Have you ever wanted to canoe across seven lakes in one day? How about hike on the border between Canada and the United States? What about making new friends and cooking your meals over the fire together? Learning about God’s creation first hand? These are just some of the highlights of Wilderness Adventure Week!

Last summer, I had the privilege of leading Camps with Meaning’s Wilderness Adventure Week. The week was full of joy, intensity and growth; it was an outstanding success! Our week began at Camp Koinonia where our campers arrived and learned essential backcountry skills for the week ahead. On Monday morning we began our four-day adventure! Our route combined canoeing, portaging, and hiking through Manitoba’s Turtle Mountain Provincial Park. Our crew, three staff and ten campers, were constantly singing, playing games, and trying to solve riddles as we hiked or canoed. The real fun began when we got to camp each afternoon. After setting up our tents, we had Bible time, went swimming, made delicious dinner, and had a campfire, where we sang songs and staff shared faith stories.

One of my favorite parts of the week was watching as campers learned new outdoor abilities, became leaders, and gained confidence in themselves. Our crew became a tight-knit group with many friendships and inside jokes. We arrived back at camp with a great feeling of achievement and self-confidence.

Wilderness Adventure Week is an incredible opportunity for anyone who loves the outdoors, wants to learn new skills, make new friends, and have fun! Whether you are an experienced outdoors person or have limited experience, but want to become one, this trip is for you!

~ Lara Penner-Goeke (2015 Wilderness Adventure Staff)


There are still spaces available for Wilderness Adventure Week 2016! Or, if you’re looking for a different kind of outdoors experience, there are also still spaces in our Extreme Green Week this summer at Camp Koinonia! For more information or to register: www.campswithmeaning.org/summer/campers/schedule-and-rates/

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