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Northwoods Camp

Each year, hundreds of children and families in Minnesota and North Dakota get an experience to remember at The Salvation Army’s Northwoods Camp on beautiful Elbow Lake. Days at camp are packed with activities like swimming, hiking, fishing, camping, archery, boating, arts and crafts, music and the ropes course (read story). You can donate to send a kid to camp or cover the cost of meals during their stay.

Northwoods Camp combines up-to-date facilities with rustic barns and cabins, originally built in 1901. Campers sleep in three modern, 56-bed bunkhouses and eat in a large dining hall. (View photos.)

Click the links below to learn more about Northwoods Camp:

Camp Staff Hiring

Our caring staff works to show the love of God to children and families and help them get the most out of their camp experience. If you are interested in becoming a camp staff member for 2019, please complete an interest form. A staff member will follow up with you about open positions. To learn more about open positions, see these job descriptions:

Send Your Kid to Camp

Imagine giving your kids the gift of a summer camp experience in the beautiful woods near Finlayson, Minn. – all for just $25.

The Salvation Army’s Northwoods Camp on Elbow Lake is now open to the public, providing kids (who have completed first grade through 17 years old), with a chance to enjoy activities from swimming, boating and fishing, to a high ropes course, archery and sports.

With meals, snacks, campfires and classes like music education, team building, art and nature study available, it’s an affordable opportunity for children to escape the city, enjoy fellowship and learn about God, too.

Here are the 2019 Camp dates:

  • June 17-21: Tween Camp (grades 5 – 7)
  • June 22-29: Music Camp (ages 9 – 17)
  • July 1-5: Teen Camp (grade 8 – age 17)
  • July 8-11: Kids Camp (grades 1 – 4)
  • July 12-15: Family Camp (mothers & children ages 0-12)
  • July 16-20: Sports Camp (ages 9 – 17)

For more information about how to send your child to camp, enter your ZIP code below and contact your local Salvation Army.


Location & Phone Number

The camp rests on the beautiful Elbow Lake at 60402 Elbow Lake Rd. in Finlayson, Minn., a small town just off Interstate 35 between Hinckley and Duluth. Contact us at 320-233-0711.

Spiritual Growth

The purpose of Northwoods Camp is to bring campers into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. Every day of camp includes morning and afternoon worship services led by Salvation Army officers (pastors) or guest speakers. Northwoods Camp is a perfect venue to preach the gospel because campers are set apart from the stresses of home life and can witness firsthand the miracle of God’s creation.

Water Activities

With its private lakeshore and giant waterpark, getting wet at Northwoods Camp is inevitable. The waterpark includes a two-story waterslide, swimming lanes, splash park for small children and more. On Elbow Lake, campers can fish, paddleboat and ride pontoon boats.

Sports and Games

Northwoods Camp features outdoor sporting facilities including a basketball court, lighted softball field, archery range, tennis court and fenced-in sand volleyball court. Team building activities include ropes courses for adults and children of all ages. On rainy days, campers play Ping-Pong, foosball, billiards and board games.

Music and Arts

Between the staple outdoors activities like campfires and roasting marshmallows, campers also enjoy a professionally-led music ministry with gospel songs, instruments, art and drama.

Petting Farm

What would a wilderness trip be without animals? Campers can get up close and personal with pigs, goats, sheep, llamas, horses and chickens at the Northwoods Camp Petting Farm.


See footage of the camp from one of our recent youth gatherings.