General camp info

General camp info

Youth Camp and Teen Camp are weeklong camps for kids with a relation to a Minnesota National Guard member or retiree. The camp occurs at the historic Camp Ripley near Little Falls, MN. In addition to all the campers being related to National Guard members, all the staff members also have a National Guard affiliation. The camp aims to provide a fun, safe, and caring environment where kids can enjoy outdoor activities while learning about patriotism, freedom, and our country. At camp, the campers are surrounded by others who understand the joys and challenges of being part of a "Guard family." Kids can talk with other kids or counselors about how deployments affect them and their families. Every day, the Camp Director gives the campers a "Word of the Day" for them to think about during the day. These words promote respect, friendship, honor, integrity, and other patriotic values.  


Note that the camps are not "boot camps," although we march and sing cadences throughout the week, which promote teamwork and fun.  

Sending Mail

Use the address below if you wish to write to your camper. Be sure to use the camper's registered name to make sure they receive their mail. Feel free to send mail before camp.


15000 HWY 115
Little Falls, MN 56345