For boys 9-18, overnight summer camp challenges preteens and teens alike. Wilderness trips build self confidence as kids meet and exceed their own expectations of what they can do.


 While in camp or on the trail, kids learn to collaborate. They’ll share communal spaces and chores. They’ll have responsibilities to themselves and others, but they will also have the opportunity to meet expectations on
their own terms.


Camp Voyageur specializes in real wilderness camping. Sports and activities get preteens and teens in shape for wilderness adventure. Experienced counselors lead small groups into the BWCAW and Quetico wildernesses
and beyond.

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Challenge yields real growth.

Good things happen when you leave home for a few weeks camping in the wilderness. You gain independence and find your voice. Camp Voyageur fills a summer with sports, fun and adventure exploring the Boundary Waters with wilderness experts and new friends.

Two weeks at camp (Testing the waters):
Two-week sessions abbreviate the Camp Voyageur experience. Kids practice canoeing and camping skills before heading out on the trail. Many campers stay six or eight weeks by combining the four-week and two-week sessions.

Four weeks at camp:
Over four weeks kids bite into the full Voyageur experience. Campers perform on the Gong Show, Clue, Casino, the cardboard boat regatta, the WELK radio show and CV’s Olympic games. Take day trips to fish, explore iron mines that built America and visit the International Wolf  Center and the North American Bear Center. Recreational sports work boys into shape as they prepare for two, progressively longer canoe or hiking trips. Fish for walleye, small and largemouth bass, northern pike, rainbow, brown and lake trout on adventures into the BWCAW and Quetico.

Eight weeks at Voyageur:
The best value in every sense of the word, eight weeks away from home rejuvenates the soul. Physical fitness becomes fun, wilderness trips unleash self-discovery. Ma Nature awakens a primal sense from within. As  confidence grows, boys value responsibility to the group and seek opportunities to lead. This simple, physical life whittles one down to the essence of their character. Kids get fit, learn valuable life-long skills and confidence soars as they overcome new challenges. Experienced campers can spend nearly half their time on the trail.

Director John Erdmann rigs a Sunfish with campers.

Over 60 years of experience.

In 1951 Charlie and Mim Erdmann founded Camp Voyageur on a secluded peninsula at the edge of the Boundary Waters in Ely, Minnesota. Our camp mission remains the same: To foster personal growth through group interaction in a wilderness setting. For over 30 years siblings Deb and John Erdmann continue their family’s tradition of summers filled with fun and adventure for boys of all ages.

Camp Voyageur meets the professional standards established by the American Camp Association.  Learn more about the Erdmann’s and Camp Voyageur’s History here.