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 region. Kids grow strong in camp playing sports while making friends. In the surrounding lake country they master wilderness camping skills. Eventually, returning campers over age 14 can qualify for Advanced Trips exploring the border lakes from Camp to International Falls and Lake Superior, Quetico Provincial Park, Isle Royale, Apostle Islands, and beyond.
As a camping pioneer, coach, 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 at their overnight summer camp.
The cabin is the go-to community for the first few days, as kids learn to follow Camp’s bells. Footpaths connect the cabins, restrooms, sauna/showers, fire circle, and Mess Hall. Typically two counselors bunk with campers of a similar age. Cabin life provides time to play cards, strum the guitar, and build camaraderie as boys share chores and plan cabin events like the Cardboard Boat Regatta and skit night.
Three times a day kids choose from a menu of in-camp activities including sports, day trips, camping skills, canoeing, hiking, kayaking, and more. Fitness becomes fun at Voyageur sleepaway camp and the family-style meals are epic.