As the long awaited first day of camp approaches, our staff are wrapping up their training and preparation. While the staff this year have a breadth of experience at the helm, it's still important to have a thorough refresher, brushing up on everything from safety protocols to the "art" of making sure all campers feel included in the program. But still, two weeks to do that?! Well, there's more to it...
Our training doesn’t just stop there though. We also go through training unique to Camp Voyageur, accumulated over decades of experience. We have our own T-rescues, counseling techniques, risk management procedures, and perhaps most importantly, a very unique (in a good way!) approach to having fun and safe wilderness trips.
[caption id="attachment_3844" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Veteran Counselor Alex Kvanli helps rebuild a cabin deck - Not a simple task![/caption]
There's also something just satisfying about taking the initiative to leave your own mark on camp. Last year, a few counselors built a garden in front of the Mess Hall to provide the kitchen with fresh herbs and vegetables. This year, we had two veteran counselors rebuild a cabin deck (a lot trickier than it sounds with all those massive rocks!). As a matter of fact, if you go back far enough, almost every standing building, dock, field, and boat was someone's summer project. If you're looking for a model of effective community development, look no further than Camp Voyageur!
Our trip consisted of two groups traveling for four days in the far eastern BWCAW - further East than most camp trips of the past. The route was a loop that began on Sawbill lake and finished at Baker Lake. We tried to look for Boundary Waters artifacts - remnants of the past that are generally located a bit off the beaten path. Part of the trip was the discovery of an old gold mine shaft from the late 1800’s with some equipment inside, not to mention a sheet of ice!
[caption id="attachment_3810" align="alignnone" width="300"] This post was written by veteran counselor Mike Running[/caption]
Be sure to check out all of the photos from pre camp here: https://campvoyageur.smugmug.com/PreCamp-2017