Many Point – 75th Anniversary

The Many Point Scout Camp, 75th Anniversary celebration, kicked off with the inaugural Family Adventure Week on July 4th. Friends and families with varied Scouting backgrounds joined throughout the week, many enjoying a full week of adventures just like a Scout troop.

The following Saturday, a festive group of nearly 300 gathered for more adventure and evening festivities to culminate the week-long celebration. Guests traveled from around the globe, with many representing the Many Point and Northern Star committees, scout leaders, current and former scouts, Counselor’s In Training (CIT), and current and alumni camp staff. Day activities included planting trees in the Diamond Jubilee Forest, swimming, tours, climbing, five stand range, and archery.

After a Saturday afternoon of adventure, reconnecting with lifelong friends, and many “do you remember when” exchanges, guests gathered at the dining hall for an extensive meal and numerous speakers that shared heartfelt memories of Many Point. The distinguished list of speakers included: Meme May (Hanson), daughter of first camp ranger Boots Hanson, Mindy Kragness (Schroeder), daughter of longtime ranger Ron Schroeder, Chuck Fisher, evening MC, Bob Gagner, past camp director Jay Belschner, Camp Staff Alumni and Scoutmaster, Atman Jahagirdar, Scout, Drew Dutton, Scout, and Travis Sutten, Director of Camping and Properties. A theme became apparent, ‘ensure Many Point is available to impact the lives of future generations.’

Part of the future included Jay Belschner announcing the new Many Point Heritage Fund. This permanently restricted endowed fund will provide the resources required for Many Point to thrive for decades. At the evening celebration, the Bollig Family were recognized with the first gift to the fund in memory of their son and staff alumnus, Peter Bollig. The Many Point Heritage Fund is well on the way to fulfill its intentions with nearly $1,900,000 in commitments as of August 1.

The dinner gathering wound down with the traditional Many Point lantern ceremony, each decade of attendees lighting a lantern. The last lantern was lit by CIT’s representing the future of Many Point, and finally, the singing of the Many Point Ballad.

After the dining hall celebration, numerous guests continued the party at Voyageur camp with a sing-along campfire lead by staff alumni. Others participated in “Ice Cracking” while some retired to their campsites.

Thank you to all attendees and those with us in spirit for a great week celebrating Many Point’s 75 years of heritage and its future.

Preliminary plans are in the works for friends and families to again gather for the  Family Adventure Week next summer from July 3-9, 2022. Look for more information in the months to come. Contact Many Point Camping Director Evan Yingst at eyingst@northernstar.org or (612) 261-2465 with questions.

Your support will secure Many Point’s future; make a gift today to the Heritage Fund, part of Northern Star Scouting’s Make Your Mark Endowment Campaign. The campaign aims to strengthen three aspects of Scouting’s foundational operations – camp improvements and maintenance, outreach to at-risk children, and delivery of life-changing programs.

To Make Your Mark contact Matt Magers, Major Gifts & Planned Giving Director, at mmagers@northernstar.org or (612) 261-2407.