Our energetic and experienced staff make camp rewarding for everyone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A retired elementary teacher, Vicky coordinates supply runs and assisting with meals. She is essential to keep camp running smoothly from behind the scenes.
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.
Back for a fifth summer at Voyageur, Mikey is a Wisconsin native and Montana transplant, where he lives in a camper and teaches technology education.
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 junior year at Washington University in St. Louis.
Jackson is back for his second year as a counselor and is very excited to share his passion for the outdoors. In the Fall, Jackson will be entering his senior year at Marquette University studying Commercial Real Estate.
A first year counselor, Ryan is looking forward to creating new memories and gaining new experience at Camp Voyageur this summer. When he’s not hiking or exploring the outdoors, Ryan can be found at UW-Madison where he is pursuing a degree in engineering.
Liz is a Nebraska native and veteran CV camper and Counselor. Liz has led many memorable CV trips since 2014 and is an ACA-certified Canoe and Kayak Instructor. Liz completed her undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Her graduate research at the University of Nebraska has focused on Immunology and Microbiology, as well as Community Planning and Disaster Recovery. When not at Camp, Liz can be found leading canoe, kayak and biking trips in Southeast Nebraska and working with rural communities and agencies as a grant-writer, administrator and development specialist.
Back for her fifth summer at Voyageur, veteran camper Julia is ready for her first year in the role of the girls counselor. Julia is going into her junior year at Indiana University Bloomington where she studies Graphic Design in the BFA program. Her favorite lake is Farm Lake because it means the sauna isn’t too far away.
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.
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.
Harrison returns to camp for his tenth summer, eight of those were as a camper. He is a sophomore at Hanover College. He hopes to share with others his love of fishing, kayaking, and waterskiing. He hopes to help others become more confident and self-reliant, by working as a team and overcoming the challenges of the great outdoors.