John Erdmann’s glad you asked. For the first time in 70 years, campers won’t be moving into the cabins this Sunday due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the penninsula is still crawling with life; veterans Alex Kvanli, Mikey Meves, Kyle Montgomery, Harrison Pratt, and newcomer Jack Diedrich are working hard to get the peninsula tuned up, create interactive virtual programming, and outfit CV families for Boundary Waters canoe trips.
A summer without campers has given us ample time to tackle maintenance projects around camp that have slipped through the cracks over the years. On any given day, you can catch counselors painting floors, fixing roofs, and giving porches facelifts.
This newfound time has also given us the opportunity to ramp up our forestry plans, namely removing the irksome balsams and caging our young pine, birch, and spruce trees. We’ve been working hard in the heat and rain chopping down large dead balsams and removing underbrush. In recent years the balsams have grown like weeds. They’ve been crowding the native pine and spruce trees. Now that spruce budworm has killed the balsams, they’re posing a wildfire risk. Our forestry plan aims to restore the peninsula to its former glory of towering pines.
Deb, Evelyn, and Jan have been working hard to make the tasty food we have come to love at Voyageur while abiding by the new sanitation measures implemented to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. With breakfasts consisting of scones, cinnamon rolls, and, of course, hot cereal, the staff is eating very well.
To keep campers engaged while not on the peninsula, we have created our first-ever virtual program. This way, campers and alumni can still participate in several Camp Voyageur classics. All campers and alumni are encouraged to join. Sign-ups are coming in strong, setting the stage for possibly the first-ever camper versus alumni Olympics?
To sign up, message us on social media or email Alex Kvanli at .
Rumor has it that campers may have the possibility of getting on the plaques this year. The virtual 8-week session will include a number of classic Camp Voyageur programs, including the Cardboard Boat Regatta, Bill Burgman’s Word of the Day of the Week, and our widely-broadcasted WELK Radio Show. To participate, go to www.flipgrid.com or download the app, sign in using a Gmail account, and enter code “cvweek1” to join in the fun!
We will also be broadcasting weekly news updates from the peninsula, along with a number of instructional videos to hopefully teach campers something new at home. Also, be on the lookout for comedy skits and opportunities to win CV swag!
Although we are disappointed that we are unable to have campers running around the peninsula this summer, we are thrilled to be able to offer families outfitted and guided trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
An experience guide does the legwork so you can enjoy quality family timeMeet the Guides
Don’t know what type of trip fits your family’s needs? Alex will be sure to help plan a perfect route and help you determine what to pack.
Worried about setting out all alone? We have a number of excellent and highly qualified guides to accompany your family. Our guides will make sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible.
To learn more, contact Alex Kvanli at .