The Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center, DBA; Legionville Education Center, in Brainerd MN, is a program of The American Legion Department of Minnesota. The patrol school’s curriculum is to teach boys and girls, ages 10 to 13, the procedures of school-safety patrol work at intersections and in bus patrol work. Additional safety courses taught are, canoe, swimming, internet-social media, and an introduction to basic first aid. Additional safety courses are being considered.
In 1948, the Minnesota American Legion set up a committee to raise funds to construct a permanent training center for the School Safety. The Parker family, in 1954, donated the original 560-acre site on North Long Lake. The caretaker house used to be the old farmhouse, and the original old barn was once the old milk house and was converted into an educational building. The area called Parkerville consists of many family cottages along the lake right next to Legionville. The generous Parker family, many of whom were Legionnaires in Brainerd, also donated the Boy Scouts camp on the other side of North Long Lake.
A later addition of land raised the total to 610 acres with 1,500 feet of shoreline beach. The property contained some buildings, a modern dining hall, seven dormitories, and three cabins for staff have been built creating the modern Legionville Education Center. Also we have a picnic pavillion at the beach and a u-shaped dock to contain our swimmers in one area.
Our campers return home with nothing but great memories, smiles and glad they attended Legionville Education Center's Safety Camp!