Wolf Ridge

Green Energy Camp

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    Join other campers for canoeing, all-camp games, campfires, and more.

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    What can bicycle riding power up?

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    Campers design, then camp at their own campsite.

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    Adventure ropes.

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    Campfires and all-camp games.

Entering grades 4-5

Ready, Set, Design and Build!

Invent and use your creativity while you explore the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) behind the world of renewable energy. Build electronic components to light up camp at night, power a radio or computer using manual power. Cook meals with a solar powered oven. Design and build your own small sailboat to harness wind power. Investigate how Wolf Ridge uses renewable energy. At the end of the week,  apply the knowledge you’ve gained to design a sustainable campsite with fellow campers.


green energy camp activities

We believe in nurturing the curiosity, growth and independent spirit of each camper, every year that they attend. Green Energy Camp participants have opportunities to:

Discover and explore the natural world

  • Explore renewable energy in action by visiting areas at Wolf Ridge that are powered using alternative fuels
  • Experiment with designing a rechargeable battery to power circuits and light sources
  • Design and build a mini sail boat to investigate how the wind can be harnessed for power
  • Create electricity using photovoltaic (PV) panels to power a solar water fountain
  • Design and build a solar cooker
  • Using alternative materials create a high energy, low pollution fire to cook over
  • Explore efficiency by participating in a bicycle “flat tire” race

Meet personal challenges and grow as a leader

  • Work as a team to solve real world energy challenges and design a sustainable campsite
  • Be challenged to examine how renewable energies impact the world from economic, human and geological perspectives.
  • Examine the concept of needs vs. wants
  • Adventure ropes
  • Rock climbing

Make lifelong friends

  • Teambuilding
  • All-camp games
  • Campfire and s’mores

Build outdoor skills

  • Canoeing
  • Design and sail a mini sail boat
  • Collect energy from the sun to cook in a solar powered oven.
  • Learn how to safely build a fire to cook dinner
  • Overnight campout (at a campsite designed and built by the campers)
  • Swimming

Housing and Meals

A place to kick back and relax.

Campers will be housed in our Summit Lodge (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 Summit Lodge is perfect place to grow the deep, closely knit community that makes camp so special.

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


Fuel for your imagination

Our Food

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. Special dietary considerations can usually be accommodated.

Special Diets

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.

Community Dinner

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


August 9-15, 2020


Costs and Financial Assistance


We accept credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express).
The balance of your camp fee is due by June 1st.

Deposit, Payment, and Cancellation Policy

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 Camp!

Already signed up?

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