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Wilderness Trips for Youth

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Entering grades 7 – 12

Take a few steps off the beaten path and explore remote wild rivers, lakes and forests with a Wolf Ridge naturalist-guide.  From the ancient forests of the Boundary Waters and the Quetico to the cobblestone and sand beaches of Lake Superior, Wolf Ridge takes you to truly amazing places.

Whether you are a newcomer to the ways of the woods or a seasoned wilderness traveler, these wilderness trips are tailored to adventurers looking to challenge themselves, build confidence and develop life-long community and wilderness skills.


Wilderness Trip Options

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.


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. Entering grades 7 – 8


Adventurers Northwoods Sea Kayak

Grab a paddle and explore the amazing lakes of Minnesota’s only national park!  This introductory sea kayaking trip will explore the rugged and beautiful bays and islands of Voyageurs National Park, while learning the basics of sea kayaking on the bigger waters of the park. Experience the ancient rocks, towering pine forests, sandy shores, and rich cultural stories of this unique area.  No prior kayaking experience is necessary, just a hearty sense of adventure!   Entering grades 8 – 9


2-week Adventurers BWCAW Canoe

Seven days of camp fun along with seven days of canoeing into the heart of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters. Enjoy activities like rock climbing, adventure ropes, and campfires. 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. Return to the Ridge with weathered paddles, great stories, new friends, and sharpened wilderness skills.  Entering grades 8 – 9


2-week Adventurers Isle Royale Backpack

Enjoy a week of camp fun: rock climbing, wild edibles, bird banding, adventure ropes, campfires, and much more before stepping aboard the Grand Portage ferry and spending the next 7 days hiking across Isle Royale National Park, one of America’s truly unique landscapes. Travel through old growth forests and over high ridges, share amazing views of Lake Superior, and perhaps even encounter a moose. National park and ferry fees are included in the program cost. Entering grades 8 – 9


 2-week Junior Naturalist Apostle Islands Kayak (wait list)

Lake Superior is the theme of this action packed two-week session. During the first week, campers will combine camp fun with kayak skills as they prepare for 8 days of sea kayaking in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Explore the lighthouses, beaches, and forests of the islands and discover what makes the islands so special. Just bring your spirit of adventure and Wolf Ridge will provide the gear. Price includes all park fees. Entering grades 10 – 12


2-week Junior Naturalist Quetico Canoe

Spend the first week exploring the natural history of the boreal forests near Wolf Ridge and high adventure activities like outdoor rock climbing, then paddle canoes north into the ancient waters of Quetico Provincial Park. This fun and challenging 8-day trip takes us deep into the heart of Canada’s premiere canoe wilderness. Valid passport and Remote Area Border Crossing permit required for Quetico Provincial Park trips. Entering grades 10 – 12


2-week Credit Camp: Wilderness Ethics – Isle Royale Backpack

You will investigate society’s evolving views of wilderness through it’s depiction by artists, writers, and ecologists.  You can create personal art or writing that represents your current environmental and wilderness ethic.  All of this will happen while backpacking the wilderness trails of Isle Royale National Park for 7 days.  On this adventure, you will share spectacular views of Lake Superior, tranquil beach walks, and a chance to see moose in their natural habitat. Learn from naturalists while you travel, spend time with new friends around the campfire, and earn college (2 semester credits) or high school credit (1 semester course). Entering grades 10 – 12


Isle Royale Kayak Expedition (wait list)

Wolf Ridge’s pinnacle sea kayaking experience and most remote trip!    Spend 11 days sea kayaking along the shore of Lake Superior’s largest island, Isle Royale, and experience the island in a way that very few people get to.  Along the way you will hone wilderness skills and the classic art of sea kayaking, while learning the rich natural and cultural story of this truly fantastic place, from the legendary relationship between moose and wolves to the centuries old stories of island residents. Space is limited on this trip, so sign up soon! Campers must have prior wilderness trip experience with either Wolf Ridge or any other wilderness youth camp to attend this unique and challenging trip. Entering grades 10 – 12


Boundary Waters Traverse Canoe Expedition

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 must have prior wilderness trip experience with either Wolf Ridge or any other wilderness youth camp to attend this unique and challenging trip. Entering grades 10 – 12

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 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.


A place to kick back and relax.

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

While on trail, campers sleep in single-sex 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 satisfy their appetites in the Fireplace Dining Room. Here, they’ll enjoy the range of delicious menu options including local, freshly harvested foods from the Wolf Ridge organic farm.

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.

After a week full of friendship, fun, and teamwork, on Friday night Wolf Ridge will hold a community celebration dinner and campfire for all campers. 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.

Our kitchen staff regularly works with participants to meet allergy and dietary concerns. Requests for special dietary concerns must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance of arrival for planning purposes. Click on “Resources” (top menu, to the right) for more information.  Vegetarians can indicate their preference when completing camp registration.


August 13 – 19, 2017

Adventurers Northwoods Sea Kayak
August 13 – 19, 2017

2-week Adventurers BWCAW Canoe
July 9 – 22, 2017

2-week Adventurers Isle Royale Backpack
July 16 – 29, 2017

2-week Junior Naturalist Apostle Islands Kayak (wait list)
July 30 – August 12, 2017

2-week Junior Naturalist Quetico Canoe
July 23 – August 5, 2017

2-week Credit Camp: Wilderness Ethics – Isle Royale Backpack
July 30 – August 12

Isle Royale Kayak Expedition (wait list)

July 2 – 15, 2017

Boundary Waters Traverse Canoe Expedition 
July 2 – 22, 2017

Costs and Financial Assistance


Adventurers Northwoods Sea Kayak

2-week Adventurers BWCAW Canoe

2-week Adventurers Isle Royale Backpack

2-week Junior Naturalist Apostle Islands Kayak (wait list)

2-week Junior Naturalist Quetico Canoe

2-week Credit Camp: Wilderness Ethics – Isle Royale Backpack

Isle Royale Kayak Expedition (wait list)

Boundary Waters Traverse Canoe Expedition
$ 2000


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.

Resources: Get Ready for Camp!

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