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 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

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

Trip Director

Fourth year adventurer Alex is a perfect fit for our rugged outdoor program. Having obtained a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and Physical Education, Alex is working on 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 third summer at Voyageur, Mikey is a Wisconsin native and TechED major at UW Stout where he runs the university shop. He loves kids and plans to teach shop in public schools.

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Joe Baumann

Media Director

Joe has spent ten summers at Voyageur. An accomplished musician and photographer, he shot many of the high-quality photos on this website. Joe served the AmeriCorps and now teaches music in Oregon.

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Dylan Jackson

Veteran Counselor & Camp Craftsman

An electrical engineering student at UW Stout, he can take apart and fix most anything, which comes in handy at camp. Dylan is at home in a Grumman, and has now rigged his own canoe sailboat.

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Evan Riske

Veteran Counselor

With wilderness experience from his years as a Boy Scout, the second-year counselor integrates into the camp setting with ease. Evan strives to make the camp experience memorable through his humor, wit, and personality.

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Tom Brandt

Veteran Counselor

Tom returns for his second year as a camp counselor, but in the off-season he spends his time at the University of St. Thomas as a Communications and Advertising major. Tom will have the pleasure of editing this Summers PaddlePost. He loves sports, fishing and storytelling, and hopes to bring plenty of energy and humor to camp this year. Tom is also known for his juggling at camp.

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Kyle Montgomery

Counselor & Longtime Camper

As a Counselor-in-Training, Kyle returns for his sixth year at Voyageur. Each summer, he flees to Ely to escape the blazing hot Texas summers. This fall, Kyle will begin his freshman year at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Ethan Biedermann

Counselor & Longtime Camper

As a veteran camper and now a first-year counselor, Ethan brings enthusiasm and optimism coupled with a unique sense of fun.

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Paul Thompson-Nelson


Paul is from Lino Lakes Minnesota. He is a psychology student at the University of Minnesota. Paul enjoys music, sports, and adventuring. He is excited to get better at fishing and other outdoor activities

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Ben Mohr


Ben is an Art Education student at UW-Stout. He really loves nature, and also plays lead guitar in the band “Nixon’s Ghost”.

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Jackson Peacock


As a first year counselor, Jackson has a lot to offer from his backpacking experiences through the Sierra Mountains. He loves working with kids, and can’t wait to share his knowledge summer.

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Matthew Berning


Matt is an upcoming sophomore at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. He has loved the outdoors and working with kids for his entire life. His interests include fishing, sports, hiking, canoeing, and basically anything under the sun.

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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.

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Peter Grunawalt

Media Director in Geneva

Peter produces blogs, videos, and photos for the CV website. He now attends graduate school in Geneva, Switzerland.