Wolf Ridge

Rock the Ridge Leadership Camps

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Entering grades 6-7

Amazing wilderness locales. Resilience. Self-reliance. Outdoor skills. Not to mention epic memories. Rock the Ridge Leadership Camps are full of adventures, learning, and fun. They are also crafted to be a life-changing combination of exploration and personal growth. Through an integrated in-camp and wilderness trip experience, you’ll have the space to be yourself while exploring your community, self, and the environment. 

You’ll be an integral part of a group of young people who love to explore the world and share ideas about their beliefs and values. After you come home, the character, leadership, and service traits you uncovered on your expedition will stay with you, helping you navigate your daily life with resilience and success.


rock the ridge activities


We believe in nurturing the curiosity, growth, and independent spirit of each camper every year that they attend. Participants in Rock the Ridge Leadership Camps will;

  • Discover and explore the natural world on a 3 day/2 night overnight hiking or canoe trip
  • Meet personal challenges and grow as a leader as you face challenges with fellow campers on the rock wall and adventure ropes course
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Develop greater empathy and self-awareness
  • Express your individuality through traditional crafts and interesting conversations
  • Build outdoor skills such as fire building, navigation and Leave-No-Trace canoeing or backpacking techniques
  • Develop self-resiliency through a solo reflection time. (You are given your own individual spaces within a designated area that is both secluded and within hearing distance of other group members and staff for safety.  Solo is a great opportunity for you to relax, recharge, and reflect on your time course after having a day of group activities.)

Our philosophy

Our leadership camp philosophy is built around;

Community & Self-Confidence

Camp has a profound impact on campers. It has the power to turn a few weeks of summer into an experience they’ll never forget. Counselors and naturalists will facilitate activities and reflection opportunities where each camper will discover more about themselves than they would think possible. Activities reveal campers’ strengths as they build their knowledge, creativity, interpersonal skills, become a better listener, and a confident leader. The authenticity found at camp has the power to teach each child how to be themselves and accept everyone around them.

Hands-on Learning

Our philosophy is simple: learning happens best when one experiences it, lives it, and breathes it. Based on this philosophy, we embrace the opportunity to learn through immersion and exploration. Getting out of our own comfort zones and becoming familiar with other people, locations, and communities leads to new perspectives that even the well-written textbook can’t begin to match. We believe that these hands-on activities combined with an unbelievably beautiful location make our living laboratory the kind of learning experience you can’t get anywhere else.


Adventure is the foundation of all of our camp programs. Each experience at Wolf Ridge provides opportunities for campers to learn, grow, and to challenge themselves in ways that they might never expect. Whether it is exploring the shores of the Raven Lake, zip-lining through the forests of Wolf Ridge, watching the stars over Lake Superior, or just making a new friend. It’s up to each camper to choose the adventure that’s right for them.

Housing and Meals

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 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 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


Girls Rock the Ridge

  • June 21-27, 2020
  • August 9-15, 2020

Boys Rock the Ridge

  • July 26 – August 1, 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.


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

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.”

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!

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


2020 Youth Camps and Trips have been canceled

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 luciana.ranelli@wolf-ridge.org.

Wishing you all the best. We hope to see you in Summer 2021!