Entourage Events Group Partners with Camp Fire Minnesota to Better Utilize 104 Acres of Camp Land in Excelsior
This joint venture will provide Entourage with a unique event space while supporting the growing needs of Camp Fire and the youth they serve
December 29, 2022
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (December 28, 2022) – Entourage Events Group announced today it has partnered with Camp Fire Minnesota to offer unique rental experiences in nature. Their partnership is reimagining Camp Fire Minnesota’s wooded oasis on Lake Minnewashta, in Excelsior and creating nature-based events for family, corporate retreats, unique wedding celebrations and more. Entourage will begin hosting events at Camp Fire Minnesota in January of 2023. The venue now accepts bookings and has scheduled events for 2023 and beyond. Future packages include fat bike trails, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and ice fishing.
This unique partnership of a for-profit events company and a long-standing nonprofit is a unique situation. Camp Fire Minnesota will still use the property for their summer camps and other nature-themed events, while Entourage will use the area for off-season events to better use the 104 acre property.
“This joint venture provides us with a great opportunity to repurpose this venue and keep it active 12-months out of the year,” Steve Hark, Founder and CEO of Entourage Events Group. “Working with Camp Fire on this project is rewarding in knowing that bringing more people to the site will also help this longstanding nonprofit by making them fiscally stronger.”
Hark said he feels the wooded property, just minutes from Minneapolis provides his company with a more diversified venue in its portfolio.
“We hope to not only have corporate events, but also school field trip events to fully utilize the site,” said Hark. “We are very excited to begin hosting events and show off this wonderful property.”
For Camp Fire Minnesota working with Entourage is another way to help strengthen its’ programing which has helped countless children at the camp for nearly 100 years. Recently Camp Fire renovated its dining hall which now can host events like weddings and corporate gatherings when camps aren’t in session.
With the revenue generated by partnering with Entourage, Camp Fire Minnesota can ensure more children can take full advantage of its’ many nature-based programs each summer.
“Last year, we had 1,700 youth on our camp waitlist and provided $110,000 in scholarships. With this partnership we plan to increase our ability to welcome even more kids,” said Kori Redepenning, President and CEO of Camp Fire Minnesota. “With the need for accessible environment-based programs continuing to grow we are excited to work with Entourage to further help the young people we serve.”
Hark said he believes the versatility of the property will be a draw for many groups of varying sizes to explore nature minutes from downtown, while also giving back to a long-established organization like Camp Fire Minnesota.
“This partnership has countless opportunities for us as an events group to provide a unique natural setting to our clients,” he said. “In the process of putting on first-rate events we are able to give greater visibility and support to the great work Camp Fire does each summer on the site.”
About Entourage Events Group:
Entourage Events Group is an all-inclusive, Minnesota based event management company focused on creating unique, iconic event experiences. A passion for excellence ensures that clients will enjoy the highest level of hospitality there is to offer. Entourage has experience in giving new life to existing Minneapolis properties including The Armory, Grain Belt Offices, St Anthony Main, and the Walker Library. Entourage’s various divisions allow us to produce cohesive, awe-inspiring celebrations with flawless attention to detail, impactful design, and impressive production. With our team’s combined years of experience and expertise, Entourage merges creativity with practical application to produce events that elevate brands, cultivate community, and leave lasting impressions. For more information, and to book your event please visit http://www.entourageeventsgroup.com
About Camp Fire Minnesota:
Camp Fire Minnesota has created a safe space where young people can have fun and be themselves for over 100 years. Today, Camp Fire Minnesota is an inclusive nature-based youth development organization serving a highly diverse population of youth in the Twin Cities metro. They offer a welcoming space for all to find their spark in nature through their PreK-12 Environmental Education program, afterschool nature programs, and summer and school break camps. In 2022 they led nature experiences for 7,845 youth, with 48 percent of youth participating through their scholarship program. For more information, please visit https://campfiremn.org/