Wilderness Adventure

Boundary Waters Canoe Trip

Who: High School and Middle School Students
When: Sunday, June 25–Saturday, July 1, 2017
Where: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, bordering Canada
Why: Because we all long to meet God in God’s creation!
Cost: Approximately $450, plus travel money
LIMIT: 7 (all spots have now been filled)

From Pastor Nick:

Leaning on my Outdoor Educator Certification through NOLS, this year I will lead a wilderness trip to the BWCA. This is a spectacular opportunity to learn wilderness travel, develop leadership skills and deepen one's spiritual understanding of God's creation. I will be using this trip to create curriculum for future wilderness experiences. 

Students who are interested should expect to work hard, have fun, spend structured time developing their faith, and see some of the most wild and beautiful lake country imaginable.

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) is in Northern Minnesota adjoining the Canadian border. The park covers 1,000,000-plus acres and contains over 1,500 miles of canoe trails, with more than 2,000 campsites. The BWCA is true wilderness and we will travel "off the grid" for about one week.

The park contains pristine lakes, virgin timber, wolves, bears, fishing and breathtaking sunsets… to mention only a few things. There are no roads and the park has restricted airspace (no approved aircraft under commercial airline cruising altitudes). If you’ve always wanted to be in a place still abandoned to creation, work for your dinner and be a team player, you should consider this experience!

We will be outfitted through Sawbill Outfitters, a trusted guide at the end of the Sawbill Trail. Food, gear and travel (12-passenger van) are included in the cost of the trip. We will be using higher end, lightweight equipment including Kevlar Canoes and Portaging packs with reinforced suspension systems with waist belts. At Sawbill Outfitters the higher quality equipment is called “Complete Outfitting Plus.” 

Additionally, students are responsible for bringing a very limited set of personal items. (Visit Sawbill Outfitters' website to view both the equipment we will be renting and what equipment the students should bring with them.) 

Most meals will consist of freeze-dried camp food. Girls and guys will sleep in separate tents. We pack in everything and pack out ALL trash — every ounce counts!

We will depart Sunday, June 25 at (time TBD) from the CYF parking lot and return Saturday, July 1 after dinner. Monday morning the 26th, we will watch a brief Forest Service video, the staff at Sawbill will go over our gear with us, and then we will take off for five days and four nights in this rugged land!

Adult leaders will include me, Nick Hatch (I have certification in Outdoor Education, Leave no Trace and First Aid Trainings), and Phil Sorensen, who brings outdoor experience as well.

We invite you to consider applying for this experience! The trip is open to all current seventh graders through outgoing high school seniors (grades 7 through 12). Students must complete the BWCA application for consideration.

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