In 1948, the Minnesota Department of the American Legion created a committee to raise funds to construct a permanent training center for School Patrols. The committee raised enough money to purchase the Legionville camp, a 560-acre site located on North Long Lake. Later, an additional purchase brought the total to 610 acres, including 1500 feet of shoreline beach.
One of the buildings on the site was "The Barn," which was renovated to contain classrooms, an office, a canteen, a First Aid room, a theater and a recreational area on the second floor. Eventually, a dining hall, seven dormitories, a caretaker's house and two cabins for staff were added.
Approximately 1,500 school patrol children, ages 1013, from across Minnesota attend each season, and each session has a capacity of 196. The youngsters are selected by their school patrol advisors and sponsored by various groups such as local American Legion posts and other community service organizations.
One of the largest fund-raisers for the Legionville School Patrol Training Center is the annual Camp-O-Ree. The 36th Annual Camp-O-Ree will be Sept. 8-11. Legion, Auxiliary and S.A.L. members and their families who attend Camp-O-Ree will enjoy recreation and fellowship with members from across the state of Minnesota. Events include organized activities for young and old, bingo, meat raffles, prize-drawings, entertainment and campfire nights. Campers may purchase meals on site. All types of RVs and tents are welcome.
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