Nestled on the shores of Lake Washington, Minnesota, Kiwanis Camp Patterson annually hosts more than 2,600 children during the three-month camping season. With 165 beds spread among 14 cabins, Kiwanis Camp Patterson has been serving youth campers since 1927 thanks to hard work of volunteers in the Mankato Kiwanis Club.  Youth camps such as Celebrate Me Week, Camp Shiloh, Mankato YMCA, Camp OZ and several others rent Kiwanis Camp Patterson's facilities and provide their own staff, programming and meals.  

Embrace the Past

It all started with a charitable
donation of land on Lake Washington by H. A. Patterson to the Mankato Kiwanis Club in 1927. From there, generous community members and dedicated volunteers have managed care for and expand Kiwanis Camp Patterson into a 19.2 acre lakeside camp that has served four generations of youth in the Mankato community. Campers today participate in many of the same activities their grandparents did decades ago - canoeing, archery, swimming, singing and skits by the campfire.

Experience the Present

A summer retreat and home away from home, Kiwanis Camp Patterson offers youth the chance to experience the great outdoors, make new friends, and enjoy some
quality and wholesome fun. Rather than focusing on a screen or smartphone, campers have the
opportunity to spend a week creating memories and exploring new interests or hobbies, as the camp offers a broad range of activities that are designed to
spark conversation and encourage face-to-face interaction.

Explore the Future

Kiwanis Camp Patterson has operated for close to a century as a traditional summer camp away from technology and distractions. A special focus has always been on serving at-risk and under-privileged youth.  Now more than ever, parents and guardians are seeking the opportunity to provide their children with a summer experience that embraces simplicity and the wonder of nature.  But space is extremely limited and ADA updates as well as additional restroom, dining and cabin facilities are needed to meet the demand.


Softball/baseball field

Archery range

Sand volleyball court

Basketball court

Sand beachfront with swimming area and floating rafts



Motorized pontoon boat 

Motorized rescue boat

Modern toilet/shower facilities

Sleeping cabins

Dining hall/commercial kitchen/storm shelter

Recreation center/boathouse

Wooded hiking area

Campfire ring w/bench seating



Together with your support, we can ensure that Kiwanis Camp Patterson has the resources and capacity to continue its mission of providing a traditional summer camp experience to regional youth for generations to come.  The NEXT GENERATION CHAMPION capital campaign was kicked-off in early 2020 and includes a three-phase construction plan to make needed modifications and changes to camp over the next 1-2 years.


Your contributions will ensure a quality camp experience for children at an affordable price! 


The current capacity of campers and counselors is 165 per week, and several host organizations are turning away many youth that are interested in attending camp. Due to age restrictions, the camp is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

 Funding Goals  
  • Additional Cabins for 60 more campers

  • Expanded Dining Hall/Activity Center/Storm Shelter

    • Insulating/Air Conditioning

    • Audio/Visual Equipment

  • Additional Restroom and Shower Facility​

  • ADA Considerations 

  • Improved lighting 

  • Future Maintenance and Preservation


Donations by check can be mailed to:

Camp Patterson, Inc    P.O. Box 4334, Mankato, MN  56002

Camp Patterson, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization 


Year Established




Children Attend Each Summer


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Kiwanis Camp Patterson is a lakeside camp facility that is owned and maintained by the Mankato Kiwanis Club and is rented to a variety of southern Minnesota nonprofit youth organizations.  For scheduling information and pricing, please contact Shannon Sinning.  Please note - the camp is rented exclusively to non-profit youth groups.  The 2021 camp schedule is fully booked.

Camp Superintendents

Nathan and Melissa Starke 

Oliver, Charlotte and Theodore

Mailing Address for Donations

Camp Patterson, Inc.

P.O. Box 4334

Mankato, MN  56002

Volunteer Leadership

Camp Patterson, Inc. Board Members:

(Camp Ownership)

Shannon Gullickson, President 

Karen Rekstein, Vice-President

Ed Waltman, Secretary/Treasurer

Randy Berkland

Matt Norland

Bob Spiegler

Camp Patterson Committee Members:

(Camp Operations)

Shannon Sinning, Co-Chair 

Matt Kearney, Co-Chair

Clarissa Meisner, Co-Chair

Nathan Starke

Melissa Starke

Al Starke

Shannon Gullickson 

Lori Benike

Randy Berkland

Stan Bruss

Jim Buseth

Phil Carter

Tom Rekstein

Phil Slingsby

Laura Stevens

John Swenson

Chad Witte

Mary Hokanson

All Board and Committee members are members of the Mankato Kiwanis Club

Physical Camp Address

5050 Patterson Road, Madison Lake, MN  56063

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