Experience wilderness in its truest sense. This Introductory canoe trip focuses on building a foundation in backcountry skills and a connection to wild places. Discover the wonder and confidence that comes from paddling, portaging, and camping through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Campers arrive on Sunday and prepare to begin their trip on the following Monday. Entering the Boundary Waters near its southern border, they’ll spend the next 5 days paddling, portaging, and experience all that the wilderness has to offer before returning on Friday to tell their stories with the rest of camp at the closing campfire.
No prior wilderness trip experience is required, just a hearty sense of adventure!
Wolf Ridge trips are lead by experienced wilderness guide/naturalists. Our trip leaders are professional wilderness travelers and are certified as Wilderness First Responders, and in 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 downtime, 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 26-August 1, 2020
August 9 – 15, 2020
We accept credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express).
The balance of your camp fee is due by June 1st.
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.