Next Pizza Camp: July 8 - 9, 2017

Annually, adventurous people around the Twin Cities gather together for the pizza party of a lifetime. Celebrating our fourth year, Pizza Camp will be held again at the scenic Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement on July 8th, 2017. Pizza and nature enthusiasts will make pizzas, hike, swim, practice archery, go canoeing, learn wilderness skills, sleep in rustic cabins, and enjoy the classic summer-camp environment alongside pizza-centric programming and entertainment from MPLS Pizza Club.

About Pizza Camp 2018

Pizza Camp 2018 is hosted by the MPLS Pizza Club and will occur at the Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement in Maple Plain, MN on July 7th, 2018. Pizza Camp is an all-inclusive immersive pizza party of a lifetime. Registration includes programming, lodging in rustic cabins, 3 meals, snacks, drinks, and a Pizza Camp swag package including a T-shirt, tote Bag, apron, and more. Each ticket includes canoeing, archery, and all camp activities. Registration opens at Noon on Friday, May 18, 2018, for $199.

Pizza Camp 2018 kicks off at Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement on Saturday morning where campers will drop their sleeping bags off at their cabins and join their cabins for classic summer camp programming led by the park’s naturalists and Pizza Camp Counselors.  This year’s itinerary includes archery, hiking, canoeing, arts and crafts, and more.  After breaking for lunch, campers will learn about the art of pizza in a dough-making class and participate in all-camp games and activities like “capture the pizza” and “pizza wars”.

Our dreamy pizza dinner is a tri-pizza system of pizza delivery, pizza snacks, and a build-your-own pizza and toppings bar where campers will create and cook their own pizzas in a homemade mobile woodfire pizza oven. The pizza vibes will be accompanied by craft beer, snacks, board games, and a photo booth with our photographer, Derrick Koch.

The sun will set around 9 pm and the night will wind down with a campfire and smores.  There will be light-drawing sessions with artist-in-residence Brian Matthew Hart, and an all-camp moonlit hike to the docks for star-gazing.

After a night in the rustic wooden bunks in electricity-free cabins, campers will enjoy an all-camp continental breakfast and coffee hour. Campers will have an opportunity to hike, play games, and relax before the all-camp send-off at 11:30 on Sunday.

About Baker Near-Wilderness

It’s like getting out of town without actually leaving. Just 20 minutes from downtown Minneapolis is the Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement – Twin Cities Metro Environmental Center. This rustic learning center is situated within beautiful Baker Park Reserve. Here, campers can reconnect with nature and explore the outdoors, all while enjoying pizza, of course.

The Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement features eight cabins, an expansive Lodge, miles of trails, and many natural habitats. The log lodge features a meeting and activity room that seats up to 120 people lecture-style and up to 80 for meals, a large stone fireplace, wrap-around porch, modern restrooms, and an institutional kitchen.



The cabins are rustic wood cabins that sleep 8. The cabins do not have electricity or air conditioning. Each camper gets one bunk bed with a mattress on it. Each camper must provide their own pillow, blankets, and sleeping bag. The camp provides lanterns if needed, but we recommend bringing extra cell phone batteries and personal flashlights. The cabins are all a very short walk from the main lodge and campfire area. The cabins will remain unlocked throughout camp, so you’ll want to stow valuables or avoid bringing them at all. Campers usually only use these cabins to sleep in at night, our time in them is otherwise fairly limited. There are toilets near the cabins and two bathrooms in the main lodge, which is also where the only running water is.

Meals, Snacks, and Drinks


Pizza-centric meals are provided. Pizza for lunch. Pizza for dinner. Light continental breakfast vibes with leftover pizza.

We’ll have beers on hand. Campers can also BYOB! Beer, wine, ciders, hard lemonades, and other malt based, single-serving beverages are permitted in glass bottles or cans only. Wine and champagne are permitted in 750mL bottles or less.

Hard liquor is not allowed anywhere on Park District property. Alcoholic beverages served in kegs, barrels, boxed wine, or bulk containers are prohibited too.

Pets are also not allowed.  

We encourage campers to bring along anything else they’d like to eat, grill, or drink. If you have special concerns about your needs – please contact us in advance.



Pizza Camp


Learn the basics of shooting a bow, elements of safety and styles of equipment. Campers have an opportunity to shoot compound bows at our archery range. All equipment provided fits all sizes and is in excellent condition. No experience necessary. Their staff are NASP-certified instructors.



Campers put on life jackets, review the basics of paddling and safety, then get on the water. Lake Katrina is beautiful and has no public access – it’s all just ours!

Wildnerness Skills

Wilderness Skills

Whether camping or stranded in the wilderness, knowledge, and skills of how to survive (and thrive) can be invaluable. Choose two or three topics: fire-building, temporary shelters, backpacking basics, wood-fired cook- ing, low-impact camping, and knots and lashings.



9 AM: Check-In
10:00 Camp Orientation & Group Photo
10:15 Sl(Icebreakers)
11:00 Wilderness Skills Class
12:30 PM Pizza Lunch
2:00-5:30 Archery and Canoeing
5:30-7:30: Downtime
7:30-9:30 PM: Pizza Dinner
9:30PM-Late: Star-Hike and Campfire

9:00 AM: Breakfast
10 AM: Capture the Pizza Box
11 AM: All Camp Cleanup
11:30 AM: Campers Depart

(Itinerary subject to change)



Registration includes programming, lodging in rustic cabins, 3 meals, snacks, craft beer, and a Pizza Camp swag package including a T-shirt, Tote Bag, and more. Each ticket includes canoeing, archery, and all-camp activities like Capture-the-Pizza, a star hike, a pizza burger bbq, and a wilderness survival class. Registration opens at Noon on Friday, April 20.

Cancellation Policy

1. Cancellations 21 days or more prior to the start of Pizza Camp, all payments will be refunded.

2. Cancellations within the 21-day period and up to one week before the start of your Pizza Camp, 75% of camp fees will be refunded.

3. Cancellation within 7 days of Pizza Camp, 50% of camp fees will be refunded.

Please Note: NO refunds will be made for late arrivals or early departures.

However, we also understand that emergencies happen and people get sick and so on. If you need to cancel at the last minute we will do our best to refund a portion of your ticket and still get your pizza camp swag bag to you. If instead, you can find someone to take your place – that is optimal. Please let us know as soon as possible so we can try to find a new home for your ticket, in which case you would receive a full refund.

In the case of homesickness, behavioral dismissal, pizza overdose, or voluntary withdrawal there is NO refund of any fees.


Environmental Standards

This is a very low-impact event.  Pizza Camp will limit waste, enforce recycling and composting (including our dishware), use quality ingredients and local services, and comply with righteous environment standards of the Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement.



Campers are responsible for transportation to and from Pizza Camp 2018.

4001 County Road 24
Maple Plain, MN 55359

Baker Map

From I-494
Fewer turns: Take County Road 9/Rockford Road west. After crossing Highway 55, you are on County Road 24. Six miles after passing Highway 55, we are on the left.

Fewer stoplights: Take Highway 12 west for eight miles. Turn right on County Road 29 for two miles (turns into County Road 19). Turn right on County Road 24. We are 1/2 mile on the right. Park in the paved parking lot.



Photos and Video by Tom Q. Johnson and Hunter Johnson. Logo design by Kevin Bergquist.
Additional design and content by Paige Guggemos and Chris Cloud.