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Trekking through the Quetico – with Pirates


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
August 4, 2016

  “Do you know what’s a really small number?” trip leader David prompted. “Eeeeeight,” the group groaned as I stepped into the water, guiding the canoe ashore. I unclipped the packs and hoisted them out of the canoes. Three done, eight more to go. With a “one, two, three,” the canoes were overhead and on […]

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Camp America: How I ended up at Wolf Ridge


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
August 1, 2016

Before I start it’s best that I tell you about my life prior to Wolf Ridge and how working in a summer camp is completely different to anything I have ever done before. I’m currently 19 and studying Business Management and International Business at a university in England. “Business Management? What in the world are you doing at Wolf Ridge?”

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A Positive “Curse”


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
July 26, 2016

During my 8th grade year at Murray Middle School, my earth science teacher, Mr. Chase, had this dream of teaching a summer science program. Some fellow students and I became subjects in his experiment to see how it went during that first summer of 2013. In the program, called Murray E2 (Environmental Inquiry Immersion,) we had […]

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My Journey to Wolf Ridge


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
July 18, 2016

I came to Wolf Ridge for the first time on a whim four summers ago, and I haven’t left since….

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The End of Summer


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
August 19, 2015

Summer 2015 at Wolf Ridge is slowly coming to an end. A few of the trees are already starting to shift to their autumn hues. With every passing day we find ourselves facing another last—the last Sunday night scavenger hunt, the last Raven Lake camping trip, and the last dip in Wolf Lake. As we […]

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Starlight Paddle in the Apostle Islands


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
August 17, 2015

It was 1:00 am on Stockton Island in the Apostle Islands. I awoke to the beeping sound of my watch alarm, and I reluctantly slid out of my sleeping bag to check on the sky conditions. I unzipped the door of my tent to find the sky bursting with billions of tiny sparkles of light. […]

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Camp Traditions: All Camp Games


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
August 5, 2015

Every Friday afternoon, I get to wear one of my favorite articles of clothing—my rainbow tutu. In fact, we’ve gotten to the point in the summer where everyone can tell that it’s Friday based on that very prominent tutu. Although it’s not out of the question that I would wear the rainbow tutu just for […]

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Windbound!


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
August 2, 2015

Our first Apostle Island sea kayaking trip of the season began with a gorgeous paddle in some sandstone sea caves near Meyer’s Beach. The sun was shining, the water was warm for swimming, and the waves were calm. We enjoyed the steep, golden cliffs and arches, and the beautiful red pines clinging to the edges. […]

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A Story About Our Stories…


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
July 30, 2015

I recently enjoyed a conversation with a Wolf Ridge assistant trip leader who was planning a Trees and Keys trail lesson for the Isle Royale backpacking trip leaving this week. During our conversation, he explained to me that he was inspired to teach the lesson after having seen a viral Internet post about children’s abilities […]

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A Sweet, Soggy Finish


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
July 24, 2015

It was our last morning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. About half of us woke up at dawn to paddle out into the lake and watch the sunrise. The water was perfectly placid, and we felt at peace as we silently watched the colors change from grey to pink to orange when the […]

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Wolf Ridge Summer Traditions: Campfire


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
July 21, 2015

We are roughly halfway through the summer now, which seems impossible! Even though time has been flying, it’s been really rewarding to see how well our team has really come together and grown as a group. Camp is running smoothly, people are gaining confidence and trying new things. Counselors are developing their own lessons for wilderness trips, learning […]

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On Growing Up at Wolf Ridge


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
July 17, 2015

Wolf Ridge Summer Camp through the years I suppose one could call me a “seasoned Ridgey.” I have spent a great deal of time at Wolf Ridge while growing up. I attended my first week of Wolf Ridge summer camp the year I turned eleven. I was small, shy, and awkward. I came to Wolf […]

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The Joys of Wilderness Trip Planning


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
July 15, 2015

I am finally beginning to dive right into planning my first trip! In a few days, I will be embarking on a seven-day adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with seven 8th-9th graders. There is a lot of preparation that goes into a wilderness trip. I’m planning everything from route, trail lessons, meals, […]

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Learning Together at Camp


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
July 7, 2015

One of the most basic reasons to love summer camp is the (nearly) nonstop fun!  When the week is jam packed with games, canoeing, swimming, and rock climbing it’s easy for campers to not notice all the learning they’re doing.  During these first three weeks of camp, I’ve been reminded again and again how much […]

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Camp: Where the Carefully Planned Meets the Completely Unexpected


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
June 26, 2015

Claire exploring Iceland I first came to Wolf Ridge three years ago as a counselor. I was halfway through college and decided that I would take a summer “off” from traditional jobs and internships, which I had previously spent my summers doing. My plan was to work at a canoe outfitter or a camp. I […]

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Meet Our Counselors


Posted By Jenny Bushmaker
June 22, 2015

When you bring your child to camp, you’re looking to enrich their life with new adventures, skills, friendships and fun. And for many, camp is about finding your passion. In addition to a passion for working with children, here are some of the things 2015 camp counselors tell us fire them up each day.   “I am really into protecting wildlife […]

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How I Got to Wolf Ridge From Wales


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
June 17, 2015

Hello everyone! My name is Jack Bradley. I’m from Wales in the UK and I am lucky enough to be in my second year at Wolf Ridge. The first time I came was in 2011 and I was hired as an Assistant Trip Leader whereas this time I have been hired as the Director of […]

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Sharing Stories


Posted By David Butcher
April 27, 2015

This morning I went for my first paddle in a canoe on Wolf Lake for the season. Every year I look forward to the first paddle after the spring thaw and the ice goes off the lake, and this year I wasn’t disappointed. The temperature was brisk with the promise of warmer temperatures to come, […]

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Summer Camp: “10,080 Minutes: a week’s worth of moments away from the normal pressures of life”*


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
July 30, 2014

by Jenn Gingery, Director of Camp Health Services The problems of our times vary widely. With global issues, childhood obesity, and the amount of time kids spend looking at a screen, the next generation has a lot to deal with.  “The average American child spends 270 minutes watching television, 82 minutes on the phone, 27 […]

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Camp Updates: Friendships


Posted By Jenny Bushmaker
July 15, 2014

It has been said that friendships forged at summer camp can be some of the best relationships children have, giving more insight into themselves – and the bigger world.  Camp friendships have a strong hold on children. Not only do they meet new people who set the tone for the friendships they make later in […]

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