After a successful fundraising campaign in 2020 and 2021, Kiwanis Camp Patterson, located at 5050 Patterson Road, Madison Lake, MN, is planning a Groundbreaking Ceremony for a Dining Hall Expansion and Improvement project this Friday, November 12 at 3:30 pm.

The ceremony will be led by the Greater Mankato Growth Ambassadors and Cavaliers and representatives from the camp’s two largest users, the Mankato YMCA and Celebrate Me Week, will be in attendance with some of the youth campers who will benefit from this project. 

In addition, members of the Mankato Kiwanis Club, project donors and the general public are also invited to attend.


After consulting with the organizations that operate camps each year at Kiwanis Camp Patterson, the Camp Patterson, Inc. Board of Directors prioritized insulating, air conditioning and expanding the existing Dining Hall is the top priority for camp improvements prior to the 2022 camp season. The completion of this project will offer a cooled space that will be able to accommodate all campers and counselors at once. This is especially important during severe weather and when temperatures top 90 degrees. The space is used as a kitchen and dining hall but also serves as gathering space for announcements, recreation and other group camp. The general contractor for the project is Goodrich Construction.



  • Between 2019-2021 a total $585,000 has been raised for improvements to Kiwanis Camp Patterson. Contributors include Mankato Kiwanis Members, area foundations and interested community members.
  • In the absence of campers due to COVID-19 in 2020, $140,000 was invested into camp improvements, along with a significant amount of volunteer labor.
  • $445,000 has been raised for the Dining Hall Expansion and Improvement Project, which will be completed in time for the 2022 camp season. Improvements include an 840 s.f. expansion, air conditioning, new flooring, new roofing, audio visual equipment, an outdoor deck, and shaded activity space under the addition. (See images below)


Nestled on the shores of Lake Washington in southern 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 the hard work of volunteers from the Mankato Kiwanis Club and other area organizations. 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.