Leadership & Staff

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Our energetic and experienced staff make camp rewarding for everyone.

Deb Erdmann

Camp Voyageur has been owned and operated by the Erdmann family since 1951. Brother and sister team John and Deb Erdmann direct camp and want to help you decide if Camp Voyageur is a good fit for you or your son. Contact them with questions or to discuss your summer camp options.

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John Erdmann


Since the summer of 1984, John Erdmann has continued the family tradition founded in 1951. “Kids grow in ways not possible at home during each summer in the great Northwoods.” John spent two years in the Peace Corps in Venezuela after graduating from DePauw University. He draws on work experience in higher education, the corporate world and business worlds to managing the family’s boys camp. His first of eight grandchildren became a Voyageur camper in 2017. Connect with him on Facebook.

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Deb Erdmann, M.S.Ed.

Camp Manager

Deb Erdmann has spent nearly every summer here since she was 3 months old. She puts her Experiential Education degree to good use daily at Voyageur. “Camp provides an opportunity to affect people in a special way. Camp is my life work.” Deb manages communication with families, meals and logistics. She and her husband Jeff take care of camp in the off-season. Contact Deb for all your camp needs.

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Bill Burgman

Program Director

Bill first worked as the tennis instructor here in 1972. He coordinates staff for the base camp morning, afternoon and evening programs. Bill taught high school, coached college tennis coach and administerd fitness and wellness centers.

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Vicky Erdmann Burgman


A retired elementary teacher, Vicky coordinates supply runs and assisting with meals. She is essential to keep camp running smoothly from behind the scenes.

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Alex Kvanli, M.S.Ed.

Trip Director

Sixth year adventurer Alex is a perfect fit for our rugged outdoor program. Having obtained a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and Physical Education, Alex recently completed a Masters in Experiential Education. He has breathed life into the wilderness tripping program.

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Mikey Meves

Senior Counselor & Staff Recruiter

Back for a fifth summer at Voyageur, Mikey is a Wisconsin native and Montona transplant, where we teaches technology education.

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Kyle Montgomery

Counselor & Longtime Camper

Kyle returns for his eighth year at Voyageur. Each summer, he flees to Ely to escape the blazing hot Texas summers. This fall, Kyle will begin his sophomore year at Washington University in St. Louis.

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John Diedrich


Fresh out of college, Jack is an eager first-year counselor. With a love of the outdoors and several years of guiding experience for the Boy Scouts and Indiana University’s Outdoor Adventure Program, Jack is eager to contribute and learn at camp.

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Charlie Erdmann

Senior Counselor

Charlie was born in Ely and helps out with camp year round. This year he helped edit and lay out the new website and brochure. You can find him supervising camp sports, skiing, or sailing and helping with camp media projects.

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Evelyn Kuzma

Camp Cook

Evelyn commutes to work from across Farm Lake. A talented cook and promoter of healthy foods and lifestyle, she moved permanently to Farm Lake from the Twin Cities after remodeling her grandfather’s cabin for year-round living.