Angling counselors combined with boys who love to cast made the competition to be on the bass and northern plaques especially tight. Boys casting wacky worms near shady, steep, and rocky shorelines along the U.S./Canadian border found success.
Robust enrollment resulted in every boys’ cabin being used this summer except for cabin 5. The foot traffic on the hill widened old paths and created a few new ones, rousing Charlie “Turbo” Erdmann to, “take a couple guys and move some rocks.” Charlie and company removed underbrush and rocks to create a new hangout area between the powerhead and basketball court as well as a new watercraft storage spot by the swim area.
In addition to hosting classics like the WELK Radio Show, Bean Auction, Cardboard Boat Regatta, and CV Olympics, creative counselors presented the music festival CV Stock for the first time in five years and spiced up wilderness “boot camp” skills training, culminating with Commando.
39 overnight trips went out, including hiking Isle Royale, sea kayaking Apostle Islands, and three trips to the Grand Portage. “Campers maintained a high interest in hiking trips,” noted Trip Director Dylan Jackson, compelling him to organize five trips along the Superior Hiking Trail. Whisperings of 2023 Quetico trips and a hiking expedition out West permeated the peninsula.
Staff members Kyle Emmans and Bryan Halverson spend their summers paddling and their winters guiding groups across frozen lakes for Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge. They know all 65 of their coworkers, Canadian Eskimo dogs, by name and were happy to introduce them to our campers.
Last fall, we removed the beyond-repair crib dock from the swim area which gave us an opporunity for a renovation. During pre-camp, counselors raked sand and created terraces from the sauna down to the water. We capped it off with a new dock that arrived in August– just in time for next summer!
A blend of new and returning counselors made 2022 a success. Counselors are the worker bees of Camp Voyageur and wear many hats. Our staff brought unique experiences and skill sets together to create Camp magic once again.