Welcome to Legionville

A Brief History

Legionville is a program of the Minnesota Department of The American Legion through a non-profit educational corporation. Known as Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center, Inc.,  its primary function is to train Minnesota boys and girls in the procedures of school-safety patrol work at intersections and in bus patrol work.
The idea of the School Patrol originated with Sister Carmela of the Cathedral School in Saint Paul on February 21, 1921 when the first patrolmen were stationed at the intersection of Kellogg Boulevard and Summit Avenue in Saint Paul.  Adopted citywide by the City of Saint Paul in 1922 as a part of the program of the School System and the Saint Paul Police Department, it was also adopted as a statewide program by the Minnesota Highway Patrol.

Earle Brown, the first Chief of the Minnesota Highway Patrol, felt that a uniform program of training and support should be created in the State and came to the Minnesota American Legion in 1935 requesting such assistance. In 1936, under a cooperative program, The American Legion started a statewide training program held at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds in Brainerd, with two years at Camp Ripley, using these facilities until 1956. The Training Center was staffed by members of the Minnesota Highway Patrol, qualified Legionnaires and support staff.

In 1948, the Minnesota American Legion set up a committee to raise funds to construct a permanent training center for the School Patrol and, with the funds raised, the original 560 acre site on North Long Lake was purchased. A later addition of land raised the total to 610 acres with 1500 feet of shoreline beach. The property contained some buildings, including a large barn which was converted to an all-purpose unit of classrooms, office, canteen, first aid room, a large theater and a recreational area on the second floor. A modern dining hall, seven dormitories, caretaker’s house and two cabins for staff have been built creating the modern Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center, Inc.

From the first program in 1936 of two weeks and 157 patrolmen, the enrollment has progressed to more than 1000 each season with the training center having a session capacity of 168. All sessions are now co-ed.

Each youngster, between the ages of 8-13, attends and is sponsored by an organization in his home town. The typical patroller is a student entering fourth, fifth, or sixth grade. The patrollers is selected to represent their schools at Legionville by the School Patrol Advisor of their school and local personnel. Teams of patrollers are encouraged to attend together to enhance their training and knowledge.

Legionville is a function of The American Legion, Department of Minnesota. However, the local Posts and Auxiliary Units contribute heavily to the program and handle many of the details making each year a smooth operation across the state. In addition to sending patrollers to the Training Center, many Posts and Auxiliary Units make direct contributions to Legionville for maintaining the Center and adding needed equipment. This enables the weekly fee to the Center to remain at a low level.

Contacts

Make all communications to:
LEGIONVILLE
c/o The American Legion
20 W. 12th Street, Room 300A
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155-2000
Telephone: (651) 291-1800
FAX (651) 291-1057
registration@legionville.org

Legionville Camp is located at:
9544 Legionville Road
Brainerd, Minnesota 56401

Mailing Address prior to camp opening:
Legionville Camp
20 W. 12th St.,  Room 300A
St. Paul, MN 55155-2000
You can reach us by email at information@legionville.org

MAIL, EMAIL, AND TELEPHONE
Telephone calls of an emergency nature can be placed to Legionville during any hour of any day or night by calling 218-829-3094. During the times when the office is not staffed, phone calls will be forwarded to the Camp Manager’s cell phone. Due to the number of campers attending Legionville each week and our business use of the telephone, we cannot allow campers to use the telephone at their convenience. Parents are asked to encourage their son/daughter to write postcards or letters as an alternative. Experience has shown that well meaning phone calls from parents tend to encourage homesickness and make the week more difficult for the camper.

“Mail Call” is always a very important part of the camper’s day. We encourage you to mail cards and letters to your child. Don’t forget your patrol member just because he/she is at camp. Letters to students or staff should have the following address:

Name
c/o Legionville Camp
9544 Legionville Road
Brainerd, Minnesota 56401

E-mail can be sent to campers at campermail@legionville.org and MUST be limited to 1 email per day. Only 1 email will be printed out and handed out with the regular mail received for campers. Please combine greetings from other family members into that one email. Make sure that the campers name and cabin number (if known) are included in the subject line of the email. Campers do NOT have access to the computer and can NOT reply to email messages. No electronic greeting cards will be accepted.

