How do I prepare for my trip?
Don’t fret too much if you’ve only camped a few times (or never!), don’t know how to steer a canoe, or can’t even imagine what it would look like for a person to carry a canoe on her shoulders. We work with teenage and adult novices all the time, and we are ready to show you the ropes and work with you and your crew to figure out how to use “teamwork to make the dream work.” Having said that, we encourage girls to be active in their own way as they get ready for for their trip – whether by playing soccer, tap dancing, skateboarding, or climbing trees!
What do I pack?
We provide the canvas canoe packs for you to use on your trip, and will send a detailed packing list before your trip. The weather in Minnesota can change quickly so be prepared for anything from 50 to 95 degrees, knowing that you may also be somewhat wet during the day. Please remember that the equipment you bring does not need to be expensive. You can get good quality items from thrift shops, or borrow from family and friends. We also have a good-sized stash of clean and organized lost-and found items we can let you borrow.
Fifty years of experience have taught us that to stay safe and comfortable on a canoe trip, each person needs four different outfits, as described below:
This is what you wear while canoeing—they get wet!
These are clothes that you change into in the afternoon when you arrive at your campsite. This is totally separate from your wet clothes, and it is very important that they stay dry. Bring a handful of quart- or gallon-sized Ziplock bags to pack them in! You do not need one outfit per day; most participants just have one outfit for "wet clothes" and one outfit for "dry clothes", with a couple of added items for comfort (for example: one extra T-shirt, pajamas).
Cold weather clothes:
The weather is unpredictable, and it is important to always carry extras just in case.
Sleeping Bag: Sleeping bags should be packed in a stuff sack with a garbage bag as a liner (on the inside of the stuff sack). Any summer or three-season sleeping bag will do, with a rating of, for instance, 30 degrees or so. Mummy shape is the best (most efficient with keeping your heat in) and the lightest, though it’s not totally necessary. The less bulky, the better, since sleeping bags are packed with all of your other personal belongings. Adult participants should also feel free to bring a lightweight closed-cell or Thermarest-style sleeping pad.
Do not bring Keen sandals, Crocs, aqua socks or Teva-type sandals. They are not allowed on trips, as a substitute for either your “wet boots” or your “dry shoes.” All shoes must have a closed toe and closed heel.