Summer Closing Celebrations & Banquets

By Matt Poppleton, Executive Director

As campers conclude their wilderness trips, family and friends are welcome to join us at Widji for our Closing Celebration. This is a great opportunity to greet your camper, meet their trail mates and Trail Counselor and hear first-hand of their adventures. 

Closing Celebrations are always the day before the session ends. For example, if the session dates are July 12-23, the Celebration is July 22. 

The banquet dinners will also be a part of our Closing Celebration this summer, but space is limited and registration is required. Banquet registration can be completed online.

If our banquets fill up, everyone is still welcome to join the Closing Celebration that starts at 6:15pm.

Closing Celebration Schedule
5:00-5:30 p.m. - Arrive, check-in at the Sigurd Olson Center
5:30 p.m. - Banquet in Kirby Dining Hall
6:15 p.m. - Social time (meet your camper at Kirby Dining Hall if you did not attend dinner)
7:00 p.m. - Camp Tour (starts from the Tripping Center Circle)
7:30 p.m. - Closing Campfire (at the Amphitheater or Kirby Ding Hall depending on weather)

We have recognized in recent years the challenge with not having enough space in the Kirby Dining Hall for the number of family and friends hoping to attend the banquet meal. We have made adjustments to our schedule that allow for attendees to participate in the Closing Celebration even when the banquet meal is full. 

The Widji staff and board have been evaluating new alternatives to our Closing Celebration program that would be more welcoming for all families and not dependent on available seats in Kirby for the banquet meal. No major changes will occur for the summer of 2019, but keep an eye out for a new approach in 2020!