INFORMATION FOR SPONSORS and PARENTS or GUARDIAN

ACKNOWLEDGMENT of receipt of the application cards and confirmation of reservation is made from this office to the sponsor or school patrol chairman only.
NOT TO THE PARENTS – EXCEPT for Alumni Camper reservations.

DIRECTIONS: Located on North Long Lake about 8 miles northeast of Brainerd. About 5 miles north of Brainerd on Highway 3 is a “LEGIONVILLE” sign. Turn west at this sign, (County Road 119) and continue for about 2 miles. The “LEGIONVILLE” entrance is marked. North of Brainerd on Highway 371, exit at County Road 49 and go east about 4 miles, turn left on Smith Road for about 2 miles, then turn left on Legionville Road.

TRANSPORTATION: This is the responsibility of the parents or sponsors. We recommend car pools and chartered buses to help cut costs.

ARRIVAL TIME: Trainees must arrive between 2:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. on Sunday. The FIRST MEAL SERVED ON SUNDAY IS 5:00 P.M. SUPPER. A tour of the Training Center, banking procedures and Dining Hall routines are all accomplished before supper. Your arrival before 4: 00 P.M. will facilitate a smooth schedule. Money will be checked in at the camp bank during reservation.

TRAINEES WISHING TO BUNK TOGETHER SHOULD ARRIVE TOGETHER!!
Notification of arrival time is not necessary unless trainee is arriving after 4:00 P.M.

DEPARTURE TIME: All trainees MUST check out at the Administration Office before leaving the grounds. Check out time is between 2:30 – 4:00 P.M. on Friday. Campers will be patiently waiting for your arrival at Legionville. Parents, guardians, sponsors, drivers, etc. are encouraged to come to Legionville on Friday afternoon for our camp graduation ceremony at 2:00 P.M. Following the ceremony, your child would be free to check out with your to return home. WE ASK THAT ALL PARENTS, SPONSORS, GUARDIANS, ETC. INFORM THE OFFICE AT CHECK-IN ON SUNDAY WHO WILL BE PICKING THE CHILDREN UP. We will be happy to assist those campers who are using a commercial carrier for their trip home, but be sure that your son/daughter as necessary ticket (s) in hand. Your courteous observance of departure time will be greatly appreciated by our staff. For any concerns or questions regarding arrival or departure, please feel free to call Legionville at 218-829-3094 after June 17. Each camper will be given a copy of “The Legionville Bugle” which is our weekly newspaper, when they check out. This publication highlights the weekly events and includes a cabin picture which will serve as a great souvenir from Legionville.

CANTEEN: A canteen is maintained for the sale of candy, pop, ice cream, souvenirs and T-shirts. Stamps, post cards and envelopes are also sold. MONEY SENT WITH TRAINEES CAN BE DEPOSITED FOR SAFEKEEPING AND WITHDRAWN AS NEEDED. $20-$25 is a recommended amount for campers use for the week. Souvenirs range for $1 pencils to $20 sweatshirts. Any money not used will be given back to the camper at the end of the week

Sponsorship

It is not necessary that patrol members be sponsored or funded only by Legion Posts and Units. Others who send youngsters to Legionville may be service organizations such as PTSA, JCs, Kiwanis, Lions, Labor Organizations, business firms, church organizations, individuals, villages, or the like. Parents can also choose to sponsor and pay for their own children.

The registrations fee for Patrol Campers is $285.00 per student and is paid by the sponsoring organization or parent.

The registration fee for Alumni Campers is $285.00 per student and is usually paid by the parent.

Any students that are hoping to be or scheduled to be members of their school safety patrol program are eligible to attend as a Patrol Camper. Legionville is a summer camp with a designated purpose. The program is not designed to serve as a reward for those who have already served with their patrolDue to the nature of our training and limited space, repeat campers are not allowed EXCEPT during alumni sessions.

