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About Pizza Camp

Pizza Camp is a overnight camp for pizza-loving adults featuring pizza meals alongside summer camp style programming and entertainment.

Pizza Camp was founded in 2014 by the Minneapolis Pizza Club.  Pizza Camp 2014 took place at the Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement in Maple Plain, MN on September 6th, 2014. Pizza Camp 2015 returned to Baker on September 12th, 2015. We camped, we ate, we conquered. Pizza Camp 2016 will be back at Baker and will feature pizza meals, camp style programs and more.  

About Pizza Camp 2016

Pizza Camp 2016 is hosted by the Minneapolis Pizza Club and Grown Up Club and will occur at the Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement in Maple Plain, MN on September 16th, 2016. Registration includes programming, lodging, meals, and a Pizza Camp Swag package including a T-shirt, Beer Koozie, Tote Bag, and Enamel Pin.

The 2016 Pizza Camp kicks off at Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement on Friday afternoon where campers will drop their sleeping bags off at their cabins, receive swag bags full of pizza-centric goods, and participate in ranger-led activities like archery and canoeing, and be treated to entertainment and
activities from Grown-Up Club.

This year’s 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 all-you-can eat pizza bar will be accompanied with libations from Fulton Beer and snacks and accoutrements from local providers.

Dinner will be followed by the saucy sounds of The Time Life Pizza Collection, a duo with a supreme repertoire of 100-plus pizza cover songs across every genre who are flying in to perform for Pizza Campers. Their “collection touches the hearts (and stomachs) of generations.” This will be the first-ever live Pizza Camp performance. The night will wind down with postcard writing, games and movies in the lodge, a campfire, and star-hike.

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 the option of hiking or canoeing in the morning, before the all-camp send-off at 11:30 on Saturday.

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.

 

Accommodations

Cabin

Each cabin has eight beds, a wood stove and a nearby cooking pad with a grill and seating area. There is NO electricity in the cabins. Many electric Lanterns are available for free in the main lodge to use for the night.

 

Meals, Snacks, and Drinks

 
PizzaSmile

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

We’ll have several Fulton Beers for each camper. 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.

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.

 

Programming

Pizza Camp

Archery

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.
PizzaCampCanoe

Canoeing

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!

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-fire cook- ing, low impact camping, and knots and lashings.

 

Itinerary

4PM: Check-In
4:15 Camp Orientation & Group Photo
4:30-6:30PM: Programming (Archery, Canoeing, or Wilderness Skills)
6:30-7:30PM: Downtime
7:30-9:30PM: Pizza Dinner
9:30PM-Late: Time Life Pizza Collection

Saturday
9:00AM: Breakfast
10AM: Morning Activities
11AM: All Camp Cleanup
11:30AM: Campers Depart

(Itinerary subject to change)

 

Registration

Registration includes programming, lodging, meals, and a Pizza Camp Swag package including a T-shirt, Beer Koozie, Tote Bag, and Enamel Pin.

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.

In 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.

 

Location

Campers are responsible for transportation to and from Pizza Camp 2016.

Location:
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.

 

Credits

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