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Wolf Ridge

BWCAW Traverse Canoe Expedition


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Entering grades 10 – 12

Explore the Boundary Waters. Walk in the footsteps of history. Tackle and conquer the Grand Portage. Learn new skills and make new friends. Face new challenges and be part of a team. Do things you never thought you could.

This 3 week expedition is one of Wolf Ridge’s pinnacle wilderness trip experiences and a once in a lifetime journey for experienced wilderness trippers. The expedition travels across the Boundary Waters from end to end, culminating in portaging across the Grand Portage to the shores of Lake Superior.

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BWCAW Traverse Canoe Expedition Route & Activities

We believe in nurturing the curiosity, growth and independent spirit of each camper, every year that they attend. Our Wilderness Camps and Trips 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.

Wolf Ridge’s longest trip and a once in a lifetime wilderness trip for experienced campers!  On this 3 week trip, campers will begin at the western edge of the Boundary Waters and will travel across the entire wilderness area, culminating with the epic and historic Grand Portage to the shores of Lake Superior. Along the way they will experience multiple waterfalls, rugged cliffs, and native pictographs, while learning about the fascinating stories of this historic route used by both the voyageurs and native Ojibwe for centuries.

Campers will arrive at Wolf Ridge on Sunday, then spend the next days practicing canoe skills and packing for their trip departure on Tuesday. From there they will put in at Crane Lake on the western edge of the Boundary Waters and spend the next 17 days traversing the Boundary Waters along the US and Canadian border. The trip ends with a portage across the famous Grand Portage, an 8.5 mile portage used for centuries by native Ojibwe, European fur traders and voyageurs, and numerous famous explorers. Wolf Ridge welcomes anyone to register for this unique trip, but campers should know that this is Wolf Ridge’s most demanding trip, with 17 days of wilderness camping, potentially long days of paddling and portaging, and crossing the country’s longest canoe portage. Come prepared to work hard and play hard! Entering grades 10 – 12. What to expect on a canoe trip.

Staff, Housing and Meals

Professional and experienced staff

Wolf Ridge trips are lead by experienced wilderness guide/naturalists.  Our trip leaders are professional wilderness travelers and are certified 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.

A place to kick back and relax

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.

Fuel for your imagination

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

Learn more about our dining hall.

Dates

2019 Expedition is FULL. Check back for Summer 2020 dates!

Costs and Financial Assistance

$2050

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.

Local Discount

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.

Resources: Get Ready for Your Trip!

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