Daily Schedule
 Legionville is a training center for Minnesota school patrol and bus patrol officers. While safety training is the primary program, students will also be attending classes in first aid, canoeing, and swimming. Also, necessary recreation and athletics are woven into the daily activities to insure a diversity of the total program and each session kept interesting. Americanism, good citizenship, and sportsmanship are encouraged in a pleasant and entertaining manner.

The following is an example of a normal daily schedule at Legionville:

  • 7:30- 8:10              Campers roll out of bed and prepare for the day
  • 8:10- 8:30              Inspection
  • 8:30- 8:35              Flag Raising
  • 8:35- 9:00              Breakfast
  • 9:00- 9:20              Prepare for Classes
  • 9:30-10:05             First Class *
  • 10:15-10:50           Second Class*
  • 11:00-11:35            Third Class *
  • 11:45-12:20            Fourth Class*
  • 12:30-1:00 P.M      Lunch
  • 1:00- 1:30 P.M.      Rest Period
  • 1:30- 1:40 P.M.      Mail Call
  • 1:40- 2:30 P.M       Canteen
  • 2:30- 3:45 P.M.      Afternoon Recreation
  • 4:00- 5:10 P.M.      Recreational Swimming
  • 5:25- 5:30 P.M.      Flag Lowering
  • 5:30- 6:00 P.M.      Supper
  • 6:00- 6:30 P.M.      Rest Period
  • 6:30- 7:45 P.M.      Canteen and Activities
  • 8:00- 9:45 P.M.      Evening Program
  • 10:15 P.M.             Lights Out

*NOTE: The four classes that Patrol campers attend during the morning are Pedestrian Safety, First Aid, Canoeing, and Swimming.

*NOTE:  Alumni Campers will have a slightly different schedule and set of classes.

Legionville is a training center with a definite purpose. Safety training is emphasized in a manner which is readily accepted and retained by the youngsters. At the end of the week the Minnesota Highway Patrol Safety Officer will give each student an examination covering the school patrol and safety lessons taught while at the training center. Each youngster who completes the program and passes the examination will receive a Certificate of Graduation in recognition of completion.

After spending a week at Legionville, our hope is that each camper will return to their community as a dedicated and well-trained school patrol member.

“In the operation of our Child Nutrition Program(s), authorized by the United States Department of Agriculture, no child will be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, national origin, age or handicap. If anyone believes they have been discriminated against, they should write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.”

Donate To Legionville
Legionville School Safety Patrol Camp is a 501(c)3 education corporation with the goal to help educate children with school safety patrol and bus patrol work. During the camp children attend other classes dealing with first aid, water craft, and swim safety.
This education program goes back to 1921 and is run jointly with the Minnesota State Patrol. It is supported through the generosity of American Legion Posts, Units, Squadrons and Chapters throughout the state, and even those of you reading this. It is through this generosity that children are able to attend, enjoy and learn. Consider a donation to this program as we approach a century of helping the children of Minnesota be safe.
For those individuals and organizations who need a copy of our IRS letter of determination for tax purposes, contact us at information@legionville.org.
Alumni Campers

Alumni Flyer 2019

Alumni campers are campers who have participated in a session at Legionville within the last 3 years and are 14 year of age or younger. Alumni campers do not need to be working towards being a patrol in the coming year. A special program has been designed for them that will incorporate Safety and Team Building skills.

This year, Session 3 will be an Alumni Campers only session. This session will also be open to any campers who were scheduled for the cancelled 2018 summer sessions and were unable to attend. We hope that many of you will join us this summer to experience Legionville Camp.  During this session a special program will be offered exclusively for these campers.

Alumni Campers can attend other sessions, but will participate in the same programs as the Patrol Campers.

Students who will be 10 years old before September 1st and not older than 13 years will be accepted. Exceptions to this restriction can be made but must be cleared in advance through our St. Paul office.

The registration fee for Alumni campers is $285.00. The fee must accompany the application for a reservation to be placed.

