Wilderness adventure

Williams woman to lead week-long camp in Minnesota for women

The front of the cabin

Discover the adventurer in you by attending the 2019 Women in the Wilderness Camp session July 7-13 at Elbow Lake, Minnesota.

Organized and conducted by Anne Shevre-Ose of Williams, WOW campers will learn basic skills such as canoeing, kayaking, fishing, fire building, knot tying and compass navigation.

With over 50 years of experience as a outdoor guide, Sherve-Ose will lead the campers on seven days of adventure which will also include hiking and foraging for edible plants, leather crafts, carving, painting and campfire singing. Assisting her will be Pat Phipps and Jackie Hagberg. Phipps is a teacher, coach, hiker, kayaker and nature enthusiast while Hagberg, also an outdoor enthusiast is a beekeeper and gardener.

Located 10 miles from Cook, Minnesota and 70 miles from the Canadian border, Lake Elbow offers a tranquil setting where women can learn new skills while relaxing in the beauty of nature. With the Boundary Waters of the Mississippi River only eight miles away, campers will canoe and portage their crafts to visit the origins of The Big Muddy. Campers will also visit Voyageurs National Park at the southern tip of the Northern Boreal Forest near International Falls, MN.

The cost of the six night/seven day camp is $650 and includes food, equipment and lodging for seven in the Sherve-Ose cabin. Campers are responsible for their own personal belongings and for the final night’s meal which will be at Elbow Lake Lodge.

Inside the cabin

The typical day at Camp will feature a breakfast with wild blueberries that campers have gathered themselves, bacon and coffee. Next up will be crafts and a team-building skill session followed by a campfire-cooked lunch. Afternoon activities include swimming, canoe practice and personal time. After dinner, campers will attend an area wildlife session and enjoy a bit of pampering at the sauna and journaling.

“Reconnect with nature, reconnect with yourself,” said Sherve-Ose, who notes the week has been transformative for many campers.

“Last year, many women felt the experience was life-changing,” said Sherve-Ose. Often women delegate skills to the men in their lives, but WOW Camp helps them learn how to clean a fish that they have caught themselves, pitch a tent or build a fire, she explained. With limited internet reception, the camp also gives women the chance to be unplugged for a week.

There is no experience required to attend, said Sherve-Ose and a camper doesn’t even need to be in peak physical condition.

“What they need to have is a love of nature and the willingness to try new things,” said Sherve-Ose.

For more information about WOW Camp, contact Anne Sherve-Ose at 515 835-2656.

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