Month: August 2012

A Great Summer

             The final days of our WCB summer are here. Though we’re sad to see it end, we are very proud of all that has been accomplished this summer. With the help of great work crews, we have completed some awesome work projects: an orienteering course and labyrinth on Dominion, a life-size moose for the moose viewing platform, a mural for Stillwater cabin, a new Staff Side dock, fire pit, wood shed, canoe and paddle rack, and sledding hill. We have had a lot of fabulous canoe trips, island camp groups, and many, many guests. We are delighted to have had another summer committed to nurturing Christ-centered identity through wilderness experience and we are looking forward to another great summer next year.  
Faith Waconia paddles the Montreal canoe 

Life-size moose built for the moose-viewing platform by Luther Memorial  

Homemade map jewelry is now for sale at the Blockhouse
Jill’s group tries a 9-person lift

The labyrinth and orienteering course are complete!

Peace Lutheran helped create the Peaceline Orienteering 
Course on Dominion Island  

The Labyrinth was created with the help of a work crew from Mount Olive;
it now has a new bench at its center for quiet meditation 
The numbered rocks along the Labyrinth indicate places to stop and 
reflect on a specific Bible verse  

A beautiful bench made by former guide Nate Shulstad sits 
along the Orienteering course 

Another bench made by Nate sits next to the new Staff Side 
fire pit and woodshed  

The sledding hill on Staff Side created by Immanuel Lutheran 
The new Staff Side dock 

Staff Interviews: Kate Kinkade

Name: Kate Kinkade 
Age: 16
Hometown: Minnetonka, MN  
School: Wayzata High School 
Job: Swamper   
What’s the best part about being a swamper?
Getting to experience all parts of WCB – going on trail, helping in the kitchen, and doing miscellaneous  work projects!
What has been your favorite memory of the summer?
In July, while on the bridge late at night, I saw the Northern Lights!
What makes Wilderness so special?
The community here is really wonderful – I love spending my summers with everyone here. 
What is your favorite place on base?
There’s this really great rock with lots of blueberries near it on the Janzig Nature Trail. 
What’s your favorite Wilderness tradition?
First and Last Word 
What is your favorite BWCAW lake?
Rose Lake or South Arm Knife 
What is your favorite article of clothing?
My red flannel 
If you had the perfect musical playlist, which three artists would be on it?
Bon Iver, Kanye West, and Sufjan Stevens 
Who is one of your role models?
JORDYN SJOBERG, of course. 

Nominations Trip 2012

This year’s Nominations group completed a six night trip along the Border Route, ending with the 8.5 mile Grand Portage into Lake Superior. This is a route that the Voyageurs traveled to deliver beaver pelts to the trading post at Grand Portage. They saw some beautiful lakes and awesome landforms and landmarks including Stairway Portage, Height of Land Portage, the Pigeon River, Partridge Falls, Fort Charlotte and, of course, Grand Portage – both the portage and the heritage center. Here are some pictures from their fabulous trip:  
At Fort Charlotte (last day of the trip); about to begin the 8.5 mile trek 

A view of Rose Lake 

Rose/Stairway Portage Falls 
Mountain Lake 
Partridge Falls 
Upon their return to camp, the group made a catamaran 
with the cot they found while on trail