Seven days of camp fun along with seven days of canoeing into the heart of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters. Get ready for your trip with activities like rock climbing, weather, and traditional canoe paddle making, then take off for a 7-day canoeing trek across the lakes and forests of the BWCAW. Groups will enter near the southern boundary of the wilderness and spend seven days paddling and portaging along some of the many routes through this unique and famous area. Return to the Ridge with weathered paddles, great stories, new friends, and sharpened wilderness skills.
No prior wilderness camping experience is required to attend, a great trip for campers looking to experience both Wolf Ridge summer camp and an entry level wilderness trip experience.
Wolf Ridge trips are lead by experienced wilderness guide/naturalists. Our trip leaders are professional wilderness travelers and are certified Wilderness First Responders, as well as CPR and Wilderness Water Safety. Wolf Ridge trip leaders are also trained as naturalists, skilled in telling the stories of the wilderness landscape, from tree and animal identification, to local history, and more.
Campers will be housed in our Summit Lodge. 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 Summit Lodge is the perfect place to grow the deep, closely knit community that makes camp so special.
While on trail, campers sleep in same-gender tents. Wolf Ridge uses 2, 4, and 6 person backcountry tents.
Whether they’re coming in from a long day outside or getting ready for the day, campers will satisfy their appetites in the Fireplace Dining Room. Food Service Director Chris O’Brien and his staff go above and beyond to produce a choice driven, healthy, hearty meal while creating a sense of community here at Wolf Ridge. Most of our produce is from the Wolf Ridge Organic Farm while meats and other products are sourced as locally as possible. From-scratch vegan, vegetarian and meat options are offered at each and every meal.
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. Many special dietary considerations can usually be accommodated.
Our kitchen staff regularly works with participants to meet allergy and dietary concerns. Daily vegan dishes are inherently free of any animal product, including dairy, and are most often gluten free as well. Individuals with common food allergy and sensitivities, including to dairy or peanuts, will find good, healthy food at each meal that addresses their needs. Our Dining Hall is nut free. Please note dietary requests, concerns, and preferences when completing camp registration materials.
After a week full of friendship, fun, and teamwork, on Friday night Wolf Ridge will hold a community celebration dinner and campfire. 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.
“It’s about quality. It’s about passion. It’s about good food done well.” – Chris O’Brien
July 5-18, 2020
We accept credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express).
The balance of your camp fee is due by June 1st.
Any cancellation caused by a mandated shutdown of Wolf Ridge will result in a full refund, including your deposit. We are accepting registrations, and plan to run all advertised camps. If you do sign up for a summer program, know that Wolf Ridge will continue to communicate with you throughout the spring and summer as new information becomes available regarding COVID-19 and its influence on the programs you’ve signed up for. Right now we can share that:
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.”
Returning campers, 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.”
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.
Available for campers whose permanent residence is Lake or Cook County in Minnesota. To apply for this discount, please call the office at 218-353-7414 Monday-Friday between 8 and 4:30 pm.
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Packing lists and more can be found in Resources “For Summer Campers.”
Due to health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, Wolf Ridge will not be having any summer camps or wilderness trips in summer 2020. Our priority during this time is the safety and well being of our participants, staff, and the broader community. We’ve canceled the summer camp and trip programs and offered full refunds to people already registered. Stay tuned for summer camp and trip options in the future! If you have questions about camp, please contact Luciana Ranelli, Youth and Family Programs Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.