Fortunately, we have taken advantage of this most unusual summer to spruce up camp, preparing for 2021 (Voyageur’s 70th anniversary) and beyond.
With summer in our rearview mirror and fall in the air, we’d like to again thank the families, alumni, and staff who supported camp during this summer season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, work camp lasted all summer long. While we did not have campers in a traditional sense, we made lemons out of lemonade with the help of many collaborators.
The season kicked off when alumni and seasoned volunteers like Jim Bergman assisted with numerous projects, including firing up Edna (our cantankerous dishwasher). Kevin O’Kane showed up with toilets, multiple plumbing fixtures, and tools to install a new, on-demand water heater in the sauna. Could this mean a Hollywood shower will no longer deplete the hot-water supply?
When our staff was not outfitting or guiding trips, we tackled major maintenance projects with the watchful eye of local handyman Caleb Cowden from Embarrass, MN. The pandemic created an opening to pursue maintenance projects we cannot attempt during a regular camp season. Camp is almost ready for the 2021 season!
Counselors hosted our first-ever, eight-week virtual Camp Voyageur. To engage campers, alumni, and friends, eight weekly features included camp news and how-to-videos. The virtual season allowed campers and alumni to participate in several favorite camp activities from home. Counselors enjoyed engaging camp families from a safe distance on Facebook, Instagram, the camp blog, and FlipGrid.
Canceling the Camp Voyageur season summer was the right decision. Now we look forward, as you do, towards 2021 Voyageur…and celebrating our 70th camp season! We hope to mark this milestone with an all-camp gathering at Voyageur in August 2021.
While Minnesota regulations prevented opening as scheduled this year some camps, however, were able to operate safely. Nearly 70% of our campers moved their summer registration forward to 2021. Camp sessions will mirror this year’s offerings with two four-week sessions (or eight weeks) and a couple of shorter options. We will announce our 2021 session rates and dates soon.
Family outfitting and guided Boundary Water canoe trips were popular this season and we will expand outfitting services so more Voyageur families can venture into the nearby lakes and woods next year. Consider lodging at camp pre- or post-trip or the whole time on site enjoying meals and taking day trips for what we call “family camp”. Whether taking a canoe trip or staying in-camp, we can facilitate your Northwoods family vacation. Cheers!