Enrollment will be limited to 168 trainees each week. Sponsors may select the session they wish to have their students attend as long as there are vacancies; otherwise, registrations will be on a “first come, first served” basis. Assignments will be made by Legionville School Safety Patrol Camp. Sponsors will be advised of the dates of reservation. Parents/guardians are asked to remain flexible and understanding relative to their children’s assignment.

INSURANCE
The sponsor is responsible for sufficient liability or insurance to cover possible accidents resulting in bodily injury or property damage while traveling to and from Legionville. The Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center, Inc. assumes the cost, to a maximum of $2,000.00, for any medical expenses arising out of accidental injury incurred while at the Center, not covered by other insurance.

HEALTH AND MEDICAL
A Health History 
is required of each student by a Parent/Guardian as part of the registration process. The white registration form with the campers health history and family health insurance information should be completed and sent in prior to the campers arrival at Legionville. Each camper is required to have had a physical within 3 months of arriving at camp. While at Legionville, competent medical service is available for emergencies which might occur. Every precaution is taken to avoid accidents and prevent illnesses. All state health standards are met or exceeded.

ARRIVAL  AND  DEPARTURE
IMPORTANT: Trainees attending their assigned session should make every attempt to arrive on the designated Sunday between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.  (Do not arrive before 2:00 PM as the camp staff will not be available for check-in before that.) Please make sure daily medications and canteen money are in hand during check-in.

Parents, guardians, sponsors, drivers, etc. are encouraged to come to Legionville on Friday afternoon for our camp graduation ceremony at 2:00 PM. Following the ceremony, trainees will be free to check out with you to return home. Departure or check-out from Legionville is scheduled from 2:30 until 3:00 PM on Friday. For this or any other concerns regarding arrival or departure, please feel free to call Legionville at 218/829-3094. It must be emphasized that all campers must check out in the office before leaving Legionville at the end of the week.

TRANSPORTATION
The sponsor/alumni parent is responsible for coordinating transportation of trainees to and from Legionville. This is not included in the registration fee. Please provide that the trainee be taken directly to Legionville.

Sponsors and parents are encouraged to double check the means of transportation to be used in returning the youngsters from Legionville. Past experience has shown that in some instances youngsters are stranded at Legionville because of confusion in the pick-up arrangements. This can be a real problem for the student, especially after a week at camp. We suggest that communities pool transportation with other communities in their area.

MAIL, EMAIL, AND TELEPHONE
Telephone calls of an emergency nature can be placed to Legionville during any hour of any day or night by calling 218-829-3094. During the times when the office is not staffed, phone calls will be forwarded to the Camp Manager’s cell phone. Due to the number of campers attending Legionville each week and our business use of the telephone, we cannot allow campers to use the telephone at their convenience. Parents are asked to encourage their son/daughter to write postcards or letters as an alternative. Experience has shown that well meaning phone calls from parents tend to encourage homesickness and make the week more difficult for the camper.

“Mail Call” is always a very important part of the camper’s day. We encourage you to mail cards and letters to your child. Don’t forget your patrol member just because he/she is at camp. Letters to students or staff should have the following address:

Name
c/o Legionville Camp
9544 Legionville Road
Brainerd, Minnesota 56401

E-mail can be sent to campers at campermail@legionville.org and MUST be limited to 1 email per day. Only 1 email will be printed out and handed out with the regular mail received for campers. Please combine greetings from other family members into that one email. Make sure that the campers name and cabin number (if known) are included in the subject line of the email. Campers do NOT have access to the computer and can NOT reply to email messages. No electronic greeting cards will be accepted.

Patrol Campers

Patrol Camper Info-2019

Legionville is a School Patrol Training Center which trains school and school bus patrol students. Any  students that are hoping to be or scheduled to be members of their school safety patrol program are eligible to attend as a Patrol Camper Legionville is a summer camp with a designated purpose. The program is not designed to serve as a reward for those who have already served with their patrolDue to the nature of our training and limited space, repeat campers are not allowed  EXCEPT during alumni sessions.

The registration fee is $285.00 per student. The fee must accompany the application for a reservation to be placed.

