Singing Hills has 160 acres of beautiful forests and prairies, as well as a beach on Fish Lake. Girls love to swim and sail on Fish Lake and canoe on the nearby Lake Tetonka, which extends to the Mississippi River at Red Wing. There are also plenty of opportunities to take part in arts and crafts, archery, outdoor exploration, sports, games, music, and nature education.
Some Singing Hills summer activities include:
- Low Ropes Course
- Key Log Rolling
No matter where you stay on camp, you’ll find a cozy place to rest your head and call home for your visit. Singing Hills has a variety of housing. The type of housing for girls or groups will vary and depend on the session they attend. Platform tents have four beds and are heavy canvas with wooden floors. Four-season cabins have bunk beds, sleep eight girls, and have electricity. Screened-tent cabins have X.
Location and Directions
49496 193rd Ave
Waterville, MN 56096
*Use caution when locating Singing Hills via GPS! Use our special directions.
Approximately 25-minute drive west of Faribault and 70-minute drive south of Minneapolis.Expand for Map and Directions
Directions from I-35
Take exit 56 to go west on Highway 60.
Past Waterville, turn right (go north) on County Road 6.
Turn left (west) on County Road 14/Ridge Road. Follow for 2 miles.
Turn right on 193rd Avenue to find Camp Singing Hills.
From Highway 60, turn right at Highway 13.
Go North three blocks to Paquin Street, then turn left.
Go through Waterville. Paquin Street turns into Ridge Road/County Road 14.
Take Ridge Road/County Road 14 for five miles, then turn right onto 193rd Avenue.
History of Singing Hills
Our local Girl Scout council handed Jean Ann Lundholm of Waseca a large order. She was to find a “large camp with its own lake” to be used as a resident camp. For more than a year, Mrs. Lundholm spent her weekends searching, talking to owners, and hiking through the woods.
Jean Ann Lundholm found the Fish Lake site with 160 acres of beautiful wilderness, including a great belt of hardwood forest.
Girl Scouts purchased the camp and Camp Singing Hills was born!
30,809 boxes of cookies were sold at 50 cents a box. The money was used for the first camp payment giving rise to the “Camp That Cookies Built.”
Rustic, 12-day camp sessions were held for Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors from 1963 to 1966. But, in 1966 ground was broken on the first developments, which included a dining hall, tent platforms, unit shelters, a shower house, and latrines. More than a thousand people joined the dedication of Camp Singing Hills after the buildings were completed the following year.
A “name the camp” contest was held. Mary Schulz of Waterville submitted the winning name: Camp Pahadowa. From the Sioux (we now know to call them LaKota) Indian name meaning Singing Hills.
Resident camp as we now know it became a reality as construction began on dinning hall/kitchen building, 32 platform tents, one central shower house, three latrines and three unit shelters.
After a year of building, a thousand people attended a dedication of the camp. Several other buildings were later constructed, including an A-Frame building, an infirmary, a trading post, a staff house, a large maintenance storage building, and a Green Cathedral area for outdoor ceremonies. Only maintenance building and Green Cathedral area still exist.
A winterized program center with a storm shelter in the basement was built.
The story of Camp Singing Hills continues—be a part of its living history!