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Junior Naturalists


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Entering grades 10 – 12

Discover places that connect you with the roots of your soul. Trust your partner as they lower you down a cliff face while rock climbing outdoors on Mystical Mountain. Feel the wind on your face as your canoe through Quetico Provincial Park or kayak in and out of sea caves on Lake Superior. Something special happens in the wild with a tight-knit team of expedition friends, far from the pressures and distractions of life back home.

 

Junior Naturalist Program Options

We believe in nurturing the curiosity, growth and independent spirit of each camper, every year that they attend. Camps and trips for Jr. Naturalists provide opportunities for each person to discover and explore the natural world, meet personal challenges, grow as a leader, make lifelong friends, build outdoor skills and express their individuality.

2-week Quetico Canoe Trip

Imagine yourself canoeing through the remote and rugged glacier-formed lakes of Quetico Provincial Park. Located in Ontario, Canada, the Park provides pristine lakes, abundant wildlife encounters and remote wilderness trails that will challenge and provide adventure for experienced campers. You will spend five days at Wolf Ridge before traveling deep into the heart of the Quetico. Valid passport and Remote Border Crossing paperwork required for Quetico Provincial Park trips.

Discover and explore the natural world

  • Plants & wild edibles
  • Astronomy

Meet personal challenges and grow as a leader

  • Team building games
  • Adventure ropes
  • Outdoor rock climbing

Making lifelong friends

  • All-camp games
  • Campfire with s’mores

Express their individuality

  • Choose Your Own Adventure day
  • Traditional crafts & skills

Build outdoor skills

  • Canoe skills & safety
  • 8-Day Quetico canoe trip
  • Archery

 

2-week Apostle Islands Sea Kayak (wait list)

Lake Superior is the theme of this action packed two-week session. During the first week, combine camp fun with kayak skills as you prepare for 8-days of sea kayaking in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.  Explore the lighthouses, beaches and forests of the islands and discover what makes the islands so special.  Just bring your spirit of adventure and Wolf Ridge will provide the gear.  No kayaking experience necessary. Price includes park fees. On-trail and in-camp experiences include:

Discover and explore the natural world

  • Lake Superior weather forecasting
  • Astronomy

Meet personal challenges and grow as a leader

  • Team building games
  • Adventure ropes
  • Outdoor rock climbing

Making lifelong friends

  • All-camp games
  • Campfire with s’mores

Express their individuality

  • Choose Your Own Adventure day
  • Traditional crafts & skills

Build outdoor skills

  • Kayak skills & safety
  • Archery
  • 8-Day Apostle Islands sea kayaking trip

 

Housing and Meals

A place to kick back and relax.

Campers will be housed in our East Dorm. Each room features its own bathroom and shower, bunks beds, and camper gear cubbies. Camp staff also live in the dorm, with one counselor per room. There are cozy gathering spaces for game playing during down time, plus a grass field just out the door. Kids and staff gather at the near-by campfire ring before meals to sing songs, share stories of their adventures, and learn what the next part of the day will bring. The East Dorm is perfect place to grow the deep, closely knit community that makes camp so special.

While on trail, campers sleep in single-sex tents.  Wolf Ridge uses 2, 4, and 6 person backcountry tents.

 

Fuel for your imagination.

Whether they’re coming in from a long day outside or getting ready for the day, campers satisfy their appetites in the Fireplace Dining Room. Here, they’ll enjoy the range of delicious menu options including local, freshly harvested foods from the Wolf Ridge organic farm.

On trail, campers eat delicious, high-energy foods to fuel their wilderness exploration. Backcountry meals include burritos, alpine pasta, hearty soups, fry bread, pancakes, and oatmeal, with many other possibilities. Special dietary considerations can usually be accommodated.

After a week full of friendship, fun, and teamwork, on Friday night Wolf Ridge will hold a community celebration dinner and campfire for all campers. Campers will gather in the Fireplace Dining Room to enjoy a family-style meal served by the camp directors while celebrating the accomplishments and achievements of their community members.

Our kitchen staff regularly works with participants to meet allergy and dietary concerns. Requests for special dietary concerns must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance of arrival for planning purposes. Click on “Resources” (top menu, to the right) for more information.  Vegetarians can indicate their preference when completing camp registration.

Dates

2-Week Quetico Canoe Trip
July 23 – August 5, 2017

 

2-Week Apostle Islands Sea Kayak (wait list)
July 30 – August 12, 2017

Costs and Financial Assistance

 

2-Week Quetico Canoe Trip
$1420

 

2-Week Apostle Islands Sea Kayak (wait list)
$1420

 

We accept credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, Discover or American Express) as well as checks.

 

Financial Assistance

We are happy to partner with a variety of organizations that are interested in helping you attend Wolf Ridge. Available to those who qualify. You can find details in Resources “For Summer Campers.”

 

Bring a Friend Discount

When you invite a new camper to Wolf Ridge, you & your friend each get $50 off your camp fee. To take advantage of this special offer, both fill out and mail us “Bring a Friend” forms. You find can this in Resources “For Summer Campers.”

 

Sibling Discount

Available for multiple campers from the same household (must all be residents of the same household address). Call 218-353-7414 Monday-Friday between 8 and 4:30 for details.

Resources: Get Ready for Camp!

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Packing lists and more can be found in Resources “For Summer Campers.”