Although it may still feel like winter in Minnesota, summer campers arrive in less than three months! Campers are signing up and several sessions have filled. We are also building our staff team for the summer and are so excited about the amazing group of folks who will be leading trips. New in 2018, we have made some small changes to our backpacking program. This summer, 8-day backpacking trips will hike in the BWCA on the Border Route Trail, 10 & 11-day sessions will hike along Lake Superior and 14 & 16-day sessions will visit Isle Royale. We cannot wait to see the first campers arrive on June 20th so the Menogyn magic can begin!
Last week, Minnesota Public Radio’s Kerri Miller did an interesting piece on the book Disappointment River, by Brian Castner. Castner retraced explorer Alexander Mackenzie’s route as he searched to find the Northwest Passage.
Menogyn alum, Prescott Morrill, joined the conversation around the 8-minute mark, take a listen.
Each year we raise funds through our annual and endowment funds to provide scholarships to campers. It is our hope that camp remains accessible to all youth. One of the great things about Menogyn is that we are striving to create the next generation of wilderness stewards. With the changing demographics in our society, we hope that campers from all backgrounds will feel that they have a home in wild places. Learn more about camper scholarships and the Emily Sandall Scholarship.
The winter season at Menogyn was one for the record books-- from December 27-March 7th there was a group in camp almost every day. We served over 400 participants from all over the country! The winter programming entails dog sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter hikes--all while staying in our heated cabins and eating home cooked Menogyn meals. The groups enjoyed ideal winter conditions, as there was plenty of snow all season long. Menogyn hosts two family camp weekends, but mostly works with organizations like Wilderness Inquiry, Friends of the BWCA, and local colleges who host their participants at Menogyn. A huge thank you to our winter staff of Liz Mattson, Cody Kirk, Eli Simmer, David Murphy, Rachel Nethercut, Sarah Bransford, Claire Flom-Staab and Matt Schmidt!
We are already filling up for 2019, so if you have a group interested in visiting Menogyn in the winter please email Mo Martin.
Tyler Larson – Plymouth, MN
Tyler is a 3rd year camper at Menogyn and will be returning in summer 2018! Last summer he played a huge part in creating a positive and welcoming environment for both first year campers and staff! As an engage Tyler has spent a great deal of time at Menogyn in the last few years helping camp run smoothly and working on service projects. Tyler is an athlete and despite experiencing a leg injury last fall, he still managed to make it to camp for both MEA and Winter programming. We are lucky to have the opportunity to witness Tyler’s growth through both wilderness experiences and community service. We are looking forward to his return this summer for a 21 day backpacking trip, which is sure to be an incredible experience!
Calendar of Events
- Pancake Breakfast | May 27
- 1st Day of Summer | June 20
- 96th Anniversary Rendezvous | July 20-22
- Family Camp | August 31 - September 3
- Winter Camp | December 27-30
- New Year's Winter Weekend Family Camp | December 30-January 2
- Winter Family Camp | February 15-18
Menogyn neighbors and friends- join us for delicious pancakes, sausages, juice and coffee! We'll have pontoons coming across the lake from the parking lot all morning. So, please come on over and enjoy a fun morning at Camp Menogyn!
Sunday, May 27, 2018
9 - 11:30am
A suggested donation of $5 per person or $15 per family.
Join Menogynites from across generations for this fun weekend at camp! Re-connect with past campers and staff and make new friends. We offer day trips on and around West Bearskin Lake by day and a campfire at night. Enjoy great cooking and our hot sauna!
Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22, 2018
$50 per adult | $25 per child