Bare bones camping rejuvenates the soul
Camp Director John Erdmann
Camp Voyageur offers boys a robust base camp routine of land and water sports, coupled with wilderness trips in the adjacent, two million acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico/Superior. Kids grow strong in camp playing sports and make friends. In the surrounding lake country they master wilderness skills. Eventually teenagers can qualify for Advanced Trips and Expeditions which explore the Quetico Provincial Park, Isle Royale, Apostle Islands and beyond.
As a camping pioneer and physical educator at DePauw University, Charlie Erdmann realized boys learn best by doing. In 1950 he and Mim purchased this remote fishing camp near Ely, Minnesota with the dream of, “making better people.” Today their children John, Deb and Vicky have broadened the family mission to canoe, hike and kayak beyond our region.
The cabin is the go-to community the first few days as campers learn to follow camp’s bells. Foot paths connect cabins, restrooms, the sauna/showers, fire circle and mess hall. Typically two counselors bunk with campers of a similar age. Cabin life allows time to play cards, strum the guitar, and build camaraderie as boys share chores and plan team events like the cardboard boat regatta and cabin skits.
Three times a day campers choose from a menu of in-camp activities including sports, day trips, camping skills, canoeing, hiking, kayaking. Fitness becomes fun at CV and the family style meals are epic.