INSURANCE
The sponsor is responsible for sufficient liability or insurance to cover possible accidents resulting in bodily injury or property damage while traveling to and from Legionville. The Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center, Inc. assumes the cost, to a maximum of $2,000.00, for any medical expenses arising out of accidental injury incurred while at the Center, not covered by other insurance.

HEALTH AND MEDICAL
A Health History 
is required of each student by a Parent/Guardian as part of the registration process. The white registration form with the campers health history and family health insurance information should be completed and sent in prior to the campers arrival at Legionville. Each camper is required to have had a physical within 12 months of arriving at camp. While at Legionville, competent medical service is available for emergencies which might occur. Every precaution is taken to avoid accidents and prevent illnesses. All state health standards are met or exceeded.

ARRIVAL  AND  DEPARTURE
IMPORTANT: Trainees attending their assigned session should make every attempt to arrive on the designated Sunday between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.  (Do not arrive before 2:00 PM as the camp staff will not be available for check-in before that.) Please make sure daily medications and canteen money are in hand during check-in.

Parents, guardians, sponsors, drivers, etc. are encouraged to come to Legionville on Friday afternoon for our camp graduation ceremony at 2:00 PM. Following the ceremony, trainees will be free to check out with you to return home. Departure or check-out from Legionville is scheduled from 2:30 until 3:00 PM on Friday. For this or any other concerns regarding arrival or departure, please feel free to call Legionville at 218/829-3094. It must be emphasized that all campers must check out in the office before leaving Legionville at the end of the week.

TRANSPORTATION
The sponsor/alumni parent is responsible for coordinating transportation of trainees to and from Legionville. This is not included in the registration fee. Please provide that the trainee be taken directly to Legionville.

Sponsors and parents are encouraged to double check the means of transportation to be used in returning the youngsters from Legionville. Past experience has shown that in some instances youngsters are stranded at Legionville because of confusion in the pick-up arrangements. This can be a real problem for the student, especially after a week at camp. We suggest that communities pool transportation with other communities in their area.

MAIL, EMAIL, AND TELEPHONE
Telephone calls of an emergency nature can be placed to Legionville during any hour of any day or night by calling 218-829-3094. During the times when the office is not staffed, phone calls will be forwarded to the Camp Manager’s cell phone. Due to the number of campers attending Legionville each week and our business use of the telephone, we cannot allow campers to use the telephone at their convenience. Parents are asked to encourage their son/daughter to write postcards or letters as an alternative. Experience has shown that well meaning phone calls from parents tend to encourage homesickness and make the week more difficult for the camper.

“Mail Call” is always a very important part of the camper’s day. We encourage you to mail cards and letters to your child. Don’t forget your patrol member just because he/she is at camp. Letters to students or staff should have the following address:

Name
c/o Legionville Camp
9544 Legionville Road
Brainerd, Minnesota 56401

E-mail can be sent to campers at campermail@legionville.org and MUST be limited to 1 email per day. Only 1 email will be printed out and handed out with the regular mail received for campers. Please combine greetings from other family members into that one email. Make sure that the campers name and cabin number (if known) are included in the subject line of the email. Campers do NOT have access to the computer and can NOT reply to email messages. No electronic greeting cards will be accepted.

Engraved Plaza Bricks

The Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center invites you to become a permanent part of the new Legionville Education Center project by purchasing a commemorative brick for our new Plaza and walkways.

The Plaza will be installed between the new education building and the pine boulevard. Purchasing a Plaza brick is an easy way to leave a lasting family legacy on the Legionville Campus and at the same time help pay for the new Education Center project. Engraved on your custom brick could be your family name, a student or alumni’s name and year of graduating class, your business name, your organizations name, or you could choose to engrave a brick in honor of someone special, a favorite instructor, or in a loved one’s memory.

The Plaza bricks are available in three sizes, and we will try to accommodate your engraving wishes as long as they fit into the boundaries of 14 characters per line. Please use the Plaza brick form on the back of this page to order your brick (s) and return it with your payment to the Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center. Donations for the Plaza bricks are tax-deductible. Questions? Please call Legionville 218-829-3094

Brick Paver Form

Reservations

The registration fee is $285.00 per student and $285.00 for Alumni campers. The fee must accompany the application for a reservation to be placed.

