoon Rides, Sand Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Special Events, Stories and Skits and Swimming.
Typical Daily Schedule:
7:45 Reveille - Get Up
8:10 Flag Raising & Breakfast
8:45 Cabin Cleanup
9:45 Crafts, Nature, Sport
10:45 Swimming & Boating
1:00 Rest Hour
2:00 Crafts, special projects
3:00 Swimming & Boating
6:30 Softball, volleyball
9:30 Taps - Lights out
Here's some information to help you plan your stay at Camp!
When is Camp?
Check with your local Elks Lodge for dates of camp. Camp runs from June through August
Do I need to apply?
Yes, you need to apply at your local Elks Lodge. Children will not be accepted at camp unless they are accompanied by a completed camp application form which has been signed by the parent or guardian and a properly completed health form.
What should I bring to camp?
• Clothing for 6 days ~t-shirts, shorts, jeans, sweatshirts, socks, pajamas, underwear, rain coat
• Swim suit & Beach towel
• Personal items - toothbrush, toothpaste, comb or brush, bar of soap, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, etc.
• Tennis shoes and sandals
• Bag for dirty clothes
• Beach shoes
We will provide: Linens, pillows, postcards with stamps, any over the counter medication, and anything forgotten at home!
What should I leave home?
• Electronic games
• Cell phones
• Candy, treats, and pop
• Sleeping bags
• Jewelry, makeup, curling irons, etc.
What about visitors?
All precautions are exercised for the health and welfare of the campers. Because of this, we ask that parents DO NOT visit their children while at camp. No phone calls, please, except for emergency messages. Campers can not be taken out of camp except in emergencies or when it has been prearranged.
Campers arrive at camp on Sunday between 1:30PM and 3PM and depart on the following Saturday between 9AM and 10AM.
The camp is located twelve miles north of Brainerd on the south shore of Pelican Lake.
Check out the Camp Website: Minnesota Elks Youth Camp
The Camp Telephone number is 218-963-2222
During camp season all mail should be addressed to:
Minnesota Elks Youth Camp
10860 County Rd. 118
Nisswa, MN 56468