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I was a summer camper at Sherwood Forest Camp in Grand Rapids MN and twice I took a boundary waters canoe trip with Sherwood Campers arranged by Widjiwagan. I can remember every detail from being one of the few campers tall enough to carry a canoe, to a campsite on an island between two water falls where a lake ran in to a river. One time at this site we found an injured young man with his father,who sat him on a rock so he wouldn't bleed on the camping gear. We were all dumbfounded and I paddled with the guide across a lake to an emergency phone...no satellite or cell phones then. A plane was landing on the lake to evacuate him by the time we got back. I like to think that we might have saved his life. I developed a good deal of self reliance on these trips where your responsible behavior was vital to the success and safety of all. Certainly lessons that have carried me throughout all of life's ups and downs. Thank you Widjiwagan!
I canoed 3 summers 62, 63, 64. I can truthfully say that those weeks were some of the most rewarding and character building experiences of my early life. The physical challenges and the conquering of fear set guidelines for the future. The trips gave me a love for the north country that is still with me today. Great memories.