Enrollment will be limited to 168 trainees each week. Sponsors may select the session they wish to have their students attend as long as there are vacancies; otherwise, registrations will be on a “first come, first served” basis. Assignments will be made by Legionville School Safety Patrol Camp. Sponsors will be advised of the dates of reservation. Parents/guardians are asked to remain flexible and understanding relative to their children’s assignment.

All reservation forms are in PDF format.

Reservation Information and Suggestions 

Legionville Brochure 2019

Parent Information Sheet

Reservation Letter

Patrol Camper Reservation Form 2019
Alumni Camper Reservation Form 2019

 

REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL the fee and reservation requests have been received and the local school patrol chairman or Alumni parent has returned the properly completed individual patrol member registration forms to the St. Paul Office. Local school patrol chairman or alumni parent are notified when registration is completed. DO NOT SEND PATROL MEMBERS TO LEGIONVILLE UNLESS THE LOCAL SCHOOL PATROL CHAIRMAN OR ALUMNI PARENT HAS BEEN NOTIFIED THAT A FIRM RESERVATION IS MADE.

2019 Sessions

Session   Sunday to Friday
One         June 16 – June 21
Two         June 23 – June 28
Three      July 7 – July 12 Session 3 will be an Alumni ONLY session
Four         July 14 – July 19
Five          July 21 – July 26
Six            July 28 – Aug 2
Seven       Aug 4 – Aug 9 (No Alumni Campers during Session 7)

What To Pack

The following are suggested items to bring to Legionville during the week’s stay:

  1. _____Toiletry articles (towels, washcloths, soap, shampoo, tooth brush, tooth paste, comb, brush, etc.)
  2. _____Sleeping bag (preferred) or single/cot size sheets and blankets, pillow, and pillowcase
  3. _____Swim wear, shorts, shirts, pants, sweatshirt or sweater, jeans, jacket, socks, pajamas,
  4. _____2 pairs of shoes, if possible
  5. _____Notebook and pencil/pen
  6. _____Sunscreen lotion
  7. _____Insect repellent
  8. _____Flashlight (optional)
  9. _____Softball glove, marked with name
  10. _____Rain coat or umbrella
  11. _____Plenty of enthusiasm, a smile to share, and a willingness to make new friends!

Additional Equipment will be required for Alumni Campers and they will receive that list with their registration confirmation.

It is recommended that trainees with allergies should bring their own blanket and pillow. 
Mark items with name to facilitate return of lost articles.

If your child is on any prescription medications, please send the medication in its original container that is clearly marked from your pharmacy with the medication and directions for use. If you choose to send any over-the-counter medications with your child (i.e. Tylenol, allergy medications, or ointments), please send the medications in the original containers with the medication label clearly displayed and mark the container with your child’s name.
Please notify Legionville staff upon arrival to the camp of any health care concerns or changes in your child’s medications.

THE FOLLOWING ARE ITEMS WHICH SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT TO LEGIONVILLE:

  • Cell Phones
  • Electronic Games
  • Radios, tape players, walkmans, TV
  • Baseballs
  • Fishing Gear
  • Any inappropriate equipment
  • Pets – such as dogs, cats, goldfish, chameleons, gerbils, spiders, etc.
  • Anything else that would prevent you from having a great experience at Legionville

Legionville School Patrol Training Center Inc. was established by The Minnesota American Legion for the purpose of training Minnesota young people in correct school patrol procedures. 

Legionville is a training center for school and school bus patrols. Quality instruction in the correct school safety patrol methods is provided by Safety Education Officers of the Minnesota State Patrol. Our program has been recognized by the National Safety council as one of the outstanding traffic safety promotion programs in the country.

School safety and bus patrol training is the primary focus of the camp, however other classes that campers will be attending are first aid, water-craft, and swim safety.. Many areas of recreation and athletics are also woven into the daily activities to insure an excellent experience during the week. School patrol classes are taught by a Public Relations Officer of the Minnesota State Patrol. Qualified instructors are used in the above activities.