Premiering summer 2021, Kayak Camp is a 6 day program incorporating outdoor skills and adventure travel in sea kayaking, wilderness survival, outdoor skills, and leadership/community building for youth ages 14-16.
Though familiarity with kayaking, camping (and a love for the outdoors) is preferred, it is not required.
Our Mission; to empower youth to grow as outdoor enthusiasts, community members, and caretakers of the planet. To help us get there we incorporate the following in to every day of the course
Activity & Physical Fitness - Exercise and skill building in the outdoors.
Knowledge - Map & compass, natural & cultural history, edible plants and experience with various outdoor recreation activities.
Teamwork - Living and learning together. Discussions. Pushing comfort zones, and mentoring others.
Reflection - Time at the end of day for checking in and discussion. Appreciation circle. Journaling. Solo time.
Structure & Culture - There is a big difference between 'just doing stuff' and creating a culture of growth. Daily tie-ins and group building activities. Positive communication experiences, inspirational stories and quotes, and sharing.
Sea Kayaking Skills, Safety, and Rescues
Kayak Camping Adventures within the Apostle Islands
Outdoor & Wilderness Survival Skills
Map & Compass Skills
Natural & Cultural History of the Northwoods
Wilderness First Aid Training
For this pilot year we are offering camp at a reduced rate, and very limited space. (8 maximum) Participants must be between the ages of 14-16 years old at the time of camp start, have a parent/guardians approval, and be medically self-sufficient. (No medications that counselors would need to administer, no allergies or medical issues that would preclude them from being safe in fairly strenuous outdoor environments, etc. Please contact us with questions.)
The Tentative Schedule
Day 1 - Meet at 9am
Introduction and move in to basecamp. Kayak basic safety course and day trip paddle. Camp cooking.
Outdoor Skills and Survival. Navigation Lesson. Half-day paddle and prep for overnight.
First Aid course and traditional skills project
Final trip prep and leave for sea kayak camping trip
Kayak camping, camping cooking. Rescue scenarios, hiking, cultural and natural history.
Kayak camping trip returns in the afternoon. Debrief and relax. (Possible BBQ w/family invited TBD. Covid precautions...)
Dates: July 11-17, 2021 (Sunday-Saturday)