Boundary Waters Summer Camp Podcast

Co-hosts Alex Kvanli and John Burgman share trail stories, interview Voyageur alumni, and reflect on the lore of the Great Northwoods. They also trade Boundary Waters travel tips and advice. Whether you’re a former camper, a current camper, or an adventure enthusiast looking to improve your Boundary Waters experience, there’s something for everyone in each episode. Listen on Spotify, Amazon Music, or Apple Podcasts.

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Camp Voyageur is an overnight summer camp for boys in Minnesota. Since 1951, Voyageur’s dynamic program of in-camp sports and activities coupled with wilderness adventures has enriched the lives of 1000s of boys. Camp’s founder Charlie Erdmann was an educator and coach, whose life reads like an adventure novel. His stories of striking out Babe Ruth, learning piano from Fats Waller, and teaching Enrico Fermi to swim while he was building the first atomic reactor (just to name a few) combined with his magnetic charisma drew people from all across the globe to his summer camp where his mission was to “make better people”. His Voyageur Spirit endures today and his children John and Deb operate Camp. For generations, boys age 10 to 18 have flocked to Ely in pursuit of Voyageur’s unique brand of adventure, camaraderie, and lifelong friendship forged in Minnesota’s northwoods. This podcast attempts to capture the essence of Camp Voyageur and the lore surrounding the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.