College of Wilderness Knowledge

This program provides an outdoor, environmental opportunity inclusive of campus and staff to further the mission and goals of the PBA.

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Camping at Birch Bend Campground

Birch Bend is a primitive campground, which includes 320 mostly timber-covered acres on a nearly uninhabited lake in northern Minnesota.

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A History of The Pine Bend Association

The Pine Bend Association has been developing friendship and good citizenship in the outdoor environment since 1932.

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Pine Bend Association

The purpose and philosophy of the Pine Bend Association are to generate and develop friendship and good citizenship in the outdoor environment.

In addition to its annual meeting and occasional special meetings or social activities, the association owns and maintains a campground on a central Minnesota lake. Campsites have been developed and are available to Scout troops or similar organizations, as well as to members of the association for the purpose of learning about and enjoying the natural surroundings.

The Pine Bend Association is incorporated as a non-profit charitable organization for the purpose of holding the property and financial assets, from which donations to such organizations as the Twin Cities Boy Scout councils have been made regularly. Having evolved from the Pine Bend Scout Club, which was formed in 1932, the association has a heritage deep in the Scouting Movement. The PBSC motto was “A Scout is Friendly”; the PBA motto is “A Scout Is Helpful”.

Because the Pine Bend Association grew out of a common experience in Boy Scouting in the 1930s our shared values of love of the outdoors, comradeship and service to youth come from our strong roots in Scouting.

The vision and hard work of earlier Pine Benders have allowed us the privilege of camping at the club’s beautiful Birch Bend campground. The property includes more than 300 acres of woodland and lakeshore and offers members and groups of young people a spectacular outdoor experience. With the help of Boy Scouts and other youth groups, our members share the responsibility for upkeep, maintenance of the grounds and preservation of the wilderness character.

There is another important aspect of Pine Bend Association. The club has an “in-town” life as well, including social events, a newsletter, charitable work, recruiting new members, and planning for the future.