The Virgil Reed Chapel In The Pines

Camp Wilderness: Historic Trails

The Virgil Reed Chapel In The Pines

Park Rapids, Minnesota 56470, United States

Created By: North Dakota State University


The chapel at Camp Wilderness is centrally located in the main camp area between the waterfront and the Black Building. It originally served as the Protestant chapel. The Catholic chapel was located near Bad Axe Lake to the west of Fox Camp until 1969 or 1970 when services were combined at the Chapel in the Pines (non-denominational). The chapel was eventually renamed after the first Camp Director, Virgil Reed, who believed, according to the plaque in his honor nearby, that, "Worship was an important part of the contemplative gratitude that should fill the hearts of all good Scouts".

The sign behind the altar reminds those in attendance that a "Scout is reverent" and that they have a "Duty to God".

This point of interest is part of the tour: Camp Wilderness: Historic Trails


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